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March 27, 2008

John F. Sandy Smith appointed as Founding Chairman of IRiSS Advisory Board

The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) at Stanford University has named John F. Sandy Smith the Founding Chairman of its external advisory board. Smith is a Senior Partner in the Corporate and Securities groups of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta. His first tasks will include forming the external board, informing the strategic planning efforts and defining fundraising plans for the institute.

"Sandy has already provided excellent guidance on effective program development, organization and planning," says IRiSS Executive Director Chris Thomsen. "He has also been very generous with his contacts by setting up meetings with key leaders at the Carter Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta."

IRiSS, formed in 2004, produces cutting-edge original multi-disciplinary research in the social sciences. Recent conferences have covered topics including racial and gender inequality, theories of justice, philanthropy, infectious diseases, population studies and access to census and health statistics data. IRiSS also houses several research centers, including American National Election Studies, The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, The Stanford Census Research Data Center and The Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences.

Stanford University President John Hennessy has described IRiSS as a critical, strategic initiative, noting that many of society’s problems are neither purely technical nor medical. “Advancing the desire to transplant democracy to other nations or addressing problems of poverty and discrimination, for example, are questions of social science,” Hennessy has said. “How we respond to global epidemics, or how we think about national health care and national defense also demand answers from the social sciences, in conjunction with engineering, medicine, and law.”

This is not the first time the university has recognized Smith’s achievements. In 2006 he received the Stanford Medal, one of the university’s highest awards, which recognizes a distinguished legacy of leadership. He also served as a Stanford University trustee for several years.

Smith has served on the Board of Trustees of the Paideia School, The National Kidney Foundation of Georgia and Prevent Blindness Georgia. He has also been a member of the President's Council of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Alumni Board of Governors of The Westminster School and served on the MBA Advisory Board of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Smith is a lecturer and an executive in residence at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He also is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2000.

Posted by tanya at 04:08 PM

March 20, 2008

Are Women Achieving Parity in the Workplace?

Come find out in a talk entitled "Gender Inequality: Continuing Progress?" by economics professor Francine D. Blau of Cornell University. The talk will be held:

Wednesday, April 2 at 5pm
Room 370, Building 370, Main Quad

This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (SCPI) and underwritten by the Mellon Foundation. SCPI is a center of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

Posted by tanya at 01:36 PM

March 11, 2008

March 6, 2008 Newsletter--IRiSS In Focus

As your touchstone for social science research at Stanford, IRiSS In Focus provides a snapshot of activities within IRiSS and the school that have broad interest across the social sciences. In this edition, we feature two important new offerings: seed grants for faculty research, and the launch of our Faculty Fellows program. These two initiatives represent an increased commitment to support innovative faculty collaborations and high-risk, high-return research projects. Application deadlines are soon approaching (mid-March); see the “Funding Opportunities” section for details.

I’ll close by mentioning that IRiSS recently established a permanent home in Buildings 80 and 370 (Main Quad) where our research support activities and programs are growing nicely—please come visit us if you haven’t already!

Best wishes for an early spring.
Karen Cook
IRiSS Director and Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor and Chair of Sociology

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
IRiSS Seed Grants: Designed to reward high-risk, high-return research proposals that might later attract external funds, IRiSS is launching a seed grant program. Grants as high as $10,000 will be awarded to faculty with appointments in one of the six social science departments in the School of Humanities & Sciences. Deadline for the current academic year is March 15, 2008. For information on how to apply, visit: http://www.stanford.edu/group/iriss/documents/SeedGrants08

IRiSS Faculty Fellow Applications: IRiSS is pleased to invite applications for its first Faculty Fellows program. The program brings Stanford faculty members from multiple departments together to explore cutting-edge research questions with the goal of creating and communicating new knowledge through research publications and in the classroom. The application deadline is March 15, 2008. For information on how to apply, please visit: http://www.stanford.edu/group/iriss/documents/Fellows08

Applications for 2008-2009 PACS Center Graduate Fellowships are now available! The Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) will be offering up to 6 graduate student fellowships for FY09, and the deadline for applications is April 1, 2008. Application information is available at: http://haas.stanford.edu/index.php/item/1689

RESEARCH SUPPORT EFFORTS
Secure Data Center: IRiSS opened a new Secure Data Center on campus last fall to give researchers access to sensitive and confidential statistics from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics and other federal data collection centers. The hope is that the center will meet the increasing demand for access to the growing availability of microdata, but within a highly secure setting. For more information specifically about the census data, visit: http://www.stanford.edu/group/iriss/rdc/index.html

Data Visualization Project: The development of tools for visualizing data—in the forms of charts, graphs, and other tools—is underway at IRiSS. The ultimate goal is to allow Stanford faculty and students to upload data to be visualized through simple web interfaces that have data displayed in an interactive manner, also through a common web browser. Prototypes currently (or soon to be) under development include national data on poverty, U.N. data on aging, and U.S. Census population data. Over time, we envision providing a broad-based tool that will visually “transcribe” data posted by those within and outside of Stanford for the purpose of advancing social science research. For additional information, please contact Vijoy Abraham, IRiSS Academic Technology Specialist, at vijoy@stanford.edu

The Research Experience Program (REP): During this start up year for the new IRiSS human subject pool, REP is already expanding the number of experiments it can support. The program has grown from 6 pilot researchers in the fall to more than 20 researchers in spring 2008. And the subject pool itself has grown from less than 50 students to an expected level of about 150-200 students in the spring of 2008. During the summer of 2008, the REP will have a free-for-all for the entire quarter—no allocation limits. A link to the application can be found at: rep.stanford.edu (for password assistance, please contact Linn Chin at lynnchin@stanford.edu).

Human Subject Research Discussion Forum: IRiSS has launched a discussion forum for the purpose of helping researchers get started with human subjects research. The forum, based on open-source software, is accessible to any Stanford community member (at present) through the following URL: https://www.stanford.edu/group/iriss/cgi-bin/humansubjects/. We hope to grow a community of human subjects researchers, administrators, and IRB personnel allowing for the formation of a knowledge base on all issues related to the inception and execution of such research.

NEWS FROM IRiSS CENTERS
Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality (CPI) debuts Pathways: The first issue of Pathways, a magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy, was published in Winter 2008 with great national fanfare. The inaugural issue, which boasts bylines by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle. For the article, please visit:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/29/DD21UI8FK.DTL&hw=Grusky&sn=001&sc=1000

Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS):
Stanley Katz, Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, offers high praise for PACS on his blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Inspired by the Center’s efforts to institutionalize the study of philanthropy, Katz wrote about PACS following his January lecture as part of its 2007-2008 seminar series. For the article, visit: http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/katz/studying-philanthropy-at-stanford

The San Jose Mercury News featured an op-ed piece by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Stanford alumna and founder and chairman of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, on the importance of emerging centers such as PACS on improving the effectiveness of private philanthropy. For details, visit: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_8302275?nclick_check=1

KEY EVENTS/CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENTS
SAVE THE DATE—OCT. 30: The bi-annual social science faculty awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 30. This gathering will honor the achievements of social science faculty over the past academic year. Please plan on a late afternoon/early evening reception. Stay tuned for details!

The Sawyer Seminar Series on the Dynamics of Inequality—March 12, 5-6:30pm: The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality hosts its sixth lecture as part of the Sawyer Seminar Series, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. “Immigration and Inequality: An Egalitarian Case for Closed Borders?” will be held on March 12th featuring Stephen Macedo of Princeton University. For details, visit http://www.stanford.edu/group/scspi/prog_seminars_faculty_sawyer.html

PACS Seminar on Thursday, March 13, 4-6 pm: Elisabeth Clemens, associate professor in sociology at the University of Chicago, gives a talk entitled “Nationalizing Reciprocity: The Nexus of Charity and Citizenship” as part of the 2007-2008 Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society Seminar Series. For details, visit: http://haas.stanford.edu/index.php/item/1687

Professor David Carr speaks at the Woods Institute for the Environment on April 24th: Professor Carr is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interest is in human dimensions of global environmental change, land use/cover change, migration, fertility, health, rural poverty and development, and Latin America. The lecture is organized by the GIS Special Interest Group at Stanford (gissig.stanford.edu). GISSIG workshops are co-funded by the Stanford Humanities Center (shc.stanford.edu) and IRiSS.

MEDIA MENTIONS
Communications professor Jeremy Bailenson's research was featured on the cover of the Stanford Magazine January/February 2008 issue. The cover story profiles Bailenson’s lab group studies on the social mechanics of virtual existence. For the article, visit: http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2008/janfeb/features/virtual.html

Psychology professor Jennifer Eberhart’s research on discrimination against blacks being linked to dehumanization was featured in a February issue of Stanford Report: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/february13/eber-021308.html

PROGRAM AND GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Debra Meyerson, Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Organizational Behavior, received an award from New Schools Venture Fund for her research in association with the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. The purpose of the award is to develop an understanding of the nature and organizational consequences of the increasing number and prominence of entrepreneurial activities and institutions in public education.

Lynn Chin, PhD candidate in sociology, has received a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation, “The Effects of the Task Dimensions of the Division of Labor on Person-to-Group Bonding.” This dissertation asks how the division of collective responsibilities within a group affects the extent to which individuals bond to the group. Those fortunate to work with Lynny know her as one of the hardest-working—and most upbeat— colleagues in IRiSS. Congratulations Lynny!

Demography Workshop—May 1-4: This workshop for advanced students covers current topics in mathematical demography and is being supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and co-sponsored by IRiSS. Applications are now being accepted—visit http://popstudies.stanford.edu/formal_demography2008 or contact Norma Malina (norma.malina@stanford.edu) for details.

Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation" Conference, May 27-30: The International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) is holding its 34th annual conference in May 2008, which will be hosted by the Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources (SULAIR). This year's conference offers a rich array of workshops, plenaries, and panel sessions examining how technology affects aspects of data stewardship throughout the data lifecycle--the methods and media by which data are collected, shared, analyzed and saved. Registration begins this month; please visit the conference website for details at: http://iassist08.stanford.edu/

The Stanford Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP)—July 13-August 1, 2008: Directed by Professor Jon Krosnick, this three-week intensive training program introduces graduate students and professionals to the world of political psychology scholarship. For more information, visit the SIPP website at www.stanford.edu/group/sipp.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 6--Registration Deadline for the National Science Foundation Day Workshop: The National Science Foundation and San José State University will be holding a one-day workshop on Thursday, March 13, 2008. The workshop will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Additionally, NSF representatives will make presentations on their programs and will also be available individually and in breakout sessions for more specific discussions of potential research proposals. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 6, 2008. For event details & registration information, contact George Wilson at gwilson@nsf.gov.

Research Affiliates Program of the Stanford International Initiative (SII): SII has established the Research Affiliates Program to enable interdisciplinary academic programs across campus to actively participate in International Initiative activities. Participation is open to any faculty-led Stanford program whose work focuses on the intersection of Initiative themes – peace and security, governance, and human well-being – and the cross-cutting drivers of globalization, technology, and culture and values. Benefits include funding opportunities available through the International Initiative. For a current list of International Initiative Research Affiliates, see http://intlrap.stanford.edu/. To receive an application for the Research Affiliates Program, please contact: Nancy Easterbrook, Program Manager, at neasterb@stanford.edu or 650-725-1495.


Posted by tanya at 11:45 AM

March 10, 2008

A Conference on the "Care and Feeding" of Research Data, May 27-30, 2008

Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation Conference, May 27-30: The International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) is holding its 34th annual conference in May 2008, which will be hosted by the Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources (SULAIR). This year's conference offers a rich array of workshops, plenaries, and panel sessions examining how technology affects aspects of data stewardship throughout the data lifecycle--the methods and media by which data are collected, shared, analyzed and saved.

Registration begins in March 2008; please visit the conference website for details at: http://iassist08.stanford.edu/

Posted by tanya at 04:33 PM

March 06, 2008

Nationalizing Reciprocity: The Nexus of Charity and Citizenship will be held on Thursday, March 13.

The Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society will hold this seminar featuring Elisabeth Clemens, associate professor in sociology at the University of Chicago:

When: 3/13 from 4-6 pm
Where: Haas Center for Public Service, 562 Salvatierra Walk

The event is free and open the public--please arrive early for optimal seating. The event is part of 2007-2008 Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society Seminar Series. For details, visit: http://haas.stanford.edu/index.php/item/1687

Posted by tanya at 09:30 AM

"Immigration and Inequality: An Egalitarian Case for Closed Borders?"

This seminar featuring Stephen Macedo of Princeton University takes place:

Wednesday, March 12
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Room 370, Building 370, Main Quad

The event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Macedo is the Director of the University Center for Human Values and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics at Princeton University. This lecture is part of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality's John E. Sawyer Seminar Series on the Dynamics of Inequality, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. For information, contact Randy Michaud at rmichaud@stanford.edu

Posted by tanya at 09:24 AM