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Urban Sustainability in the 21st Century

“Inequalities in the physical health and social fabric of cities constitute a threat to urban sustainability and call into question the ability of cities to collectively respond to environmental challenges” writes BARI Co-Director Robert J. Sampson, in a newly published paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). In the paper, titled “Urban…
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Published On: January 11, 2017 |
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BARI is Hiring Postdoc Research Associates

Boston Area Research Initiative is excited to announce that we are hiring two Postdoctoral Research Associates to join our team in Fall 2017. The postdocs will contribute to ongoing efforts to translate modern digital data (i.e., administrative records, social media posts, sensor readings) into products that advance both urban scholarship and public policy. The role…
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Published On: December 7, 2016 |
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American Journal of Public Health Paper uses BARI Data

A new paper published in the December issue of American Journal of Public Health used the Boston Area Research Initiative’s bicycle collision data for a study on bicycle safety and the risk of being injured in an accident. The authors, led by Dr. Felipe Pedroso, found that there has been a 14 percent decrease in…
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Published On: December 6, 2016 |
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BARI Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Data Portal

BARI has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to construct the Boston Portal to Data and Analysis Tools (P–>DAT), an expansion of BARI’s Boston Data Portal. The project will integrate data from a variety of sources, from large-scale administrative data to mobile phone data, across time and space in order to develop…
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Published On: December 1, 2016 |
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BARI Co-Hosts Inaugural HUBweek Hackathon

As part of HUBweek, this Wednesday, September 28, BARI co-hosted a hackathon on “Data Science, Journalism, and the Future of Justice” with InkHouse and Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and College of Computer and Information Science. It was the inaugural HUBweek hackathon. BARI co-director Dan O’Brien participated on a panel with Todd Wallack, of the Boston…
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Published On: October 4, 2016 |
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Updated Ecometrics from 311 Reports and Census Indicators

May 2016   New data on physical disorder, custodianship, and citizen engagement in Boston as well as updated data on demographics, socioeconomic status, and housing in Massachusetts are now available from BARI’s Boston Data Portal where the data can be downloaded from BARI’s Boston Data Library or mapped using Boston Map. The resources now include:…
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Published On: May 1, 2016 |
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BARI Releases Data on Commonwealth Connect Requests for Service

February 2016 Data documenting over 65,000 non-emergency requests for government services from 76 Massachusetts cities and towns between 2013 and 2015 is now available from the Boston Data Library and the Boston Research Map. In addition, the data is featured on the February 2016 page of the annual “data calendar” produced by the Metropolitan Area…
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Published On: February 1, 2016 |
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BARI Awards Three Research Seed Grants

December 2015   BARI is happy to announce that it has awarded three research seed grants for the Spring 2016 semester. The grants were given to projects on: Late Registration in School Choice Inequality Kelley Fong, a PhD student in Harvard’s Sociology and Social Policy program, and Sarah Faude, PhD candidate in Northeastern University’s Department…
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Published On: December 1, 2015 |
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White House Event Launches New MetroLab Network that Includes BARI and the City of Boston

September 2015   BARI and the City of Boston are founding members of the MetroLab Network, a new national alliance among 20 metro areas and more than 25 neighboring universities to research, develop and deploy innovative technologies to address critical challenges facing urban areas. The new network was announced on Monday, September 14 at a…
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Published On: September 1, 2015 |
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Private Conflict, Public Disorder and Crime in Boston

June 2015   Disorder and crime in neighborhoods “emerge not from public cues but from private disorder within the community,” according to an article by BARI Research Director Daniel O’Brien and BARI Director Robert J. Sampson that appears in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. While “broken windows” theory is “an influential model…
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Published On: June 1, 2015 |
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