Tuesday, May 29, 2012

rent/work swap in Glenview


From a neighbor (her contact information below):

I am offering very low rent on my beautiful 1BR/1 BA Glenview in-law unit in return for helping with my children (ages 9 and 13) two mornings and one afternoon a week. The hours I need help are 7:30 am -9:00 am and 3:00-7:30 pm Mondays and 7:30am-9:00 am some Thursdays. The job involves helping the kids get ready for school/camp when I leave for work, picking up from school and preparing dinner on Mondays. You will need a safe car, CA license and a clean driving record.

The apartment is a serene, light-filled 1BR/1 BA in-law unit with large deck and shared access to garden, overlooking Dimond Park and pool. The unit has 550 square feet and hardwood floors. I've reduced the rent to $800/month, including all utilities (Internet and cable too!), in return for 25 hours/month in childcare. This is an ideal arrangement for someone with a flexible Monday schedule who loves kids.

If interested, please tell me about yourself and confirm your ability to work the hours listed above. I'm looking for someone who can start as soon as possible. For apartment photos or more information, please contact Karen: karenbreslau@gmail.com

Friday, May 18, 2012

Learning to Code

In a previous post, "Coding, Social Science, and Activism," we "advertised" the idea of social scientists (that is, you) learning to "code" (that means, write computer programs).  In that post we mentioned a few online tools that have been developed for learning to program and some organizations/programs specifically geared toward more women learning to code.

Over the last few weeks of the semester a number of you have expressed interest in joining a group of us who would endeavor to join this movement and get some coding skills this summer.  We post this notice to say "let's do it!" and "is anyone else interested?"

Here's the preliminary agenda.  We'll get together sometime between 5/20 and 5/30 to do a little show-and-tell, get-to-know-you (as needed), and time-line setting.  We'll pick a platform (that is, an online, web-based learning tool), a language (there are a number of different programming languages from which to choose -- each one has it's advantages), and then we'll get rolling.  Most of the courses are self-paced with milestones and most include a "social" component that will let us create a learning community of sorts for mutual aid and encouragement. We'll plan to have a few physical check-in meetings in addition to keeping touch online.

So far, I've got expressions of possible interest from Lulu, Rachel B., Ari, Kalisi?  If you'd like to maybe join us, drop me an email in next few days.  I'll then post a poll with some potential meeting times and we'll get this train out of the proverbial station.

Meanwhile, here is a small menagerie of links you might want to check out:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Research Associate/Assistant Jobs


The following job announcement recently came across my screen.  This particular position might already be filled, but it gives you a good sense of a type of job that's out there for graduates with social science degrees.  Although there is no hard and fast rule, "Research Associate" positions often require a few years post-BA experience (or a masters) while "Research Assistant" positions are usually entry level (that is, a BA is enough).  There are exceptions, of course, so you should not unduly limit your search.  This AIR ad was for Waltham, MA but they have research positions in Washington, DC, Chicago and other places.  

Job Description: Research Associate

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment, technical assistance and policy analysis from the school level up to the national and international levels. Our programs apply science to address real world issues on behalf of clients that include federal and state agencies, international development agencies, leading foundations, school districts and private businesses and our experts are a frequent source of information and guidance for policymakers, clients and the news media. We are currently seeking a Research Associate to join our Waltham, MA office.


  • Collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques
  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods
  • Work on moderately complex assignments under indirect supervision
  • Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele, provide administrative support where applicable
  • Conduct literature reviews and write sections of proposals and deliverables
  • Responsible for maintaining and checking the accuracy of data for assigned projects
  • Utilize external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks and projects
  • Lead and organize content for focus groups
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in the social sciences or related field
  • Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently on detailed assignments
  • Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software required
  • Experience with SPSS/SAS or survey research a plus

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at www.air.org. To apply, please go to http://jobs-airdc.icims.com and conduct a job title search. EOE.

Salary Range: $40,000 - $49,999

American Institutes for Research
Contact:Teresa LaRocca
Address: 201 Jones Road Boston , MA 20007

Monday, May 7, 2012

Well, you wouldn't be our first sociological baker...


There is currently a full-time counter position - 32 hours per week that qualifies for benefits - open at La Farine in Dimond. The schedule is Friday-Monday, 11:30am-8pm.

Please email lafarinejobs@yahoo.com with your resume or any questions with "FT Counter" in the subject line.


Stan Dodson, Manager
La Farine on Fruitvale