The Survey and Statistical Methods Core (SSMC)

UMass Boston - Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center

Research Methods Seminar Series

The SSMC offers a monthly one-hour seminar series on topics relevant to cancer disparities research methods.

In our upcoming seminar on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Dr. Philip Brenner, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will be speaking about Organic Data:  Sensors, Social Networks, and “Big Data.”

  • What is organic data and where does it come from?
  • How does organic data differ from survey data?
  • How can organic data be used in conjunction with survey data collection?

Philip Brenner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  He also directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Survey Research.  His current research focuses on the social and interactional sources of measurement error, investigating the overreporting of normative behaviors in conventional sample surveys using survey experiments and time diaries and other chronological data collection procedures.  His recent work has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Forces, and Social Psychology Quarterly and is forthcoming in Sociological Methods & Research.

To view materials and recordings of past sessions from this year and before can be found here.