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Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Service


Location: Main Building

In 2017, MLK Day falls on Monday, January 16, the day before the official start of the 2017 Spring Semester. We will mark January 16 with a candlelit prayer service in the Main Building at 11:00 p.m. to which all are invited. Given that it will be busy week for everyone as we begin a new semester, we are designating the week of January 22 as Walk the Walk Week.…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Walk the Walk Week Luncheon


Location: Joyce Center

Kicking off the week will be a campus-wide MLK Celebration Luncheon and program in the University’s Joyce Center from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 23, to which students, faculty and staff are invited. This is a free but ticketed event; more information can be found below about the luncheon.

Members of the Notre Dame community who are not able to attend the campus-wide luncheon are invited, as they were last year, to gather with friends and colleagues for lunch in the dining halls to continue the day’s conversations. There is no charge for lunch upon presentation of a Notre Dame ID.…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Measurement Error and Treatment-Effect Estimate Bias for Non-Experimental Data


Location: 1024 Flanner Hall

Roberto Penaloza, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
University of Notre Dame

"Measurement Error and Treatment-Effect Estimate Bias for Non-Experimental Data".


Abstract: Social sciences can rarely setup experiments to measure the effect of “treatments”. They generally rely on observational data with individuals already “assigned” into groups in a non-random manner. In the educational field, the treated individuals are the students, and the treatments are the different school settings and teachers. Since the implementation of accountability systems, some school and treatment effects have been measured through complex “Value-Added” (VA) models, which seem to have had their own “morale-sinking” effect among teachers. These models are not clearly understood, and despite years of use and research, there is no consensus about the “right” model, and most importantly, the possibility that they are producing biased estimates still exists. In most research, the existence of such bias has been studied for the typical “omitted-variable” situation, and the VA models used have been justified by making untenable assumptions. In this study, we propose a different, impartial and simple but powerful framework that does not have to make such assumptions to justify the estimation approach. We assume away omitted-variable bias to focus on the biasing effect of the measurement error contained in all test scores, which is not ignorable but has been neglected in the literature. With our framework, we clarify several aspect still not clearly understood about treatment-effect estimation that will help to choose the “right” model, such as whether a levels or a gains model is better, and whether lagged scores or other covariates must be used. Importantly, we clearly explain the mechanics of the bias in the estimation models, and, through simulation, we show the actual size of the biases. This is different from the current literature that shows bias through correlations and variances of estimates. We also show that models that try to explicitly handle the measurement error through a latent-variable or errors-in-variables approach perform poorly. Although we use our proposed framework with measurement error, it can also be used to better understand the mechanics of the usual omitted-variable bias, and to confirm prior findings that used other frameworks.…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Center for the Study of Social Movements' McCarthy Award Lecture


Location: Eck Visitor Center Auditorium

David S. Meyer is the 2017 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award honors scholars who over the course of their careers have made outstanding contributions to scholarly literature concerned with social movements, protest, collective violence, riots, and other types of collective behavior.…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Senior Thesis Reception


Location: O'Shaughnessy Great Hall

Dean John McGreevy will honor the accomplishments of undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Letters by hosting a reception for students completing a senior thesis project, as well as their thesis advisers and/or mentors.

Originally published at al.nd.edu

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017