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Food Security Atlas of the World

 

Faculty Member: Sam Myers

 

Our group is building a global data set of food intake and nutritional content to estimate diets and nutritional adequacy.  Building off our initial efforts constructing the GENuS database (Smith et al. 2016, PLOS One), this task involves collecting data from a wide variety of sources and building them into a central framework.  With this powerful tool, we hope to explore how different global environmental stressors could affect the rates of nutritional deficiency and

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Measuring School Neighborhood Quality: Implications for Education and Child Development

 

Faculty Member: Dana McCoy

How do neighborhood contexts influence children's educational and developmental outcomes? Are early childhoodinterventionsmoreorlesseffectiveindifferenttypesofcommunities? Thisprojectaimstoaddressthese questions through the development of a virtual Systematic Social Observation (SSO) tool that will allow researchers to take a virtual “walk” through neighborhoods using Google Street View and code what is happening around the neighborhood. In this study, we will be applying this tool to constructs

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Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Online Database Project

 

Faculty Member: Sam Gershman

Our research aims to understand how richly structured knowledge about the environment is acquired, and how this knowledge aids adaptive behavior. We use a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging and computational techniques to pursue these questions. One prong of this research focuses on how humans and animals discover the hidden states underlying their observations, and how they represent these states. In some cases, these states correspond to complex data structures, like graphs, grammars or

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Project Title: The Abolition of Capital Punishment in Austria, 1770‐1970

Faculty Member: Alison Frank Johnson

Faculty member has collected from archives in Austria hundreds of decisions in death penalty cases made by the Habsburg Emperor. These decisions reveal the crime, information about the convict, rates of execution, and substitute punishments. Faculty member needs help organizing the data to allow quantitative analysis. Read more about Project Title: The Abolition of Capital Punishment in Austria, 1770‐1970

Constance Baker Motley and the American Century: A Biography of Race, Gender, Class and Social Change

Faculty Member: Tomiko Brown-Nagin 

This project considers what 20th century American history looks like if it is told through the life and workplace experiences of Constance Baker Motley—the black woman lawyer, politician and judge who rose from poverty to play a decisive role in three social movements that reconstructed American law and society. Read more about Constance Baker Motley and the American Century: A Biography of Race, Gender, Class and Social Change

Fisheries Management, Food Security and Human Nutrition

Faculty Member: Dr. Christopher Golden

Our project will tackle the following four questions: 1) what is the current role of fish and other seafood in maintaining macro and micro-nutrient nutrition for populations around the world; 2) how will projected changes in global fish stocks affect human nutrition; 3) which populations have the greatest nutritional vulnerability to changes in the status of fisheries; and 4) which marine conservation and fisheries management strategies would pay the largest health dividends at a variety of scales from local to global? Read more about Fisheries Management, Food Security and Human Nutrition

The Origins of State Capacity in China

Faculty Member: Professor Yuhua Wang

This project examines the historical origins of state capacity at the sub-national level in China. Using historical, quantitative data, investigate the impact of war, crops, and the imperial civil service exam system on contemporary China's local state capacity.

Description of RA Duties: Responsibilities primarily include collecting data from Chinese sources, such as gazetteers. Some simple data analysis might be involved as well.

Requirements: Must be able to read Chinese.

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