The BigSoccer Academic Conference

Discussion in 'Education and Academia' started by Ismitje, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thanks for the invite. I actually research Swiss soccer for my very narrow research area. I would be happy to join in.
    My suggestion would be to have everyone that wants prepare a 5-6 page presentation. No more. That way we cut out all of the academic junk that we all know exists at conferences and get to the substance. We could set up a dropbox/blog where the papers could be posted ahead of time. On the appointed day, a discussion could open up. Because all would have read the papers ahead of time, it could be a 30 min discussion about each topic. Just a thought.
     
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  2. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Do you mean Benford's Law? One of the annoyances I found in the popularizing work on it by Nigrini was his use of measures of center rather than distributional tests (IIRC), which seemed completely counterintuitive to me. The law defines a distribution, shouldn't that be the basis of the test? I learned about Benford's law during a period when I was not able to really pursue it in the way I would have liked (when my grad school career was already long in the tooth, and most of the uses of it are likely to piss people off, which hinders job searches).

    Oh, I'm not a true statistician (Scotsman?) by your definition. My Ph.D. is in Ed. Psych., therefore a middle-weight stats guy.
     
  5. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As a matter of organization, I would be happy to have my institution host a real Bigsoccer Academic Conference in 2014/2015. I teach at a school a little out of the way, about 1.5 hours from ATL, but we could oraganize a multidicsiplinary conference. I say this now because I know that budgets are now being created for FY 2015.
     
  6. American Brummie

    Jun 19, 2009
    There Be Dragons Here
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes, Benford's law. I was doing that thing where I pull up names in my head and the wrong page came up.
     
  7. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No worries, I knew what you had to be talking about.
     
  8. American Brummie

    Jun 19, 2009
    There Be Dragons Here
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't have a PhD yet so I can be forgiven for these mistakes, no? As long as I put in 50 hours of RA/TA work a week?
     
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  9. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    50 hours? Your dissertation advisor is getting soft on us. ;)
     
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  10. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Maybe those 50 hours don't include dog walking, car washing, and housekeeping chores in addition to the TA/RA duties.

    But yeah, if your director can't come up with more than 50 hours of bitchwork to throw at you, he's mailing it in.
     
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  11. American Brummie

    Jun 19, 2009
    There Be Dragons Here
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sexist.
     
  12. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Next time you're mopping your director's kitchen floor, spend some time contemplating the arbitrary connection between the signifier and the signified. Upon realizing the vertiginous possibilities of referential aberration, write an essay marked by rhetorical patterns that "rigorously" (and therefore ironically) suspend the normal operations of logic. Succeed in creating a new discourse and... here is your future...

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    Fail at this assignment and ... that's you in the picture...

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  13. American Brummie

    Jun 19, 2009
    There Be Dragons Here
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Was that a real ad? Holy shit!
     
  14. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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  15. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wow, this thread is only a few days old and already I've learned something! That's better than a good number of actual conferences I've attended! LOL!
     
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  16. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Houston Dynamo
    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Um...I just logged in for the first time in about a month so I'm not even sure what to think yet. I'd love to do something, but I'm taking the express route on my PhD, working two GA jobs, writing multiple conference papers for submission, probably taking 1-2 summer classes, and potentially going to Finland to present at a conference this summer (if my paper gets accepted). I'm actually procrastinating right now instead of reading the 13 chapters I need to get caught up on by Monday evening.

    I'll subscribe anyway and see what happens by the time the WC rolls around.
     
  17. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's the spirit!
     
  18. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Yeah, but where is the cheap wine in plastic cups next to the "cheese" blocked into 1/2 inch cubes with toothpicks sticking out of them? That's what's missing.
     
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  19. Jacen McCullough

    Nov 23, 1998
    Maryland
    Just logged on for the first time in quite a while and saw this thread. Sounds interesting, so I'll try to log in more often, haha.
     
  20. bigredfutbol

    bigredfutbol Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Woodbridge, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd be happy to tell you more, as my Ph.D program doesn't give me any choice BUT to know something about them...
     
  21. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  22. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  23. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Although we're going to have to do some work in order to get outside the "Sounds Sketchy: You Might Want to Rethink This" box.
     
  24. American Brummie

    Jun 19, 2009
    There Be Dragons Here
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  25. Baysider

    Baysider Member+

    Jul 16, 2004
    Santa Monica
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Came to this late. Econ/Finance academic.
     

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