Meet the Team
Mary McEniry is the director of Data Sharing for Demographic Research. Mary joined ICPSR in October 2011, from the University of Wisconsin, where she has been an Associate Scientist in the Department of Sociology, the Center for Demography and Ecology, and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging. Mary's PhD is in Industrial Engineering, but she has established herself in a new career in population studies. She worked with Alberto Palloni on the Puerto Rico Elderly: Health Conditions project, designing anthropometric measures and testing survey instruments. For the last five years, her work has focused on "Early life influences on elderly health in the developing world" with support from a K25 award from NIA. As part of that project, she compiled a cross national database using large data sets from around the world.
Mary brings to DSDR her experience as an active researcher, who has participated on a large, complex data analysis project, as well as her recent work in harmonizing data across surveys conducted in different countries. She also brings strong skills in statistics from both her operations research training and her recent work in analyzing longitudinal data on the long-term effects of early life conditions. We are also delighted that Mary has many ties to Latin America, where she lived for a number of years. She plans to seek out research data in Latin America, and ICPSR is looking forward to developing closer ties to scholars and universities in the region that will come from these efforts.
Yishi Wang has been a Research Assistant at DSDR since September of 2013. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with Bachelor's degrees in both Program in the Environment (an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies concentration) and German Language and Literature. She recently returned from a rewarding year as a Fulbright scholar in Essen, Germany, where she taught English at a girls' secondary school, took history courses at the University of Düsseldorf, and pursued her love for all things German. Yishi brings her varied international experiences and her passion for learning to the Data Sharing for Demographic Research archive, and is excited to contribute to DSDR as she gains further experience with data, quantitative methods and statistical software.
Luojiao Shen joined DSDR as a Research Assistant in March of 2014. She is a second year Master's student in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics at the University of Michigan. She has a passion for data analysis and a strong background in statistics. Her main responsibility at DSDR is building statistical models to analyze the potential factors and explain the relationship between variables. At DSDR, Luojiao has worked on the study "How to Measure the Value of Research Data," during which she gained valuable data processing and quantitative analysis experience.
Colleen Smythe joined DSDR as a Research Assistant in May 2014, shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in Sociology. She earned Highest Honors for her senior thesis about the adult siblings of people with Down syndrome, and this work reinforced her love of qualitative research. However, she also came to ICPSR with strong quantitative skills, and she is enjoying learning about survey data collection and processing. She eventually hopes to pursue either law school or a Ph.D. in sociology. Her main responsibilities at DSDR are processing studies for release and reviewing applications for restricted data.
Xiaoxue Song has been a Research Assistant at DSDR since May of 2014. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Master's degree in Applied Economics. She enjoys applying her economics knowledge and statistical skills in her work at DSDR. During her time with the project, Xiaoxue has developed an interest in population science, health, and quantitative analysis. She eventually hopes to pursue either a career in social science research or a Ph.D. in economics. Her main responsibility at DSDR is evaluating the archive's data usage statistics.
Michelle Fedorowicz joined the DSDR as a Research Assistant in December 2014. She is currently a senior at the University of Michigan completing her degree in Sociology and Medical Anthropology. She is writing her honors thesis on how college-aged women of different races form their body image. Her main responsibilities at DSDR include staying up to date on research that looks at the intersection of genetic and social science. She eventually hopes to pursue an MD/MPH and work as a pediatrician.
Stefanie Skulsky joined DSDR as a Research Assistant in December 2014. She is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Sociology with a minor in Crime and Justice. After graduating this May, she will be attending law school in the fall to pursue a career in family law. Stefanie has worked on research projects for the Institute of Social Research as well as for the Michigan Poverty Law Program. Her main responsibilities at DSDR have been assisting with renovating the website and working on a data harmonization project on child obesity.