Upcoming Events

  • Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009)

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • ArcGis Online & Esri Maps for MS Office

    Apr 25, 1:00pm to 3:00pm


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

    Learn about the easy new tools Esri has created that take advantage of all the powerful mapping capabilities. ArcGIS Online and Esri Maps for MS Office give you the power of GIS without the learning curve. Do drag-and-drop mapping, geocoding, routing and visualizations outside of ArcGIS Desktop. Create interactive web maps you can embed in your own blog, web page or PowerPoint slide. Learn about Esri's ready-to-use content. Find data, create a web map, and share it - all in about five minutes.

    Instructor: Giovanni Zambotti

    For more information and to register, please click here

  • Research Workshop in Political Economy (GOV 3007)

    Apr 28, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


    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.

  • Technology in Government (TIG)/ Topics in Privacy (TIP)

    Apr 28, 2:30pm to 4:00pm


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

    TIG-TIP 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: Warrantless Searches of Personal Electronic Devices: Is the Baby Lost in the Woods?

    Discussant: David Abrams, Suffolk Law

    Abstract: Technology moves forward in leaps and bounds but the law advances in baby steps.  Long-standing legal precedent allows a police officer to search a suspect without a warrant after an arrest to ensure the officer's safety and prevent the destruction of evidence.  Over time, courts have incrementally expanded this search to allow opening a cigarette pack, looking through a paper address book or examining the contents of a beeper.  Recently, police have begun to examine the call history and address lists from cell phones of suspects.  With modern smart phones holding tens of gigabytes of data, extension of this policy allows police to view email, text messages, documents and images accumulated over months or years; personal information that traditionally would be protected from casual search by the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement.  Has technology created an end-run around the Constitution?  The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to decide the issue this summer.  How will they rule?  I discuss the history of the search-incident-to-an-arrest exception to the warrant requirement and examine how technological advances clash with the slow, incremental application of precedent to the law.

    Bio: David Abrams teaches introductory circuit design at Harvard and Problem Solving and Internet Law at Suffolk Law School.  He is interested in the intersection of law and technology as well as privacy and copyright issues on the Internet.  David graduated from M.I.T. with degrees in Electrical Engineering and he earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School.

  • 2014 CGA Conference: Geospatial Technology in Online Education

    May 01 (All day) to May 02 (All day)


    CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, S010, 1730 Cambridge St.

    In recent years, geospatial technologies have rapidly developed into online platforms, attested to by the rise of web-based GIS, the geoweb, and cyberinfrastructure. Although guided by different kinds of motivation and under other kinds of pressure, public and private institutions of higher education and for-profit education companies have increasingly turned to online platforms to enhance as well as diversify their outreach.

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

    May 01, 9:30am to 12:00pm


    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.