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January 18, 2013

Poli Sci presenting seminars in Social Science Mechanics

The second annual Social Science Mechanics seminar series, presented by the Department of Political Science and subtitled "A Look Under the Hood at Innovative Research Methods," will begin Tuesday. In the seminars, scholars will describe the storyline of their research publishing experiences to illumine the processes for those in a variety of disciplines.

The series started last year through the Political Science Graduate Student Association as a way to bolster their methods training for research.

"As young political scientists, we are really looking to understand the process of publishing and research," says Sara Beasley, this year's chair of the seminar series and a graduate student in political science. "This series will help budding social scientists to understand the publishing process that is often not experienced until later in our careers."

This year, the Social Science Mechanics series will host five scholars who will discuss their research and the publishing process. Not all times and locations are confirmed. Information, as it becomes confirmed, will be in the Purdue Today calendar and on the Purdue Political Science page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Political-Science-Department-Purdue/102434786554574?fref=ts.

* Tuesday (Jan. 22) -- Aaron Hoffman, associate professor of political science, on "Voice and Silence: Why Groups Take Credit for Acts of Terror," published in 2010 in the Journal of Peace Research. 6:30-8 p.m. University Hall, Room 117.

* Feb. 12 (Tu) -- Sarah Mustillo, associate professor of sociology, on "Trajectories of Body Mass and Self-Concept in Black and White Girls: The Lingering Effects of Stigma," published in 2012 in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

* March 7 (Th) -- David Nickerson, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, on "Is Voting Contagious? Evidence from Two Field Experiments," published in 2008 in the American Political Science Review.

* March 26 (Tu) -- Leigh Raymond, professor of political science, on "Can Affirmative Motivations Improve Compliance in Emissions Trading Programs?" published in 2011 in the Policy Studies Journal.

* April 15 (M) -- Paul A. Djupe, associate professor of political science at Denison University, on "Present but not Accounted for? Gender Differences in Civic Resource Acquisition," published in 2007 in the American Journal of Political Science.

"I learned a lot from my colleagues in this seminar series last year," says Thomas Mustillo, PSGSA faculty advisor and assistant professor of political science. "I really think this series is one that I wish I could have attended when I was pursuing my doctorate at UNC. It is one of the more beneficial ways in which we can teach our future colleagues about the publishing and research process."

The seminar is sponsored by the Purdue Graduate School Government, College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Provost.

For more information, contact Sara Beasley at 630-338-5278 scbeasle@purdue.edu.