Summer Internship Application: Summer for Respect: Walmart Organizing and Oral History Project

To mark the anniversary of Freedom Summer, OUR Walmart and Columbia University's Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) are teaming up on a program to document and the economic disenfranchisement that continues to afflict our country. Students from around the country, hand-in-hand with Walmart worker-leaders, will participate in an intensive summer of organizing and oral history documentation.
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The Columbia Center for Oral History Research Joins INCITE

In a pathbreaking move that has strengthened the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH), the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) has partnered with the Columbia University Libraries in managing and administering the activities and programs of the CCOH. Under the terms of the new partnership, INCITE will have responsibility for the research, education, and outreach activities of CCOH.
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2013-14 Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Announced

The Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows program, organized by INCITE and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce its cohort of 13 new fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Members of the cohort span the social sciences, humanities, and life and behavioral sciences.They will join seven returning Mellon fellows from the 2012-13 cohort.

Click here for learn about the current cohort.

Click here to learn more about the program.


INCITE Research Project Included in WSJ Article

The Wall Street Journal highlighted INCITE's participation in a $2.6 million plan to digitize the New York Philharmonic's archives. The Research Project, Subscribers to the New York Philharmonic, 1842-Present, is overseen by Prof. Shamus Khan.

The article describes the project that analyzes "the orchestra's subscriber lists to create a database mapping New York's elites in the seats of the concert hall" in order to better understanding New York's "evolving social life."

"What if we knew who'd gone to the Philharmonic over the last 150 years—where they sat, who sat around them, what concerts they went to—and we knew where they lived in the world?" Khan told the Wall Street Journal. "We think that can tell us a lot."


Request for Proposals, INCITE Research Grants for Columbia’s Global Centers

INCITE is pleased to issue its second request for seed grant proposals to Columbia Faculty working with Columbia’s new network of Global Centers and the local and regional partners of those Centers. Through this request for proposals, INCITE seeks to leverage Columbia’s diverse intellectual capacities and resources to build a vibrant and sustainable global research program, and facilitate the emergence of Columbia as a global university.
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RWJ-HSS Hosts Short Course On Graphical Models Nov 26 and 27

This course offers an applied introduction to the theory and practice of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) for causal inference in the observational social and biomedical sciences. DAGs are rigorous tools for thinking carefully about complicated causal problems. The two primary uses of DAGs are (1) determining the identifiability of causal effects from observed data, and (2) deriving the testable implications of a causal model.
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Vote for PFL Project in GOOD Challenge


We have recently launched an initiative to bring together a diverse group of New York-based leaders and change agents and equip them with tools to use oral history in service of their mission. The program, entitled Telling Lives, has already convened two workshops attracting 30 advocates from organizations like Picture the Homeless and Make the Road-NY.

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H&SS Seed Grant Results in Social Networks Feature

In September 2010, the Columbia University H&SS site (a partnership of INCITE and the Mailman School of Public Health) funded the seed grant "Linking spatial and social environment for population health." The study, made possible through the 10-month grant, was featured in the January 2012 Special Issue of Social Networks. The article "Capturing context: Integrating spatial and social network analyses," was co-authored by jimi adams (Cohort 5), Katherine Faust and Gina Lovasi (Cohort 4). Click here to read the article.

Bearman in LA Times: Autism boom: an epidemic of disease or of discovery?

Exploring the increasing prevalence of autism, The Los Angeles Times cited Peter Bearman's research into the environmental causes of autism. Bearman's research analyzes state data, finding that children who live near somebody with autism were more likely to have the diagnosis themselves. Bearman estimates that the influence of neighbors alone accounts for 16% of the growth of autism cases in the state developmental system between 2000 and 2005.