Monday, July 25, 2016

Webinar on The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP): Overview and selected findings about olfaction and sleep

ICPSR is offering the following webinar in August:

The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP): Overview and selected findings about olfaction and sleep
Join us for a webinar on Aug 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT.
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The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a longitudinal study of health and social factors among community-dwelling Americans born between 1920 and 1947 as well as a cohort comparison of baby-boomers born 1948-1965. Two waves (2005 and 2010) of data have been collected, with a third wave (2015) currently in the field. In 2005-06, 3,005 in-home interviews were collected, and in 2010-11, the initial respondents were reinterviewed, along with their spouses or cohabiting romantic partners, 3,377 interviews. When completed in 2015-16, the surviving participants and their partners will have been reinterviewed, and the new “baby boomer” cohort added (individuals born 1948-1965 and their spouses or partners), about 4,600 interviews.

NSHAP data enables the study of a wide range of health and social measures, including physical health and illness, frailty, cognitive and sensory function, emotional health, health behaviors, social connectedness, sexuality, and relationship quality. Novel measures include olfactory function, and objective sleep measures for a third of respondents.

Olfactory decline in aging is a prevalent sensory impairment, and our longitudinal data show for the first time in a representative population, that olfactory decline strongly predicts 5-year mortality in older US adults, which is not explained by cognitive decline, physical health, comorbid diseases, or health behaviors.

Sleep data collected in 2010-11 are the first objective sleep data available for a nationally representative sample of the population in the United States. Here we present data that explore the associations between the most commonly reported sleep problems: insomnia symptoms and actigraph sleep features.

Attendees of this webinar will receive an overview of the NSHAP dataset, learn about the power of a decline of sense of smell, and learn about the sleep substudy and how actigraph and survey measures of sleep relate to each other and health.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Roper Center's Convention and Elections Resources!

Excited about the upcoming conventions?!  Roper Center has some great polling data about conventions and party issues, especially historical data! Anyone can read their recent articles about public perceptions of conventions over time and the 1968 Democratic Convention. We subscribe to this wonderful resource at UNCG and you can find much more data through our database access.


Friday, April 29, 2016

What's in There? Searching by Variable at ICPSR


Free webinar from ICPSR on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT.


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George Alter, Director of ICPSR, will demonstrate strategies for searching more than 4.5 million variable descriptions in ICPSR's Social Science Variables Database, including our new crosswalk between the American National Election Study and the General Social Survey. 

The ICPSR Website allows users to search for variables singly or in groups. The "Compare Variables" feature brings up question text, frequencies, universe and other information, and all searches are linked to ICPSR's dynamic online codebooks. 

The ICPSR variable search, supported by its thorough methods documentation, is an effective tool for those that are: 

• Searching for data with particular questions/content for analysis (for research papers/publishing) 
• Desiring to compare or harmonize data across projects 
• Mining for questions to design research surveys and/or to teach survey design 
--Including the demonstration of the effect of question wording and answer categories on variable distributions and the changes (evolution) in question wording/response categories over time 
• Desiring to deposit research data for curation to enhance data discovery, increase research impact, and demonstrate that federal data sharing requirements have been met. 

This webinar will benefit research scientists, teaching faculty, students, and those assisting these individuals. 

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation! 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veterans Day 2015 - Veterans Statistics

In honor of Veterans Day 2015, the Census Bureau has released their Veterans Statistics for every state with some fun infographics. Check out North Carolina.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Database trial: SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods (trial access until 9/15/2015) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.  More information can be found here.
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