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Spark Newsletter: March 18, 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

Mar 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. 

Sign up to be notified when registration opens. 

Social Sciences Inter-departmental Trivia
Need a break from zoom calls, assignments and marking? The Graduate Students Association and Spark are teaming up to co-host a competitive game of team trivia on March 19th from 5-6pm. All affiliated with Social Sciences at McMaster are invited to join. 

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March 19th, 10:30 – 11:20am

Productivity During Pandemic Series – Random nuggets of research insight
Spark Executive Director, Allison Van – Better Interviews III: Deliberate Choices.
Pre-Register here:

April 9th, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Relevant Research Series - Methodology and approach to knowledge mobilization
Caroline Sinders - Research Driven Art
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April 16th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Relevant Research Series - An introduction to machine learning, data, and design thinking
Caroline Sinders -  Feminist Data Set Workshop
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In case you missed it:

Relevant Research Series - making research relevant to policy and practice
Juan Velasco - Design Principles for Data Visualization, Session 1 of 2. 
Part 1: Click Here for Zoom Recording

Relevant Research Series - making research relevant to policy and practice
Juan Velasco - Design Principles for Data Visualization, Session 2 of 2. 
Part 2: Click Here for Zoom Recording

Research Conversations

If you are stuck or looking for new ideas, thoughts, or technologies for your social research, reach out.  Spark exists to support your work.  We provide up to 4 hours of free support each year to all McMaster researchers on every social or human systems topic imaginable. 
Request a research consultation at and we will set up a time to talk.

Looking to pool software licences with another researcher?

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

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. Our cost-recovery services include methods and software training, custom research, state of the art facilities, and taking on elements of your project to support its completion.
For a full list of Brighter Spark Applied Research's services, visit:
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Upcoming talk on March 19th, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dr. Aida Hurtado
Art, Popular Culture and Feminist Organizing: The 2017 Women’s March”
Organized by Anthropology Department 

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Upcoming seminar on March 19th, 2021 from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS)
Panel: Robbie Shilliam, Randolph B. Persaud, Takiyah Harper-Shipman and Lisa Tilley
Past and Contemporary Dimensions of Racial Capitalism: Dialectics of Freedom, Violence and Reproductive Labour
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Upcoming event on March 26th at 10 – 11:30am

Roundtable – Social Media Research Ethics – Power and Provocations
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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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