2018 Conference for High Impact Research
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The second annual Conference for High Impact Research will be held on May 14, 2018, specifically to help faculty prepare for the summer research break and will offer distinct sessions and a plenary luncheon. Share knowledge with external experts, information professionals from AU Library, and colleagues at this day-long event. Connect with your Library subject specialist and enjoy learning about furthering your impact with your peers. Sign up to attend the conference and create your custom schedule HERE!

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Monday, May 14 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary Lunch: Cases in High Impact Research LIMITED

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This session will feature two American University faculty members who have been successful in obtaining external funding to support their scholarship. These cases exemplify the high impact research that enhance the national reputation of the University. Jeff Gill, distinguished professor of government, and Mark Laubach, professor of biology, will discuss their work and their paths to achieving productive research outcomes.

Statistical Modeling to Understand Terrorism: An Overview of New Tools
Jeff Gill
Governments around the world spend an enormous about of resources attempting to understand and prevent terrorist attacks. Unfortunately these efforts continue to be only partially successful. Data that describe terrorist events is particularly difficult to analyze, due to the many problems associated with the collection process, unusual clustered variability in the data itself, and the typically poor level of measurement coming from pursuing political actors that seek to deny reliable observations on their activities. In this talk, Jeff Gill will describe some recent statistical innovations that provide revealing and important trends in terrorist activities worldwide. The examples will describe sophisticated statistical procedures in accessible and general language. Many of the conclusions are surprising and show systematic behavior by these violent and dangerous groups.

The OpenBehavior Project
Mark Laubach
An ongoing technological revolution in neuroscience, supported by the NIH BRAIN Initiative, has yielded a broad array of new tools to observe and manipulate neural circuits. In parallel, many newly developed technologies to measure and control behavior have been developed but have not been widely shared or disseminated. As such, there remains a gap between the availability of new behavioral tools and their wide deployment by the larger research community. The OpenBehavior Project is addressing this issue by providing an integrated set of activities to facilitate dissemination of resources and training materials for creating and using newly developed technologies for the study of behavior. Our goal is to dramatically lower barriers that researchers face in carrying out sophisticated behavioral neuroscience experiments and raise overall research productivity.

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Nancy Davenport

University Librarian, American University
Nancy Davenport is the University Librarian at American University. Immediately prior she was working in Vietnam on an AID funded project to create a parliamentary library for their legislature. She has held senior positions at the Library of Congress as the Director of Acquisit... Read More →

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Jeff Gill

Distinguished Professor, Department of Government, American University
I have done extensive work in the development of Bayesian hierarchical models, elicited prior development from expert interviews,as well in fundamental issues in statistical inference. I have extensive expertise in statistical computing, Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) tools in particular. Most sophisticated Bayesian models for the social or medical sciences require complex, compute-intensive tools such as MCMC to efficiently estimate parameters of interest. I am an expert these statistical and computational techniques and use them to contribute to empirical knowledge in the biomedical and social sciences. Current theoretical work builds logically on my prior applied work and adds opportunities to develop new hybrid algorithms for statistical estimation with multilevel specifications and complex time-series and spatial relationships. Current applied work... Read More →
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Mark Laubach

Professor, Department of Biology, American University
I am a neurobiologist interested in how groups of neurons work together to process information. My research has focused on the frontal cortex and basal ganglia and their roles in executive control and decision making. My laboratory uses a systems and computational approach and co... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm