Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's New from OECD April 15th

Only 16 heads of state are women and only one of five lawmakers are women, says Women, Government and Policy Making in OECD Countries: Fostering Diversity for Inclusive Growth:

Greater competition is essential to promote the labour and product market mobility, says OECD Economic Surveys: European Union 2014

Geographic Imbalances in Doctor Supply and Policy Responses: 

Making Innovation Policy Work: Learning from Experimentation: 

2014 GIS Contest Winners!

Elissa Knight's 1st Prize undergraduate winning poster

It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College.  The response this year was impressive in the relevance, variety of topics and the attention to social justice and environmental issues. Prizes were awarded to both graduate and undergraduate entries with a third place tie for graduate submissions.
The first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card goes to:
Aakash Ahamed, Graduate student in Geology/Geophysics , graduate prize: "Know Your Air".
Elissa Knight, A&S 2015 in Environmental Geoscience, undergraduate prize: "The Effect of Educational Attainment on Health Insurance Coverage".
The second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, goes to:
Christopher P. Soeller, Graduate student in Geology, graduate prize: "Environmental Justice in MA: An Analysis of Income Levels and Hazardous Waste Sites".
Christine Pang, A&S 2015 in Environmental Geoscience, undergraduate prize: "Comparing two heating fuel types in Massachusetts counties".

The third place tie award for graduate students of a $25 Amazon Gift Card goes to:
Oluwaseun Fadugba, Graduate student in Geophysics, graduate prize: "Propagation of P- and S- Waves and the Variation of Peak Amplitude from Earthquake's Epicenter Using the Mississippi 2012 Earthquake as a Case Study".
Stephen Hilfiker, Graduate student in Geophysics/Earth and Environmental Sciences, graduate prize: "Tsunami Risk Assessment for the Pacific-Northwest United States"

Awards were based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality. Special consideration was given to topics depicting social implications of the research such as  environmental issues. The awards will be presented Wednesday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the O’Neill Lobby by University Librarian, Tom Wall. Please join us in congratulating the winners. The winning posters will be on display in the O’Neill Lobby.

Special thanks to the contest judges:

Constantin Andronache, Research Associate, ITS ; Rudolph Hon, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences; Enid Karr, Science Librarian; Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian  and Sally Wyman, Science Librarian.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BC GIS Contest Deadline April 2nd, Enter Now!

5th Annual Library Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Mapping Contest

The Boston College Libraries are proud to sponsor the Fifth Annual GIS Contest for Boston College students, both graduate and undergraduate. Students are encouraged to present their GIS geospatial work, either coursework or research, undertaken at Boston College as part of a campus-wide celebration. Geospatial Research has grown dramatically in the past 5 years at Boston College and is now used as a research tool not just in the sciences, but in the social sciences and most recently in the humanities.
Prizes will be awarded to both the best undergraduate and graduate students at each level.
First Prize: $100 Amazon gift card
Second Prize: $50.00 Amazon gift card
Third Prize: $25.00 Amazon gift card
Submit entries to: http://bclib.bc.edu/form/gis-contest by April 2nd, 2014
Winning entries will be displayed in the O’Neill Library on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 when the prizes will be presented. We ask faculty from all disciplines to encourage students to submit their entries. The first winning entry, “Boston College Tree Inventory” by Kevin Keegan was featured in Boston College Magazine article. The work of recent winners resides in our Institutional Repository at the following url: http://tinyurl.com/giscontestwinners
For full contest details please go to: http://www.bc.edu/giscontest.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Check out the latest Data Visualization Tool, the new OECD Data Lab!

Data Lab from OECD

Visualize trends from OECD's  many statistical sources on key topics such as health, education, environment, economy, social and welfare issues, technology and much more.
Create graphs and share on twitter, facebook and other social media. Compare countries  to OECD just by clicking on a country. 
Create your own graphs at: http://www.oecd.org/statistics/datalab/

The Latest Books from OECD on Economic Policy, Alternative Energy, Research Excellence and Technology

New B

Ambitious structural reforms can pave the return to strong and sustainable growth, says Economic Policy Reforms 2014: Going for Growth Interim Report:  Book on OECD iLibrary

Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, saysThe Power of Transformation: Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems: Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Work on Climate Change 2013-2014: Brochure 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Census Bureau Highlights Young Noncitizen Population in the U.S.

Census Bureau Highlights Young Noncitizen Population in the U.S.

            More than three out of five noncitizens under age 35 have been in the U.S. for five years or more, with a majority coming before they were 18 years old, according to a new brief released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. Most of these immigrants — about 80 percent — were young adults from 18 to 34.           

            The brief NoncitizensUnder Age 35: 2010-2012 uses multiyear data from the American Community Survey to present demographic and socio-economic information about the noncitizen population under age 35. Noncitizens include legal permanent residents, temporary migrants, unauthorized immigrants and other resident statuses. The American Community Survey does not include a question on legal status of a resident; therefore, the brief compares only the characteristics of citizens with noncitizens.

            “This brief gives an overview of some common characteristics of the younger noncitizen population,” said Elizabeth Grieco, chief of the Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch. “The statistics provide new insight into the composition of this unique group.”

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Think Summer, ICPSR 2014 Summer Programs Registration Now Open

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is pleased to announce the 2014 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. For detailed, up-to-date information about the Summer Program, visit icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog
The ICPSR Summer Program offers lectures and workshops in a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing. Many of these courses are presented in two four-week sessions held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first session runs from June 23-July 18, 2014. The second session runs from July 21-August 15, 2014.
From May through August, the ICPSR Summer Program also offers more than 35 three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics. Many of these short workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but several are held in other locations, including Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Several noteworthy features of the 2014 Summer Program include:
  • A 15% discount on registration fees for returning Summer Program participants
  • A 15% discount on total registration fees when you register for two or more 3- to 5-day workshops (does not include sponsored substantive workshops)
  • A continuing emphasis on data science, network analysis, and multilevel modeling
  • Courses of special interest to diverse audiences, including "Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity," "Collaborative Multi-Racial and Ethnic Political Survey," and "The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse"
  • Several new 3- to 5-day workshops, including "Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science" and "Latent Class Analysis in Social Science Research"
  • The new four-week workshop "Empirical Modeling for Theory Evaluation," exploring EITM-themed materials
The course list for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Program reflects the expressed interests of the social scientific research community and provides coverage of statistical procedures of increasing importance to methodologists.


Registration is now open for all 2014 courses. For further information, including a full list of courses, course descriptions, faculty, registration information, fees, and financial support, please visit the ICPSR Summer Program website at icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog
Questions? Contact the ICPSR Summer Program at (734) 763-7400 or sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu