LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTSJob DescriptionEstablished by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, nonprofit legal aid organizations with nearly 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.Under the direction of the Director of the Office of Data Governance and Analysis, or his or her designee, the Research Analyst will have responsibility for gathering, modeling, analyzing, and fact-checking grantee data in support of LSC goals. The Research Analyst reviews, assesses, verifies, and evaluates program data and makes policy and procedure recommendations to improve data quality and integrity. The position will also assist in other LSC initiatives and other related job duties as assigned. This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 135. There are two vacancies available for Research Analyst II and one vacancy for Research Analyst IIIPRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:1. Gathers, models, analyzes, and fact-checks large amounts of data with the goal of highlighting useful information, identifying trends and conclusions, and supporting decision making.2. Develops and communicates technical and research findings, orally and through written analysis and graphic presentations.3. Identifies potential issues in how data is captured, manipulated, and stored that have an impact on the quality and usability of the data.4. Conducts periodic system and information reviews to ensure data integrity.5. Works closely with senior research analysts and is able to anticipate the need for analysis and information and produce it.6. Assists in the formulation of research ideas.7. Supports the ability of LSC staff to identify and use data to enhance grantee oversight and respond to individual staff inquiries.8. Performs research and provides data and analyses on LSC funding and policy–related issues, including census adjustments, migrant funding, and periodic surveys of grantees.9. Conducts research and analysis to support and inform the work carried out by the Office of Government Relations and Public Affairs for LSC management, LSC’s Board of Directors, Congress, LSC grantees, and other stakeholders.10. Builds collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.11. Work directly with the Director and/or his or her designee on special projects.12. Performs other related duties as assigned.COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:General:Must demonstrate initiative and be an effective problem-solver; excellent customer-service focus; strong and effective organizational and time-management skills; excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to craft clear written and graphic products; ability to communicate effectively with broad and diverse audiences – including staff, grantees, and applicants; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors work to ensure quality; unimpeachable integrity and personal ethics; ability to systematically organize and catalog data and information; adaptable and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and adjust to shifting and changing priorities under tight deadlines; attention to detail; maintains a high level of productivity; works well independently and with others as a team member; makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; influences, motivates, and challenges others; understands LSC’s mission, functions, and operations; identifies and understands trends that affect access to legal services for low-income persons.Technical/Specialized:A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two (2) years of experience related to quantitative and qualitative data analysis for Research Analyst II and a minimum of six (6) years for Research Analyst III; a Master’s Degree is preferred. Strong quantitative, qualitative, and analytic skills. Strong problem-solving skills. Experience with conducting trend analysis on large data sets; experience with designing and implementing surveys; a demonstrated understanding of quantitative research methods and experience applying quantitative methods; as well as familiarity with Bureau of the Census datasets and statistical applications. Substantial knowledge of SQL, GIS, and the creation of interactive maps, charts and infographics. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and Word and familiarity with tools like Tableau, SPSS, R.SALARY AND BENEFITS:Salary:Research II – $62,575Research III – $76,440Excellent benefits package.APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Submit a résumé and cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position. Please apply directly on our website at: www.lsc.gov/about-lsc/careersQuestions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.orgNote: Electronic applications are preferred. If applying by email, please include the job title in the subject line. If reasonable accommodation in the application process is required, please notify OHR at 202-295-1571.DIVERSITY STATEMENT:LSC embraces diversity as a core value. We recognize that our success as a corporation depends upon creating and maintaining a diverse team of talented professionals, and we are committed to a workplace that reflects and supports diverse individual backgrounds and perspectives. Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination includes race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, personal appearance, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, family responsibilities, disability and status as a veteran, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws or regulation. We strive to have a workplace that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone. LSC is an equal opportunity employer.
GGS affiliate faculty Linda Perry has a paper published in Scientific Reports (5:16251) this week, on “Barnyard grasses were processed with rice around 10000 years ago”. Scientific Reports is an online sister publication of Nature. (Link: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep16251)
Linda Perry is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in archaeobotany and a former Smithsonian Fellow, Research Collaborator, and Research Associate. Linda’s work incorporates archaeobotanical analyses into ancient contexts to gain insight into the behavior, organization, and development of past societies. To study these subjects she employs many methods including microfossil analyses of both artifacts and sediments, macrobotanical analysis, and wood identification.
Abstract: Rice (Oryza sativa) is typically believed to be the only grass that was selected for cultivation and eventual domestication in the Yangtze basin of China. New evidence from microfossils recovered from the Early Neolithic site of Shangshan, dating to more than 10,000 years before present (BP), indicating barnyard grass (Echinochloa spp.) was also a major subsistence resource, alongside smaller quantities of acorns (Lithocarpus/Quercus sensu lato) and water chestnuts (Trapa). This evidence suggests that early managed wetland environments in south China were initially harvested for multiple grain species.
Hello GGS students!
We’re very excited to announce our 2015 GIS Day Student Map Competition: Transforming Tysons. The GGS Department has teamed up with Fairfax County for this year’s competition, which is to create a map / information graphic that highlights the urban development (current and planned) in Tysons Corner.
The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with separate prizes ($250) for the best undergraduate and graduate submissions. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact me with any questions!
Paul L. Delamater, PhD
Geography & GeoInformation Science, George Mason University
Of: 2407 Exploratory Hall
Ml: Dept of Geography & GeoInformation Science
4400 University Drive, MS6C3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Title: Geoinformatics research at CSISS
Liping Di, PhD
Where: Innovation Hall, rm 215G
When: Thursday, October 29 @ 5:00 pm
The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS), chartered by the provost in 2006, is one of university research centers aliased with the College of Science at George Mason University. CSISS currently has seventeen research faculties, eight Ph.D. students, and a number of visiting scholars. The missions of CSISS are to develop advanced geospatial information technologies and standards for automating the processes from geospatial data to information and knowledge and use the technologies and standards to solve the natural and social issues of national or global significance.
The center’s research currently is concentrated on four interconnected areas: 1) national and international standards on geographic information; 2) geospatial cyberinfrastructure technology; 3) Earth observation sensor web; and 4) cyberinfrastructure-enabled Earth system/remote sensing research.
CSISS’ research has been supported by NASA, NSF, NOAA, USGS, USDA, NGA, OGC and other national and international funding agencies. This presentation will present the results of recently finished research projects and discuss the objectives and plan for the on-going research projects at CSISS.
Mason Graduate Students! Make plans to attend Graduate Research Connections – GRADReCon – on November 6, 2015. A variety of experts are offering drop in research and productivity sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out how to write a literature review; manage large projects; manage data; find funding; get published; keep current in your field; use research tools such as Zotero, GIS, Omeka – and – MORE! Check the GRADReCon schedule of sessions, times and locations. GRADReCon is also a good day to schedule a research appointment with your subject librarian, too! Join us on November 6 – discover what you need to succeed!
GRADReCon is a joint project of Mason’s Graduate Student Life Office, University Libraries, Writing Center, Learning Support Services, and the Graduate Fellowship Office.