Center for Social Research

Dr. Nathan Medeiros-Ward Speaking at Calvin College

We are looking forward to a presentation by Dr. Nathan Medeiros-Ward on Monday, April 7, as the Psychology Department of Calvin College hosts his talk entitled: “An Investigation of Multitasking and Driver Distraction.”

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Dr. Medeiros-Ward served as CSR’s first Research Associate, setting a powerful precedent with his problem-solving skills and energetic, collegial management of students and projects. He was a great team leader for the Kent County Congregations Study (KCCS) project, coordinating a team of 13 student field interviewers and 8 student research assistants in the summer of 2007. Upon his graduation from Calvin College with a B.A. in Psychology and Classics, Nathan moved on to the University of Utah, earning his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2013. While in graduate school, he worked closely with David Lee Strayer, one of the original researchers exploring the impact of cell phone use while driving.

Dr. Medeiros-Ward is now a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he is studying attention and multitasking. Nathan’s research interests focus on the component processes of multitasking using a multifaceted approach that involves traditional behavioral methods, driving simulation, neuroimaging, and training/transfer regimens. He is interested in knowing how shifting and dividing attention are similar and different in various laboratory and real-world contexts, as well as whether or not these abilities can be trained.

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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Research Associate Experiences: an update from Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden!

One important position that CSR offers is that of Research Associate. The Research Associate assists in the management of ongoing campus and community projects. As part of this project management, the Research Associate supervises, trains, and supports the student research team. The person in this position is responsible for assigning project work, making and meeting deadlines, preparing data, conducting data analysis, and working alongside the other CSR staff to meet project goals. One of our recent CSR Research Associates, Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, offers the following comments about her experiences at the Center.

Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden
Research Associate from May 2009 - July 2011
Current Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology with an Emphasis in Development


It has been a few years now since I worked as the Research Associate at Calvin’s Center for Social Research (CSR), but nearly every day I am grateful for the investment that each member of the CSR made in me during my time there. I worked at the CSR for two years under Neil Carlson’s and Jim Penning’s leadership and under the steadfast care of Kathy Bardolph. As a Research Associate, I had the opportunity to work with an evolving team of research assistants and technicians while learning about the Center’s many software tools and projects. While I learned countless things, ranging from current topics in Political Science to the language of the Bynars from Star Trek’s Next Generation, I also learned key skills that have helped me as a graduate student today. Two key areas come to mind when I think about how the CSR has impacted my day-to-day thinking: the ability to work efficiently with data, and the desire to tell others about the findings and outcomes of my research.

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Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 09:20 AM
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New Advisors

The When The People Speak Deliberative Poll Event is proud to announce our new project advisors:

Name Title Employer
Alan Vanderberg County Administrator Ottawa County
Curtis Holt City Manager Wyoming
Greg Sundstrom City Manager Grand Rapids
Jim Talen Kent County Commissioner 16th District
Jorge Gonzalez Director of Economic Development LINC
Keith Van Beek Assistant County Administrator Ottawa County
Kevin den Dulk Executive Director of Henry Institute Calvin College
Mark Lemoine Director of System Government Affairs Spectrum Health
Neil Carlson Director of Center for Social Research Calvin College
Rosalynn Bliss City Commissioner of Grand Rapids 2nd Ward

For more information about the Poll Event, visit our website: KentCountySpeaks.org
If you are interested in contributing to our project as an advisor, please contact us!

Posted by Michael Kelly on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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New search for CSR’s next Assistant Director

CSR has a ton of work to do, so we are expanding our team. We are looking for great candidates with relevant Master’s or PhD degrees to fill our Assistant Director position. Having been the Assistant Director myself, I can tell you that the job is a challenging and rewarding platform on which to build a great career in research. Calvin College and CSR are increasingly connected to the community, technically sophisticated and involved in a broad array of interesting on- and off-campus projects. To get more information, visit employment.calvin.edu or contact us at 616 526-7799 or csr@calvin.edu.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, November 04, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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CSR survey of CRC churches makes the news

Christianity Today magazine has reported on the 2012 CRC Survey in a recent article, “The Secrets of a Giving Church.” CSR “director emeritus” Rodger Rice, co-principal investigator on the project, was interviewed for the story.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 05:53 PM
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