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Chapter Spotlight: MAPOR

by Ned English, 2019-20 MAPOR President
MAPOR has been busy so far during 2020 with a number of different activities. We are building up to our 45th annual conference November 20 and 21, which will be virtual this year instead of at the Embassy Suites as usual. One advantage of being virtual will be to accommodate folks who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend due to travel, expense, or scheduling conflicts. Our Conference Chair, Sara Walsh, and the rest of the MAPOR Conference Committee have been hard at work assembling a very exciting and high-quality program following our theme, “Why Representation Matters.” We are very pleased that Trent Buskirk of Bowling Green State University will be giving a Short Course on Data Visualization, Claudia Deane of the Pew Research Center will deliver the Keynote Address, and Burton Reist from the U.S. Census Bureau will be presenting our Pedagogy Hour. Another benefit of the virtual format is that we are able to have a special panel on “Why Representation Matters in Research,” involving individuals across the industry. We will also be introducing “speed networking” at our conference as a formal way for students, early-career members, and anyone else to meet potential employers or have an informational interview. So, we hope to seeing you at MAPOR in late November.
In addition to getting ready for our annual conference, MAPOR hosted one webinar during the spring of 2020 with another planned for the fall. First, Rebecca J. Powell of RTI International presented in April on Data Management the Tidy Way: An Overview of the Tidyverse in R, which had record-breaking registration at 228 individuals. Later this fall, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera of the Pew Research Center will be presenting on The Challenges of Surveying U.S. Latinos, another very current topic. We also hosted a mixer in Chicago in March, concurrent with an AAPOR council meeting, to support MAPOR’s mission of bringing our members together to learn about each other’s work and to network in informal settings.
Looking ahead to 2021, MAPOR is seeking new ways to add value to our members with a focus on supporting students and early-career researchers. MAPOR Executive Council is currently exploring new grants focused on student travel and attendance at the annual conference. Thinking beyond the annual conference, we are planning on increasing the number of networking opportunities outside of Chicago with multiple events in the early planning stage. As always, MAPOR is committed to further diversifying its membership and Executive Council and is seeking ways to accomplish that goal. We will continue to reach out to organizations, corporations, departments, and scholars who may not be aware of MAPOR or have not been a part of MAPOR for a while in order to provide the best and most-inclusive experience for everyone.
If you would like to learn more about MAPOR and our upcoming activities, please visit our website.