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
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
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
The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) was established to advance an evidence base regarding strategies and methods for improving child health service delivery and increasing protections and effective services for children in adversity.
We are interested in what factors drive people to sometimes seek out information, and other times avoid it. People frequently spend time and resources seeking out information that is useless except for satisfying curiosity. Read more about Reward Outcome Information Preferences
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
There is broad agreement that private philanthropic investment is poised to have an increasingly important impact across world regions. Yet those who seek to optimize the impact of philanthropy and social investing are hindered by a lack of reliable data and knowledge regarding philanthropic resources and trends. Read more about Global Institutional Philanthropy Study
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.