Monday, July 25, 2016

Free Seminar on the "China Multigenerational Panel Datasets Series"

July 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Angell Hall, SITES Computer Classroom C

All Summer Program participants are invited to attend a special seminar exploring the China Multigenerational Panel Datasets Series (CMGPD). 

The CMGPD project links historical and contemporary archival sources, social surveys, genealogies, inscriptions, and oral histories to create large individual level panel datasets extending from late imperial to contemporary China. The research emphasizes how, despite recent profound political, social, and economic changes, many distinctive institutions and patterns of demographic behavior, stratification, and social mobility persist from China's imperial past.

The seminar will help interested researchers assess the suitability of the CMPGPD for their research topics. No prior quantitative training or knowledge of Chinese history is required. 

The seminar is free and open to all ICPSR Summer Program participants. Lunch will be served. Bring your own laptop if you want to access the data during the workshop. The datasets, documentation, and training guide are available from ICPSR.

RSVP required! Please email Susan Leonard ( by this Thursday, July 28 at 5 p.m. to reserve your spot.

  • Background and context of the population covered by CMGPD data
  • Unique features of the CMGPD
  • Format and basic structure of the CMGPD
  • Suitable research topics for CMGPD
  • Lunch
  • Open time for individual questions (attendance optional)

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute for Child and Human Development
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • UCLA

Thursday, July 14, 2016

2nd Session Check-in & Registration

The 2nd Session begins on Monday, July 18. During the morning, we will hold check-in and registration at the Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson St.), room 1430. Here is the schedule (please attend the time that corresponds to the first letter of your last name; if you do not need advising, show up at 9 a.m.):

9:00 a.m. — Check-in only (no advising)
9:30 a.m. — A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I
10:30 a.m. — J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R
11:30 a.m. — S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Due to check-in, morning classes will not meet on July 18. Classes starting at 1:00 p.m. and after will meet on July 18.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July Holiday Weekend

Newberry Hours:
Saturday, July 2: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: Noon-10 p.m.
Monday, July 4: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. While Newberry will be open, most administrative and teaching staff will be out of the office today.

No courses will be held on Monday, July 4. For those in the Bayes workshop, there will be a review session held in the Newberry Building.

Things to Do in & around Ann Arbor
Silver Lake, Pinckney Recreation Area.
Staying in town for the long holiday weekend? Start off your festivities by celebrating Canada Day! Several friendly Canadians will meet at Newberry at 6:45 p.m on Friday, July 1 and head to a local watering hole.

The weather is supposed to be sunny and lovely all weekend, so we recommend floating the Huron River, which runs through downtown Ann Arbor. The Argo Canoe Livery rents kayaks and inner tubes for those looking to relax on the water. There is also a lake and beach at the nearby Pinckney Recreation Area, which is a half-hour drive from Ann Arbor. If you're reliant on public transportation, be aware that the U-M's blue buses and the city of Ann Arbor's Ride buses will not be offering transit services on July 4.

Eastern Market
Things to Do in Detroit
If you're looking to explore Michigan over the long holiday weekend, you might try Detroit, which is a 45-minute drive to the east of Ann Arbor. We recommend visiting Eastern Market (Sat., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.), a massive outdoor market where you'll find everything from fresh, local fruit and veggies to food to flowers and more. Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit River with impressive views of downtown Detroit and Canada, offers plenty of recreation opportunities, including an aquarium, a conservatory, and a zoo. Other worthwhile places to visit include the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and the Motown Museum

Downtown Chicago
Other Nearby Destinations
Other places to visit in Michigan include the lakeside beaches at South Haven and Ludington on the west side of the state (although they are guaranteed to be packed during the holiday weekend). If you're feeling adventurous and have a car, Chicago is 4 hours to the west, Toronto 5 hours to the east, and the spacious wilds of Michigan's Upper Peninsula are to the north. 

Have fun, take photos, and share them with us via Twitter or Facebook! Happy 4th!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Things to do this weekend

Mike's Data People
Friday, 6/24, 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the first week of the First Session with "Mike's Data People"! Instructor Mike Hawthorne has organized a meetup for instructors, TAs, & participants looking to relax and have fun on the Dominick's patio.

Friday & Saturday nights
Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. at this popular downtown bar whose strange decor includes clowns and circus animals.

Farmers Market
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Saturday, 6/25, opens at 7 a.m.
Buy fresh fruit, veggies, baked goods, eggs, and a delicious variety of foods from dozens of local farmers and producers. 

Summer Program Picnic
Saturday, 6/25, 1-5 p.m.
Join your fellow participants, as well as instructors and TAs, for lots of food and fun!

Top of the Park
Saturday & Sunday evenings
This free summer festival features live music, food from local restaurants, and a beer tent. 

Kayaker and his dog enjoying the Argo CascadesFloating the Huron River
Sunday (or any time that it's hot!)
Just north of downtown, the Huron River is a wonderful way to relax and cool down. The Argo Canoe Livery rents kayaks, canoes, tubes, paddleboards, and more.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Great lunch spots

Looking for a quick, casual spot to grab a bite to eat in between classes? May we recommend:

Jerusalem Garden is a Lebanese restaurant that serves delicious and affordable sandwiches and full-plate meals. Excellent falafel, hummus, and chicken shawarma.

Le Dog is a hot dog stand that also serves gourmet soups like lobster bisque, Vichyssoise, chicken tortilla, and clam chowder. No seating.

Kosmo is a Korean diner in the Kerrytown Shops that serves large bowls of bibimbop and Korean-American fusion foods like the Bogie (bulgogi hoagie) or the Seoul dog (a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with kimchi).

Totoro serves fresh sushi, tempura, and teriyaki dishes.

Ginger Deli serves fresh, yummy bahn mi sandwiches and bowls of pho out of a takeout window at the corner of Liberty and Division.

Coffee shops in downtown Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor boasts numerous cafes. Here are a few local spots we recommend:

Located in the airy, glass-covered Nickels Arcade directly across the street from U-M, Comet Coffee serves exquisite espresso drinks and coffees brewed-to-order. Seating is limited in this pocket-sized shop!

Roos Roast is a popular and friendly local roaster whose signature blend, Lobster Butter Love, has a creamy, mild flavor that Ann Arborites adore.

Another beloved local roaster, Mighty Good Coffee has two locations that bookend the campus/downtown area. Both shops feature lots of tables, power outlets, and windows, making them great places to study and work.

lab concocts uniquely flavored espresso drinks whose frothy surfaces are artfully decorated.

Espresso Royale's three locations near campus offer lots of space to study. They sell a giant-sized iced coffee at a reasonable price.

And, if you're ever in need of a quick and free caffeine boost, stop by Newberry, where we have a coffee and tea bar in the back lounge.

Friday, June 17, 2016

First Four-week Session Check-in & Registration

WHEN: June 20, 2016. Please attend the time that corresponds with the first letter of your last name:

9 a.m. — Check-in only (no advising)
10 a.m. — A, B, C, D
11 a.m. — E, F, G, H, I, J
12 Noon — Closed for lunch
1 p.m. — Check-in only (no advising)
2 p.m. — K, L, M, N
3 p.m. — O, P, Q, R, S
4 p.m. — T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z