Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Undergraduate Student Research Training Workshop SPRING 2015

AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop
2015 AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago

Workshop Dates: Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Application Deadline: December 10, 2014

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites fellowship applications for an Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop to be held Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 during the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field.

The workshop, led by junior and senior scholars, will give fellows an overview of how education research is designed across fields, how quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in studies, and how research is applied to education policy and practice. Senior researchers and faculty from both academic institutions and applied research organizations (i.e., The American Institutes for Research, Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and the Urban Institute) will introduce education research as a field and share their area of expertise and knowledge with the fellows. Workshop activities will also focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school, and beginning a career in education research.

Fellows will be paired with a faculty member and a graduate student who will serve as program mentors. In addition to attending the workshop, fellows will attend pre-selected paper sessions and presentations during the AERA Annual Meeting.

Dates: The Workshop activities will take place Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 during the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Award: Fellows will participate in the Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop during the AERA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.They will also have the benefit of a distinguished mentor as part of the award. The award includes conference registration and two nights of lodging. The fellows and/or their home institutions are responsible for transportation costs to Chicago.

Eligibility: Candidates may come from a broad range of fields across the arts and sciences. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be:
  • Students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college in good academic standing.
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree that can lend itself to education research areas such as children and youth, school and schooling issues, higher education, education policy, student achievement, curriculum and instruction, education psychology, or education leadership.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Visit the AERA Funding Opportunities website ( for the complete workshop description and application form. Direct all questions to George L. Wimberly, Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, at 202-238-3200 or

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PhDships in Information

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information

Research Assistant Position for ICT4D Research
A graduate research assistant position in ICT4D research is available at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information for a new doctoral student entering the PhD program in Fall 2015. Interested applicants must apply to the doctoral program and be admitted through the school’s normal selection process as explained online: iSchool PhD admissions.  Please note the application deadline is November 15, 2014.
Interested students should contact Professor Diane Bailey via email: Applicants must be fluent in Spanish, willing to conduct extended qualitative fieldwork in South America (likely as the sole researcher on our team at a site) as well as quantitative work, and interested in the topic of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). This abstract describes the research project.
The position includes three years guaranteed (and four expected) of full tuition plus a stipend of $24,000 dependent upon satisfactory performance in the doctoral program and on the project. As a Ph.D. student in the School of Information, you would be eligible for continued funding through in-coming grants, teaching assistantships, and instructor positions. We welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing academic careers, coming from diverse academic and social backgrounds. Applicants with professional work experience are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students currently completing their masters or undergraduate degrees.
Research Assistant Position for Research in Information Work and Workers
A graduate research assistant position in research on information work and workers is available at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information for a new doctoral student entering the PhD program in Fall 2015. Interested applicants must apply to the doctoral program and be admitted through the school’s normal selection process as explained online: iSchool PhD admissions.  Please note the application deadline is November 15, 2014.
The faculty and students in the Information Work Research Group (IWRG) undertake empirical studies of information workers in their workplaces, exploring how work and occupations are changing. We draw primarily on ethnography, participant observation, interviews and archive analysis to explore occupations such as records managers, remote financial professions, digital humanists, open source software developers and online community managers. Please contact any IWRG faculty member to discuss your interest in the position.

The position provides full tuition, a stipend of $20,000 and research travel support for one year. As a Ph.D. student in the School of Information, you would be eligible for continued funding through in-coming grants, teaching assistantships, and instructor positions. We welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing academic careers, coming from diverse academic and social backgrounds. Applicants with professional work experience are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students currently completing their masters or undergraduate degrees.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Job Posting

Reposted from Glenfriends Listserve

Our small but mighty band of nonprofit search consultants is expanding and I’m asking for your help. JA, whom we hired one year out of U.C.Berkeley 14 months ago, has been promoted and we are rehiring for his original position.

We are hiring a full time Administrative Assistant to join our staff of five. The job pays $16/hour to start (with increase after 6 months) and includes health insurance and paid time off. This is a great entry-level job for a self-starter with attention to detail and strong aptitude for technology (we use a recruiting database and the full suite of Microsoft Office products).

Our office is in Berkeley on Solano Avenue, right next to a bus line and a 25 minute walk/quick bike ride from El Cerrito Plaza BART. (And close to lots of great, cheap places to eat lunch!!) We offer a relaxed, fun, team-oriented work environment. This job is perfect for a recent college grad who is interested in the nonprofit sector, or for someone looking to work full time while going to school.

Here is a link to the job announcement on our website.

Gift certificate for dinner for two at Chez Panisse if you refer us to the person we hire!

Leadership Search Partners
o (510) 542-2922 x205
c (510) 381-4356
1604 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Media Sociology Conference at Mills


Registration is now open! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 

Preliminary Program Schedule 

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in 

 8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks 

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address 

Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough)

10:00-10:20 BREAK 

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1 

1.1 Work and Careers in Media
Moderator: Casey Brienza

  • Digital Vocations: Race, Capital, and Creativity in the Information Economy, Alex Cho(University of Texas at Austin) and Vivian Shaw (University of Texas at Austin) 
  • Becoming Jaded: Aging Out and Short Careers in the Music Business, Alexandre Frenette(John Jay College, City University of New York) 
  • Creatives: Initial Findings on the Early Careers of Commercial Artists, Matthew Rowe(University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • “All Hits Have Fans”: Small Group Decision Making and the Rhetoric of Reality Television Program Development, Junhow Wei (University of Pennsylvania) 

1.2 New Theoretical Interventions
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Gated Publics, Walled Gardens and the Dilemma of Privacy in the Digital Age, Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 
  • Is the Toronto School of Communication Too Old for the New Media?, Thomas Crosbie (Yale University) and Jonathan Roberge (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) 
  • Social Movements and Popular Culture, Jesse Klein (Florida State University) 
  • Building a Theoretical Framework for a Cultural Sociology of Journalism, Stephen F. Ostertag(Tulane University) 

1.3 Race and Media 

  • Controlling Race in the Public Sphere: A Collaboration between the State and Media Capitalists, Nathalie Byfield (St. John’s University) 
  • Does Popular Network and Cable Television Programming Simultaneously Promote Colorblindness and Stereotypes of Nonwhites and If So, How?, Aaryn L. Green (University of Cincinnati) 
  • A Darker Horizon: Demographic Narratives, Racial Affects, and the Cultural Politics of the Future, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Brown University) 
  • Hollywood’s Colorblind Racism, Nancy Wang Yuen (Biola University) 

 1.4 Information Dissemination

  • Beltway Bubble: How Political Ideas Fail to Spread From Elite News Organizations to Other Websites, Noah Grand (University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • Social Media and Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Sandy and Twitter, Dhiraj Murthy(Goldsmiths, University of London) and Alexander J. Gross 
  • Fear, Empathy, and Government Intervention: Television News Coverage of September 11th and the 2008 Financial Crisis, Timothy Recuber (Princeton University) 
  • Newspaper Images of Protest: The Pictorial Framing of Occupy Wall Street, Michael Neuber (Humboldt University of Berlin), Beth Gharrity Gardner (University of California, Irvine), and David A. Snow (University of California, Irvine 

11:30-11:50 BREAK 

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Gender and Media
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Looking for Women in Late-Night TV: An Examination of Comedy, Gender, and Late-Night Television, Katie Cooper (University of South Florida) 
  • Women, Work and Family through the Generations: Mothers and Daughters in Four National Contexts View Televisual Representations of Motherhood and Work, Andrea Press (University of Virginia) 
  • From Stigma to Acceptance: Contemporary Teen Mothers in Popular Media, Tara M. Stamm (Florida State University) 
  • Invisible Feminism: BDSM Relationships and Fifty Shades of Grey Portrayals, Francesca Tripodi (University of Virginia) 

 2.2 Legitimation and Self-Presentation 

  • Ambiguity and Dissent in Cinema Classification, Elif Alp (Columbia University) 
  • The Field of Online Journalism: A Study of the Legitimizing Practices of Online News Organizations, Gillian Brooks (University of Cambridge) 
  • Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant Reviewing and Neighborhood Change on the Downtown Eastside, Zachary Hyde (University of British Columbia) 
  • Lawyers’ Self-Presentation on Sina Weibo, Huangpei Zhangzhen (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication) 

 2.3 Media Framing and Public Opinion

  • Newspapers and Social Perception: The Representation of Organized Crime in Italy, Giovanni Frazzica (Università degli Studi di Palermo) 
  • What the Frack Are We Talking About? Defining the Fracking Debate in North Carolina, Kylah Hedding (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 
  • China’s “Airpocalypse” Gives Rise to the Civil Sphere, Haoyue Li (State University of New York at Albany) 
  • Exploring the Context between the Urban Local Print Media, the Pensioners, Pensions, Healthcare Benefits, and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, Robin West Smith (Wayne State University) 

 2.4 Interactive Workshop 

  • Promoting Scholarship with Social Media, Dustin Kidd (Temple University) 

1:00-2:30 LUNCH 

2:30-3:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 3 

3.1 Social Media and Organizations 
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Social Media Marketing of Russian Regional Mass Media in Facebook, Aleksandr Berezkin(Far Eastern Federal University) 
  • Digital Media Diversity and Convergence: How the Nonprofit Organizations Choose and Use Digital Media, Boyang Fan (Peking University) 
  • Becoming Data: The Making of Web Analytics for Journalists, Caitlin Petre (New York University) 
  • Drones, Balloons, and Villages: An Analysis of Tech Corporations’ Digital Divide Initiatives, Cynthia Yee (New York University) 

 3.2 Media and Identity 
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Just Move to Michigan and Start a Revolution: Girls, the Midwest and the Creative Class, Simone Becque (Southern Illinois University) 
  • The Modern Working Woman in African American Romance Films, Maryann Erigha(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • Who is Nicki Minaj? Queer-Making & Gender Reconstruction in Hip Hop, Sonita Moss(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • The Middle Class as a Media Creation: A Comparative Study of Japan and China in a High Economic Development Period, Abigail Qian Zhou (University of Tokyo) 

 3.3 Web-based Methods and Social Action 

  • Sampling Methods in Studying Same-Sex Couples: The Importance of Web-based Techniques, Eli Alston-Stepnitz (San Francisco State University), David M. Frost (Columbia University), and Allen J. LeBlanc (San Francisco State University) 
  • Connecting with College Students: A Literature Review on Internet Communication Methods Used to Inform College Students, Valarie Burke (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 
  • Use Your Skills to Solve This Challenge: Discourses of Micro-Action Online, Carla Ilten(University of Illinois at Chicago) 
  • From Solitude to Solidarity: The Internet as Face-to-Face Intermediary, Robyn Keith(University of Texas at Austin) 

3:40-4:00 BREAK 

4:00-5:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 4 

 4.1 Chinese Media Sociology 

  • Can Public Intellectuals Expand Social Influence by Using Social Media? The Case of China, Zhou Dai (University of Warwick) 
  • Research on Regional Differences of Public Opinions’ Communication Characteristics, Dan Ji (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and Yungeng Xie (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) 
  • Talking Politics in China: A Comparison of Microblog and Official Media’s Report on Public Policy, Muyang Li (State University of New York, Albany) 
  • Behind the Great Firewall of China, Fan Mai (University of Virginia) 

 4.2 Alternative/Niche Media 

  • Jamming Culture: Webs of Meaning and Cultural Entropy in Adbusters Magazine, Matthew J. Chandler (University of Notre Dame) and Terence E. McDonnell (University of Notre Dame) 
  • Title TBA (Museums as Media), Helge Johannes Marahrens (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukie) 
  • Shoot ‘em in the Head: On the Transgressive Potency of Modern Horror Cinema, Andrew Owen (Cabrini College) 
  • In Defense of Selfies: The Conspicuous Prosumption of Experience on Social Media, Apryl Williams (Texas A&M University) 

 4.3 Media and Social Movements 

  • Contemporary Forms of Democracy, Social Actors and New Media, Leocadia Díaz Romero (Murcia State University) 
  • When the Internet Becomes Marginal: Digital Divide and Political Participation in Putin’s Russia, Polina Kolozaridi (National Research University Higher School of Economics) andTatiana Tatarchevskiy 
  • Are They Not Worthy?: Social Movements, Legitimacy, and Partisan Media, Eulalie Jean Laschever (University of California, Irvine)
  • From Street Protests to Facebook Campaigns: Political Cynicism, Efficacy and Online Political Engagement of Sri Lankan Students, Chamil Rathnayake (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) 

5:10-5:30 BREAK

5:30-7:00 Plenary Discussion Panel 

Media Sociology as Vocation
Moderator: Casey Brienza 
Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis) Paul Hirsch (Northwestern University) Ronald Jacobs (University at Albany, SUNY) Paul Lopes (Colgate University) Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

 7:00 CLOSE

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


JOB DESCRIPTION: Administrative/Office Assistant
COMPENSATION: up to $15.00/hour depending on work experience and GPA
DURATION: 3 months - June to August 2014 (flexible)


Wentworth Consulting Group is offering a paid internship position.  We are seeking a motivated individual to join our small but mighty team.  Our company is in the business of leadership coaching, teamdevelopment, strategic planning and organizational change.  We work in a small office in the Glenview residential area of Oakland.


This internship position will provide you the opportunity to gain work experience plus insight into the management consulting/executive coaching industry. You can expand your employable skills, develop new techniques and learn how coaching and organization consulting works. We anticipate 20-25 hours of work per week and these hours can be flexibly scheduled on weekdays; a minimum of 3 days a week. This work must be done on site in our office.

Job duties include:

  • Perform administrative tasks and functions - data entry, scanning, filing, copying
  • Potential project-based work such as writing proposals, or assisting with record keeping
  • Update and organize social media - Facebook and LinkedIn profiles
  • Attend weekly internal team meetings
  • Respond to phone/email correspondence promptly and courteously
  • Organize supply area and/or physical office space area, maintain supply inventory
  • Review progress on weekly basis with Business Manager
  • Some personal errands for President (car is a bonus but not necessary)


We are a small 3 person office.  This position will be the 4th person.  We need an adaptable, flexible, self-motivated individual who can quickly pick up what is needed and work with minimal supervision (although there is always one of us around for questions that are bound to arise).
  • Team Work: will be working in close quarters with other 3 staff members
  • Communication:  clear oral and written communication and good listening skills
  • Organization: detailed and accurate in all areas
  • Computer Skills: proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, email and social media.
Please send resume to:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Parttime Work, Not Sociology Related

Posting for a friend of a friend who owns a construction company with offices in Emeryville.  If interested, please contact Sheryl at or 510.444.7678.  Here’s the specifics of the job.

We are a growing construction company headquartered in Emeryville. We are looking for a part-time, entry level office assistant.  You should be an outgoing, self starter who is eager to learn about how an office and business work.  Duties will include, but not be limited to: office organization, filing, phones, errands (either in company vehicle or we will reimburse for mileage), mail distribution, supply room management, and other duties as needed and assigned. You must be detail oriented and accountable. You should have real experience juggling multiple tasks and priorities. Basic computer experience required. Bi-lingual English – Spanish is a plus.

The job is very flexible to accommodate school, family and a busy life. We anticipate the job will be about 16 to 20 hours a week. Wages will be $10 to $14 / hours.

SOC 149 in the News!

The Campanil
Sociology of Immigration works with Angel Island Foundation
By Alexina Estrada April 28, 2014

Mills College sociology major Caitlin McWilliams works at a tire shop, and never expected she would be interviewing a customer about immigration to America. From a short conversation about tax returns and how to spend them, McWilliams learned that one of her regular customers, Tina, hadn’t been to her home country, Indonesia, since arriving in America. A few weeks later, McWilliams sat down and spent 3 hours listening to Tina’s journey and struggles for life in America.

McWilliams is one of the students in Mills College Sociology of Immigration class this semester, taught by Margaret Hunter. The oral history project, where students interview someone who immigrated to the United States as an adult, is a requirement for the class. The students conduct an interview for an hour and then write a 1,000-1,200 word essay telling the interviewee’s story. The essay must include sociological research to magnify the interviewee’s story as part of a bigger picture of immigration. 

“Initially, I wanted students to be able to use their ‘sociological imaginations’ to connect one person’s real life experience with the larger social trends of immigration to the U.S.,” Hunter said. “This helps make the larger social patterns meaningful.”

The project is a larger collaboration with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), which will be posting the essays on it’s website. AIISF works to help better inform the public about immigration, specifically on the Pacific Coast, so society can understand what immigration means for America, our lives and community.

“These stories will be used to build educational programs for the public,” said Michael McKechnie, Executive Director of AIISF. “These stories convey the true immigration experience.”
Continue Reading in The Campanil

Monday, April 28, 2014

Capitalism as a World System: Next Week at Berkeley Colloquium


Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University 

Capitalism as a World-System: Analysis and Practice 

Barrows Hall, Berkeley Campus 
Room 402 
Monday 5 May 2:00-3:30 PM 

To close our year-long colloquium series we welcome Immanuel Wallerstein. For 30 years he was Director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He is now Senior Research Scholar at Yale University. 

Among living sociologists no one has exercised more influence on the social sciences than Immanuel Wallerstein. His contributions to social science go well beyond producing a 50-year series of exceptional award-winning books and articles too numerous to count. He is one of those very rare scholars whose work has been paradigm shifting. Having started out analyzing colonialism and national liberation struggles in Africa in the 1960’s, he turned to the broadest possible intellectual project, the analysis of the emergence and subsequent dynamics of the “modern world-system,” carefully grounding his theoretical enterprise in deep, detailed historical scholarship. Beginning in 1974 with the first volume of his Modern World-System (of which three further volumes appeared in 1980, 1989 and 2011) his approach revitalized sociology as a comparative historical enterprise, bringing it back to classic concerns with long term change. His world-systems framework continues to be a thriving area of social science, attracting some of its best minds. 

Wallerstein is not just an intellectual giant. He has also been a genuine servant of sociology as a global discipline, traveling tirelessly around the world and serving in a multitude of organizational roles, including Chair of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (1993-1995) and President of the International Sociological Association (1994-1998).  In these and other ways, Wallerstein created a receptive space in the global arena for social scientists from Latin America, Africa and Asia, while expanding the meaning of sociology in the United States. 

Summarizing his talk, Professor Wallerstein writes: “The modern world-system, which is a capitalist system, is in structural crisis. Capitalists themselves no longer want the system. This crisis began in the 1970s and will continue for another 20-40 years, when we shall enter a new historical system. We cannot know what this system will be but we can know what are the likely alternatives. We shall discuss the political implications of this reality and what we as individuals and groups can do to affect the outcome.”

Got Art History? Paid Internship in SF

Feel free to pass along to friends...
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are looking for current undergraduate or graduate college/university students for the Summer 2014 Joseph F. McCrindle Internship in European Paintings. This is a 12 week, 30 hours per week, paid internship from June 2014 - August 2014. The hourly rate of pay is $15.00.

General Description of Program: 

Under the supervision of the Associate Curator, European Art, provides support to the curatorial staff in the day-to-day operation of the European Paintings Department. The intern will assist the paintings curators with daily administrative tasks and exhibition planning research. The intern will shadow curatorial staff to learn how a curatorial department is managed as well as how exhibitions are planned, designed, and implemented. The intern may work closely with the staff in other museum departments including, but not limited to Exhibitions, Graphic Design, Education, and Publications. The internship may also include general office needs within the European Paintings Department and attending and assisting with special programs.


The internship will last from June 2014 - August 2014 (dates may be flexible).

The internship is a total of 30 hours per week for 12 weeks.


  • Participates in the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, including in-house actions required for the permanent collection's preservation and exhibition.
  • Assists with maintenance of the European Art Department object files.
  • Participates in the preparation of exhibition-related materials, notebooks, and lists.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including writing labels, preparation of digital presentations, and small, directed research projects.
  • Internship may include opportunities to observe permanent collection gallery installation/de-installation and to assist with exhibition catalogue/label research and editing.
  • Educational Opportunities: 
    • Learn the basics of curatorial work via assignments, observation, and visits to other areas of the museum, such as conservation.
    • Learn general administrative tasks generated by the collection, its oversight, installation, conservation, photography, and publication.
    • Learn the research skills required to generate labeling and other interpretive material for permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.


    Interns should be current undergraduate or graduate college/university students. Interns should have a good general knowledge of European art, history, and culture with a specific interest in the history of pre-20 th century European painting. Completion of some coursework in art history required. Relevant museum experience preferred. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, familiarity with both traditional and contemporary methods of art history research, strong follow-through, and strong computer skills. The ideal candidate will also have a willingness to be part of a team, a high level of initiative and energy, a desire to learn best curatorial practices, a strong customer service orientation, excellent written and oral communication skills, flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities, and the ability to conduct limited direct research.

    To Apply: 

    Application Deadline: Sunday, May 18, 2014

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Summer Internship : GIS, Tech, and City Neighborhoods

    Are you passionate about using the power of technology to build community? Do you believe residents can strengthen their neighborhoods through dialog and collaboration? Would you like to join a transformative company and play a significant role in shaping its future? If so, we’d love to meet you.

    At Nextdoor, our mission is to bring back a sense of community to the neighborhood, one of the most important communities in each of our lives. Our product is a private social network for neighborhoods. One in five neighborhoods in the U.S. already relies on Nextdoor as its communication platform.

    Nextdoor is looking for exceptional and tech-savvy intern candidates for a 3-month paid internship on the City Partnerships Team. The team partners with local public agencies to help them share relevant information with the communities they serve. The City Partnerships Intern will work with internal and external stakeholders to support and manage all phases of the process to integrate public agency partners. The ideal candidate is passionate about Nextdoor’s mission, and has the necessary technical and soft skills to help us achieve it. If you hold your work to the highest of standards, have both excellent GIS skills, as well as strong acumen for written and verbal communication, we’d love to hear from you. This internship may convert to full-time employment based on top-tier performance and business need.

    • Develop world class digital representations of city neighborhood boundaries: acquire and integrate GIS mapping data from public agency partners and other sources; use in-house software to integrate feedback from partners and neighborhood residents to refine digital representations of neighborhood boundaries
    • Provide exceptional support to our public agency partners and members: solve issues related to neighborhood boundaries, data integrity, and other technical matters
    • Partner with internal teams and external partners to help launch Nextdoor in cities across the country: assist with internal and external messaging announcing Nextdoor partnership; tailor marketing collateral and press communications to the proper audience
    • Support public agency partners as they prepare to use Nextdoor and announce our partnership: help manage project plan, timelines, and troubleshoot technical and other issues; respond to inbound help requests from partners and members
    • Help us and our public agency partners understand key performance metrics as they use Nextdoor: evaluate membership growth metrics and distribute them to relevant stakeholders; analyze data, synthesize results, and communicate recommendations
    • Assist city partnerships team prioritize and manage a list of prospective public agency partners; closely track and monitor interactions with prospects
    • Support city partnerships team with external engagements, including conferences, events, and other opportunities as they arise
    • Bachelors degree with a strong academic record; graduate degree (earned or in progress) in Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Urban Planning, Geography, or related fields is preferred, but not required. Work experience in or with local government is helpful in lieu of graduate degree
    • Strong performance in GIS related coursework, or comparable work experience with GIS systems and technologies
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to master technical skills and work effectively across functions in a fast-paced startup
    • Passion for Nextdoor’s mission, product, and partnerships
    • Cash compensation
    • Fully stocked kitchen
    • Casual, open office environment
    • Downtown SF location close to awesome food, shopping, and transit!

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Paid Internship at US Pretrial Services in SF

    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.

     If PDF not visible below, try this link.

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Time Use Research


    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Research Resources at Harvard


    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

    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
    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

    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

    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:   and send me your phone number if you are interested.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Internship Options in Oakland


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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Applicants must meet all of the requirements listed below. Applications must be completed online from the Port of Oakland's website at
     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
    For questions, please call (510) 627-1419 or email us at
    Stay Connected with the Port of Oakland,
    Your Port, Your Partner.
    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.
    Division and Project Scope
    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

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    A Career Insight Perhaps Not So Far Fetched as You Might Think

    This guest speaker in the computer science department might be of interest to some students in the social sciences.  Even if "product manager" might not be a position for which you are currently qualified, it is helpful to have a better map of what's out there in the tech world so you can start making plans about where you want to go on the career landscape.

    "Product Management and other (Non-Developer) Career Paths at Tech Companies"

    Rich Mironov

    CS students think mostly about jobs as software developers ("coders"), but there are other potential roles for them at tech companies. We'll look at product management and a few other jobs, and talk about the mix of skills/style/experience/personality that might help students think about different kinds of tech careers.
    Rich Mironov is a serial entrepreneur, veteran of six tech start-ups, and consults to software companies on the business of software. He is the author of The Art of Product Management and founder of Product Camp. Rich has a BS in Physics from Yale and an MBA from Stanford. 

     Thursday , April 3 @ 4 PM 
     NSB 213 

     Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Almudena Konrad.