Summer Institute in Computational Social Science
16 April, 2018
A Summer Institute in Computational Social Science will be held at the University of Cape Town from 18-29 June 2018. The purpose of the Summer Institute in Cape Town is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).
The organizer and principal faculty of the Summer Institute in Cape Town is Dr Visseho Adjiwanou. It is supported by the University of Cape Town, Russel Sage Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Cape Town satellite, together with five other satellites in the US and Finland are organized with the support of the Summer Institute organised at Duke.
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Researching affirmative action at UCT
06 March, 2018
A study by researchers from the University of Cape Town on the hotly debated issue of affirmative action has shown that the university’s policies have a substantial impact on the racial distribution of who is offered a place at the university.
The paper, titled “Estimating the size and impact of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at the University of Cape Town”, was recently published in the South African Journal of Economics.
Lead researcher Andrew Kerr from DataFirst in the Faculty of Commerce; Patrizio Piraino, associate professor at UCT’s School of Economics; and Vimal Ranchhod, the deputy director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) looked into various sources of data to estimate the extent and targeting of affirmative action at UCT.
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Entrepreneurship convener launches a book explaining the creative process
19 February, 2018
David Priilaid, an Associate Professor in the School of Management Studies and convener of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, is launching a book entitled Creativity Explained – from Music and Art to Innovation in Business. The book officially launches on 18 April 2018.
Priilaid has a PhD in non-linear econometrics and publishes mostly in the field of wine and economic psychology, though some of his poetry has appeared in print. He was a resident DJ on UCT’s campus radio from 1987 to 1990, and his formative experience in the arts provided fertile ground for the genesis of this book.
“My book follows on the back of “Creativity in Business” (BUS4090F), a course which I initiated in 2012, says David Priilaid, who also teaches a course in start-up strategy. “As an English major, a dabbler in poetry, and DJ rooted in music of the 60’s and 70’s I have always been fascinated in the lives of my musical and literary heroes.
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