The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is pleased to present the  Public Policy and Massive Data Faculty Seminar Series. The goal of the series is to establish a cross-disciplinary research institute to further the innovative uses of data for policy and social science.

AY 2018-2019

The Future of High-Dimensional Data Research
September 26: What is Data Science? Why Should You Care? in Old North 205, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Data Essentials: Data Analysis in Python*
October 17: Data Manipulation 101 in Hariri, Room 240, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
October 24: Data Collection and Modeling in the Hariri (Business School), Room 240, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
*This series is co-sponsored by the OPIM 

Large-scale Analysis of Climate and Landcover Data*
November 7: Accessing Climate and Landcover Data in Regents Suite 391, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
November 14: Manipulating and Analyzing Climate and Landcover Data in Regents Suite 391, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
*This series is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI)

Network Analysis in Python*
January 25: Building and Describing a Network in Old North 205, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
February 15: Network Inferences in Healy Hall Room 103, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tea Time: Social Media Data in Social Science Research 
Friday, March 22 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Healy G-02, Massive Data Institute Suite, Healy Hall

2019 Health Datapalooza
Wednesday, March 27 from 6:45pm - 9:15pm in Riggs Library, Healy Hall 

Tea Time: Data Quality and Ethical Sourcing
Friday, March 29 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Healy G-02, Massive Data Institute Suite, Healy Hall

Tea Time: Foreign Investment and International Trade
Friday, April 5 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Healy G-02, Massive Data Institute Suite, Healy Hall

Tea Time: AI in Healthcare
Friday, April 12 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Healy G-02, Massive Data Institute Suite, Healy Hall

Mapping Infrastructure Categories from GIS Satellite imagery
Monday, April 15 from 10:00am - 12:00pm in Arrupe Multipurpose Room, Arrupe Hall

Classifying Infrastructures within Satellite Imagery with Machine Learning
Tuesday, April 16 from 10:00am - 12:00pm in Arrupe Multipurpose Room, Arrupe Hall

Data Blending: Tackling the Obstacles
Wednesday, April 24 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall

Previous Events

(AY 2017-2018)

WORKSHOP SERIES - Using Python for Data Collection, Manipulation, and Analysis

Announcing a workshop series focused on using Python for collecting, manipulating and analyzing data. The workshop series assumes no prior knowledge of Python programming and is appropriate for beginners. 

Thursday, February 1, 3.15 p.m.:  Python and Data Manipulation 101

Thursday, February 15, 3.15 p.m.: Data Collection and Modeling in Python

Thursday, March 1, 3.15 p.m.: Network Analysis in Python 

(AY 2015-2016) 

Monday, February 8, 3.45 p.m.: Sandy Calvert is the Director of the Children’s Media Center in Georgetown’s Psychology Department. Her talk is “21st Century Environments: The Promises and Perils of U.S. Children's Media.” 

Monday, February 29, 3.30 p.m.: Edmund Malesky is a specialist in the political development in Vietnam and China and an associate professor at Duke university. Title/paper will be distributed soon.

Monday, March 14, 3.30 p.m.: Winter Mason is a computational social scientist at Facebook. His talk is “Understanding Politics and Political Issues with Social Media Data.”

Monday, April 11, 3.30 p.m.:  Dayanand Manoli of the University of Texas, currently visiting at Treasury. 

Monday, April 25, 3.30 p.m.: Andrew Crane-Droesch is McCourt’s MDI post-doc fellow. 

(AY 2014-2015) 

Tuesday, Nov 18, 10:30am-11:45amCharan Singh, Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor of Economics and Social Science, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  Presentation Title: “Challenges Facing The Indian Economy."  Old North Room 205.

Monday, Dec. 1, 12:30pm-1:45pm: Chloe Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia.  Old North Room 205.

Friday, February 20, 12:00pm-1:15pmNoah Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, March 5, 3:00pm-4:20pmRachel Augustine Potter, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, March 19, 3:00pm-4:15pmElizabeth Stuart, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Old North Room 205.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:00pm-4:30pm: Gaurav Sood, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massive Data Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, April 9th, 3:00pm-4:20pm: Phillip B. Levine, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor , Department of Economics, Wellesley College.  Old North Room 205.

Friday, April 24, 12:00pm-1:20pm: Ioana Marinescu, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, April 30, 2:00pm-3:30 pm: David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University.  Old North Room 205.

(AY 2013-2014)

October 21, 2013, 3:30pm–5:00pm: Matthew Harding, Department of Economics, Stanford University. "Big Data, Food Purchases and the Impact of Product and Nutrient Taxes". Old North 205

November 13, 2013, 3:30pm–5:00pmHal Varian, Chief Economist, Google."Google Tools for Data Analysis". Old North 205

January 27, 2014, 3:30pm–5:00pmMatthew Taddy, Booth School, University of Chicago. Old North 205

February 7, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pmGary King, Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University. Old North 205

March 17, 2014, 3:30pm–5:00pmJustin Grimmer, Department of Political Science, Stanford University. Old North 205

May 5, 2014, 3:30pm–5:00pmDavid Krakauer, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin. Old North 205

Questions? Please contact Lauren Mullins at To see additional previous event, please view this listing page.