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July 30, 2009

From IRiSS: Looking for Study Participants? Apply to Fall 09 Stanford REP!

The Research Experience Program (REP) is now accepting Fall 2009 applications. Applications are due August 28th at 5:00 pm.

The REP is a program worked in joint with local community colleges to help Stanford faculty and students do experimental social science research more easily and effectively. The REP helps provide access to human participants at local community colleges. Participating in REP not only enhances your research by giving you access to a wider subject pool, it is also a great opportunity for students at local community colleges to gain first-hand exposure to experimental research in the social sciences. We accept both laboratory, especially laboratory experiments that can take place up at Foothill College, and online studies.

The website for applications can be found at:

For information about the program and how to apply, please go to this website:

If you have any questions at all, please contact:

Fall 09 Application Due: Friday, August 28th 5:00 pm
Winter 10 Application Due: Friday October 23rd, 5:00 pm
Spring 10 Application Due: Friday January 22, 5:00 pm
Summer 10 Application Due: Friday April 23, 5:00 pm

Posted by ronbo at 06:02 PM

July 29, 2009

New IES Report from the National Center for Education Statistics: "Students Who Study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Postsecondary Education"

Using data from the 1995-96 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:96/01), this Statistics in Brief focuses on undergraduates who enter STEM programs and examines their characteristics and postsecondary outcomes (persistence and degree completion) several years after beginning postsecondary education.

Findings include:

* Twenty-three percent of 1995-96 beginning postsecondary students had majored in a STEM field at some point between their initial enrollment in 1995–96 and about 6 years later, as of 2001.

* STEM entrants generally did better than non-STEM entrants in terms of bachelor's degree attainment and overall persistence.

* Among all STEM entrants between 1995–96 and 2001, some 53 percent persisted in a STEM field by either completing a degree in a STEM field or staying enrolled in a STEM field, and the remaining 47 percent left STEM fields by either switching to a non-STEM field or leaving postsecondary education without earning any credential.

To view, download and print the report as a PDF file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 01:58 PM

July 27, 2009

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - New Releases through 2009-07-26

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive
along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

22325 Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group Study [United States]

23380 Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS), 1998-2007

24594 ABC News/Washington Post Poll #2, December 2007

25162 Eurobarometer 68.2: European Union Policy and Decision Making, Corruption, Civil Justice, E-Communications, Agriculture, and Environmental Protection, November 2007-January 2008

25163 Eurobarometer 69.1: Discrimination, Radioactive Waste, and Purchasing
in the European Union, February-March 2008


2671 CBS News "Class of 2000" Poll, December 1998

2718 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, January 1999

2726 CBS News Monthly Poll #1, March 1999

2727 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, March 1999

2728 CBS News Monthly Poll, February 1999

2783 CBS News Monthly Poll #3, April 1999

2784 CBS News Monthly Poll #4, April 1999

2785 CBS News Monthly Poll #1, May 1999

2786 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, May 1999

2787 CBS News Monthly Poll, June 1999

2845 CBS News Monthly Poll #1, August 1999

2846 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, August 1999

2847 CBS News Monthly Poll, July 1999

2849 CBS News Monthly Poll, September 1999

2850 CBS News "" Internet and Stock Market Poll,
September 1999

2866 CBS News Monthly Poll, October 1999

2867 CBS News/New York Times Teen Poll, October 1999

2873 CBS News Monthly Poll, December 1999

2918 CBS News Year 2000 Poll, January 2000

2919 CBS News New Hampshire Primary Poll #1, January 2000

2926 CBS News/New York Times New York State Poll #1, February 2000

2928 CBS News Monthly Poll, March 2000

2981 CBS News/New York Times New York State Poll, April 2000

2983 CBS News Call-Back Poll, April 2000

2984 CBS News Class of 2000 Poll, May 2000

2985 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, May 2000

3031 National Incident-Based Reporting System, 1998

3109 CBS News Monthly Poll #1, August 2000

3110 CBS News Call-Back Poll, August 2000

3111 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, August 2000

3123 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, September 2000

3124 CBS News/New York Times New York State Poll, September 2000

6324 WCBS-TV News/New York Times New York City Poll #2, October 1993

6952 Comparison of Risk Attitudes and Perceptions in Japan and the United
States, 1993

7011 College Trustees Study, 1968

7016 Constituency Electioneering in Britain, 1966

7532 National Women's Study, 1975

8930 Census of Population, 1860 [United States]: Urban Household Sample

9614 CBS News Federal Budget Deficit Poll, October 1990

9960 Collective Memory in Lithuania, 1989

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last ninety
days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 05:27 PM

July 23, 2009

New IES Handbook from the National Center for Education Statistics: "Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems: 2009 Edition"

This NCES handbook has been designed as the national standard for state and local education agencies to use in tracking and reporting financial data and for school districts to use in preparing their comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs). The purpose of the handbook is to ensure that education fiscal data can be reported in a comprehensive manner.

The 2009 Edition contains guidance conforming to Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements, up to Statement 47. There are chapters on budgeting, governmental accounting and financial reporting. Account codes have been updated to reflect changes in the new reporting requirements and developments in technology and security. There are also special chapters on accounting student activity funds and a model for school level program cost accounting.

To view, download and print the report as a PDF file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 03:17 PM

From Census Product Update (July 23, 2009): Hot Tip - Download More Geographies Using Download Center

If you need access to a larger number of geographies than are available through the other parts of American FactFinder, Download Center may be your answer. Here, for a very large numbers of geographies, you can access just a few or even all tables from a particular data file in a zipped, pipe-delimited file. You can then work with the tables in a spreadsheet or other data program. Note that you are not given access to more types of variables, rather, you now just have access to a larger amount of geographies for the available variables.

To access this powerful tool, from the Census home page, click American FactFinder, then click Download Center!

Posted by ronbo at 01:31 PM

July 21, 2009

From IES Newsflash: ECLS-K Releases Kindergarten Through Eighth-grade Public-use Data

The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, has released the kindergarten through eighth-grade public-use data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99. This includes data from all seven rounds of the ECLS-K for all study children, as well as the teacher- and school-level files from the base year. The data provide a rich source of information about children's academic, socio-emotional, and physical development from the time they first enter kindergarten to eighth grade. These data are available to download directly from the website:

An ECLS-K K-8 public-use DVD will also be available soon. This DVD contains the same public-use data and data documentation, as well as an electronic code book (ECB) that facilitates navigation through the large number of variables available in the K-8 data. An additional message will be sent when the DVD with the ECB is available.

Posted by ronbo at 05:57 PM

From IES Newsflash: New IES Report from the National Center for Education Statistics: "A Profile of Successful Pell Grant Recipients: Time to Bachelor's Degree and Early Graduate School Enrollment"

This report describes characteristics of college graduates who received Pell Grants and compares them to graduates who were not Pell Grant recipients. For both groups of graduates, data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:200/01) were analyzed to determine the time it took them to complete a bachelor's degree as well as the percentage who enrolled in graduate school within one year of college graduation. Key findings include the following:

* About 36 percent of 1999-2000 bachelor's degree recipients received at least one Pell Grant while in college.

* Higher percentages of Pell Grant recipients had at least one of several undergraduate risk characteristics (e.g., delaying postsecondary enrollment or failing to graduate from high school) than did nonrecipients.

* Parents' education was the only factor consistently related to both time-to-degree and graduate school enrollment for Pell Grant recipients. Those whose parents did not attend college took longer to attain a bachelor's degree and enrolled in graduate school at lower rates than recipients whose parents had a least a bachelor's degree.

* Although Pell Grant recipients had a longer median time-to-degree than nonrecipients, when controlling simultaneously for parents' education, undergraduate risk characteristics, and transfer history, recipients had a shorter time-to-degree than nonrecipients.

To view, download and print the report as a PDF file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 05:55 PM

July 20, 2009

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - New Releases through 2009-07-19

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

23241 National Evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative (UHI): Survey of Adults and Youth (SAY), Waves 1-3, 1998-2005

24591 ABC News/Washington Post Poll, September 2007

24592 ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 2007

24593 ABC News/Washington Post Poll #1, December 2007

24609 National Exit Poll for the 2006 Mexican Presidential Election

25203 Housing Affordability Data System (HADS), 2002

25621 Impact of Legal Advocacy on Intimate Partner Homicide in the United States, 1976-1997


2259 National Incident-Based Reporting System, 1995

2465 National Incident-Based Reporting System, 1996

2793 National Incident-Based Reporting System, 1997

3318 National Jail Census, 1999

3484 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA), 2000: [United States]

3627 Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Summer 1962

5209 Data Bank of Minority Group Conflict, 1955-1965

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 05:12 PM

From Resource Shelf: Go Mobile With Melissa DATA

We’ve posted about the numerous lookup databases (free) from Melissa DATA. A quick note to alert you that the service now has a lightweight mobile site allowing users to quickly access three lookup databases:

+ U.S. Addresses
Verify & correct any U.S. address.

+ Phone Numbers
Get location information on an area code or phone number.

+ ZIP/City/Phone
Get geographic & demographic info related to a ZIP, city or phone.

If you’ve never visited the primary Melissa DATA database collection, it’s a “must have” set of links. Most tools are free. Some require registration, but once completed they are free to use.

Resource Shelf Post

Posted by ronbo at 05:09 PM

From Resource Shelf: U.S. Census Updates U.S. Counties Database

Direct to Database

This latest update features more than 6,000 data items at the national, state and county level from a variety of sources. New and revised data items include 2008 age, sex, race and Hispanic origin; 2006births, deaths and infant deaths; 2007 Census of Agriculture; 2008 civilian labor force; 2007 personal income and earnings; 2007 total employment by industry; and 2008 building permits.

Source: U.S. Census
Resource Shelf Post

Posted by ronbo at 05:05 PM

July 14, 2009

Selections from SAS Tech Report: July, 2009

Maintenance Release Announcement for SAS 9.2
The first maintenance release for SAS 9.2 includes only localized Help (in several languages) for the SAS Intelligence Platform products and SAS Enterprise clients. Customers who run SAS 9.2 only in English do not need to request this maintenance release.

Online Glossary for Base SAS Software
A glossary of Base SAS technical terms is now available online. As we continue to expand the glossary, we wanted to get a feel for what you think. There’s a Feedback link at the top of the glossary page for your comments and suggestions.

Posted by ronbo at 03:50 PM

From Census Product Update (7/10/2009): Recently Released


Age and Sex: 2007 and 2008. A series of detailed tables with data on a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics by five-year age groups and sex. Topics covered include marital status, educational attainment, nativity and citizenship status, labor force and employment status, occupation, earnings, poverty, and housing tenure. The data come from the Current Population Survey.

International Data Base. These statistics update the world population estimates and projections with 2009 figures, including projections by age for 227 countries and areas. The International Data Base offers a variety of demographic indicators on population size and growth, age and sex composition, mortality, fertility, and net migration.

Population Change in Central and Outlying Counties of Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2000 to 2007. Detailed tables and report available in PDF (7.79 MB) providing an analysis of population change and demographic components of change in both core and outlying portions of metro areas. This change is examined by region and division, and metro area population size category, as well as for 12 of the most populous metro areas.

Subcounty Population Estimates: July 1, 2008. July 1, 2008 population estimates of the nation's incorporated places - cities, towns, villages and boroughs.

Working Paper No. 84, Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (PDF - 806 KB). This paper provides a statistical portrait of the Hispanic-origin population in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands using data from Census 2000. Data on demographic, social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic population for all three areas presented along with graphs and tables.

Economic Indicators

Construction Spending (Put-in-Place): May 2009. Press release showing estimates of the value of total new construction put-in-place by type of construction (residential and non-residential), annual value, and by type of owner (private and public).

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders: May 2009. Press release showing information on key business indicators. Shows revised durable goods totals, in addition to nondurable goods manufacturers' shipments, inventories, and orders.

Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories: May 2009. Press release showing estimates for sales, inventories on a non-LIFO ("last in-first out") basis, and stock-sales ratios for merchant wholesalers by three-digit major kind-of-business groups.

Economic Census and Surveys

2007 Economic Census. This is a series of national-level data files on the various sectors in 2007. The files provide data on the number of establishments, sales, payroll, number of employees, value of product line sales and other data items by industry. Data will be released through October. Recently released:

- Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Industry Series

2009 1st Quarter Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue. Quarterly tax revenue data on property, sales, license, income and other taxes. Data are shown for individual state governments as well as national-level estimates of total state and local taxes, including 12-month calculations. This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962.

2007 Nonemployer Statistics. The United States added nearly 1 million nonemployer businesses between 2006 and 2007, bringing the total to 21.7 million. These statistics provide an annual look at small, unincorporated businesses operated mostly by self-employed individuals. Data originating from tax return information show the number of establishments and sales by industry at the county, metro area, state and national levels.

Posted by ronbo at 01:55 PM

From IES Newsflash: Findings from Achievement Gaps: How Black and White Students perform on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences has released a new report analyzing Black-White achievement gaps at both the national and state levels, using NAEP scores as a common yardstick. The study examines data from all main NAEP mathematics and reading assessments through 2007, supplemented by data from long-term trend NAEP results through 2004. Readers will find context for understanding these gaps, as the report examines both the changes in the performance of Black and White students and the changes in the Black-White achievement gap over time.

Mathematics and reading scores on NAEP have increased since the first time the assessment was administered. These score increases have been observed among both Black and White students. However, statistically significant score differences between the two groups have also been observed.

View the full report and download the PDF at

There will be a live webcast of the official release today at 9:30 a.m. and an archived version available after 12:00 p.m. at

NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences.

Posted by ronbo at 01:52 PM

July 10, 2009

From IES Newsflash: America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 Released Online

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009." This report continues a series of annual reports to the Nation on conditions affecting children in the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences, in cooperation with 21 other federal agencies, contributes indicators to the report and supports its production.

According to the report's section on education, performance of 4th and 8th graders in mathematics is at an all time high and performance in reading improved between 2005 and 2007. Not all the report's findings were positive, however; the percentage of children ages 3-5 who were read to every day in the last week by a family member declined, from 60 percent in 2005, to 55 percent in 2007. The report noted that this percentage is slightly higher than the proportion of 53 percent in 1993, but the rate has fluctuated in intervening years.

The report has three demographic background measures and 40 selected indicators to describe the population of children and depict child well-being in the areas of family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This year's report has a special feature on children with special health care needs.

You can view, download, and print the report at

Posted by ronbo at 05:36 PM

From IES Newsflash: CIP 2010 Website is released

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of the 2010 Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Website. The CIP is a taxonomic scheme of instructional programs used by postsecondary institutions when reporting on degrees and awards completed by field of study. The 2010 CIP is the fifth edition of the CIP since it was created in 1980. The 2010 CIP includes more than 300 new instructional programs across more than 50 disciplines. Examples include: Viticulture and Enology (01.0309), Folklore Studies (05.0209), Informatics (11.0104), and Applied Psychology (42.2813). Unlike previous editions, CIP 2010 is only available electronically. However users can download current and past versions of the CIP from Resources Page on the CIP Website. From the website users can also:

* Browse the 2010 CIP
* Search for CIP codes using keywords
* Crosswalk the 2000 and 2010 CIP
* View a list of new CIP codes
* View a list of deleted CIP codes
* View a list of moved CIP codes
* Contact NCES for assistance
* Access a detailed help manual

In addition to the CIP Website, NCES also created two users tools, the CIP Wizard and CIP Selector, which can be accessed from the CIP Homepage. The CIP Wizard is a tool designed to aid individuals who report data to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). It allows the user to look up 2000 CIP codes that have been previously used to report degrees and award data for an institution and maps these codes to the 2010 CIP. The CIP Selector is designed to help users – data reporters and others -- in identifying possible 2010 CIP codes that best describes instructional programs. It guides users through a series of questions and returns a list of suggested 2010 CIP codes based on their responses.

CIP Homepage:

CIP Resources:

For questions or assistance regarding the 2010 CIP please contact either the IPEDS Help Desk at 1-877-225-2568 or email

Posted by ronbo at 05:35 PM

From IES Newsflash: Achievement Gaps: How Black and White Students Perform on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

On Tuesday, July 14, the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) will release the report "Achievement Gaps: How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress." This report analyzes Black-White achievement gaps at the national and state levels and the changes in these gaps over time, using NAEP scores.

At 9:30 a.m. via a live webcast, there will be a round table discussion with expert panelists to discuss factors influencing the achievement gaps, the state perspectives on closing the gaps, and prospects for the future. To view the report and watch this webcast live on July 14, visit

NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences.

Posted by ronbo at 05:33 PM

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - New Releases through 2009-07-05

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive
along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

3492 Process Evaluation of the Comprehensive Communities Program in Selected
Cities in the United States, 1994-1996

23545 Suburban Immigrant Koreans in Bergen County, New Jersey, 2004

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last ninety
days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 05:21 PM

From REvolution Computing: High Performance Computing with R - Course prior to JSM

New Training Course from REvolution Computing
High-Performance Computing with R

July 31, 2009 - Washington, DC - Prior to JSM
Time: 9am - 5pm
$600 commercial delegates, $450 government, $250 academic

Click Here to Register Now!

An overview of available HPC technologies for the R language to enable faster, scalable analytics that can take advantage of multiprocessor capability will be presented in a one-day course. This will include a comprehensive overview of REvolution's recently released R packages foreach and iterators, making parallel programming easier than ever before for R programmers, as well as other available technologies such as RMPI, SNOW and many more. We will demonstrate each technology with simple examples that can be used as starting points for more sophisticated work. The agenda will also cover:

* Identifying performance problems
* Profiling R programs
* Multithreading, using compiled code, GPGPU
* Multiprocess computing
* SNOW, MPI, NetWorkSpaces, and more
* Batch queueing systems
* Dealing with lots of data

Attendees should have basic familiarity with the R language—we will keep examples elementary but relevant to real-world applications.

This course will be conducted hands-on, classroom style. Computers will not be provided. Registrants are required to bring their own laptops.

For the full agenda Click Here or Click Here to Register Now!

Posted by ronbo at 05:04 PM