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    Update on Research Computing in the Social Sciences, Discovery Phase

    December 18, 2009

    In October Deans Smith and Kosslyn announced the creation of a new group, Research Computing for the Social Sciences (RCSS). This entity, which is being created and managed by IQSS in close collaboration with FAS IT, has been charged with improving the delivery and support of research technology in the Social Sciences. We have been hard at work over the past few months and I wanted to take a moment to update you on our progress.

    Our primary focus to date has been collecting information. We’ve had detailed conversations with more than thirty representatives...

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    Background & Process

    Technology plays an ever increasing role in social science research. Historically, however, an uneven technology environment has existed within the FAS Social Science Division. Some departments have had real IT budgets and multiple technicians in-house, while others have had few resources and relied solely on centralized support. During our difficult budget season last year, nearly everyone was forced to reduce their computing resources to some extent. In order to ameliorate these problems, improve technology services, and provide equitable support to all within the Division, computing in...

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    Initial Announcement

    October 6, 2009

    Dear Social Science Department Chairs and Center Directors:

    I write today to notify you that we will consolidate research computing for the Division of Social Sciences into one group named Research Computing for the Social Sciences (RCSS). This group will report up through the Director of IQSS to the Dean of the Division of Social Science, and it will leverage the basic services provided by FAS IT. We will bootstrap RCSS by taking advantage of the extensive technical services and specialized support already available in IQSS.

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    Visiting Faculty

    Leading scholars from around the world working on applied economics and policy issues visit LEAP to work in residence at the Harvard Economics Dept. for one or two semesters in close collaboration with Harvard faculty and students. These visitors offer three week mini-courses related to their current research focus, keeping LEAP faculty and students at the frontier of methods and knowledge in economics.

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    Professor Jonathan Skinner
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    Grant Application

    The Lab for Economic Applications and Policy at Harvard University invites applications for small grants for research projects on applied economics and policy.  Ph.D. Students in GSAS, members of the Economics Department, and LEAP-affiliated faculty at Harvard University are eligible to apply.  Projects will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance for applied economics and...

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    The statistical analysis of text is a requirement in almost all academic disciplines: medical re- searchers need smart search algorithms to find reported links between genes; political scientists use parliamentary speeches to assess the ideological positions of representatives; historians wish to know who wrote the Federalist Papers that are of disputed authorship; linguists seek automatic translation algorithms for non-English texts. Though text analysis is not new, the advent of the internet represents an almost incomprehensible quantity of information available for research: ap-...

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    The mission of the Lab for Economic Applications and Policy is to facilitate research related to government policy, with the ultimate aim of injecting scientific evidence into policy debates. LEAP consists of three components.  

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    The mission of the Lab for Economic Applications and Policy is to facilitate research related to government policy, with the ultimate aim of injecting scientific evidence into policy debates. LEAP consists of three components.  

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    About the Center

    The Harvard University Asia Center was officially established on July 1, 1997, to reflect Harvard's deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections between Asian nations. The center is an active organization with varied programs focusing on international relations in Asia and comparative studies of Asian countries and regions. Harvard's study of Asia is spread across the University's departments and schools, and a wide array of disciplines come...

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    Update on Research Computing in the Social Sciences (May 17, 2010)

    May 17, 2010

    Update on Research Computing in the Social Sciences

    Thanks for meeting with some of the staff from IQSS and FAS IT about the new Research Computing in the Social Sciences (RCSS) group. As a reminder, Deans Smith and Kosslyn announced the creation of this group, to be managed by IQSS and reporting up through the Dean of the Social Sciences, in October of last year. This group is tasked with improving the delivery and offerings of research computing across the FAS social sciences. As we've previously announced, the roadmap for implementing RCSS involves a multi-...

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    In the past 15 years, the federal HOPE VI program has sought to invest in some of the country’s most economically distressed urban neighborhoods.  Policymakers have viewed HOPE VI and the more general idea of mixed-income housing as a way to offer families in public housing a chance to escape concentrated poverty and improve housing quality, and also to reduce crime and spur private investment in neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades.  Mixed-income housing and mixed income neighborhoods have quickly formed a new policy paradigm.

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    The Mixed-Income Neighborhoods Project: An Integrated Longitudinal Study of Chicago and Los Angeles

    In the past 15 years, the federal HOPE VI program has sought to invest in some of the country’s most economically distressed urban neighborhoods.  Policymakers have viewed HOPE VI and the more general idea of mixed-income housing as a way to offer families in public housing a chance to escape concentrated poverty and improve housing quality, and also to reduce crime and spur private investment in neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades.  Mixed-income housing and mixed income neighborhoods have quickly formed a new policy paradigm.

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