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How Thinking Experimentally Improves All Research

A talk that we had been requesting from the very beginning is finally happening next week! Our own community member Adam Simon will be giving a talk on "How thinking experimentally improves all research" with examples.

In this talk, Adam will go over how professionals develop research questions and build designs to answer them. In contrast to standard thinking about the scientific method, new methods courses teach the research trinity and how balancing it will lead to rigorous answers.  He will provide an example from FW research concerning race and criminal justice.

About the Speaker

Adam Simon is a Senior Researcher at FrameWorks Institute. FW is a nonprofit that develops and tests public messages for non-profits, such as the National Academy of Sciences, MacArthur and Ford. At FW, he helps design the research, setting up and analyzing experiments, surveys and content analyses.

Adam's professional life centers on developing and testing persuasive communication, practicing the art of designing and directing messages that inspire people to think and do what they otherwise might not. 

He was an academic for many years, publishing two books and over a dozen peer reviewed articles, each managed as a unique entrepreneurial endeavor. He developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods, on statistics and on politics /  communication at UCLA, Univ. of Washington and Yale. 
He attended MIT before switching his career to communication. He studied economics, psychology and statistics at the graduate level, each for over two years. He is also familiar with marketing practice and social media analytics.

O'Reilly Sponsorship - a free conference pass to attend Strata Conference and Hadoop World in New York

We will have a raffle to give away a free pass to attend Strata Conference and Hadoop World being held in New York in October. There are also a few books to give away.

20% Discount for Strata Conference + Hadoop World

Another great advantage of O'Reilly sponsorship is that all members now get a 20% discount to attend Strata Conference and Hadoop World, Oct 15-17 in New York.

To take advantage of this discount, use this link ( ) and use discount code UGWLVDS20 during registration.


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