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September 22, 2006

Center Awards New Fellowships

Four Stanford graduate students received the first fellowship awards from the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Professor Debra Meyerson and Woody Powell, co-directors of the center, announced the awards, made possible by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation. The recipients are:

Eduardo Bruera, Political Science
Topic: To examine whether the presence and efforts of domestic AIDS-advocacy NGOs and their relative access to material resources leads to more effective implementation of government programs across districts in South Africa.

Tricia Martin, School of Education
Topic: Networking Our Way to Education for All: Knowledge Exchanges Among Education Organizations in International Development from 1945 - 2000

Rand Quinn, School of Education
Topic: Philanthropy, Public School Reform, and Accountability - comparative study of three California school districts that receive funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to redesign their high schools into small learning communities.

Nicholas Switanek, Organizational Behavior-Graduate School of Business
Topic: Impact of foundations on competition and cooperation among environmental social movement organizations, and on the ideological development of those organizations.

The fellowships are aimed to increase research on philanthropy and civil society, while applying analyses of these activities to core research questions in the social sciences as well as in the professional schools.

Posted by cthomsen at 01:37 PM

New Approach to Population Studies

Workshop brings tools of demography to other disciplines for problem solving. The program, co-sponsored by IRiSS, is ushering in a new approach to studying populations—one that engages researchers from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics and sociology. The goal is to encourage the use of demographic tools to solve some of today's complex challenges, such as the demographic impact of the AIDS epidemic, population aging and the possible extinction of some species.

See the complete story at: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/august23/demography-082306.html

Posted by cthomsen at 01:02 PM

September 20, 2006

$2 Million NSF Grant to Overhaul Survey Methodology

Stanford's home page this week highlighted the work of IRiSS Associate Director Jon Krosnick. As published in the Stanford Report, "Armed with a new $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, Jon Krosnick plans to introduce sweeping changes in traditional survey methodology. If his project is successful, the findings will allow representative sample surveys to obtain accurate, high response rates with quick turnaround times at reasonable costs."

Text of the full article is available at:

Posted by cthomsen at 03:56 PM