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Spark Newsletter: April 15, 2021

Read our bi-weekly news from Spark: a centre for social research innovation at McMaster University. In this newsletter, we highlight centre news, upcoming events, and updated resources for researchers. To subscribe to our mailing list, please email

Apr 18, 2021

Intensive 2-week course on Data Wrangling in R
Being held May 3rd-14th from 4-6 pm Monday - Thursday online, this short course will introduce students to the wonders of the tidyverse and all you need to do data cleaning, wrangling and basic descriptive statistics in R.  The short course costs $200 for McMaster-affiliated student, staff and faculty and $350 for the external public. 


Register for Course


Who inspires you as a researcher?
Spark's Productivity During Pandemic series, which occurred weekly on Fridays this school year, will resume, with the same grab-bag of methods and topics, but a new name, in September.  You can browse this year's talks on the Spark Channel.  If you're excited by a researcher focused on any topic, anywhere in the world, or want to speak about your work, let us know, and we will do our best to make it happen.


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In case you missed it:

Relevant Research Series - An introduction to machine learning, data, and design thinking
Caroline Sinders -  Feminist Data Set Workshop
Register here:

Relevant Research Series - Research Driven Art
Caroline Sinders - Creative Research and Building Feminist Data
Click Here for Zoom Recording

Productivity During Pandemic Series – “Nothing About Us Without Us”: Ukrainian Sex Workers’ Politics in Changing Times
Dafna Rachok
Click Here for Zoom Recording

Looking to pool software licences with another researcher?

Now you can! Fill out this form and we will reach out if we can match you with others looking to pool licences.

Current Availability (Holders & Seekers)
-    1 Holder of Mimics (Materialise) and looking for someone to share this software
-    1 Seeker for Adobe Sign or Docu Sign 

If you currently hold Adobe Sign/Docu Sign and are willing to share the licence with another researcher, or are in search of a Mimics (Materialise) licence, please email:

Research Conversations

Spark exists to help you with your research, with 4 hours of free support yearly to all McMaster researchers on every social or human systems topic imaginable.  Request a conversation at

Qualtrics Licences

If you are an FSS researcher who would like to request access to Qualtrics survey software, please fill out this form:

Brighter Spark Applied Research

Spark offers custom research and evaluation, as well as highly skilled assistance in implementing virtually any social research method. For a full list of Brighter Spark Applied Research services, visit:

Connect with Spark on Linkedin!
Now is the perfect time to connect with Spark via LinkedIn

Help us profile your research, publications, job ads, opportunities, and upcoming events by sending them to: to be showcased in our next newsletter.


Upcoming Online Event: May 26th at 10:00am – 3:40pm 

Magic, Healing and Religion Workshop 
Organized by: Department of Religious Studies 
Learn more and Register here:

New YouTube Channel 

The Department of Health, Aging and Society is excited to announce their YouTube channel is officially live. You can view all of their 2020-21 #HASTalk Seminars online. Check out the new YouTube Channel here:

McMaster Staff Job Posting:  Research Technology Analyst – Online Research 

Provide technical support services or research computing, and acts as a technical resource and project lead for moderately complex projects involving the development, implementation and maintenance of technology systems and services for research. Sounds like the perfect job for you?
Learn more and apply here:  

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