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APA Trainings Coming Up--Choose GIS or Web-Based Research
By Nicolle Singer
Applications are still being accepted for two of this summer's APA Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs). These intensive training programs expose advanced graduate students, new and established faculty, post-docs, and other researchers to state of the art psychological research methods and emerging technologies.
We encourage you to consider these programs for yourself and to forward this announcement widely to colleagues and students who may be interested.
This year we are hosting a new ATI: a pre-Convention program on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Psychology. This new ATI will introduce Geographic Information Systems for Psychological Research, and will be held Thursday August 16, 2007 at the San Francisco Marriott, 55 Fourth Street, and is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center as well as many restaurants and shops. This ATI will focus on the uses (and potential uses) of GIS in psychological research, with plenty of examples from active research programs. A panel of psychologists who use GIS in their research will speak about the strengths of this methodology and its contribution to their investigations. A brief overview of the technology will also be provided, including an overview of different types of GIS software. If possible, be sure to bring a laptop so instructors can better illustrate software and provide you with some "freeware." The day will conclude with a final panel discussion to answer questions. When possible, demonstrations of GIS technology will be matched to the research interests of attendees as described on the registration forms. Dr. Reginald Golledge, a leading behavioral geographer, will direct this ATI. Applications are being accepted for this ATI until seats are filled--so don’t delay, register today!
The registration fee for this terrific program is just $50; similar one-day seminars are $300 or more, so do take advantage of this opportunity to learn about a new tool at a very low cost.
Another ATI will focus on Performing Web-Based Research, and will be held July 9-13, 2007, at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. This program will cover the how, why, and why not of designing and implementing web-based research. Examples of interactive experiments that are conducted on the web are discussed, and instructors provide background on the history of internet-based research, as well as the ethics of collecting data on the web. Other topics include longitudinal web methods, large shared databases, web panels, and the recruitment and retention of online participants. Website creation is introduced using basic html and the Authorware software package, as needed for each individual's project. Attendees should come prepared with a web project (or an idea for a web-based experiment) that they would like to work on during the week. Applications will be accepted until seats are filled.
Applications are available at APA's Trainings Coming Up page and must be submitted electronically through the program's website. For more information, contact APA's Science Directorate via email or phone (202) 336-6000.