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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 AG041955-01), 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 http://ucnets.berkeley.edu for documentation and information about how to obtain data. 

Claude S. Fischer
Professor of the Graduate School, Sociology
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