Upcoming 2017 Dale Somers Memorial Lecture, Department of History

photo, Deborah E. Harkness, from University of Southern California history department pageThe History department’s annual Dale Somers Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Deborah Harkness, professor of History at the University of Southern California, at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in 25 Park Place, Room 830.

Prof. Harkness is a historian of science and medicine from antiquity to the present, specializing in the early modern period (1400-1700). Her work focuses on how students of nature found their way through various spaces–universities, libraries and royal courts, cities and home, and finally the learned academies of the Enlightenment, in search of places to do scientific work. Her teaching focuses on early modern cultural and intellectual history, with particular emphases on Tudor and Stuart England, the history of women, and the history of magic and science. (from departmental page)

Prof. Harkness’ publications include:

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cover, Deborah E. Harkness, Discovery of Witches

Harkness is also the author of three best-selling novels: the All Souls Trilogy: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, which are being adapted into a television series.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of History.

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ICePP Faculty and Affiliates with 4 new publications on fiscal decentralization and tax policy

Since November 2016 ICePP Faculty, research associates, affiliates, and alumni had 4 new journal publications in the subject area of fiscal decentralization and tax policy.

martinezjRegents Professor of Economics and Director of the International Center for Public Policy (ICePP), Jorge Martinez-Vazquez with Professor Yongzheng Liu and Alfred M. Wu published an article on the impacts of fiscal decentralization and fiscal equalization, both measured at the sub-provincial level, on intra-provincial inequality in China in the April 2017 issue of International Tax and Public Finance. Liu, an affiliate of ICePP and an Andrew Young School (AYS) alumni, is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Finance, China Financial Policy Research Center at Renmin University of China in Beijing and collaborates frequently with Martinez-Vazquez. Wu is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).

Liu, Yongzheng, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, and Alfred M. Wu. 2017. “Fiscal Decentralization, Equalization, and Intra-Provincial Inequality in ChinaInternational Tax and Public Finance 24, Issue 2, pp 248 – 281.

downloadIn November 2016, Martinez-Vazquez, published an article that gives a comprehensive and updated review of the impact of fiscal decentralization on the economy, society and politics in the  Journal of Economic Surveys.  Martinez-Vazquez co-authored this article with Santiago Lago-Peñas who is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Governance and Economics Research Network at the University of Vigo, Spain and Agnese Sacchi who is an Assistant Professor of Public Finance at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

Lago-Peñas, Santiago, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez and Agnese Sacchi. 2016. “The Impact of Fiscal Decentralization: A Survey.” Journal of Economic Surveys. DOI 10.1111/joes.12182.

cyan130In December 2016, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Musharraf Cyan and Antonios Koumpias published an article that examines the determinants of tax morale in Pakistan in the Journal of Asian Economics. Their journal article was among the most downloaded articles from Journal of Asian Economics from December 24 – March 24, 2017. Cyan is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Economics  in the Department of Economics and works at ICePP.  Koumpias is a Research Associate with ICePP and graduate student in the AYS Department of Economics.

Cyan, Musharraf Rasool, Antonios Koumpias, and Jorge Martinez-Vazquez. 2016. “The Determinants of Tax Morale in Pakistan.” Journal of Asian Economics. DOI 10.1016/j.asieco.2016.09.002.

Also in December 2016, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez published an article with Professor Gustavo Canavire-Bacarreza and Bauyrzhan Yedgenov exploringeconomic_geography in depth the empirical relevance of physical geography as a determinant of fiscal decentralization in the Journal of Economic Geography. Canavire-Bacarreza, an AYS alumni, is currently a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Research on Economics and Finance at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. Yedgenov is a Research Associate with ICePP and graduate student in the AYS Department of Economics.

Canavire-Bacarreza, Gustavo, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, and Bauyrzhan Yedgenov. 2016. “Reexamining the determinants of fiscal decentralization: What is the role of geography?” Journal of Economic Geography. DOI 10.1093/jeb/lb032.

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New Resource: Popular Culture Literature Collection

Captain Marvel (1966)

Did you know that the Special Collections and Archives maintain a collection of popular culture literature published over the last 100 years? The Popular Culture Literature Collection contains comic books, pulp fiction magazines, dime novels, and Big Little Books.  The bulk of the collection consists of comic books in a wide variety of genres: from well-known Marvel and DC superheroes to comic adaptions of classic literature, as well as science fiction, western, and horror stories from independent publishers. Recent additions to the collection include campy comic books from small and low-budget publishers like Charlton Comics and Gold Key.

Complete Western Book (1943)

In addition, the collection includes romance comics published from the fifties to the eighties. While most comics of the era were intended only for children; romance stories told dramatic storylines aimed at young women. These comic series had titles such as Teen-Age Love, Stories of Brides in Love, and Career Girl Romances.

Aside from comic books, the collection includes a fair amount of pulp magazines from the thirties and forties. So-called for their poor quality paper, these publications contain lurid stories in fiction genres such as westerns, mystery, horror, and romance.

Below are a selection of books the University Library has related to comic books and popular culture literature:

Questions about this collection should be directed to Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or archives@gsu.edu.

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Workshop: Finding International Trade Data

Looking for international trade data in its various forms? Come to this workshop!

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Trade in Goods and Services (Billions of Dollars), July & August 2016 [U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade, U.S. International Trade Data]

In this workshop Joel Glogowski, Business, Entrepreneurship and Data Services Librarian, will provide an overview of international business and economic data sources. You’ll learn where to look to find import/export data, balance of payments, FDI, market/brand share data, economic indicators, and employment data. The session will look at both free and subscription resources.

Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor above Saxby’s)REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Joel Glogowski.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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Celebrate Open Education Week, March 27-31

CC BY: https://www.openeducationweek.org/

 

This year, the Georgia State University Library is celebrating Open Education Week from March 27-31 with a different program each day this week. Open Education is a global movement to raise awareness about free and open content, tools, and pedagogy and their impact on teaching and learning.

 

Monday, March 27: 10am-4pm. Atlanta Campus Library North Lobby. Exploring Open Educational Resources. 

Stop by our Open Educational Resource table just inside the Atlanta Library North main entrance. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with a variety of Open Educational Resources.

Tuesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00pm: Webinar: Open Educational Resources, Affordable Content, and Student Success

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs) and how can they impact student success? This webinar introduces openly licensed course content and other affordable textbook alternatives and how they can improve student grades and retention.  Learn to locate high quality, low cost resources and find out about Affordable Learning Georgia grants to develop new OERs or adapt an existing course to use open content.

Sign in to this webinar here.

Wednesday, March 29: Noon-1pm: Webinar : Introduction to Open Licensing

Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian and Affordable Learning Georgia Library Coordinator for Georgia State University, will introduce you to how open licenses work and why they are important for sharing your educational resources.

Register here.

Thursday, March 30: Atlanta Campus in Library South 2: CURVE, Noon-1pm: One GSU professor’s experience creating an open textbook

Tired of using a traditional textbook that some students don’t purchase and others don’t read?  Legal Studies professor Susan Willey demonstrates the no-cost, digital textbook she has created for BUSA 2106.  Currently comprised of more than 700 links to online readings, videos, websites, and other free open-source web materials, the e-book appeals to the learning styles of millennial students and encourages them to take more responsibility for their learning.  Students in her classes also create study aids, exercises and assessment tools to make the e-book more interactive, as well as Infographics that summarize content and make it more accessible to visual learners.  Sue’s session will walk you through the process she followed to create an e-book from open resources, the format of her book, types of interactive exercises that can be created by students, and student feedback on how creating course materials enhances their learning experience

Friday, March 31: Atlanta Campus Library North, Classroom 1 Noon-12:30pm: Finding Open Content and Library Resources to Replace High Cost Textbooks

Do your students have trouble affording the textbook for your class? Let us help. Come discover some excellent resources for open and affordable content.  We’ll take a look at several collections of peer-reviewed open textbooks, ebook collections available through the GSU library, and a few other resources for locating open content.

Friday, March 31: Atlanta Campus Library North, Classroom 1, 12:30pm-1:30pm: An Open Conversation about Open Education

What are your thoughts or experiences with open education? Are there advantages or challenges? Are you a professor using or exploring the idea of using Open Educational Resources or open pedagogy in your class or department? Are you a student who has taken an open class or used OER in class or your personal projects? Bring your ideas and questions, and we’ll spend some time talking about OER.

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Workshop: Statistics in the Real World

Ever thought in your statistics classes: “When and how am I ever going to use this in the real world?” Come to this workshop for those answers!

PrintIn this workshop Brittany Taylor, SPSS/Excel Graduate Research Assistant, will address the importance of using Excel for applied research and related settings. It is designed as an introduction to creating simple graphs (such as Excel Pivot Tables) for reports, as well as writing analyses that are accessible to a general, non-academic audience. She will reference a study conducted in 2015 by the GSU Sociology department as well as recent reports from state agencies as major examples.

Date:

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:00am – 11:00am, Classroom 2 (Library North building, 2nd floor, corner area above Saxby’s coffee shop) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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Workshop: Finding Social Science Datasets with ICPSR

Are you a social science researcher desperately seeking data? Come to this workshop!

ICPSR logoIn this workshop Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Sociology, Gerontology and Data Services Librarian, will give an overview of using ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) to find social sciences datasets for use in original data analysis. We will cover different searching and browsing techniques for identifying relevant datasets, understanding a dataset record and other documentation describing datasets, and the processes for downloading datasets and obtaining restricted-use datasets.

Date:

  • Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor, above Saxby’s) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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New Faculty Publication – Christina Hemphill Fuller

Dr. Christina Hemphill Fuller is assistant professor in the School of Public Health‘s Division of Environmental Health. Dr. Fuller works in the field of air quality exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. She has a co-appointment in the department of Geosciences.

Dr. Fuller recently published an article on traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  Her study evaluates the impact of vegetative barriers on particulate matter numbers and black carbon concentrations in dwellings that are close to roadways.  From the article, “TRAP includes particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals as well as particulate emissions from brake and tire wear.” and has been associated with adverse health outcomes.

Please read some of Dr. Fuller’s research below to learn more about air pollution in urban environments.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently has many regulations in place such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to help improve the environment. Nationally, concentrations of air pollutants have dropped significantly since 1990.

Source:  https://gispub.epa.gov/air/trendsreport/2016/

Learn more about the hazards of air pollution with these resources at Georgia State University Library.

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Upcoming Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lecture: “Becoming Coalitional: The Perverse Encounter of Queer to the Left and the Jesus People USA”

photo, Deborah GouldThe Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies announces its Anne L. Harper Annual Lecture, “Becoming Coalitional: The Perverse Encounter of Queer to the Left and the Jesus People USA,” by Deborah Gould, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. The event will take place on Monday, March 27 in the Troy Moore Library (23rd Floor, 25 Park Place), with a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture following at 5:00 p.m.

Prof. Gould’s research interests include the study of political emotion and affect, social movements and contentious politics, classical and contemporary social theory, sexualities, lesbian/gay/queer studies, feminist and queer theory. She is currently working on a second book about political emotion titled Emotional Terrains of Activism: Appetites, Encounters, and the Not-Yet of Politics. She was involved in ACT UP/Chicago for many years, and was later active also in Queer to the Left. Prof. Gould was a founding member of the research/art/activism collaborative group Feel Tank Chicago, best known for its International Parades of the Politically Depressed (from UCSC faculty page).

Prof. Gould’s publications include:

cover, Sexualities in Education: A Reader, ed. Erica R. Meiners and Therese Quinn

Prof. Gould’s lecture is cosponsored by the Departments of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology, the Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and Faces of Feminism.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Workshop: Consumer and Market Data for Entrepreneurs

Need data to make informed decisions about that new business venture? Come to this workshop!

simplymapimageIn this workshop Joel Glogowski, Business, Entrepreneurship and Data Services Librarian, will help entrepreneurs find consumer data, demographics, market share, and industry data to help them make informed decisions about their business venture.

Date:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor above Saxby’s) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Joel Glogowski.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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