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The Wonk Podcast: Intro & Episode 1

As young people flock to cities, more and more notice the burden of high rent. Why is rent so high, and how do we know when it's a problem? Spence breaks down rental markets with urban economist Dr. Sam Staley: how do we measure changes in the housing market, how do we decide between good and bad development, and who are the YIMBY unicorns?


APPAM Student Brown Bag Series - Big Data and Science & Technology Policy

June 25, 2015 09:52 AM

The era of big data is here. Newly available data from sources such as administrative records, mobile devices, and wireless sensors are transforming our world and the practice of science every day. Some view this explosion of data as beneficial while others see challenges such as privacy issues, limited comparison groups, and quality issues.BD


Please join us on Tuesday, July 21, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the University Club in Washington, DC to network and hear practitioners and academics specializing in big data, science and technology and data collection and analysis address questions such as:

  • How are the federal government and private sectors using big data?
  • What is the proper trade-off between privacy rights and data-driven innovations?
  • How do the challenges associated with newly acquired, more readily available data affect data collection and analysis?
  • What changes are we seeing in science and technology policy due to advances in data collection?
  • How is the concept of big data being taught to policy students?


  • Moderator: David Morar, Ph.D. Student, George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
  • Dr. David Hart, Ph.D., Professor, George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
  • Dr. David Johnson, Ph.D., Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis,
  • Amanda Parsad, Senior Scientist, Abt Associates

Policy students of all levels are invited to this event to examine this policy area in more detail, network with practitioners, and become more involved with the APPAM community. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Meghan Grenda by Friday, July 17 – space is limited!

Getting There

The University Club is located at 1135 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC. If you plan on taking public transportation it is less than 4 blocks from both the Farragut North and West Metro Stations.


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