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Decision & Policy Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series

For more than 20 years the Decision and Policy Sciences concentration within Rockefeller College has sponsored a research brown bag series, held nearly every Thursday in Milne 215 from 12:15-1:30 pm. Talks bring together faculty specialists, outside experts and graduate students in a colloquial
seminar style enironment. All talks are open to the public.

Fall 2010 Brown Bag Schedule

All brown bag seminars run from 12:15-1:30pm and are held on the
University at Albany’s downtown campus in Milne Hall, Room 215,
135 Western Avenue, Albany, New York.

Please Note: Our schedule is evolving. Please check back for more information.

Thursday, September 23

Dosuk Lee, Doctoral Student
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: Dosuk Lee will present his paper “Does Judgmental Bootstrapping Improve Decision Making? The Impact of Judgmental Bootstrapping on Static Cutoff Violations.” Tom Stewart will introduce the talk with a brief tutorial on judgmental bootstrapping and static cutoff violations.

Thursday, September 30

Stephen Weinberg and Tom Stewart
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: "Heterogeneity in Preference Malleability" - Substantial research in both economics and psychology has documented that human decisions are highly malleable. For example, people are subject to framing effects and their preferences can be affected by the presence of alternatives that should be irrelevant. Most of this research is done between-subjects, and very little of this research explores differences between people in their susceptibility to manipulation.

Thursday, October 7

Hisook Kim, Doctoral Student
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: "Online Charter High School Students: Analysis of traits, preferences, and prior experiences"

Thursday, October 14

George Richardson, Professor
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: "Stakeholder Dynamics"

Thursday, October 21

Niyousha Hosseini, Doctoral Student
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: Lack of health care insurance is considered one of the drivers of the rise in emergency department (ED) use in the US. Using the Community Tracking Study Household Survey from 2003 to 2004 and 2007 to 2008, we compare ED use after the reform to ED use before the reform in both Massachusetts and a control group of nearby states.

Thursday, October 28

Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Doctoral Student
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: In this talk, we analyze the trend of criminal incidents in a public university from Fall 2006 to Spring 2010 (8 semesters), and discuss several endogenous and exogenous sources of the incidents. Then, I report on my effort to develop a simulation model that replicates the trend. The model represents a university with three main campuses (downtown, uptown, and east), and captures different dynamic phenomena (including public reactions to recent incidents, risk perception, warning issuance, deterrent effects, and the crying wolf effect). Then through optimizing the calibrated model we propose a set of managerial decision tools to increase safety.

Thursday, November 4

Katrina Hull, Doctoral Student
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: Throughout history some societies, including the Maya, Anazi and Easter Island, have collapsed, while others facing similar challenges, such as New Guinea and Japan, have succeeded. The cases of the Maya and New Guinea were taken from Jared Diamond's study, "Collpase," of how these societies succeed or fail, to create a system dynamics model capable of producing both the collapse and success behavior.The endogenous pressures described by Diamond were used to develop the feedback story. The model consists of five sectors: food supply, natural resources, land management, population and the society's response.

Thursday, November 11

Dr. Claudia Gonzalez Vallejo
Ohio University
Topic: Unconscious and Making Healthy Food Choices

Thursday, November 18

Katherine Dykes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Common knowledge in the wind industry pinpoints inconsistent policy, such as the production-tax credit scheme in the US, as a key source for boom and bust cycles in the wind energy industry. This talk looks at the sources of the industry boom and bust via a system dynamics model for diffusion of wind energy technology. A model is developed through the combined use of theory and calibration to a set of comparative national and state-level cases. The formulated model captures the effects of inconsistent policy for different historical scenarios of nations and states. The model captures the basic dynamics for each of the individual cases but there are limitations especially with respect to the fact that integration issues associated with large wind penetration into the electric grid are ignored. This is systematic within prior system dynamics models for long term electricity generation planning and also in many economics-based models. The model developed shows how such a framework that ignores integration issues will overestimate either the magnitude or the costs of wind energy integration. Follow up work highlighted here considers the various sources of integration issues associated with wind energy and looks at a broad cross-section of wind integration studies to look at generalized impacts of large-scale wind energy integration on both economics and reserve capacity requirements. Finally, an integrated approach is demonstrated for case-calibrated system dynamics modeling of long term policy-planning with information on economic and operational impact of large-scale wind integration.

Thursday, December 2

Junesoo Lee, Doctoral Student
Department of Public Administration, University at Albany
Topic: Failure Management

Thursday, December 9

Bryan Early, Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, University at Albany
Topic: Why Countries Develop Space Programs


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