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Events and Announcements
Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs "Advancing BSSR to Address National Priorities for Health Care and Population Health Improvement" Webinar
On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2 pm ET, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Medicine and Core Faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present "Advancing BSSR to Address National Priorities for Health Care and Population Health Improvement." The recording of this webinar will be available with closed captioning on OBSSR’s website approximately one month after the event. If you have questions about the webinar or require reasonable accommodations, please contact Erica Moore at 301-594-4392 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.
NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival
Save the Date: December 6, 2019
The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be hosted by OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the festival is to highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; bring together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network with each other and share scientific ideas; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research. Location: NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45).
OBSSR Methodology Seminar: Text Mining for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
OBSSR hosted a one-day seminar on August 9, 2019, on principles and techniques of text mining for behavioral and social research. The seminar also showcased innovative health research examples. The age of Big Data has ushered in a wave of high-volume digital information and much of it is text based. Text mining is a form of data mining that involves collecting and analyzing large volumes of textual data to reveal patterns and relationships. Techniques for mining can be used to extract key concepts, spot trends, summarize content from documents and gain semantic understanding, and index and search text for use in predictive analytics. Text mining has become an important research process with many different commercial and academic applications, and it is becoming more widely applied in social science studies. The seminar was video recorded and the archive is available on the NIH Videocast website.
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OBSSR Welcomes New Public Health Analyst Alyssa Dolge, MPH
OBSSR is pleased to welcome Alyssa Grauman Dolge to the office and DPCPSI. Alyssa is a Public Health Analyst who will support OBSSR leadership by coordinating, evaluating, and providing strategic planning for budget, contracts, and operations. She will also contribute to ongoing and new scientific, evaluation, and program coordination initiatives across the office. Prior to joining OBSSR, Alyssa spent over a decade in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences where she managed numerous activities throughout the years, including budget, contracts, operations, communications, and large scientific initiatives. Alyssa received her BS and MPH from the University of Michigan and is an avid Wolverine fan.
NHGRI's SBRB Seminar Series with Dr. Molly Bray on October 7
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) invites you to the October Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB) Seminar Series featuring guest presenter, Dr. Molly Bray, University of Texas, Austin. Dr Bray will present “A Multi-Omic View of Exercise Response” on October 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in building 50, Room 1227/1233.
NCCOR launches new Measures Registry Learning Modules
This month, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) launched a new tool: NCCOR’s Measures Registry Learning Modules. NCCOR’s goal in introducing these Learning Modules is to provide a useful resource for those in the field. The Modules highlight key concepts from the four domain-specific Measures Registry User Guides in four 15-minute videos, making it easier to understand measurement issues in the four major domains of the Measures Registry: individual diet, food environment, individual physical activity, and physical activity environment. They also help walk users through use of the Measures Registry—a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. These trusted tools will save time and ultimately accelerate progress in childhood obesity research.
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