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At the 2008 APSA Annual Meeting, the Information Technology & Politics (ITP) organized section announced that Professor Stuart Shulman had received the "Best Research Software Award" for his “Coding Analysis Toolkit” (or CAT) software. This work in software, other than statistical software, by a member of APSA, best contributes to the furtherance of research in the field. CAT was designed to use keystrokes and automation to clarify and speed-up the coding, validation, or consensus adjudication process.

American voters are increasingly aware that the mechanics of elections matter. The conduct of elections-how eligible voters make it onto the voter rolls, how voters cast their ballots, and how those votes are counted-determines the degree to which the people's preferences are expressed freely, weighed equally, and recorded accurately. It is not surprising, then, that attempts to "clean up" elections are widely applauded as being unambiguously good for democracy.

“Being a lawyer is a tool,” says Anthony Barsamian ’86 (legal studies), managing partner of Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian, LLP in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. “It needs to be applied to something relevant. Using that tool to advocate for others—both individuals and the community—is what brought me to where I am today.”

Raymond S. Bradley, director of the Center for Climate Change, is among four researchers affiliated with the campus who contributed to reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in recent years. The reports earned the panel the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, shared with Al Gore, a leading environmentalist and former U.S. vice president.

Jane Fountain, professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government, spoke at the 4th Ministerial e-Government Conference held Sept. 19-21 in Lisbon, Portugal.

She was invited to address the delegates on the relationship of e-government to growth and employment in the European Union as part of a live debate that included the deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and European ministers.

The Department of Political Science was awarded a Mellon Mutual Mentoring grant for 2007-08 to support its new faculty.  The grant will support Professors Ahmed, Nteta, Schwedler, and Watts by providing funding for conference travel, funding to bring outside speakers to campus, and more generally to facilitate mutual mentoring relationships among political science faculty on campus and in the Five-College area.  For more information about the Mellon Mutual Mentoring Initiative, please see

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a group of eight researchers, led by Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), a $300,000 grant to create, implement and refine a series of international ethics modules for science and engineering students through the Science, Technology, and Society Initiative.