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Mar 03

Getting Started with the RCE

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Room K018, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Intended for new users who would like to start using the Research Computing Environment (RCE), this short one-hour course provides a kickstart introduction to using the RCE. The RCE enables social scientists to use popular statistical programs for computations on a shared pool of computing resources. The RCE is accessed remotely and securely via a tool called NX. That is, you can use the RCE from your laptop or desktop anywhere on campus or even anywhere in the world. This short course is intended to get new users started by showing how to install the NX software on a laptop or desktop machine and connecting to the RCE via NX. The RCE will appear as a familiar desktop environment with menus to choose statistical and office productivity applications. This short course will be provided monthly in a classroom format and as an online version that will always be available. Users are welcome to bring their laptops to install RCE right in the class and be ready to use the RCE upon leaving the class.

Sep 20

GIS Basics with ArcGIS

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room 209, Kresge Building. 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115



Brief introduction to GIS-related terminology and spatial data basics. Students will create a basic map using ArcGIS. 



Instructor: Sumeeta Srinivasan



For more information and to sign up, click here.  

Nov 04

Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

The Research Workshop on Political Economy (Government 3007) is a full-year course open to all graduate students and faculty. For the 2013-14 academic year, the workshop will be run by Muhammet Bas, Robert Bates, and Horacio Larreguy.

The Workshop is organized to facilitate graduate student-faculty discussion of research in progress. Faculty and graduate-student members of the Workshop meet weekly to present and discuss work by Workshop members. This work could be versions of dissertation prospectuses, thesis chapters, stand-alone research papers, or simply rough ideas for new research. Practice job talks are also welcome, and those planning to go on the market this fall should be in touch ASAP to schedule their presentation.

The Workshop gives graduate students the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in Political Economy. It provides a venue for in-depth discussion of student work with faculty and graduate-student peers. All graduate students interested in Political Economy, regardless of field of concentration or year, are invited to take the Workshop.

    • Time - Mondays, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location - Rm K354, 1737 Cambridge St (CGIS Knafel Building)
    • Eligibility - Open to all members of the Harvard community
    • Coordinator - Akos Lada

Visit the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course site for detailed schedule information.

Presentation Details

Presenter: Evan Schnidman, Job Market

Sep 16

Topics in Privacy/ Technology in Government

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138



TIP-TIG is a weekly session for brainstorming and discussing any aspect of privacy (TIP) or on technology in government (TIG), hosted by the Data Privacy Lab. Discussions are often inspired by a real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant, who may be from industry, government, or academia. Practice talks and presentations on specific techniques and topics are also common. This meeting occurs on the 3rd floor of CGIS Knafel; refreshments served at 2:30pm, discussion 3:00pm to 4:00pm. 



More information is available at <<ahighlight="" href="http://dataprivacylab.org/TIP/schedule.html" data-mce-href="http://dataprivacylab.org/TIP/schedule.html">http://dataprivacylab.org/TIP/schedule.html>.



Presentation Details



Speaker: Murat Kantarcioglu, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of the Data Security and Privacy Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a visiting scholar at the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University.



Dr. Kantarcioglu’s research focuses on creating technologies that can efficiently extract useful information from any data without sacrificing privacy or security.  He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences. His research has been supported by grants from NSF, AFOSR, ONR, NSA, and NIH and has received two best paper awards.  He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and his research has been reported on in the media, including the Boston Globe and ABC News.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.



Title: Mining Distributed Data without Violating Privacy



Abstract: The quantity of data that is captured, collected, and stored by a wide variety of organizations is growing at an exponential rate.  The potential for such data to support scientific discovery and optimization of existing systems is significant, but only if it can be integrated and analyzed in a meaningful way by a wide range of investigators.  While many believe that data sharing is desirable, there are also privacy and security concerns, rooted in ethics and the law that often prevent many legitimate and noteworthy applications.  In this talk, I will provide an overview on our research regarding how to integrate and mine large amounts of privacy-sensitive  distributed data without violating such constraints.  In doing so, I will discuss how to incentivize data sharing in privacy-preserving distributed data mining applications.  This work will draw upon examples form the biomedical domain and discuss recent research on privacy-preserving mining of genomic databases.



Oct 28

Topics in Privacy/ Technology in Government

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138



TIP-TIG is a weekly session for brainstorming and discussing any aspect of privacy (TIP) or on technology in government (TIG), hosted by the Data Privacy Lab. Discussions are often inspired by a real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant, who may be from industry, government, or academia. Practice talks and presentations on specific techniques and topics are also common. This meeting occurs on the 3rd floor of CGIS Knafel; refreshments served at 2:30pm, discussion 3:00pm to 4:00pm. 











More information is available at http://dataprivacylab.org/TIP/.



Presentation Details



Discussant: Michael Norton, Harvard Business School

May 05

Getting Started with the RCE

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Room K018, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138



Intended for new users who would like to start using the Research Computing Environment (RCE), this short one-hour course provides a kickstart introduction to using the RCE. The RCE enables social scientists to use popular statistical programs for computations on a shared pool of computing resources. The RCE is accessed remotely and securely via a tool called NX. That is, you can use the RCE from your laptop or desktop anywhere on campus or even anywhere in the world. This short course is intended to get new users started by showing how to install the NX software on a laptop or desktop machine and connecting to the RCE via NX. The RCE will appear as a familiar desktop environment with menus to choose statistical and office productivity applications. This short course will be provided monthly in a classroom format and as an online version that will always be available. Users are welcome to bring their laptops to install RCE right in the class and be ready to use the RCE upon leaving the class.

Sep 27

Wrangling Data into Maps

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room 209, Kresge Building. 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115



The ability to 'wrangle' various forms of data into a GIS is necessary in order to produce maps or analysis. Students will learn how to convert and properly geo-reference raw data in text form into GIS format, find and import relevant publicly available data, and produce a map of the results.



Instructor: Jeff Blossom



For more information and to sign up, please click here



Nov 18

Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138



The Research Workshop on Political Economy (Government 3007) is a full-year course open to all graduate students and faculty. For the 2013-14 academic year, the workshop will be run by Muhammet Bas, Robert Bates, and Horacio Larreguy.



The Workshop is organized to facilitate graduate student-faculty discussion of research in progress. Faculty and graduate-student members of the Workshop meet weekly to present and discuss work by Workshop members. This work could be versions of dissertation prospectuses, thesis chapters, stand-alone research papers, or simply rough ideas for new research. Practice job talks are also welcome, and those planning to go on the market this fall should be in touch ASAP to schedule their presentation.



The Workshop gives graduate students the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in Political Economy. It provides a venue for in-depth discussion of student work with faculty and graduate-student peers. All graduate students interested in Political Economy, regardless of field of concentration or year, are invited to take the Workshop.





    • Time - Mondays, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM



    • Location - Rm K354, 1737 Cambridge St (CGIS Knafel Building)



    • Eligibility - Open to all members of the Harvard community



    • Coordinator - Akos Lada




Visit the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course site for detailed schedule information.



Presentation Details



Presenters: Aditya Dasgupta, Paper & Maria Angelica Bautista, Paper

Sep 30

Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138









The Research Workshop on Political Economy (Government 3007) is a full-year course open to all graduate students and faculty. For the 2013-14 academic year, the workshop will be run by Muhammet Bas, Robert Bates, and Horacio Larreguy.



The Workshop is organized to facilitate graduate student-faculty discussion of research in progress. Faculty and graduate-student members of the Workshop meet weekly to present and discuss work by Workshop members. This work could be versions of dissertation prospectuses, thesis chapters, stand-alone research papers, or simply rough ideas for new research. Practice job talks are also welcome, and those planning to go on the market this fall should be in touch ASAP to schedule their presentation.



The Workshop gives graduate students the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in Political Economy. It provides a venue for in-depth discussion of student work with faculty and graduate-student peers. All graduate students interested in Political Economy, regardless of field of concentration or year, are invited to take the Workshop.





    • Time - Mondays, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


    • Location - Rm K354, 1737 Cambridge St (CGIS Knafel Building)


    • Eligibility - Open to all members of the Harvard community


    • Coordinator - Akos Lada



Visit the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course site for detailed schedule information.



Presentation Details



Presenter: Shahrzad Sabet, Job Market

Nov 18

Topics in Privacy/ Technology in Government

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

TIP-TIG is a weekly session for brainstorming and discussing any aspect of privacy (TIP) or on technology in government (TIG), hosted by the Data Privacy Lab. Discussions are often inspired by a real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant, who may be from industry, government, or academia. Practice talks and presentations on specific techniques and topics are also common. This meeting occurs on the 3rd floor of CGIS Knafel; refreshments served at 2:30pm, discussion 3:00pm to 4:00pm. 

More information is available at http://dataprivacylab.org/TIP/index.html.

Presentation Details

Title: Automating the Process for Achieving Acceptable Tolerances in Data De-Identification for Analytics Purposes

Discussants: Michael Logan and Joseph Santangelo, Axis Technology

Sep 11

Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009)

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138



This methodological workshop offers a tour of Harvard's statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in different disciplines. It presents opportunities for faculty, visitors, and graduate students to present ongoing research. For additional details, please click here



Graduate Student Coordinator: Tess Wise



This lecture meets on the third floor of CGIS Knafel. Lunch will be served. 



Presentation Details



Presenter: Peter Aronow, Yale University



Title: Does Regression Produce Representative Estimates of Causal Effects?



Abstract: It is well-known that, with an unrepresentative sample, the estimate of a causal effect may fail to characterize how effects operate in the population of interest. What is less well understood is that conventional estimation practices for observational studies may produce the same problem even with a representative sample. Specifically, causal effects estimated via multiple regression differentially weight each unit's contribution. The ``effective sample'' that regression uses to generate the causal effect estimate may bear little resemblance to the population of interest. The effects that multiple regression estimate may be nonrepresentative in a similar manner as are effects produced via quasi-experimental methods such as instrumental variables, matching, or regression discontinuity designs, implying there is no representativeness basis for preferring multiple regression on representative samples over quasi-experimental methods. We show how to estimate the implied ``multiple regression weights'' for each unit, thus allowing researchers to visualize the characteristics of the effective sample. Knowing the effective sample is crucial, because it allows one to relate effect estimates to sample characteristics. We then discuss alternative approaches that, under certain conditions, recover representative average causal effects. The requisite conditions cannot always be met.



Oct 04

Making Sense out of Spatial Data

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room 209, Kresge Building. 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115



An introduction to spatial analysis for various kinds of problem solving in a GIS environment. Examples of both raster and vector data-based spatial operations like overlay, buffering, and interpolation will be covered.



Instructor: Sumeeta Srinivasan



For more information and to sign up, please click here

Dec 02

Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

The Research Workshop on Political Economy (Government 3007) is a full-year course open to all graduate students and faculty. For the 2013-14 academic year, the workshop will be run by Muhammet Bas, Robert Bates, and Horacio Larreguy.

The Workshop is organized to facilitate graduate student-faculty discussion of research in progress. Faculty and graduate-student members of the Workshop meet weekly to present and discuss work by Workshop members. This work could be versions of dissertation prospectuses, thesis chapters, stand-alone research papers, or simply rough ideas for new research. Practice job talks are also welcome, and those planning to go on the market this fall should be in touch ASAP to schedule their presentation.

The Workshop gives graduate students the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in Political Economy. It provides a venue for in-depth discussion of student work with faculty and graduate-student peers. All graduate students interested in Political Economy, regardless of field of concentration or year, are invited to take the Workshop.

    • Time - Mondays, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location - Rm K354, 1737 Cambridge St (CGIS Knafel Building)
    • Eligibility - Open to all members of the Harvard community
    • Coordinator - Akos Lada


Visit the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course site for detailed schedule information.

Presentation Details

Presenters: Jon Fiva, Paper; Giovanni Reggiani and Filippo Mezzanotti, Paper

Dec 09

Getting Started with the RCE

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Room K018, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Intended for new users who would like to start using the Research Computing Environment (RCE), this short one-hour course provides a kickstart introduction to using the RCE. The RCE enables social scientists to use popular statistical programs for computations on a shared pool of computing resources. The RCE is accessed remotely and securely via a tool called NX. That is, you can use the RCE from your laptop or desktop anywhere on campus or even anywhere in the world. This short course is intended to get new users started by showing how to install the NX software on a laptop or desktop machine and connecting to the RCE via NX. The RCE will appear as a familiar desktop environment with menus to choose statistical and office productivity applications. This short course will be provided monthly in a classroom format and as an online version that will always be available. Users are welcome to bring their laptops to install RCE right in the class and be ready to use the RCE upon leaving the class.

Oct 21

Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Room K354, CGIS Knafel. 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138









The Research Workshop on Political Economy (Government 3007) is a full-year course open to all graduate students and faculty. For the 2013-14 academic year, the workshop will be run by Muhammet Bas, Robert Bates, and Horacio Larreguy.



The Workshop is organized to facilitate graduate student-faculty discussion of research in progress. Faculty and graduate-student members of the Workshop meet weekly to present and discuss work by Workshop members. This work could be versions of dissertation prospectuses, thesis chapters, stand-alone research papers, or simply rough ideas for new research. Practice job talks are also welcome, and those planning to go on the market this fall should be in touch ASAP to schedule their presentation.



The Workshop gives graduate students the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in Political Economy. It provides a venue for in-depth discussion of student work with faculty and graduate-student peers. All graduate students interested in Political Economy, regardless of field of concentration or year, are invited to take the Workshop.





    • Time - Mondays, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


    • Location - Rm K354, 1737 Cambridge St (CGIS Knafel Building)


    • Eligibility - Open to all members of the Harvard community


    • Coordinator - Akos Lada



Visit the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course site for detailed schedule information.



Presentation Details



Presenter: Evan Schnidman, Job Market

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