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We are pleased to announce a two-day conference and workshop at UC Berkeley,
 June 14-15, on the new *UC Berkeley Social Networks Study (UCNets). *

The first day is a conference with presentations followed by a discussion,
with ample time for networking. The second day consists of a detailed
explanation to the UCNets data structure and documentation, followed by
hands-on exercises in statistical methodologies to exploit the data.  The
program can be viewed in the registration site (below).

Participation is open and free of charge, but capacity is limited and
registration is required.  You may register for either or both days.  If
you have any questions, please contact Dr. Leora Lawton, UCNets director,
[log in to unmask]  Very limited travel support may be available.

Please register here


*About the Study*

UCNets is the University of California Berkeley Social Networks Study, a
longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Aging (R01
with Claude Fischer as Principal Investigator. The objective of the UCNets
study is to understand how network composition changes over time as a
result of life course transitions – e.g., graduation, marriage, retirement
or widowhood – and how these changes are related to health status and
outcomes.  Using mostly addressed-based sampling from six San Francisco bay
area counties, the study recruited participants in two age groups (cohorts)
– 21-30 year-olds and 50-70 year-olds — to maximize the possibility of
experiencing a life transition.  There are 3 waves of interviewing. Two
have been completed (winter 2015-2016, and winter-spring 2017) and a third
wave is currently in the field.  There are a total of 1,159 respondents in
Wave 1, 1,016 in Wave 2 and we expect approximately 875 in Wave 3.  Social
network composition is based on 9 name-eliciting questions, with follow-up
detail on homophily, relationships and social roles. The instrument also
includes a household census, school and employment activities, physical and
emotional health, and SES and demographic questions for the respondent and
spouse.  Waves 2 and 3 ask mostly the same questions, with some dropped and
a few added, most importantly addressing any changed in the named network.
Visit for documentation and information about
how to obtain data.

Claude S. Fischer
Professor of the Graduate School, Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

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