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Statistics and Data Science Professional Development Series: "Statistical Careers with Social Science Research Organizations"

When: Friday, January 26, 2024
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Chambers Hall, Ruan Conference Room – lower level, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Kisa Kowal   (847) 491-3974

Group: Department of Statistics and Data Science

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Statistical Careers with Social Science Research Organizations

Zachary Seeskin, PhD
Senior Statistician, NORC at the University of Chicago
Northwestern 2016, PhD in Statistics

Talk 11:00 AM-12:00 PM 
Networking Reception 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Abstract: Social science research organizations offer exciting career options for statisticians and data scientists, with opportunities to develop study designs and execute analyses to address impactful questions. I discuss my experiences with NORC at the University of Chicago, reviewing examples of projects and discussing the skillsets valuable for the work. I will highlight two specific examples of projects focusing on statistical applications to inform vaccination policy with the National Immunization Survey (NIS), conducted by NORC for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NIS is a family of random digit dialing surveys estimating vaccination coverage for a range of vaccine series nationally, for each state, and for select local areas and territories. First, I describe applying small area estimation to the NIS-Child to combine direct survey estimates with model-based predictions to generate county-level estimates of vaccination coverage for children up to two years of age. Second, I discuss employing latent class analysis with the NIS-Child COVID Module as an exploratory method to identify different combinations of parental intent, attitudes, and behaviors regarding their children’s COVID vaccinations.


Zachary Seeskin is a Senior Statistician with NORC at the University of Chicago, where he works on sample design, estimation, and data analysis for government and public interest surveys. Zach contributes to weighting, total survey error analysis, small area estimation, imputation, and adaptive design for such surveys as the National Immunization Survey, the General Social Survey, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and Jewish community studies. He further serves as an adjunct faculty member with Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies, teaching in the Public Policy and Administration program.


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