Events

  • Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

    In the third workshop, we will finish the basics with: (i) functions; (ii) installing and using external libraries; (iii) file I/O. We will learn how to write functions in Python to build reusable code blocks. Then we introduce the usage of external libraries. Specifically, we will cover Numpy, Scipy, Matplotlib, and Pandas. Some examples will be shown. Finally, we will use these libraries to read/write files to local disk. Please bring your own laptop for hands-on exercise and practice.

  • Thursday, October 26th, 2017

    Andrea Cohen, executive director of the Iowa UNA, will present "The UN is our greatest hope for the future" for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon on Thursday, Oct. 26. The Public Policy Center is a co-sponsor of the luncheon. 

    Registration is required. More information is available on the ICFRC website.

  • Friday, October 27th, 2017

    The workshop introduces the basics of network analysis with R. We will learn how to upload network dat­­­­­a to R, construct and visualize a network, and evaluate nodal and network properties. Example R code and network data files will be provided. No prior knowledge of network analysis and R is required.

    Registration is available here

  • Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

    America Colmenares, professor of Spanish at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, will present "Venezuela in crisis" for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Public Policy Center is a co-sponsor of the luncheon. 

    Registration is required. More information is available on the ICFRC website

  • Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

    Professor Pippa Holloway will present "Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in 2520D UCC. The PPC will co-sponsor the event. 

  • Friday, November 3rd, 2017

    The workshop will discuss research data resources that are available through the University of Iowa, specifically the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC). There will be an overview of each resource including what types of data are available followed by a demonstration of how to navigate and search for data.

    Registration is available here

  • Monday, November 6th, 2017

    Paul Butler will discuss his book, "Choke Hold: Policing Black Men," at 12:40 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 in Levitt Auditorium in the University of Iowa College of Law building. The Public Policy Center is co-sponsoring the event. 

    Sponsors include the UI Center for Human Rights, College of Law, Diversity Office, Black Law Student Association, African American Studies, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and Athletics. 

  • Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

    These public panels are part of the undergraduate course, "Equality, Opportunity and Public Policy in America,"

  • Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

    Elizabeth Menninga, assistant professor in the University of Iowa Department of Political Science, will present "Mediation to end civil wars: Assembling the Dream Team" for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The Public Policy Center is a co-sponsor of the luncheon. 

    Registration is required. More information is available on the ICFRC website

  • Friday, November 10th, 2017

    The Iowa Women’s Archives is marking a major milestone this year: its 25th anniversary! On Nov. 10-11, 2017 they will celebrate 25 years of gathering and illuminating the history of Iowa women with an open house, gala dinner, and a symposium, "The Iowa Women’s Archives at 25: The Feminist Impulse at Work." The Public Policy Center is a co-sponsor of the celebration.

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  • Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

    Join us for Wonk Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Iowa City Public Library.

    Rene Rocha, researcher in the PPC's Politics and Policy Research Program, and panelists will discuss how U.S. immigration policy has changed dramatically in the first year of Trump’s presidency, and the impact those changes have had on immigrants in Iowa. Rocha is also an associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

  • Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    Juan R.I. Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, will present "The New Arabs: U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East" for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Public Policy Center is a co-sponsor of the luncheon. 

    Registration is required. More information is available on the ICFRC website.

  • Monday, October 9th, 2017

    The Public Policy Center will co-sponsor The U-Turn: Screening and discussion with director Luis Argueta at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 in Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library. 

  • Monday, October 9th, 2017

    The conference examined gendered violence at local, state, national, and international levels.

  • Friday, October 6th, 2017

    This is the third lecture of the R workshop series. The workshop will provide an introduction to quantitative analysis in social science with R. The workshop will cover three aspects of analytic techniques: descriptive statistics(calculating sum, mean, variance, etc.), OLS model and diagnoses, and advanced models (e.g., interaction model, nonlinear model, and basic MLE models). No prior knowledge of R or any other statistical software is required. Example code will be provided.

  • Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    In the second workshop, we will cover the basics of Python language: (i) variables, (ii) data structures, and (iii) control logics. Specifically, we will talk about the definition and naming convention of variables. We then introduce common types of data structures, including list, tuple, and dictionary. For control logics, we touch on if-else clauses and for/while loops, along with some important keywords. Please bring your own laptop for hands-on exercise and practice.

  • Thursday, September 28th, 2017

    The Public Policy Center is co-sponsoring a visiting lecture by distinguished energy analyst, Robert McNally, founder and President of the The Rapidan Group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center, 103 S. Capitol Street. McNally's lecture will place the current volatility in global oil markets in historical perspective and offer advice on what to expect from oil markets in the future.

  • Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    This is a joint lecture of using R and Stata in social science. The workshop will introduce how to manage single or multiple datasets with both Stata and R. The audience will see how to achieve the same data projects in different platforms and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each software. No prior knowledge of any other statistical software is required. Example code will be provided.

    Registration is available here

  • Thursday, September 21st, 2017 to Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    This one-and-a-half day symposium will feature Iowa-based and nationally-recognized speakers and discussion panels on a variety of drinking water issues facing the Midwest and the nation.

  • Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

    Join the University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC) as we present a new, community-focused series of events. Each month we will present a policy topic from our various research areas, in a variety of formats. These events are free and open to the public. 

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