1998-05-07: Spring 1998
Minutes: Meeting of May 7-8, 1998 - CSU Northridge
Present: Anagnoson (LA), Barkan (SB), Chico (HA), Ebeling (CH), Emenhiser
(HU), Gerber (SD), Korey (PO), Lascher (SA), Nelson (FR), Ross (BA), Tabb
(SF), Taketa (SJ), Turner (NO), Chair.
Guests: K. Stewart and I. Zaslovsky (San Diego Supercomputing Center).
Call to order -- the business meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 8, 1998, in Room 245 of the Sierra Building at CSU
Northridge. Anagnoson volunteered to be secretary.
- Approval of agenda - m/s/p. Change in order because of the need of some
- Winter meeting minutes - m/s/p. Taketa commended for the quality of his
minutes the last two meetings.
- Gerber stated that the reflective teaching book could
still use some contributors. See him.
- Jon Ebeling announced that he had FERPed and will be teaching half time
for the next five years.
- Ted Anagnoson meant to announce but forgot that he had seen a
demonstration of Archipelago (http://www.archipelago.com) on his campus - this
company is a subsidiary of HBJ and is producing 4-8 CD-ROMs for whole
classes in introductory economics, physics, biology and others - these will
include 28-40 45-minute lessons to replace both the instructor and the book
used for the course - for distance learning. Lots of animations, etc. The
company has also done www sites and CD-ROMs for inclusion with conventional
- Student conference - Turner stated that some 13 of 16 scheduled paper
givers showed up, with some quite good papers among the group. Discussion
of the competition of the conference in Spring quarter with other
conferences, including the all-CSU all-disciplines conference and others
based on disciplines. Some possibilities:
- Higher monetary awards
- More publicity on the part of local reps
- Hold the conference at a different time
- More recognition for paper givers - put either complete papers or
abstracts up on the SSDBA web site or another SSRIC web site.
This year's conference cost approximately $1,000, almost all of which was
for lunch and rental of the room for lunch.
- m/s/p - to explore the possibility of getting additional support and
legitimacy for the Student Research Conference from CSU, including travel
funds for students.
- m/s/p - to put the abstracts and program up on a SSRIC web site.
- m/s/p - to hold the conference at Sacramento State University during the
Winter meeting instead of the Spring meeting.
- m/s/p - to explore the possibility of having faculty present papers or
presentations on how they have used SSDBA data. The precise way of doing
this is to be left to the committee in charge of the conference.
Committee to work on the above possibilities and coordinate the conference
for next year: Nelson, Lascher, Korey.
- Next year (98-99) meetings:
|Fall||Hayward, October 8-9,1998|
|Winter||Sacramento, February 25-26, 1999|
Note: This will be the Research Conference
|Spring||Pomona, April 29-30, 1999|
- Ebeling letter for State Senator Mike Thompson circulated for signatures.
- ICPSR Summer Program: Ebeling circulated a memo regarding the summer
workshops (attached to the hard copy of these minutes) recommending that the
two candidates who applied for summer support receive the following amounts:
Ms. Vicki Zeitner, MA in Political Science graduate student at Cal State LA,
$1,800 to attend several workshops over an 8 week period. Ms. Roditti, a
doctoral student at Case Western Reserve and currently teaching and doing
administrative work in the Department of Social Work at San Francisco State
University, $1,200 to attend a one-week workshop on social network analysis
to be used for her dissertation. Approved.
- Social Science Data Base Archive - Colin Campbell distributed the
- A CD-ROM with the 1972-1996 General Social Surveys on it, along with
documentation - to each member of the SSDBA
- The second and third quarter combined report of the SSDBA
- The December/January, 1997-98, Public Perspective (from the Roper Center)
- The April/May, 1998 Public Perspective
Campbell demonstrated the workings of the CD-ROM. Stanislaus and San Jose
do not subscribe to the SSDBA - all other campuses except Monterey Bay and
the Maritime Institute subscribe. Colin reported that current costs are
holding; that the SSDBA wishes to upgrade Venus (the Cal State LA computer
upon which the SSDBA is located) this summer with a new computer; and that
Ingres (the old DBMS used to store data information) will be abandoned and
the whole operation shifted to the World Wide Web.
The policy on ordering information and data from Roper is to order others
requested by faculty first, and the Los Angeles Times surveys and the Voter
News Service, in that order, on a routine basis.
- AOF Grant Report - Nelson described the outcomes of the AOF grant for
this year, including 25 instructional data sets with appropriate modules,
all to be up on a web site operated by Jim Ross at CSUB. Copies of the
McGraw-Hill SPSS for Windows version 7.5 Basic Tutorial, with data disk,
authored by Richard Shaffer, Edward E. Nelson, Nan Chico, John L. Korey,
Elizabeth N. Nelson, and James Ross, were distributed. The URL is
Issues and problems:
- Field will not allow any current Field data to appear in modules to be
used outside CSU or UC. Data prior to 1993 might be possible, however.
- Field is now stating that all data sets resulting from surveys done in
election years will not be sent to San Diego for processing until after the
election in November.
- Lack of documentation on weights used on surveys.
- The Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering at San
Diego State University - Kris Stewart and Ilya Zaslovsky presented
information, publications, and a demonstration of the capabilities of the
Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering.
- AIRC/CLRIT - Ed Nelson discussed the CLRIT subcommittee report on data
base applications and the extent to which the Chancellor's Office should
support them. Discussion ensued.
CLRIT has met and reviewed AOF proposals recently. Discussion of the
current status and implications of CETI.
- Field Report - Ed Nelson stated that we have an intern from CSU
Bakersfield who will be at Field this coming summer. The question credits
and faculty fellowship from this year are proceeding. Discussion re Field's
being too busy to send the polls from this year until after the election.
Field Institute Workshop is on Friday, May 29, 1998 at the San Francisco
World Trade Club, Ferry Building, San Francisco. Reply to email@example.com
Another problem is lack of documentation for weighting schemes in older
data, mentioned by John Korey.
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Ted Anagnoson, Scribe
Professor, Political Science
Cal State Los Angeles