ArchiveMarch 2018

ISM and IHE meeting

Just spent last week with some colleagues from the Institute of Statistical Mathematics. We were hosted by the Institute of Higher Education in Athens, due to their recent signing of an MOU with ISM. I’ve been involved with some projects with the ISM folks, and we met to discuss collaborative research projects on faculty productivity and citation data. Thanks to Libby Morris and Rob...

Become a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer

Have you ever wanted to become a What Works Clearinghouse Certified Reviewer? Now is your chance! The WWC has launched online training and certification for Version 4.0 of Group Design Standards to make it easier to become a certified reviewer. The online training consists of a series of nine modules led by an experienced WWC instructor. The content is the same that we have used in our in-person...

IES Cluster-Randomized Trials Summer Institute

I did this several years ago, it was a great experience: Northwestern University, with a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, is providing support for the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials. The tenth Summer Training Institute’s aim is to increase the...

Geocoding in Stata

I had to geocode about 50,000 addresses for a project recently and found a new user-written Stata command, georoute: The authors argue their command is easier to use than others, some of which apparently don’t work anymore. The major issue for all of these commands appears to be the source dataset. Turns out it is tough to process thousands of observations, while at the same time geocoding...

College dropout refuses to leave her dorm room

I now know where my retirement home will be. Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room some two years after dropping out. Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the school’s 425 E. 25th St. co-ed dormitory, according to an eviction lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The...

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