Volume 3, Issue 4, March 18, 2016
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Exploring the Intersection of the Written Word and Technology
Johanna Drucker is busy. Outside of her work as a professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies and serving on the University's Institute for Digital Research and Education's (IDRE) Humanities, Arts, Architecture, Social and Information Sciences Collaborative (HASIS), she is involved in creating an online project documenting the history of the book and constructing a database memoir, both among her other academic and creative undertakings.

Although Drucker described herself as someone who is not always at the cutting edge of technology (she's had her smart phone for less than a year), that has not stopped her from becoming deeply involved in the increasingly popular area of digital humanities. She described the digital humanities scene in the 1990s at the University of Virginia as centered around a collection of projects made by humanists who had little background in computer science and library and information studies. Having previously taught contemporary art history, her work around digital art and electronic writing helped her receive an invitation to become a faculty member at Virginia in 1999, where she received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop a curricular plan for digital humanities classes. Read the full story here.

Screenshot from Johanna Drucker's project ALL, a database memoire that combines her old unpublished writing

News & Publications

UCCSC Proposal Submissions Are Now Open 

This year's University of California Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) will be held at UC Santa Cruz. The conference will open Sunday, July 10 with a welcome reception and closing after lunch on Tuesday, July 12. From the conference planners:

Proposal submissions are now open! Our theme is In IT Together. We will be exploring grass-roots technology, i.e. technology built from the ground up. New to this year's conference- we will focus a full session track on health technology to best support integrating the medical centers into our UCCSC community.

We invite you to submit a proposal idea that highlights creative and collaborative solutions. Ideas might include health technology, user support tools, sustainability, data management, privacy/security, collaborative tools/social media, student success/experience/diversity, and service management.

All we need is your idea- a session title and a short description- by March 31. Please submit your proposal using the following form at:

The Planning Committee will review all proposals. Acceptance is based on availability, relevance, interest, and other factors. 

Visit the UCCSC website for updates:

UC Santa Cruz
UCCSC 2016 Planning Committee

Call for Proposals Open for This Year's MMWCon

Submit your proposals now through Friday, April 15th to present at the fourth annual Mobility and Modern Web Conference (MMWCon) taking place at UCLA on Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16, 2016. MMWCon is for developers, educators, researchers and innovators who are part of the disruption revolution and interested in the latest trends of mobile and the modern web.

This year's conference themes include:
  • Senors, wearables and accessibility applications
  • Mobility, personalization and the high-touch frontier of apps and the web
  • mHealth, machine learning and blending data into dashboards
  • Open communities, standards and collaborative technologies
  • Learning analytics and digital credentialing
The conference features two days of engaging and relevant sessions followed by a day of hands-on workshops where participants will learn practical knowledge and skills. The conference is presented by the UCLA Office of Information Technology in association with higher education and corporate partners.

Make Your Mark in the App Development Revolution

Do you have a mobile app idea you've envisioned seeing in an app store? Or maybe you're an app developer interested in working on a team with a shared vision? Share your technical or innovation skills in the third annual Code for the Mission (CFTM) mobile app competition. Enter an idea for an app or join a team and gain app building experience. A CFTM Bootcamp will be held during the week of April 4th for anyone new to app development and wanting to learn more. Team registration is open now through Friday, June 17th.

This year's app tracks are
  • Education: Inspiring Women in STEM
  • Research: mHealth -- Sensors, Wearables, Data Dashboards
  • Service: Promoting Community Engagement and Civil Discourse
The winners of each track are awarded a $5,000 prize. The contest is open to all UCLA faculty, staff and students. Final Entries are due on Wednesday, August 31st. The competition is sponsored by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP).

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression and Logistic Regression with SAS

This introductory course is for SAS software users who perform statistical analyses using SAS/STAT software. The focus is on t-tests, ANOVA, and linear regression. Attendees should have the equivalent of an undergraduate course in statistics covering p-values, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression, and be able to execute SAS programs and create SAS data sets.

NOTE: Only researchers affiliated with the University of California may attend this workshop. There will be no online component associated with this workshop. 

March 21-22, 9-5 PM. CLICC Classroom C (320 Powell). Sign up here
IDRE Seminar: Electoral Incentives and the Allocation of Public Funds 

Maurizio Mazzocco
Associate Professor
Department of Economics, UCLA


It is widely believed that politicians allocate public resources in ways to maximize political gains. But what is less clear is whether this comes at a cost to welfare; and if so, whether alternative electoral rules can help reduce these costs. In this paper, we address both of these questions by modeling and estimating politicians' decisions to allocate public funds. We use data from Brazil's federal legislature, which grants each federal legislator a budget to fund public projects in his state. We find that 26% of the public funds are distorted relative to a social planner's allocation. We then use the model to simulate several potential policy reforms to the electoral system, including adopting approval voting and implementing terms limits. We find that an approval voting system reduces the distortions by 7.5%. Term limits also reduce distortions, but come at the cost of more corruption, which makes it a welfare-reducing policy. 

Speaker's Bio: 

Maurizio Mazzocco is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on three main areas of economics: family intertemporal decisions; heterogeneity in risk preferences and decisions under uncertainty; political economy and development economics. He received his Ph.D. from the economics department at the University of Chicago. In his research, Mazzocco makes use of the available data to uncover empirical patterns that can be used to understand the decisions of individuals in developing and developed countries. These patterns are used as the basis for developing theoretical models of individual decisions. The models are then employed to evaluate the potential effects of policies aimed at improving the individual welfare. Maurizio's research involves substantial usage of High Performing Computing. He is one of the power users of UCLA's main computing resource, i.e., Hoffman2 cluster. 

Lunch will be ready at 11:45 AM. To ensure you have a space for the seminar, please RSVP online by March 24, 2016. 

March 28, 12-1 PM. 5628 Math Sciences Building. Sign up here

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Workshop I: Culture Analytics Beyond Text: Image, Music, Video, Interactivity and Performance

This workshop focuses on developing computational and mathematical techniques for the analysis of large sets of cultural artifacts beyond text, and includes considerations of material and graphic design, architecture, fashion, interactive media, games, film, photography, music, painting, sculpture, performance, and the kinesthetic dimensions of culture. The analysis of audio and visual data requires a different set of quantitative techniques than those devised for textual analysis. This challenge has become all the more acute, as every day individuals and institutions produce and publish hundreds of millions of digital cultural artifacts that are not text. The big data revolution is not only a text-based one, and these enormous new resources of non-text culture require equally revolutionary techniques for meaningful analysis. 

The event will highlight novel methods for examining the multidimensional aspects of these cultural expressive forms. Aspects include structural configuration, dynamics in time and space, the changing social implications of artistic production and reception, and the cognitive multiplicity of perception and action, from genesis to memetic diffusion. The workshop aims to provide a point of reference for future research. By identifying and addressing pain-points, conceptual differences, and radical opportunities across the disciplines, our conversation has the potential to facilitate new scholarship in the arts, design, computation, information science, applied mathematics, and the physics of culture. 

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for posters will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop. 

March 21-24, UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. Sign up here

IDRE Stat Consulting Group 

The goal of the UCLA IDRE Statistical Consulting Group is to help UCLA faculty, staff, and graduate students perform top-notch research, with the greatest emphasis on data analysis related to grants and publications, but also including dissertation research. We provide advice and resources to enable you to develop and/or extend your statistical computing skills, helping you to independently use common statistical packages for the analysis of your research.

Walk-in consulting is in Math Sciences 4919. See our online schedule for days and hours.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

UCLA Office of Information Technology
Institute for Digital Research and Education
310-825-6635 |
5308 Math Sciences
Box 951557, Mail Code 155705
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557

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