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Monday
Oct282019

"Race and Taxes" with Andrea Louise Campbell

The M.A. in Government program is hosting a talk with MIT political scientist Andrea Louise Campbell at 12:00 on noon on Tuesday, November 12. Please join us for this event - but bring your own brown bag lunch.

For full event details, please see this Eventbrite Invitation.

Tuesday
Oct222019

M.A. in Government Happy Hour

Current and former Government M.A. Students: We welcome you to join us at the Madhatter on Connecticut Ave on Monday, October 28th for a casual happy hour. This would be a great time to network with fellow government students, alumni, and see your faculty in a less formal setting. Click here for the Eventbrite page.

This event is free to attend. You can buy drinks directly at the bar. Registration is requested, but not required.
We hope to see you there!

We welcome you to join us at the Madhatter on Connecticut Ave on Monday, October 28th for a casual happy hour. This would be a great time to network with fellow government students, alumni, and see your faculty in a less formal setting.

This event is free to attend. You can buy drinks directly at the bar. Registration is requested, but not required.
We hope to see you there!

 

Friday
Oct182019

New Publication: Teaching Quantitative Skills in Online Courses

Dr. Jennifer Bachner (Director, Government Analytics) and Dr. Sarah O'Byrne (Coordinator, Center for Advanced Governmental Studies) have published the article "Teaching Quantitative Skills in Online Courses: Today’s Key Areas of Focus and Effective Learning Tools" in the Journal of Political Science Education.

Abstract:

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, an increasing number of students are completing their coursework online or in hybrid formats. As online learning grows and evolves, and new teaching tools emerge, it is useful to review approaches for effective teaching in this modality. This paper focuses, in particular, on proven tools in online teaching that can be employed in courses with a strong quantitative analysis component, such as political methodology and political economy courses. We first highlight critical areas of focus, including text analysis, survey research, artificial intelligence and the communication of results. We then discuss methods and technologies that can be used to teach in these areas, such as social media and news APIs, online labor markets, online meeting spaces and simulation exercises. The final section explores methods for providing meaningful feedback on the types of assignments commonly used when teaching quantitative methods. This review of key areas of focus, learning tools, and methods for providing feedback in online quantitative courses will arm faculty with an understanding of how to develop and deliver courses that encourage participation and impart a deep knowledge of the subject at hand.

Download the full article here.  

Thursday
Oct172019

O'Connor Publishes Editorial in Space News

Jack O'Connor, Program Director of the Geospatial Intelligence Program, authored an editorial in Space News, "How to Increase the intelligence community's geospatial innovation."

"Recent articles outline a general dissatisfaction with geospatial innovation in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Part of the issue, contracting for commercial imagery purchases, resides with the National Reconnaissance Office. Both agencies face challenges in dealing with the volume of geospatial data from space, increasing mission complexity and incorporating software, hardware, and data being created by the smallsat industry.

How both agencies determine price and value for the geospatial dollar and the geospatial data remains unclear to industry, oversight and other government agencies. Once, in an earlier time of big data, both agencies cooperated innovatively in creating a scale that removed subjectivity and brought clarity to an important aspect of satellite imagery..."

To read the full editorial, please visit Space News.

Thursday
Oct102019

Job and Internship Opportunity

From time to time, internship sites and employers send notices of opportunities to faculty at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. We post these for the benefit of our students. If you would like to post an employment opportunity on our blog, please contact Collin Paschall, Program Coordinator, at cpaschall@jhu.edu, or any of our other faculty.

(1) NTLakis is a management-side law firm in downtown DC, providing risk mitigation services in a number of labor compliance fields. Our data analyses primarily focus on identifying problematic pay disparities, or differences in hiring and termination rates for women and minorities, for our clients to investigate.

Data Analyst Positions

We are looking to hire detailed-oriented and quantitative candidates to join our analytics department. Successful candidates are self-starters, able to balance multiple projects concurrently, and who have excellent communication skills.

 Analysts play a pivotal role at NTLakis, from identifying data discrepancies and conducting analyses, to generating reports and communicating results to our attorney and non-attorney professionals and clients.

 Open positions exist at all levels, from graduating seniors to experienced candidates. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@ntlakis.com.

(2) Internships with Sentator Tim Scott's Office

Senator Tim Scott is now looking for spring interns. If you have any students who may be interested, please have them fill out the application on our website (https://www.scott.senate.gov/constituent-services/internships).