Upcoming Events

  • Site Building w/ the HWP Platform powered by OpenScholar®

    Apr 17, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Room B127, Northwest Building. 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

    Intended Audience: Those working independently or participating in building a departmental site or group-type site.

    In this interactive training we will work through a series of hands on activities showing you how to use the OpenScholar software to build a Harvard Department-type web site (such as research projects, initiatives, or department sites).

    At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to use the administrative interface of OS to build a department site on OpenScholar. No previous experience creating web sites is needed.

    *Training also available for building Personal Scholar Websites, please see the Events Calendar.

    To register, please visit http://hwp.harvard.edu/event-type/training. Register soon, 24 people maximum per session. Sign up is required. This training is held in a computer lab - personal laptops are not required.

  • Harvard Seminar on Positive Political Economy

    Apr 17, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

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

    The Faculty of Arts and Sciences and The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University are sponsoring a seminar on formal and quantitative political research. The Program on Positive Political Economy (PPE) supports research-related activities that integrate the study of economics and politics, whether by studying economic behavior in the political process or political behavior in the marketplace. In general, positive political economy is concerned with showing how observed differences among institutions affect political and economic outcomes in various social, economic, and political systems and how the institutions themselves change and develop in response to individual and collective beliefs, preferences, and strategies. All interested faculty and students are invited to attend.

    Presentation Details

    Ben Olken from MIT will be presenting, "Information is Power: Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia"

  • R Regression Models

    Apr 18, 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

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

    This hands-on, intermediate R course will demonstrate a variety of statistical procedures using the open-source statistical software program, R.  Topics covered include multiple regression, multilevel models, and multiple imputation. We expect that users enrolled in this course are already familiar with the statistical processes that we cover and are interested in learning how to run these procedures in R. Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with R, such acquired through an introductory R workshop.

    This workshop is free for Harvard and MIT affiliates. Click here to sign up!

    • Instructor - Ista Zahn
  • Database Design for GPS/GIS Applications

    Apr 18, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Room B127, Northwest Building. 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

    Database design is a key step in GIS data modeling. GIS data modeling is the process of representing specific aspects of the real world in a computer. This workshop gives an introduction to GIS data modeling and the 3 phases of database design: requirements analysis, schema refinement, and physical database design. It also covers specific design considerations when capturing data for GIS application using GPS. Students will design a Geodatabase for use in ArcPad on the Trimble GeoXT.

    Instructor: Nicole Alexander

    For more information and to register, please click here

  • Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

    Apr 21, 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.

  • Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009)

    Apr 23, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    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 3rd floor of CGIS Knafel. Lunch will be served. 

    *Please stay tuned for presentation details. 

  • GPS Workshop

    Apr 24, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Room B127, Northwest Building. 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

    This workshop will introduce the concept and various uses of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Students will use mapping GPS devices in the field, and upload the mapped data into desktop and internet mapping applications. Intended for students / researchers who plan to use GPS for their field work. Note: This workshop includes time outside, so dress accordingly. Bring your own GPS unit, if you have one.

    Note: This date may change due to weather and/or other circumstances.

    Instructor: Jeff Blossom

    For more information and to register, please click here

  • Introduction to R Graphics with ggplot2

    Apr 25, 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

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

    This introduction to the popular ggplot2 R graphics package will show you how to create a wide variety of graphical displays in R. Topics covered included aesthetic mapping and scales, faceting, and themes. This is an intermediate level workshop appropriate for those already familiar with R. Participants should be familiar with importing and saving data, data types (e.g., numeric, factor, character), and manipulating data.frames in R.

    This workshop is free for Harvard and MIT affiliates. Click here to sign up!

    • Instructor - Ista Zahn
  • URS Poster Session

    Apr 25, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Concourse Level, CGIS South. 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138.

    Students participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program present their findings in poster format. Refreshments will be provided. 

  • Working Group in Political Psychology

    Apr 25, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Room S050, CGIS South. 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

    The Working Group in Political Psychology is a biweekly interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of current research that uses a psychological and empirical orientation to examine the microfoundations of citizen and elite behavior. Our topics include but are not limited to identity, emotion, culture, beliefs, preferences (including public opinion and individual preferences), rationality, norms, cognition, group dynamics, ethnic politics, context effects, attribution, information, bargaining and trust. This is a methodologically plural forum open to faculty, graduate students, and other members of the academic community.

    Lunch and discussion of the paper will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the location fluctuates during the Spring 2014 Semester. Please check the location below for each session. Contact PPBW Co-coordinators Ariel White and Sarah Cotterill with questions or for more information.

    Presentation Details

    Presenter: Alan Gerber, Yale University

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