Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How the desire for good science produced bad behavior - among social scientists

A recent NYT article about the demands of good science in the field of social psychology and a story of a scientist caught in a polemical feud.  Consider for a conversation at CROW?

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: October 18, 2017

Present:   Levi Bonnell, Jessica Clifton, Justine Dee, Nancy Gell, Kairn Kelley, Gail Rose, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up: Connie on GoToMeeting – thank you Katie Peper for your help!
1.                   Presentation review –Levi Bonnell: The Built Environment and Health: an overview of 2 projects
a.       Requesting feedback on content and graphics
                                                   i.      What to present on Friday: one or both projects?
b.       Planning poster presentation APHA in 2 weeks
c.       Project 1: Driver’s license data
                                                   i.      Large data set with both BMI and point location
1.       Density, land use diversity, design, recreation, environment:
a.       for now, walkability and access to nutrition in the environment
                                                 ii.      After contacting all states, consort diagram identifies 14 states but only 7 states sent (53m records)
1.       Clean records: 49m
                                               iii.      Geocoding tips
1.       Tips
2.       Learning experiences so far
                                               iv.      Next steps: walkability and obesity: density/urban-rural differences; CTS 301: community nutrition environment and obesity
1.       Walkability: 500 meters around the home
2.       Walk score as an additional variable
d.       Project 2: Geomed Online – planned for APHA presentation
                                                   i.      Web-based survey with over 3000 respondents, including self-perceived health
                                                 ii.      Demographics: missing sex%
                                               iii.      Locations
                                               iv.      Analysis:
1.       Fitness and general health (logistic regression)
2.       BMI (linear regression)
                                                 v.      Result
1.       Northern latitudes
a.       Decrease BMI
b.       Increases fitness
c.       Increases self-assessment of health
2.       Graphics
a.       Watch for errors in titling
b.       Consider adding, in all graphs, an icon of the latitude/longitude map for orientation
c.       Line graphs make the viewer assume a continuous variable
d.       Number the slides for easy reference by the audience
                                               vi.      Main point of this work, given that we already know about the Stroke Belt in the U.S.
1.       L&L is an important potential confounder in understanding health
a.       Health is associated with L&L
b.       Where people are located is important in an analysis
2.       After adjusting for age, sex, race, and education
a.       The further north, the healthier
b.       The further west, the healthier
3.       When we look at BMI with where they are in the world, it confirms what we already knew
a.       Therefore, we can add these tools to the public health toolkit
e.       For Friday
                                                   i.      Explain geocoding a little more
                                                 ii.      Provide more transition between a quote, bullet points, and what is important to the slide
f.        Questions:
                                                   i.      Why not analyze longitudinal areas the same way? (Later slides responded to this.)

2.                   Next Workshop Meeting(s): Wednesdays, 11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4.
a.       October 25: Justine’s paper
b.       Nov 1: TBD
c.       Future topics:
a.       Juvena: protocol development
b.       LaMantia: predictors of successful R01 applications:

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fwd: Newly Released: The 2016 BRFSS Public Data Set

Attention, researchers:  2016 BRFSS Public Data Set Now Available !

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Population Health Announces the Release of the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data Set


The BRFSS is a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. Reaching participants on both landline and cellular telephones, the survey collects information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) from a representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older in each state. The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. State-specific data—including racial- and ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS—provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in addressing health risks.

The BRFSS is the largest ongoing telephone-based health surveillance system in the world, with more than 486,000 interviews conducted in 2016. BRFSS is now working to make this new data set available through its online Prevalence and Trends Tools.  


Learn more about the 2016 BRFSS data.

Learn more about the BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Tools. Learn more about the BRFSS or send an inquiry to

Research advice from Superheros

From Note to future self // Urban Demographics

Announcing PCD’s 2018 Student Research Paper Contest

Subject: Announcing PCD's 2018 Student Research Paper Contest


2018 PCD Student Research Paper Contest Details Released

Dear Colleagues,

Do you know an exceptional student who's doing great work in the field of chronic disease prevention and health promotion? Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is looking for students at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level and recent post-graduates to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, or population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

The 5 primary goals for PCD's Student Research Paper Contest are to:
• Provide applicants with an opportunity to become familiar with a journal's manuscript submission requirements and peer-review process;
• Assist applicants to connect their knowledge and training on conducting quality research with a journal's publication expectations;
• Develop applicants' research and scientific writing skills to become producers of knowledge rather than just consumers of knowledge;
• Provide applicants with an opportunity to become first author on a peer-reviewed paper;
• Promote supportive, respectful, and mutually beneficial student/post-graduate―mentor relationships that result in strengthening students' ability to generate and submit future scholarly manuscripts.

Manuscripts must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, February 23, 2018. Additional information and detailed submission guidelines are available on the PCD website at

Thank you in advance for your assistance and continued support of PCD.

Best Regards,

Leonard Jack, Jr, PhD, MSc

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