Research Insights: From Ideas to Design

Date: 09-27-2022

Time: 05:00 PM

Location: (full invite below)

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Does your course include a significant research assignment?  Do your students struggle to operationalize their ideas into research study and method?  Are you looking for resources to make research less “scary” for students (or yourself)?


If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions (or even if you didn’t), then this event is for you and your students.


A panel of innovative scholars will share their research interests along with tips and insights to help researchers move from big ideas to researchable questions and methods aligned to facilitate exploration.


This event is cosponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab and the Center for Social Impact.  A recording of the event will be made available for ongoing use in classes.


About our panelists:


Michael Andreychik, Professor of Psychology, is a social and personality psychologist. His professional interests center on better understanding and nurturing the psychological bases of positive interpersonal and intergroup relations, applying psychological science to debias decision-making processes, working to improve the methods and practices of psychological science, and applying empirical approaches to improve teaching and learning.  He uses a variety of methods in his research -- traditional survey approaches; computer-based approaches that employ implicit, reaction-time measures; ecological momentary assessment; longitudinal approaches; and even a (very) little bit of qualitative stuff.


Mehmet Cansoy, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, studies how technological changes intersect with social inequalities. Most of his current work has been focused on the platform economy, studying its impacts on workers, consumers and the environment. In his research, Dr. Cansoy uses large datasets collected with web scraping and other automated data collection practices and a large range of quantitative tools, in addition to conventional qualitative methods.


Tanika Eaves, Assistant Professor of Social Work, has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years and is an Infant Mental Health Specialist. Her clinical experience includes: child and family guidance clinics, early intervention programs, early childhood mental health consultation, policy work, parent-infant psychotherapy, and training/consultation with home visiting clinicians. Through mixed-methods research, Dr. Eaves investigates individual and organizational factors related to work-related stress management among front-line and supervising infant mental health practitioners.


Nicole Marino, as a Digital Scholarship Librarian, provides research services to students, faculty, and staff.  She also promotes experimentation with and use of digital methods to both enhance and critique traditional practices of scholarly communication from inquiry to research to curation, publication, and presentation. Nicole believes engaging with methods such as digital exhibition and publishing, crowdsourcing, mapping, and text and network analysis can give students insight into and experience with information creation, authority, and the scholarly conversation as both consumers and producers of information.


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Here are a few other events that may be of interest to researchers:

Map Your Narrative with ArcGIS StoryMaps

October 13, 5-6 p.m.

Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab (Library)
Instructor: Nicole Marino


ArcGIS StoryMaps is a web app that allows users to combine interactive maps, multimedia content, and text to create dynamic web narratives. In this hands-on, guided workshop we will learn to use StoryMaps and think through some common use cases for the classroom and for projects. Please bring your laptop. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab.


Humanitarian Action Map-A-Thon
October 20, 7-8 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Rm 114
Instructor: Nicole Marino

Join us for a humanitarian mapping initiative that uses technology to plot the geography of remote, unmapped regions of the world in order to assist international relief organizations in disaster response and risk reduction.  Participants will learn to edit OpenStreetMap, an open data map, to support global disaster response and risk reduction. No experience required. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.  FYE Inspire Event! This event is a collaboration between the DiMenna-Nyselius Library and the Center for Social Impact.

Turning Your Research Into Visual/Interactive Stories with Tableau Public

October 27, 5-6 p.m.
Instructor: Tommy Xie

Good research is good storytelling. Do you want to add more "vibe" to your research project? Come to learn how to use Tableau Public, one of the most powerful and intuitive (and free) data visualization tools to turn your research into engaging visual stories. Your instructor, Dr. Lei "Tommy" Xie, will guide you through the process of data-driven storytelling by extracting hidden trends in massive data and layering various analytical views to provide your audience with an interactive dashboard for data exploration and presentation. It is strongly encouraged that participants install Tableau Public on their laptops before the session.  Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab.


Connecticut GIS Day 2022
November 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dolan School Event Hall

This event will showcase the amazing GIS work, from project concepts to finished products, being done across Connecticut and is designed for everyone – from students to mapping veterans. Stay tuned for more information. Cosponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Social Impact.



February 23, 2023, 5 - 6 pm

Instructor: Michael Andreychik 

In this workshop, Michael Andreychik from the Psychology Department will explore how to design a survey on the platform, distribute it to a target audience, and get the data into the analysis tool of choice using Qualtrics.  Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab.

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