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Statistical Sociogenomics - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Robbee Wedow
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Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

For more on this topic, see the recent blog post by Professor Daniel Adkins, who discusses recent debates surrounding causal inference in human complex trait genetics.

A growing number of social science data sources are providing molecular genomic data, and social scientists have increasingly become interested in using this information to better understand various social and demographic phenomena.

For instance, in 2018 a groundbreaking article in the journal Nature Genetics used a sample of over 1.1 million individuals to identify over a thousand places in the human genome that were highly associated with educational attainment. Other scientists have used the results of studies like this to demonstrate how genetic signatures for educational attainment predict social mobility into midlife.

In this course, you will learn cutting-edge methods for studying the nexus of social, behavioral, and genomic processes, as well as engage with the ethics involved in such work. The course is unique in its critical eye toward ethics, misinterpretations, and potential social implications of social science genetics. In addition to learning an array of methods, we will spend significant time considering how statistical parameters from genetics research can so easily be misinterpreted or misunderstood, and how to evaluate the literature in the field.

Starting February 22, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, livestream workshop held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. Each day will consist of two lecture sessions which include hands-on exercises, separated by a 1-hour break. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that finding time to participate in livestream courses can be difficult. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously. 

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions. Live captions can be translated to a variety of languages including Spanish, Korean, and Italian. For more information, click here.

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