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Visualize & Analyze Well-Being Across NYC with New Tool

DATA2GO.NYC, the latest project from Measure of America, is a free, easy-to-use mapping and analysis tool that brings together for the first time federal, state, and local data vital to understanding how multiple factors combine to influence New Yorkers’ well-being in every neighborhood. It will be launched on October 28 with local government and foundation leaders at a special event to be held at Civic Hall in New York City. [Register to attend.]

The DATA2GO.NYC website and mobile app contains 350 indicators for each of the city’s 59 community districts, 150 of which are also available by census tract. Many indicators were previously unavailable to the public, including data on voting and philanthropic giving, or unavailable by community district, such as police and health data. While many data tools focus on just one sector— isolating health, housing, or employment, for example—DATA2GO brings them all together, enabling a deeper understanding of how a variety of issues interact to shape people’s choices and opportunities.

DATA2GO is designed to empower people committed to social change to pinpoint groups and areas that are facing particular challenges, craft effective solutions, and track change over time. Users will be able to create unique maps, prepare community district profiles, test relationships between indicators across neighborhoods, and print or share their results at the click of a button.

Measure of America will give a public presentation on DATA2GO.NYC the evening of November 10 in New York City as the inaugural session of Social Science After Hours, a new series of opportunities for friends and fellows of the Council to meet staff in a casual setting and learn about the newest work coming out of SSRC programs. [RSVP to attend.]

In Council News

The Council is pleased to join the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) in presenting a summit on “Knowledge” that will bring together some of the world’s top social and behavioral scientists in discussion with leaders in industry, media, and the community to consider three central questions: How do we produce knowledge? How do we disseminate it? How are we transforming the very nature of knowledge itself? Keynote speakers will be Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and former SSRC president and CASBS fellow Kenneth Prewitt, now Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, director of the Future of Scholarly Knowledge project, and special advisor to the president at Columbia University. Board member John Seely Brown, independent cochairman of DeLoitte’s Center for the Edge, will serve as interlocutor for panels on the “Future of Agency.” SSRC president Ira Katznelson and board member Margaret Levi, director of CASBS, will offer closing remarks. The November 5 summit will take place on the Stanford campus in Northern California. [Register to attend.]

President Ira Katznelson hosted a forum on Anxieties of Democracy as the feature story for Boston Review’s fortieth anniversary issue, with respondents including scholars, journalists, foundation leaders, and political organizers. The Anxieties of Democracy program welcomed its new director, Anoush F. Terjanian [PDF], who will lead a next phase of activities centered on five working groups exploring various stressors on democratic governance.

Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum deputy director Tatiana Carayannis and International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Louisa Lombard (2009) coedited and authored chapters in Making Sense of the Central African Republic, now available from the University of Chicago Press.

The African Peacebuilding Network’s latest policy brief [PDF] made recommendations aimed at increasing the effectiveness of African Union and United Nations peace operations in the Central African Republic.

Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project director Leon Sigal wrote for the National Interest on the troubling rhetoric coming from both North and South Korea. He spoke to the Korea Times about the US take on South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s decision to attend China’s military parade commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II.

Executive director Mary McDonnell and sociologist Robert Dingwall drew on their forthcoming edited volume The SAGE Handbook of Research Management to argue for stronger research leadership at universities in a piece for Times Higher Education.

A New York Times opinion piece examining the state of the public school system in post-Katrina New Orleans used data from the Measure of America report Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities to illustrate the limits of recent reforms. MOA’s role in sparking efforts to launch a charter school aimed at reclaiming young people in Phoenix who are neither working nor in school was highlighted in an article in the Arizona Republic, and codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps appeared on WNYC and Public Radio International’s The Takeaway as well as National Public Radio’s DC-based program The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the ties between youth disconnection and the decline in seasonal employment for teens.

The China-Africa Knowledge Project launched the CAKP Resource Hub Researcher Database, an aggregation of over four hundred academics, practitioners, and PhD candidates working on the China-Africa relationship. The CAKP Working Group convened scholars, advisors, and partners for a two-day planning meeting in New York to discuss emerging areas of China-Africa research and challenges and capacity gaps in teaching the next generation of scholars.

The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum cohosted with the International Peace Institute a panel discussion in New York in anticipation of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, addressing key points of debate, possible outcomes, and how to prepare for the session [video available].

Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum program associate Karim Kamel and program coordinator Sabrina Stein participated in a panel discussion on “UN Resolution 1325: International Instruments and How They Benefit Women” at “Women Leaders as Agents of Change: The Role of Women in the Changes Taking Place in the MENA Region,” an international conference held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

Drugs, Security and Democracy program manager Cleia Noia spoke at the Open Society Foundations in New York on “Inside Cracolândia: Promoting Health and Human Rights in Brazil’s ‘Cracklands.’”

The African Peacebuilding Network announced a new cohort of Individual Research grantees: twelve African scholars and practitioners will produce research-based knowledge relevant to peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent. Two APN Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients will complete research projects on ethnic minorities and land conflicts in southwestern Nigeria and on the Nigeria-Cameroon border conflict settlement. Mmegi Online reported on an APN workshop for grantees held at the University of Botswana in collaboration with the university’s Department of Political and Administrative Studies.

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship announced its new cohort: sixty-four fellows will develop their projects through interdisciplinary workshops and exploratory summer research on topics from the regulation of alcohol in China to a global history of cancer research.

In Memoriam

The Council mourns the passing of our former executive associate David L. Sills, distinguished sociologist, leading demographer, longtime editor of the SSRC publication Items, and editor of the classic 1968 International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. We remember David’s legendary editorial talent and passion and celebrate the countless contributions he made in helping lead our organization with distinction and grace from 1973 to 1989.

CORRECTION: In our original September 2015 Council Update, we stated that Robert Merton was coeditor of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. In fact, he was only coeditor of volume 19 of the encyclopedia.

From Our Fellows

Many SSRC fellows have recently published books based on their supported research: Abe fellow Toshi Arimura (2005), with Kazuyuki Iwata, An Evaluation of Japanese Environmental Regulations: Quantitative Approaches from Environmental Economics (Springer, in English and Japanese); Abe fellow Akiko Hashimoto (1995), The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan (Oxford University Press); Abe fellow Scott A. Snyder (1997), with Brad Glosserman, The Japan–South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States (Columbia University Press); DPDF and IDRF fellow Brian R. Jacobson (2007 and 2009), Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space (Columbia University Press); DSD fellow Winifred Tate (2012), Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia (Stanford University Press); IDRF fellow Sara Shneiderman (2005), Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India (University of Pennsylvania Press); and IDRF fellow Alejandro Velasco (2004), Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press).

Recent articles by fellows include Abe fellow Llewelyn Hughes (2012), with Jonas Meckling, on “Free Trade for Green Trade,” in Foreign Affairs; and Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop and Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty participant June Hee Kwon (2010 and 2014) on “The Work of Waiting: Love and Money in Korean Chinese Transnational Migration,” in Cultural Anthropology.

From Our Forums

Kujenga Amani

Kujenga Amani features John Mwangi Githigaro on the postelectoral crisis in Burundi. Idayat Hassan shares her perspective on Muhammad Buhari’s first hundred days as Nigeria’s president. Dawit Yohannes Wondemagegnehu draws on his work as a New York–based APN visiting researcher to argue the merits of African peace support operations. And an interview with APN Individual Research grantee Oluwafunmilayo J. Para-Mallam (2013) focuses on the Economic Community of West African States.

At Reverberations, Onnesha Roychoudhuri interviews Anderson Blanton on the materiality of prayer, Elizabeth Drescher on prayer among the religiously unaffiliated, and Elizabeth McAlister on aggressive prayer. Documentary filmmaker Savitri Medhatul, a New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee, shares video excerpts of her conversation with Shekhar Kallianpur, pastor of the New Life Fellowship Association in Mumbai. And Amanda Baugh writes about interfaith environmentalism in the United States.

At The Immanent Frame, David Christian, director of the Big History Institute, and other respondents consider the impact of contemporary scientific cosmologies on both established religious traditions and environment-related beliefs and practices in a new Off the Cuff installment on Cosmology and the Environment. Sindre Bangstad discusses his research on the public voice of Muslim women in Norway. The series on Samuel Moyn’s new book, Christian Human Rights, concludes with the author’s own reflections.

On Deadline

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
Applications Due: October 15

International Dissertation Research Fellowship
Applications Due: November 3

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa
Applications Due: November 13