June 09, 2008

IRiSS in Focus Newsletter--June 9, 2008

From the Director: Congratulations to the recipients of the first IRiSS seed grants and faculty fellow awards! Read on for details about the awards, as well as on IRiSS research services and other recognition, news, and activity within our social science community. - Karen Cook, IRiSS Director and Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor and Chair of Sociology

Research Support Efforts
Early Career Fellows Program: IRiSS is formalizing an early career fellows program. Let us know whether you want to take part next year. Quarterly lunches on topics of mutual interest (meetings with grant program officers, discussions about research technology issues and solutions) will be a primary activity.

Experimental Research Design Consulting: Are you interested in running an experimental research design project but have questions about how to do it? IRiSS offers consulting on how to set up such projects successfully. Please send an email to iriss_exr1@lists. stanford.edu if interested in assistance.

Technology Updates
GIS Support: To better support the increased usage of spatial data in the social sciences, IRiSS is developing a framework for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) support geared for social science researchers. The following activities are currently taking place:

* reviewing work being done in the field and at peer institutions
* determining usage and future needs at Stanford
* surveying state of tools and software available

Data Visualization: IRiSS continues its efforts to develop tools for on-demand visualization of data through simple web interfaces displaying the data in an interactive manner. Recent work includes:

* embarking on pilot work to test currently available data visualization tools
* working with faculty who have already considered the use of data visualization to promote their research agenda
* seeking faculty with cleaned data sets which are ready to be used for test visualizations (cannot contain private, confidential, or protected 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.

High Performance Computing Grid: What is a high performance computing grid and what can it do for social science researchers? The grid links numerous computers together to share computing workloads, thus improving the efficiency of large scale problem analysis. IRiSS, along with members of Department of English and the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (DLCL) have put together a test computing grid in order to perform some initial testing and benchmarking of the technology. Another aim is to see how such technologies such as grid computing might be used in social science and the humanities with the increasing trends toward large data analyses.

We expect the growth of such a grid to incorporate computers which tend to have spare cycles and only used during certain parts of the day, thereby yielding a substantial increase in the performance of problem solving and statistical analyses.

Those seeking additional information or interested in participating in any of the above initiatives should contact Vijoy Abraham, IRiSS Academic Technology Specialist.

News From IRiSS Centers
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS): Rob Reich will become a co-director of the Center as of September 2008, joining Woody Powell and Deb Meyerson.

2009 PACS Fellows: The following six PhD candidates have been selected as the 2009 PACS Fellows. Their research projects are as follows:

Tara Béteille’09 (economics of education): Examining the role of education-related civil society mechanisms in India, such as Village Education Committees, in addressing teacher accountability in low-income public schools.

Christopher Bryan ’09 (social psychology): Looking at the effect s of whether people feel, either through their own personal merit or good fortune, greater empathy for the plight of the poor and charitable giving and if so, how that empathy may affect their willingness to contribute to charitable organizations serving the poor.

Roy Elis ’09 (political science): Assessing how citizens can work through the institutions of civil society to expand access to K-12 public education in developing countries.

Paul Gowder '11 (political science): Examining the extent to which normative theory can serve the values of both deliberation and participation while recognizing the difficulty of achieving those values together in civil society.

Kaisa Snellman '10 (organizational sociology): Looking at the key drivers of U.S. civic life by seeking to understand the relationship between neighborhood civic infrastructure and collective civic action.

Megan Tompkins ’11 (education, sociology): Studying how philanthropic foundations mobilize political movements and influence specific public policy change.

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI):
Pathways: The second issue of Pathways will be coming out in August, with a special focus on whether anti-recession economic policy in the U.S. can deliver stimulus and fight poverty and inequality at the same time.

Stanford Poverty Count: A new initiative to release a Stanford Poverty Count is being launched by CPI. The initiative, which received seed funding from H&S, aims to provide a more accurate measure of poverty in the U.S.

Grant Announcements
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS): PACS has been awarded $450,000 from the
President's Office to focus engagement with undergraduate and graduate students and to boost faculty involvement through fellowships, workshops, and expanded programming.

IRiSS Seed Grants: IRiSS is pleased to announce the first recipients of its new seed grant and faculty fellow programs. A total of eight seed grants as high as $10,000 were awarded to social science faculty undertaking high-risk, high-return research projects. The seed grants offer the potential to boost extramural funding. The awardees are:

Nick Bloom, Max Floetotto, Nir Jaimovich (economics)— "Really Uncertain Business Cycles"

Melissa Brown & Marcus Feldman (anthropology)—"Chinese Marriage Forms, Son Preferences, and Sex Ratios: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to a Major Demographic and Cultural Problem"

Jennifer Eberhardt (psychology)—“The Continued Dehumanization of Blacks in the Modern Era”

Petra Moser (economics)—"Regulation in Financial Markets: Evidence from Specialists' Willingness to Pay for NYSE Seats - 1883 to 1978"

Susan Olzak (sociology)— "Globalization and the Environmental Justice Movement"

Michael Rosenfeld (sociology)— "A Longitudinal Study of Couple Formation and Dissolution"

Rob Reich (political science)—Support for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society proposal to the Hewlett Foundation

Jonathan Rodden, Karen Jusko, and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros (political science)—"The Geographic Distribution of Income and Political Preferences"

Paul Sniderman (political science)— "Liberal Democracy Under Pressure—An International Collaboration"

First class of IRiSS faculty fellows: The faculty fellows program welcomed eight faculty from multiple departments who are exploring cutting-edge research questions, with the goal of creating and communicating new knowledge through research publications and in the classroom. The fellows are:

Melissa Brown (anthropology)—“Chinese Marriage Forms, Son Preferences, and Sex Ratios: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to a Major Demographic and Cultural Problem"

Henning Hillman (sociology)—"The Political Economy of Privateering"

Karen Jusko and Jonathan Rodden (sociology)— "The Geographic Distribution of Income and Political Preferences"

Dan McFarland, Woody Powell, Chris Manning, Dan Jurafsky (School of Education, departments of computer science and linguistics) –“The Minerva Project: What Drives the Dynamics of Science?”

Other grants:
Ian Gotlib received a 2-year NIH R21 grant on "An Integrative Psychobiological Investigation of Comorbid Depression and Anxiety."

The Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Science (MAPSS) Awardees: Congrats to the first group of students who completed the MAPSS methods certification program: Laurel Harbridge, Josh Pasek, Daniel Schneider, Pantipa Tachawachira, Xin Wei, and Michael Weiksner. The MAPSS graduate certificate recognizes Stanford PhD students who have developed methodological skills with advanced cross-disciplinary training in research methods--either quantitative or qualitative or both.

From the psychology department:
Brian Wandell has been awarded the 2008 Tillyer Award from the Optical Society.

Hazel Markus received the 2008 APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Lee Ross will be awarded the 2008 Distinguished Scientist Development Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology

James Gross has been awarded the 2008 Stanford Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.

Al Bandura was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his contributions to psychology.

Three-year NIH fellowships were recently awarded to psychology post doctoral scholars: Nathan Witthoft, Moriah Caires, and Nicolas Davidenko.

Two- year fellowships from NARSAD were recently awarded to psychology post doctoral scholars Moriah Caires and Paul Hamilton.

Dan Blocksom ’08, an undergraduate economics major in the lab of Jon Krosnick, won a Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education travel award allowing him to present his honors thesis research at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research in New Orleans.

Mark Granovetter, Joan Butler Ford Professor Department of Sociology, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The Academy began naming fellows in 2000 and names four to eight each year.

Simon Jackman is co-principal investigator on a large project looking at the presidential election campaign. Known as the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project, it is the only nationwide presidential poll conducted on the Internet and is reaching one of the largest groups of U.S. voters ever fielded in a study of a U.S. presidential race.

The American National Election Studies project, under the direction of co-principal investigator Jon Kronsick, has received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation to expand its research pool and augment its programming.

Jon Krosnick has given a number of invited addresses in recent months. Highlights include:

“Climate Change and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.” Eighth National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Climate Change: Science and Solutions. Conference sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington, DC.

“Explaining the Relation of Aging with Susceptibility to Attitude Change.” Eighth Annual SPSP Attitudes Preconference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Comparisons of Survey Modes in Terms of Data Quality.” Department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia.

“What the American Public Really Thinks About Climate Change: New Evidence on Amelioration Strategies.” Union of Concerned Scientists Retreat, National Labor College, Silver Spring, Maryland.

RC28 Conference: The Summer 2008 meeting of the Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) will be held at Stanford from August 6-9. The meeting is being organized by numerous social science faculty and students throughout Stanford and is sponsored by CPI and The Stanford Department of Sociology.

Media Mentions
The PACS Center was featured in the Spring 2008 issue of InterAction, Stanford's publication featuring multidisciplinary research. The article focuses on the Center's faculty, graduate students, and practitioners who are studying how civil society is slowly supplanting the state.

From the psychology department:
Lera Boroditsky on "When Language Can Hold the Answer" in NYT on 4/22/08.

Al Bandura on "If at First You Don't Succeed" in WSJ on 4/29/08.

Brian Knutson's research regarding "this is your brain on shopping" on Marketplace Money of American Public Radio on Friday, 04/11/08.

General Announcements
Press Coverage for Research: Adam Gorlick (the new social science reporter for The Stanford Report) and Jonathan Rabinovitz (the University’s media relations director) met with a dozen social science faculty to give suggestions for working with the media. Contact Tanya or Adam if you have press ideas. Also, if you’re willing to be included in an IRiSS “experts” directory, this new internal list will be used by Jonathan and Adam to connect their media contacts to appropriate topic experts on campus. To add yourself to the directory, please visit this link.

Thanks for your interest in IRiSS in Focus. Comments or suggestions are always welcome--please direct them to IRiSS Communcations Manager Tanya Brugh.

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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

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

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.

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:

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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April 12, 2006

April 12, 2006 Newsletter

Beginning this spring, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) will distribute a new edition of "Social Science News at Stanford" and post it on the IRiSS website http://iriss.stanford.edu to keep our community up to date on recent developments.

To get the ball rolling with our first edition, here's some news which may be of interest:

Gotlib and Cook Announce Awards Reception for Social Science Faculty
Senior Associate Dean Ian Gotlib and IRiSS Director Karen Cook invite your for the first annual awards reception for the social science faculty this fall. Invitations will be sent out later this month. We look forward to celebrating recently published books and journal articles, new grants, honorary degrees and awards received, and other achievements.

Grusky Invites Faculty for Inequality Network (tomorrow afternoon)
This fall IRiSS announced the opening of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. Sociology Professor David Grusky, who directs the center, invites faculty with an interest in issues of inequality to attend an opening reception this Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 pm. Location is the lobby of the Hewlett Teaching Center. Questions and RSVPs to afrooz@stanford.edu

Snipp Explores Census and NCHS Center Opening on Campus
Sociology Professor Matt Snipp has begun conversations with the Berkeley Regional Census Center, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the National Center for Health Statistics about opening a regional microdata center on campus with IRiSS support. Having such a center will allow Stanford scholars convenient access to highly confidential federal data that permit innovative analyses of contemporary life. The next step for this project is assessing the level of interest among faculty. If interested, send email to: snipp@stanford.edu

MAPSS/IRiSS Colloquium Series Kicks Off; Steve Barley Up Next
The Methods of Analysis Program for the Social Sciences, a program of IRiSS, initiated a colloquium series on March 2, offering lunchtime presentations from world-class methodologists. The talks are intended for faculty and graduate students across the social sciences. The speaker for April 18 is Stanford Professor Steve Barley from Management Science and Engineering, talking about "Ethnography." The full list of speakers can be found at: http://www.stanford.edu/group/mapss/colloquium/index.html

Abraham Tests New Survey Software for Conducting Surveys via the Internet
The IRiSS web site now has a page describing our pilot program for authoring and deploying surveys. The two software packages currently available are open-source and provide basic survey functionality including multi-page surveys and conditional branching. Send email to the Academic Technology Specialist at IRiSS, Vijoy Abraham, vijoy@stanford.edu, if you'd like to learn more. Or go to: http://www.stanford.edu/group/iriss/resources/survey

IRiSS Provides Seed Grants to Encourage Growth of Grant Proposals
In it's first year of operation, IRiSS has already been helped raise over $4 million of grant work.
Providing seed grants at times, and staff support for proposal development, IRiSS aims to encourage faculty to write and submit grants proposals to external sources. For additional information about grant development and support, contact Chris Thomsen: cthomsen@stanford.edu

IRiSS Moves Into Wallenberg
At last IRiSS has a home--at least temporarily. Later this month the Institute will move into temporary research space on the 4th floor of Wallenberg Hall. We hope to be joined there by Laura Carstensen's new Stanford Center for Longevity. We invite you to visit.

* Thanks to Brad Efron and Simon Jackman for their impressive talks to kick off the MAPSS Colloquium Series this year.

* The soon to be published H&S Annual Reports touts an impressive list of awards and achievements, recognizing Professors Aoki, Arrow, Bandura, Bobo, Bower, Brady, Grief, Grill-Spector, Hodder, Jain, Lepper, Levin, Moe, Quill, Ridgeway and many others. The report will be posted to the H&S School website in coming weeks. The paper version should be accessible at the Dean's Office soon. Kudos to Lisa Kwiatkowski who took editorial leadership for the report.

In closing, I encourage you to send news about you and your graduate and undergraduate students that we can publish in upcoming issues of this newsletter. We aim to create an effective news source for the Stanford social science research community.


Chris Thomsen
Executive Director
Institute for Research in the Social Sciences
Wallenberg Hall, Bldg. 160
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2055

(650) 799-8843


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