Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paid Internship at US Pretrial Services in SF

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The deadline has been extended until Friday, May 9. Some of you may remember Kalisi Kupu: she's worked at USPTS since graduation. Speaks highly of the opportunity.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Time Use Research

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Resources at Harvard

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Know It! (Data, archives, libraries, and other sources of info)
Code It! (Stata, SPSS, Python, R, graphics, ...)
Write It! (Tips for writing theses, journal articles, dissertations)
Present It! (Power point, Beamer, and general presentation tips)
Manage It! (Workflow, project management, group collaboration tools)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former AnthSoc Adjunct on the NYT Opinion Page

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Katrina Karkazis taught medical anthropology for us as an adjunct a few years ago.

The New York Times The Opinion Pages OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
The Trouble With Too Much T
By
KATRINA KARKAZIS
REBECCA JORDAN-YOUNG
APRIL 10, 2014

In 2009, the South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya was barred from competition and obliged to undergo intrusive and humiliating “sex testing” after fellow athletes at the Berlin World Championships questioned her sex. Ms. Semenya was eventually allowed to compete again, but the incident opened the world’s eyes to the process of sex testing and the distress it could bring to an athlete who had lived her whole life as a girl. When an endocrinologist, a gynecologist and a psychologist were brought in to determine whether the teenager was really a woman, she simply asserted, “I know who I am.”

From 2011, major sports governing bodies, including the International Olympic Committee, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and the International Association of Athletics Federations, instituted new eligibility rules that were intended to quell the outrage over the handling of the Semenya case. Instead, as recent cases attest, they may have made things worse.

Rather than trying to decide whether an athlete is “really” female, as decades of mandatory sex tests did, the current policy targets women whose bodies produce more testosterone than is typical. If a female athlete’s T level is deemed too high, a medical team selected by the sport’s governing bodies develops a “therapeutic proposal.” This involves either surgery or drugs to lower the hormone level. If doctors can lower the athlete’s testosterone to what the governing bodies consider an appropriate level, she may return to competition. If she refuses to cooperate with the investigation or the medical procedures, she is placed under a permanent ban from elite women’s sports.

The first evidence of this new policy in action was published last year in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Four female athletes, ages 18 to 21, all from developing countries, were investigated for high testosterone. Three were identified as having atypically high testosterone after undergoing universal doping tests. (They were not suspected of doping: Tests clearly distinguish between doping and naturally occurring testosterone.)

Sports officials (the report does not identify their governing-body affiliation) sent the young women to a medical center in France, where they were put through examinations that included blood tests, genital inspections, magnetic resonance imaging, X-rays and psychosexual history — many of the same invasive procedures Ms. Semenya endured. Since the athletes were all born as girls but also had internal testes that produce unusually high levels of testosterone for a woman, doctors proposed removing the women’s gonads and partially removing their clitorises. All four agreed to undergo both procedures; a year later, they were allowed to return to competition.

The doctors who performed the surgeries and wrote the report acknowledged that there was no medical reason for the procedures. Quite simply, these young female athletes were required to have drastic, unnecessary and irreversible medical interventions if they wished to continue in their sports.

Many conditions can lead to naturally high testosterone, including polycystic ovarian syndrome or an ovarian tumor during pregnancy, but women with intersex traits tend to have the highest T levels. And it is these intersex traits that sports authorities want “corrected.”

Sports authorities argue that screening for high T levels is needed to keep women’s athletics fair, reasoning that testosterone improves performance. Elite male athletes generally outperform women, and this difference has been attributed to men’s higher testosterone levels. Ergo, women with naturally high testosterone are thought to have an unfair advantage over other women.

But these assumptions do not match the science. A new study in Clinical Endocrinology fits with other emerging research on the relationship between natural testosterone and performance, especially in elite athletes, which shows that T levels can’t predict who will run faster, lift more weight or fight harder to win. The study, of a sample of 693 elite athletes, revealed a significant overlap in testosterone levels among men and women: 16.5 percent of the elite male athletes had testosterone in the so-called female range; nearly 14 percent of the women were above the “female” range.

This finding undermines the idea that sex-linked performance differences are mainly because of testosterone. The authors suggest that lean body mass, rather than hormone levels, may better explain the performance gap. They also conclude that their research makes the I.O.C.’s testosterone-guided eligibility policy for women “untenable.”

Some might argue that the procedures used to lower T levels are simply part of the price athletes must pay to compete at the elite level. But these choices aren’t temporary hardships like training far from home or following a rigorous diet. The required drug and surgical treatments are irreversible and medically unjustifiable. Clitoral surgery impairs sexual function and sensation; gonadectomy causes sterility; and hormone-suppressive drugs have side effects with potentially lifelong health risks.

 Moreover, the policy places a disproportionate burden on poor women who may have limited career opportunities and are likely to face enormous pressure to submit to these interventions in order to continue their athletic careers. Under the current policies, more and more female athletes with naturally high T levels will be confronted with these harsh choices — and not just at the elite level. The I.O.C. requires that each country’s Olympic committee investigate cases of female athletes with high T levels before naming them to national teams. Some countries, like India, now apply such policies to all female athletes, not just those competing internationally.

Barring female athletes with high testosterone levels from competition is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Worse, it is pushing young women into a choice they shouldn’t have to make: either to accept medically unnecessary interventions with harmful side effects or to give up their future in sports. 

Katrina Karkazis is a senior research scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University.Rebecca Jordan-Young is an associate professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Trusting Data Science

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Victoria is awesome. I guarantee she will impress you. If you are interested in the future of social science research, you should go to this seminar! PLUS, there's a free lunch if you RSVP!

UC Berkeley and Stanford are pleased to present:

Data, Society, and Inference Seminar
When Should We Trust the Results of Data Science?
Department of Statistics, Columbia University

Monday, April 14, 1pm – 2:30pm
Blum Hall 330, UC Berkeley (map)




Please join us for another session of the Data, Society, and Inference seminar. To help us coordinate lunch, please RSVP by clicking here.

When should we trust the results of data science? In this talk, I will take a critical view of knowledge generation in data science. I develop three lines of thought that point to the need for new methods for reliable inference in computational science. First, the use of computational methods facilitates enormously complex calculations that are not well-described in a traditional scientific publication. Verification and validation of these findings will typically require access to the computer codes used, as well as the data upon which these calculations are based. Second, traditional and commonly used methods of statistical inference can be misleading, or even inappropriate in big data settings. Finally, new thinking around research processes that increase the reliability of computational findings will be presented. I will conclude by discussing efforts to address each of these issues.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

One Night Job Op

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Not your glamorous internship at the UN, but a chance for a few quick dollars just down the road.

From a neighbor:

Dear Friends,
I need someone to work in my home Monday night, April 14 from 7:00 - 11:30, washing dishes, taking plates off of dinner table and helping to serve and put food away. I will pay $25 an hour, $115 for the night. I would like someone who feels comfortable doing these tasks. It is a sit down dinner for 15 people. I have a dishwashing machine but it will not hold all the dishes. In addition, there will be multiple courses. 


Please let me know if you are interested or know someone who might be interested.  email me off line at: gailtaback@comcast.net   and send me your phone number if you are interested.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Internship Options in Oakland

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College Internship Opportunities 
______________________________________ 
 
Port of Oakland
Social Responsibility Division 
2014 College Summer Internship Program 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 
(Please read carefully before applying)

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BACKGROUND
For over 16 years, the Port of Oakland has provided summer jobs, work experience and exposure to careers for hundreds of students through its Summer Internship Program. An internship can be a student's very first job or a stepping stone in a career path that can help open up doors and opportunities for the future.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The overall aim of the College Internship Program is to provide a professional work experience to both undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in Maritime, Aviation, Commercial Real Estate, Engineering, Finance, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and other areas of business. The College Internship Program aims to engage high caliber students and recent graduates in an effort to:
 Gain substantive professional experience as well as exposure to critical issues pertaining to Port of Oakland operations;
 Develop a comprehensive perspective on the Port of Oakland's mission and service delivery at the local, national and international levels.
 Receive networking, personal and professional development opportunities, including opportunities to meet with Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners and senior management as well as the organization's key external stakeholders.

PROGRAM OPERATIONS
Based on a competitive selection process, successful applicants will begin internship assignments on June 16, 2014and end on August 15, 2014. (On a case by case basis, consideration will be given to students needing to return to school earlier or wanting to extend their internship). Required workshops, meetings, trainings and activities will be part of the internship program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
SELECTION OF INTERNS
College or Graduate students will be selected through a competitive process; a total of sixteen (16) students will be selected for the 2014 College Internship Program. Port Departments request students with specific skills and knowledge areas, or students who have a strong interest or are majoring in specific fields. The Port will base selection on meeting program and department requirements and the results of an oral interview. Those interns selected will be matched with a specific department where they will work on advancing critical projects or assignments.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The College Internship Program is a 9-week paid internship opportunity designed to provide exposure to professional careers, obtain work experience and develop work habits and communication skills that can be helpful in shaping future career interests. The types of duties interns will perform may vary from managing a project to analytical, work that will require some technical tasks and/or field work that may require specific proficiencies, writing abilities and/or particular computer skills. The varied skills and expertise of Port staff offer interns an opportunity to gain insight into a variety of fields including, but not limited to, engineering, aviation, maritime, real estate, social responsibility, media, governmental affairs, legal and security.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TERM AND PAY
The term of the College Internship Program is 9-weeks. The Program starts on Monday, June 16, 2014 and ends onFriday, August 15, 2014. Intern assignments are located at either the Port Administration Building, 530 Water Street (Oakland's Jack London Square), the Oakland International Airport (East Oakland) or the Port Maritime at Harbor Facilities (651 Maritime Street).
Interns will work no more than 25 hours per week, Monday - Friday during normal business hours.
The program pay range for Graduate students is $16.15 per hour and $13.45 for Undergraduate students.

EVALUATION
The intern's department manager for his/his designee will be required to work closely with the intern and evaluate the student's work performance at the end of the internship. Interns will be required to attend required workshops and trainings to supplement their intern experience.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must meet all of the requirements listed below. Applications must be completed online from the Port of Oakland's website at http://www.portofoakland.com/jobcenter
 Must be currently enrolled in college
 Minimum grade point average of 3.0 GPA
(Submit a copy of latest transcript)
 Submit 2 -3 letters of recommendation from advisor/counselor/dean
 Must be a resident in San Francisco Bay Area during the term of internship:
SF Bay area includes nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa,
San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma
(Preference provided to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties)
 Completed application - all questions must be answered completely
 Submit Internship Opportunity Form with Choice Selections Ranked 1 - 3
 Oral Interview will be scheduled for applicants that meet all requirements of the internship program

Students who are selected must pass a Port medical examination. Those that are assigned to the Oakland International Airport may be required to complete and pass a background check, which will include fingerprinting and a Criminal History Records Check (CHRS) prior to being considered for employment at the Port of Oakland.
The final candidates are recommended to the Executive Director for final approval.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm Submit Online Application with the following attachments: Most recent transcript, Letters of recommendation, and Internship Opportunity form.
Apply at http://www.portofoakland.com/jobcenter
For questions, please call (510) 627-1419 or email us at
portofoaklandintern@portoakland.com
Stay Connected with the Port of Oakland,
Your Port, Your Partner.
www.portofoakland.com

2014 COLLEGE SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Please read each description carefully. You must select the internship opportunity you are most interested in and qualified for by indicating Choice 1, 2, or 3 in the column provided.
Opportunity
Division and Project Scope
Location
Select Desired Internship Opportunity (Choice 1, 2, or 3)

1. Aviation Landside Operations
1) Ground Transportation file management (ensure information is current and old data is purged from files). 2) Research important Ground Transportation topics such as ride- sharing vehicles. 3) Assist with streamlining other processes or assisting others in the dept with clerical task. 4) Attend and assist with logistics of outreach events and activities for Ground Transportation Stakeholders. 5) Participate in surveying other Airports regarding their Ground Transportation Operations.
Oakland Maintenance Center at Oakland International Airport

2. Aviation Marketing
New in-terminal survey initiatives (international arriving passengers). Assist in OAK video distribution. Assist in developing contact database. Assist in web site content editing/improvement. Assist in collecting photography for OAK marketing efforts.
Oakland International Airport

3. Aviation Planning and Development
Perform data collection and inventory, field visit support, research, and other tasks as needed.
Graphic design skills highly desired.
530 Water Street, 6th Floor

4. Communications
Media monitoring from the internet; Light writing (preparing short descriptions of media stories; possible press releases and other writing assignments). Media contact list updating; Preparing Media kits. Possible news event support. Light media outreach for pitching a Port story.
Searching the Internet. Updating media contact lists. Must have an excellent command of English for communicating over the phone and in writing; have a pleasant demeanor; and is confident enough to make cold calls to media outlets.
530 Water Street, 3rd Floor

5. Community Relations
Assist with Community Relations functions. Projects will include: Project A: Event coordination -Volunteer coordination - Develop communications for Community Relations events. Project B: Create an online mechanism to track volunteer activities, community service, charitable contributions, in-kind technical assistance and other forms of giving by Port employees. Community relations and public affairs assignments will be undertaken.
530 Water Street, 3rd Floor

6. Engineering/Geomatics
Specifically looking for college interns enrolled in a 4-year (Fresno State) or 2-year (Santa Rosa Junior College, Evergreen College) surveying/geomatics curriculum. Project duties will mostly involve field surveying activities - high precision differential leveling, GPS control surveying, traverse for boundary control. Project duties will also include office processing of measurements, user calibration of survey equipment.
530 Water Street, 2nd Floor

7. Engineering Services
Organizing files and entering information into database. Assist with revision of fee ordinance. Assist with permit processing, review of plans and application documents.
530 Water Street, 2nd Floor & Port Area field work

8. Engineering Services
Engineering Process Streamlining Project. Review our processes, particularly those pertaining to Construction Management, and propose improvements to increase efficiency. The processes to be reviewed include, but are not limited to, processing of construction submittals, processing of contract payments, and scanning of records. Duties and responsibilities will include: Researching options for Construction Management software (compatible with Oracle) that among other functions could electronically distribute and track submittals. Researching options for scanning hard-copy records directly into digital directories. Contacting similar agencies to research their construction management procedures. Compiling the information gathered and the software options identified into a report with recommendations.
Skills required include excellent writing ability and researching skills. Engineering background preferred.
530 Water Street, 2nd Floor

9. Engineering/Utilities
Support Port's utility engineering and administrative functions including collecting and evaluating technical data to assist Port engineers in utility planning, design review, construction support, contract administration, preparation of technical studies and regulatory compliance reports; interacting with other Port departments to exchange information and coordinate activities; conducting as-built search and utility research; assisting with other administrative duties as assigned.
530 Water Street, 2nd Floor

10. Engineering/Utilities
Assist an engineer with developing a meter tree and documentation. Use Autocad and read electrical drawings and diagrams. Assist a Senior Account Clerk with updating meter books and preparing for meter books for the next fiscal year. Assist with updating the Port's utility rate book; perform rate analysis on water usage.
530 Water Street, 2nd Floor

11. Environmental Programs & Planning
Develop an inventory of industrial facilities in the Port Area, including type of business, permit status, and contacts. Will require working with various Port staff, operating units and regulatory agencies. Perform inspections and program audits of Port-wide operations. Help organize records from contaminated site investigations and remediation.
530 Water Street, 2nd Floor

12. Government Affairs
Track state, federal and local legislation relevant to the Port; attend public meetings and summarize issues raised; conduct policy and analytical research; assist with drafting elements of Government Affairs Department electronic publications; other projects as determined necessary.
530 Water Street, 3rd Floor

13. Human Resources
Completing the upload of all of our job descriptions into Neogov. Creating a class for employees on key Admin policies. Setting up the Neogov Online Hiring Center (OHC). Performance review follow up and tracking. Assisting with training class preparation including logistics and set up. Assisting with preparing materials for training classes.
Responsibilities will involve helping with the Port's Wellness Program and assisting with daily HR functions.
College intern majoring in HR or a related wellness field, such as physical education or nutrition is desired.
530 Water Street, 3rd Floor

14. Maritime
As part of the Oakland Army Base redevelopment program, intern will be responsible for conducting financial analysis, working on business development strategies and project management support, etc.
530 Water Street, 6th Floor

15. Port Attorney Office
Will assist attorneys in researching legal issues, drafting legal documents, and working with clients in active legal proceedings.
Current students at accredited law schools only.
530 Water Street, 4th Floor

16. Social Responsibility Division
Analyze small and disadvantaged local business participation on Port projects. Outreach to identify potential businesses to work with the Port. Develop a social media/outreach program for the department.
530 Water Street, 3rd Floor