We hope everyone is enjoying spring break!
- Spring Break Hours -

D-Lab is open this week during spring break but with limited hours! Our virtual front desk and consulting drop-in hours will be operating with a modified schedule to continue supporting students who are working on projects while classes and workshops are on break.

D-Lab virtual frontdesk is:

Open 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday - Thursday (March 22 - March 25)

Closed Friday, March 26 in observance of the Cesar Chavez Day holiday

- Consulting Drop-in Hours -

D-Lab Consulting RoomOver spring break while classes and workshops are on hiatus, we know many of you are still working on projects that need consulting support!

We are continuing to offer drop-in consulting with slightly reduced hours this week
Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm.  

Browse our list of consultants
or check out our drop-in hours schedule.


- Blog Posts -

Improving Research Transparency in the Social Sciences Through Pre-analysis Plans

By Jordan Weiss

Openness, transparency, and reproducibility in research are critical to scientific progress. Yet, according to a 2016 internet-based survey of 1,576 researchers, 90% of respondents felt there was a slight or significant reproducibility crisis. Moreover, there are longstanding concerns that scientific journals favor positive or significant results—often referred to as publication bias—which may produce bodies of evidence that are incomplete or misleading (i.e., because studies which report null findings are not published). Publication bias can also arise when researchers choose not to disseminate their findings on the basis of obtaining null results.

To learn more about how Jordan improves research transparency, view Jordan's full blog here!

- Job Opportunity at D-Lab -

D-Lab is hiring two MAXQDA Instructors

We are hiring two paid MAXQDA Instructors to lead our workshops. Applicants should have experience using advanced features of the software and be willing to design new workshop content. This role will work closely with D-Lab's Executive Director. Advanced workshop topics include using MAXQDA to write a literature review or research paper. Please apply here.

- Research Data Spotlight -

Introducing CJARS, a New Data Platform for Integrated Criminal Justice Research

In partnership with the US Census Bureau and federal and state justice departments, the University of Michigan has just launched CJARS: the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System. Updated daily, CJARS provides a nationally integrated repository of longitudinal, multi-jurisdictional data harmonized and linked to track individuals through the criminal justice system across space and time. It has been built for integration with socio-economic survey and administrative Census data, making it a rich and important resource for multi-faceted criminal justice research. As a restricted-use dataset, CJARS is only available through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center Network, of which Berkeley is a member. 

To jumpstart research a CJARS-NSF fellowship competition is currently underway which will grant $10,000 stipends to recipients. To find out more see the CJARS website starting with the introductory webinar.

- Summer Session -

Sign Up For CALI-DH Online Today!

Are you interested in developing transferable competencies that are attractive to employers and academic programs? In our digital humanities program, the UC Berkeley Cultural Analytics Learning Institute for Digital Humanities (CALI-DH), you will explore questions about art and culture using digital tools. By pairing computational methods and domain specialization you can better understand complex phenomena and cultures and how computational analysis influences what you see.  CALI-DH Online will guide you through the entire process of identifying relevant cultural artifacts and archives, curating your own subset of data, conducting advanced research, and communicating your findings.

To learn more about the courses offered this summer please visit here!

- Upcoming D-Lab Workshops -

R Fundamentals: Part 1-4
March 29, 31 & April 5, 7 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

R Fundamentals Part 1: Introduction

Students will learn how to navigate the R Studio environment. You will also learn how to store data, characteristics of basic data types and data structures, the importance of data frames (think Excel spreadsheets), and how to save your work.

R Fundamentals Part 2: Subsetting and Reshaping

Students will be introduced to loading data from files and various ways to subset it with an emphasis on bracket notation. You will also learn how to use logical vectors, search for and subset missing data, and merge data frames. Terms like subsetbracket notation, and logical vectors will be defined and reintroduced in Part 2.

R Fundamentals Part 3: Data exploration

Students will be introduced to data exploration and analysis in R. You will learn how to summarize data and explore it with histograms, scatterplots, and boxplots. You will also be introduced to coding statistical data analysis via t-tests, analyses of variance, correlation, and linear regression.

R Fundamentals Part 4: For loops and functions

In the final part, you will learn the basics of automation through for loops and functions. We will also walk through a Monte Carlo simulation from scratch and examine the probabilistic "birthday problem".

Python Fundamentals: Part 1-4
March 29, 31 & April 5, 7 | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

Stata Fundamentals: Part 1-3
March 30 & April 1, 6 | 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Part 1:  Introduction
Getting a dataset into Stata (no previous knowledge expected), examining a dataset and finding variables of interest, summarizing and tabulating variables, and more!

Part 2: Data Analysis in Stata 
Correlation, T-tests, OLS and logistic regression (basic syntax, using interaction terms, interpreting output), and more!

Part 3: Stata Programming
Local and global variables (macros), looping (foreach, forvalues), reshaping data between wide and long formats, and more!

R Census Geospatial
March 30 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Since 1790, the US Census has been THE source of data about American people, providing valuable insights to social scientists and humanists. Mapping these data by census geographies adds more value by allowing researchers to explore spatial trends and outliers. This workshop will introduce three key packages for streamlining census data workflows in R: tigris, tidycensus and tmap. Participants will learn how to download census tabular data for one or more geographic aggregation units or years, download the associated census geographic data and then join these data for analysis and mapping. 
Knowledge Requirements: R experience equivalent to the D-Lab R Fundamentals workshop series is required to follow along with the tutorial. Basic knowledge of census data and geospatial data will be very helpful. 
Tech Requirements: Bring a laptop with R, RStudio and the following R packages installed: sp, sf, rgdal, rgeos, raster, ggplot2, and tmap, tigris and tidycensus.

By Design: Graphics and Images 
March 30 | 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. 

QGIS Fundamentals: Part 1-2
April 6, 8 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop will introduce methods for working with geospatial data in QGIS, a popular open-source desktop GIS program that runs on both PCs and Macs as well as Linux computers. Participants will learn how to load, query, and visualize point, line, and polygon data. We will also introduce basic methods for processing spatial data, which are the building blocks of spatial analysis workflows. Coordinate reference systems and map projections will also be introduced.

To see a calendar view of our upcoming April 2021 Workshops, click here!

- DSUS Workshops -

Want to learn data analytics, data visualization, and data management skills??
The students in the Data Science Undergraduate Studies (DSUS) are hosting a peer-led workshop series April 6th through April 15th. The goal of the workshop series is to provide attendees a brief overview of data science tools and applications such as Plotly, R, SQL, and methods for social science. The series will be led by DSUS Data Peer Consultants. Come to any or all that are of interest to you.

See workshop descriptions below and click HERE to sign up. 

Applied Methods for Social Sciences
April 6  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Python is rapidly becoming a favorite in the social sciences due to its ease of use, readability, and widespread support. In this workshop, we will explore commonly applied methods, such as regression modeling and associated statistical analysis for the social sciences in Python. 

Intro to Plotly
April 9  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Plotly is a versatile and flexible plotting Python package to create dynamic and interactive visuals, and is used in industry as an advanced data analytics platform. This workshop is intended for those with basic Python programming and data visualization experience (Data 8).

Intro to R
April 13  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
R is an extremely versatile language for data analytics and seeing useful data visualizations. It is commonly used in the industry as well as in research. This workshop caters to students who have little to no experience in R.

Intro to SQL
April 15  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SQL is an important language for data management with many relevant applications in the industry today. This workshop aims to provide an introduction to the language, its significance, and dive into programming basics with it. This workshop is open to anyone -- even with no prior programming knowledge.

To RSVP and receive the zoom link for these upcoming workshops from DSUS, click here!
The deadline to RSVP is Monday, April 5 at 11:59 PM PST. 

- Jobs & External Opportunities  -

Student Technology Services job openings

UC Berkeley's Student Technology Services (STS) is hiring! STS is a program offered by Student Affairs IT to ensure all graduate, professional and undergraduate students have access to technical information and support. Applications close Sunday, March 28th!

 The application deadline is March 28th. Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

PIT-UN Postdoc Researcher

Professor Deirdre Mulligan and Associate Professor Jenna Burrell are seeking a Postdoc Researcher to work on a year-long project funded through the Public Interest Technology - University Network’s, (PIT-UN) 2020 Network Challenge Grants.

The application deadline is April 16 at 11:59pm (PT). Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

BIMI Academic Coordinator

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking applications for an Academic Program Coordinator. BIMI is a campus initiative to advance research, training and public outreach on human mobility, immigrants’ integration and the ways migration transforms societies around the world. The expected start date of this full-time, 2-year position is April 2021. The position may be renewed for an additional year.

The application deadline is April 19 at 11:59pm (PT). Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

Global Accelerator and Explorer City Internships 

The Global Accelerator program is an intensive and immersive, cohort-based 8-week summer career boot camp in London or New York. Join like-minded students from across the globe, in one of the world’s twin commercial and cultural powerhouses, to gain in-demand skills, real-world experience, and a professional network in a transformative eight weeks. The Global Explorer program, derived from the OG Global Accelerator program, is available year-round in 20 cities worldwide. Add valuable skills and experience to your resume, and invaluable miles and memories to your passport. The Global Explorer program is designed for those interested in both exploring the world and discovering their career.

Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

Haas Research Data Analyst and Lab Manager

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Professors Jennifer Chatman and Sameer Srivastava are hiring two positions: a full-time Research Analyst and a Lab Manager.

View here to learn more about the Analyst position and here for the Lab Manager position 

Simons Institute Law and Society Fellowship

The Institute invites researchers from the humanities, social sciences, law, and related disciplines to apply for the semester-long Law and Society Fellowship, for the Spring 2022 programs on "Causality" and "Learning and Games" and the Fall 2022 program on "Data-Driven Decision Processes." Note, for the Spring 2022 semester, the Law and Society Fellow can join either or both Spring programs.  Descriptions of these programs and other information about the Institute can be found at

The application deadline is Apr 30. Click here to learn more and apply!

Division of Computing, Data Science and Society:
Director for Academic Programs

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is looking to hire a Director of Academic Programs. This position works in close collaboration with the Associate Deans, EAD, CDSS department managers, and others to support the Data Science undergraduate major as well as supporting the development of graduate programs for the division. This position provides leadership that demonstrates and communicates a big picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities; and ensures time, resources, learning opportunities, and actions are focused on priorities that matter to the changing workplace.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Postdoctoral Scholar - Data Privacy: Public Policy and Practice - Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on studying how firms, customers, citizens, and other relevant stakeholders have reacted to and been impacted by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) & California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The objective is to extend empirical understandings about reactions to and consequences of these laws.

The application deadline is April 9 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Click here to learn more and apply!

Postdoctoral Scholar - Systematic Approaches to Reducing Digital Harms - Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity 

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on new ways to define, measure, and mitigate globally and culturally contextualized harms of digital products. The objective is to extend economic, cultural, and other conceptual understandings of how societies deal with physical waste streams (such as carbon) and other externalities, to the digital environment as a means of developing practical solutions that mitigate harms.

The application deadline is April 9 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Click here to learn more and apply!

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