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EPA Deputy Administrator Talks with SPA Students About Career in Environmental Policy

American University News - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00
On March 14, the SPA's Center for Environmental Policy, hosted an interactive discussion for students with Stanley Meiburg the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Alumnus Lonnie Bunch Speaks at American University

American University News - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00
Lonnie Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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College Offering Wide Variety of Online Classes this Summer

American University News - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00
Registration has begun for summer courses.
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Building Filmmaking Skills in the Wild

American University News - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 00:00
Ashley Holmes shares her experience in the Center for Environmental Filmmaking's Classroom in the Wild course.
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A Friendship that Inspires Giving Back

American University News - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 00:00
Rick Davis, SPA '74, establishes the Nick Charles Scholarship for students pursuing a career in journalism.
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Professor Pat Aufderheide Wins Fulbright

American University News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 00:00
The University professor's Fulbright scholar grant will allow her to research in Australia.
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Innovation Hub 1776 Taps Alumna to Lead Communications

American University News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 00:00
SOC alumna, Erin McPike joins communications startup, 1776.
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SPA Student Nationally Recognized for Research

American University News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 00:00
Meghan Doughty, a second-year student in SPA's doctoral program in public administration and policy, has been named a Founders' Fellow by the American Society for Public Administration (APSA).
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Behavioral Science: Insights for Public Administration

American University News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 00:00
What can the behavior teach us about our own financial decisions, global economy, or leading a nation? Believe it or not, there are real correlations to be drawn between the two when looking at each through the framework of behavioral sciences.
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Summer exchange program empowers young women to excel

American University News - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 00:00
The U.S. Summer Sisters Exchange Program empowers young women from Pakistan to excel.
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Spoiling for a Fight

American University News - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 00:00
AU professor studies the impact of terrorism on civil wars.
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American University Game Design MA Makes Princeton Review's Top 25 for 2016

American University News - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 00:00
“This is a major recognition and an affirmation of what we are doing here,” says AU Game Lab director Lindsay Grace.
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American University’s School of Public Affairs Places High in National Rankings

American University News - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 00:00
SPA landed in the top 20 of more than 270 schools of its kind, according to the U.S. News and World Report's latest Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings, which were released on March 16.
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Gelman OPEN on Wednesday, March 16

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 19:11
March 15, 2016

GW administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, March 16, due to the closure of the Metrorail system, but the libraries will be open during our published,Spring Break hours. 

Gelman Library: Open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Eckles Library: Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Virginia Science & Technology Library: GW students, faculty, staff and alumni may access library study space 24/7 with a valid GWorld card.

Student Photo Exhibit Opens in McKinley

American University News - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 00:00
SOC's student photographers will have their work displayed in a mini-gallery this spring.
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#BlackLivesMatter Research Released

American University News - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 00:00
SOC professor Deen Freelon released his report analyzing Black Lives Matter on social media
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Students decode cyber security issues during competition at SIS

American University News - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 00:00
Students decode cyber security issues during the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. SIS hosted the competition in partnership with the Atlantic Council.
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Tracking changes to harvests in Social Feed Manager

The George Washington University - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 14:42
March 14, 2016Justin Littman

In her blog post, “Social Media for Good: the Series, Episode 2”, DPC’s Sara Day Thomson explains:

New work also reveals the heightened importance of archived social media datasets that make it possible for researchers to re-use data. In order for this data to be useful, it must be curated and preserved with sufficient metadata to explain the conditions of its original capture and any subsequent actions taken to refine the data. For instance, a researcher may remove a particular hashtag or account as a study progresses, changing the resulting dataset. Archivists face a new mandate to develop tools and practices that support these conditions for re-use and reproducibility.

The Social Feed Manager team has heard this loud and clear!  The need to keep track of changes to collection criteria (seeds, harvesting options, credentials, etc.) is reflected in our user stories for the new Social Feed Manager and initial support should be included in our next release (version 0.5.0).  You can follow progress by watching the ticket.  (Keep in mind that we are still pre-version 1.0, so SFM is in active development.)

We haven’t work on the UI yet, but this should give you an idea of how this feature works.  First I created a new seed set.  (This is an action that might be performed by a researcher or an archivist.)  In SFM, a seed set is a list of seeds for a harvest, where a seed might be a Twitter handle or a Flickr user.  Since the list is in reverse chronological order, the entry for creating the seed set is second.  Second, I changed the schedule of the harvest.  This is the first entry below.

Notice that whenever a change is made, the following is recorded:

  • Each field and value that is changed. In this example, the schedule was changed.
  • Who made this change.  In this example, “justin” made the change.
  • When the change was made.
  • An optional note describing the reason for the change.

Again, the UI work is still to be done, but you can imagine an (understandable) version of these changes appearing when a user is reviewing a seed set.

Note that this change history is also tied into how we keep track of harvests -- SFM records the exact state of the collection criteria used to perform the harvest.

For those wondering, this is implemented with django-simple-history.

If you have thoughts on this feature, comments are welcome.  In particular, we’re interested in ideas about how to make this information available and useful to researchers, especially in dataset exports.  I can be reached @justin_littman or the whole team at sfm-dev.

News Coverage of Fukushima Disaster Found Lacking

American University News - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 00:00
A new analysis by American University sociology professor Celine Marie Pascale finds that U.S. news media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan largely minimized health risks to the public.
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ESPN's Kevin Merida comes to American University

American University News - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 00:00
Editor in Chief of The Undefeated, Merida will talk about intersection between race and sports.
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