• Saturday, January 28th, 2017

    The Social and Education Policy Research program will sponsor the first of three Legislative Forums that the League of Women Voters of Johnson County (LWVJC) is hosting in January, February and March. The forums provide an opportunity for dialogue between legislators and their constituents in Johnson County. The topic of the first forum is education and will be moderated by Syndy Conger, President of LWVJC.

  • Friday, January 27th, 2017

    This is the first lecture of the R workshop series. The workshop will cover a quick introduction to data management with R, including data input/output, data set building, and variable creation and modification. No prior knowledge of R or any other statistical software is required. Example code will be provided.

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  • Monday, January 23rd, 2017

    The first meeting of the Spring Inequality Seminar, January 23rd, will be devoted to a panel discussion focused on policy solutions to economic inequality in the United States.   We will draw on both recent scholarly work on our growing inequality (Piketty, Stiglitz, Atkinson, etc) and on recent policy work from advocates and think tanks.  For the purposes of this session, we define inequality narrowly as the distribution of wages, income, and wealth in the United States.  The discussion will be kicked off by Collin Gordon (History) and David Bills (Education), but

  • Friday, January 13th, 2017

    This course will give students the tools necessary to analyze a variety of documents, both spoken and written, with some basic routines in R and Python. 

  • Thursday, January 12th, 2017

    Description: Over the past decade, there has been increasing emphasis on evidence-based public health, and many state and national funders call for evidence-based health interventions. However, there are barriers to wider implementation, such as lack of familiarity with the concept and under-developed tools to apply it. This webinar seeks to improve the ability of the public health workforce to conduct evidence-based public health programs.

  • Thursday, January 12th, 2017

    This course will introduce attendees to concepts of social network analysis by illustration. The course will walk through R code, learning what the code does and introducing network concepts along the way. Attendees will leave with knowledge of commonly used R packages useful for network analysis. At least a small amount of prior experience with R is recommended. 

  • Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

    This course covers the topics of geographic information science, geovisualization and visual analytics.

  • Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

    This introductory course in R will begin by covering the basic data and programming structures of the R language. According to the interest and time available, subsequent topics will include linear algebra routines, data visualization, enhancing computational performance and fundamental statistical procedures. Data analyses will be a fundamental part of the course.

  • Monday, January 9th, 2017

    This introductory class covers the basic elements in Python programming including string, list, dictionary, file I/O.

  • Sunday, December 18th, 2016

    The Public Policy Center is co-sponsoring a "Last Dash" Holiday Fundraiser for the Iowa City Food Bank at The Mill (120 E. Burlington, Iowa City) from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Doors open at 3 p.m., with music from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

    The event will feature the local band, HomeBrewed, along with Kevin "B.F." Burt. Admission is three non-perishable food items or a minimum donation of $5.