GAB Forum: Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist at Intel

Today's Government Analytics Breakfast Forum welcomed Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist at Intel Corporation for his talk, Artificial Intelligence: Driving Innovation in Government.

Mr. Greer spoke about the many ethical and legal implications of using big data and automation in government.  For example, data collected on children, such as their academic performance and indiscretions, might significantly influence their prospects in the workforce later in life.  Is this a fair and appropriate use of data?
Mr. Greer also spoke about the need for high quality data science programs in higher education, and emphasized that these programs should focus on meaningful applications of data science methods to challenges across government.  He discussed some of the very real problems related to water, transportation, cyber security and healthcare that can be addressed with emerging analytical approaches.
It's useful to distinguish between different areas of data science, namely analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  Each area is best suited to address different types of problems.  Researchers must devote serious consideration to whether a particular approach is useful for the problem at hand before diving into the analysis.
Many thanks to Mr. G1reer for a fantastic presentation.  A video recording will be posted here shortly.

GA Alum Publishes Book: The Art of Being Artificially Intelligent

One of our distinguished Government Analytics alumns, Zachary Hanson, has just published a new book: The Art of Being Artificially Intelligent: A Millenial's Guide to Faking It Till You Make It.  About the book: 

It can be difficult to attain lofty goals and aspirations, especially for the millennial generation. The Art of Being Artificially Intelligent: A Millennial’s Guide to Faking It Till You Make It provides an outline of six traits that can help millennials—and individuals of other generations—advance their careers and reach those aforementioned goals and aspirations. 

Through learning the importance of self-reliance, mental cadence, grit, mentorship, knowing your value, ongoing education, and terminal entrepreneurship, you’ll find the tools needed to break the stigma of being an “entitled” millennial and build a foundation upon which you can reach even the loftiest of goals.

You can purchase the book here.

Congrats, Zach!


Students tour FBI 

Students from the JHU Center for Advanced Governmental Studies went on a tour of the FBI Building's Museum yesterday.  Alum Tony Lang, a Unit Chief for the Office of Partner Engagement at the FBI organized and led the "FBI Experience" tour.  Lang earned his MA in Global Security Studies last year.  The museum featured interesting displays of FBI crime solving history, new technologies that are being utilized,  and descriptions of career and job opportunities within the agency.  All of the student and faculty participants received a goody bag with authentic FBI hats.  Thank you, Tony, for leading such an incredible tour!  


David Satter Discusses his recent book on Putin and Russian Politics

David Satter came to the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies to discuss his latest book, The Less You Know the Better You Sleep:  Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin.  Professor Satter discussed the questionable rise of power of Putin on the heels of several  bombings in Moscow that were attributed to Chechen terrorists.  However, Satter shared with the audience how these bombings had the fingerprints (almost literally) of Russia's own FSB all over them and suggested that the bombings were deliberate attempts to unify the Russians under Putin, who rose to power quickly thereafter.  It was a fascinating and timely discussison of Russia's past, present, and future.  


Ryu Koide (Government Analytics) Publishes Article on Policy Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production

The following is written by Ryu Koide, a policy researcher with Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan who is in the Government Analytics Program at Johns Hopkins University. The full text of his publication can be accessed here

The objectives of sustainable development cannot be realized solely by implementing policies from the environmental sector or an isolated effort by Environmental Ministries. Instead, they require policy integration between broader policy sectors ranging from industry, transportation, building, and agriculture as well as coordination between line ministries. Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) - a core element of sustainable development adopted as the goal 12 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is not an exception.

A journal paper published by Ryu Koide in the open access journal "Resources" examines the importance of policy integration in promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and investigates the progress of policy integration of SCP into national policies. The research provides an empirical analysis based on a questionnaire survey of more than 46 governments implemented by the secretariat of the United Nations' 10-year framework of programmes on SCP (United Nations Environment Programme). The paper suggests the necessity to promote policy integration of SCP objectives further with identifying the main clusters of integrated policy sectors and assessing the effect of national cross-cutting sustainability strategies on sectoral and organizational policy integration.