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Zillow digital marketer presents to students

Contributed by: Christa Burkholder
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 2:00 PM
Randy Williams a digital marketer with Zillow, based out in Seattle, will be on campus speaking to members of Cardinal Metrics, a student-run digital analytics agency, as well as any students from all disciplines. He’ll talk about his career as a digital marketer and how analytics plays a role in his day-to-day work.

When: Tuesday, October 17 at 5:00 PM
Where: Letterman Building, Room 125

All students from any organization and discipline are invited!


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A Graduate Course on Categorical Data Analysis Using R

Contributed by: Jun Xu
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00 PM
SOC684: Advanced Sociological Data Analysis
Modern Regression Analysis Using R

Dr. Jun Xu
17.15-20.00 M
Spring 2018

Why did someone vote for one particular presidential candidate instead of another? How likely does a student from disadvantaged background graduate from college? How to predict the number of clinic visits that a middle-class Caucasian female usually has in a year? What predicts people having poor health? Between black and silver cars, which color sells better and who is more likely to buy silver? What is the most likely commuting strategy that a typical New Yorker takes to get to the workplace? Why would Canadians live a healthier and longer life than Americans? Are people living in an area with a higher level of PM2.5 (fine particle) in the air or radon in the lower level of their residence more likely to have heart/lung disease than those living in areas with better air quality?

All these fascinating questions can be addressed using categorical and limited (non-continuous) dependent variable models, including binary (logit and probit), ordered (ordered logit and probit), multinomial (multinomial logistic), count (Poisson and negative binomial), and survival regression models. For the past few decades, there has been a tremendous outgrowth of these models, largely attributable to significant advances in computational capabilities. Since models covered in this course are non-linear in nature, interpretations are usually less straightforward than those in classical general linear models. This course focuses on conceptual understanding and post-estimation of these models. As such, we will employ textual, tabular, and graphical approaches, focusing largely on the interpretation and presentation of results. Computer exercises primarily using R offer experience with the use of such substantive post-estimation analysis. Students taking this course should have a solid understanding of regression models for continuous dependent variables and should be comfortable with a software package using syntax files. In addition to covering traditional frequentist statistical framework for estimation (i.e., maximum likelihood estimation), this course incorporates discussions of applied Bayesian statistics, the most up-to-date, and yet once-ostracized statistical paradigm/philosophy. Together with some basic discussions of Bayesian methods, this course primarily covers techniques about how to DO Bayesian data analysis of the models aforementioned using BUGS-like software (BUGS, JAGS, and Stan).

The instructor of this course, Dr. Jun Xu, is a professor of sociology at Ball State University. As a statistically-minded sociologist, Dr. Xu has published works on applied statistical techniques or substantive works using these techniques, including a co-authored book on ordered regression models forthcoming at Taylor & Francis and several papers on categorical data analysis. He is also the author or co-author of several software components using R or Stata. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Xu at jxu@bsu.edu or 765-285-4488.

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SPA's Research Week – October 23-27

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 11:30 AM

Mark your calendars for Research Week, Ball State’s annual celebration of externally funded research, scholarship, creative work, and community engagement. Come out and support your colleagues as they discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

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SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 11:00 AM

SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Wednesday, Oct 18, 12:00 pm, Art & Journalism Bldg, Atrium Dining Room

Special Guest Presenter: Donna Browne, Grant Writer, Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

We all face challenges in developing competitive grant proposals. Get some tough love tips on how to work smarter and faster on your next proposal.

This session will focus on four items:

Procrastination---Improve time management

Rugged Individualism---Involve support staff, develop solid partnerships, write clearly

Improvisation—Find the right opportunity; develop a solid project; follow directions

Assumptions---Clarify questions with funders and partners

For additional information on this or other events in the SPA Colloquia Series, please contact Stanley Geidel, sgeidel@bsu.eduor 285-2022

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SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 12:00 PM

SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Wednesday, Oct 18, 12:00 pm, Art & Journalism Bldg, Atrium Dining Room

Special Guest Presenter: Donna Browne, Grant Writer, Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

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SPA's Research Week – October 23-27

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 11:00 AM

Mark your calendars for Research Week, Ball State’s annual celebration of externally funded research, scholarship, creative work, and community engagement. Come out and support your colleagues as they discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

Learn more.

SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 10:30 AM

SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Wednesday, Oct 18, 12:00 pm, Art & Journalism Bldg, Atrium Dining Room

Special Guest Presenter: Donna Browne, Grant Writer, Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

We all face challenges in developing competitive grant proposals. Get some tough love tips on how to work smarter and faster on your next proposal.

This session will focus on four items:

Procrastination---Improve time management

Rugged Individualism---Involve support staff, develop solid partnerships, write clearly

Improvisation—Find the right opportunity; develop a solid project; follow directions

Assumptions---Clarify questions with funders and partners

For additional information on this or other events in the SPA Colloquia Series, please contact Stanley Geidel, sgeidel@bsu.edu or 285-2022

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Honors College Lecture October 30

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Monday, 09 October 2017 10:00 AM

This once-monthly lecture series welcomes students and faculty to come together and explore a current topic of interest to the Honors College community. All persons within the Ball State University community are welcome to attend and participate. Join us on Monday, October 30, at 4PM in AJ 175 for a discussion with Dr. Jason Powell, Assistant Professor of Honors Humanities, about “The Art of Existence: John Dos Passos and the Lost Generation.”

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Black Women Writers Needed for Research!

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Saturday, 26 August 2017 10:00 PM

Ball State University IRB Approval #: 1088011-1

Have you ever experienced subtle slights that are offensive or insensitive towards you as a Black woman? I am interested in interviewing Black women who use writing as a coping strategy when dealing with microaggressive experiences. Research has linked racial microaggressions to negative psychological and physical health (Lewis & Neville, 2015; Nadal et al., 2015; Wong et al., 2013). My goal for this study is to identify ways to decrease the detrimental effects gendered racial microaggressions on Black women. If you are a Black woman, a writer, are 18 years or older, and you are willing to share your experiences with me during a one-on-one interview (approximately 1.5-2 hours), please contact Alexcia M. Kilgore at amkilgore@bsu.edu.

Warm regards,

Alexcia M. Kilgore

Cognitive & Social Processes Master's Candidate

President of Black Graduate Student Association

Ball State University | 2018

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