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Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Director of the National Center for Digital Government, and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Initiative has been appointed for a second year to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.

Prof. Shulman will be giving an invited Program In Statistics and Methodology lecture hosted by PRISM Director Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier titled "Measuring Validity in Text Analysis". He will also conduct a separate hands-on, computer lab-based training session titled “Coding the Blogosphere: Introducing the Coding and Blog Analysis Toolkits” where he will introduce the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT), a web-based service designed to facilitate the measurement and reporting the reliability and validity of work completed by multiple coders.

On 30 September, the European Union released its report on last year's August war in the Caucasus. The aim was to establish what happened, since as stated in the preamble, "there can be no peace in the South Caucasus as long as a common understanding of the facts is not achieved."

November 19 : Jane Fountain over "Networking for Obama: on the role of Web 2.0 in 2008 presidential election"
International Research Seminar - department of Public Administration
Jane Fountain is professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Massachutesetts Amhurst.

The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) co-sponsored the 2nd Korea-U.S. Information and Communication Technology-Based Policy Forum at the World Bank on November 5, 2009.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Maryann Barakso was recently elected President of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Women & Politics Research Section. Professor Barakso will be the Program Chair of the section for APSA in 2010 before serving as the President in 2010-2011. This is quite an honor and we congratulate Professor Barakso on her accomplishment.

In Material Law, John Brigham focuses on the places where law and material life intersect, and how law creates and alters our social reality. Brigham looks at a variety of bodies and things-- from maps and territories and trends in courthouse architecture to a woman's womb and a judge body-- to make connections between the material and the legal.  Robert L. Tsai, author of Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture has praised, "From one of our most astute observers of the law's many constitutive dimensions, Material Law is part biography, part theory.