Newsletter Summer 2016

The first newsletter of UCNets was issued in Summer 2016, with some fun tidbits on our early results.  Click on this link to download and read.


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Develop a Research Project

Research Opportunities

While the UCNets project has no open positions, there is a possibility that one may apply for NIH funding to take advantage of the panel.  One way is to analyze existing data. Another is to re-interview panelists in a specialized sub-survey and then link these data to the main data, therefore being able to keep the additional questions very limited.  In both cases, one can apply to NIH (NIA is our funder) using one of many grant programs, such as an R03 (small research grant), pre-doctoral (F31), or post-doctoral fellowships (F32, K01, K99-R00).  While we cannot provide any guarantee of success, or mentorship support for the research project itself, you may get assistance with the grant application from Dr. Leora Lawton, Director.

Questions regarding opportunities can be directed to Dr Lawton,

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Wave 1 data collection completed

The first wave of data collection for the UCNets project is now completed. We have already begun to conduct analyses on the preliminary data.  It is proving rich and of high quality.  Check back for early release of findings.

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First of Its Kind

UCNets is the first study of its kind in the country and quite possibly, in the world. It has four overarching aims:

  1. To accurately and fully describe the social ties of a younger group and of an older group of Bay Area residents, paying particular attention to how those relationships change as people’s lives change.
  2. To identify the causal connections among life changes, personal ties, and health. How, for example, does getting a new job or retiring affect the number or types of people a person is involved with and in which ways? How do those aspects of people’s ties in turn affect their well-being and how they handle issues of health? The panel structure of this study will allow researchers to untangle the complex patterns of cause and effect.
  3. To test the practicality and validity of using web-based network techniques. The project incorporates an innovative switching design from face-to-face to web interviewing.

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Data Collection

There will be 3 waves of interviewing beginning in the winter-spring of 2015. We are interviewing two age groups: people aged 21-30, and people aged 50-70. In the first wave, most people will have a face-to-face interview in the comfort of their own home, or if they wish, another place of their choosing where the interview can take place. A smaller group of people will be receive web surveys. We will assign you to each group based on your age and internet access.

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