Liberal Arts Research and Scholarly Work newsletter 2.15.21


Viviane Sanfelice, Assistant Professor, Economics


My research lies in the field of empirical applied microeconomics, with application in development, public and urban economics. I assess how several factors, which are amenable to public interventions, affect more vulnerable populations, such as children and women. My work focuses on how crime impacts human behavior and how criminal activity in cities respond to certain interventions.

Coming from Brazil, a country with high crime rates compared to the U.S., made me realize the toll crime imposes on societies, and therefore its importance as a research agenda. Before initiating my doctoral degree, I worked at the city of São Paulo Education Department where the demand to estimate the effectiveness of potential or already implemented programs was quite high and extremely important for the city’s education system. This experience got me interested in public policy assessment. I also worked as a junior professional associate at the World Bank in the Latin American and the Caribbean poverty, inequality and gender unit. Besides being exposed to a broader range of topics in Economics, working at the World Bank gave me practical knowledge in data use and statistical tools so crucial for empirical research.

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Sampling bias mitigation for species occurrence modeling using machine learning methods

Victor Hugo Gutierrez-Velez, Daniel Wiese

Prof. Gutierrez explains the importance of his work:

Providing knowledge about the geographic areas occupied by different species and how that occupancy changes overtime is essential for biodiversity conservation and for controlling the spread of invasive species; however, the ability of scientists to map the areas occupied by species at a given moment is often hindered by biases associated with the time and the frequency with which samples to calibrate models are collected. I provide a methodological contribution to mitigate these biases using machine learning methods.



Presidential Humanities and Arts Program Grant Application Announcement

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Smith Richardson Foundation (Domestic Public Policy Program)

Deadline: Concept papers accepted on a rolling basis (after consulting with CLA's research office)



  • For the project entitled, Constables Delivery Training Program, Anthony Luongo (Criminal Justice) has received renewed funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

  • Caterina Roman (Criminal Justice) has received funding from the New Venture Fund for the project entitled, Beyond Gun Violence Reduction: Can Focused Deterrence and Cure Violence Improve Clearance Rates and Deter Violent Offenders Long Term?

  • Caterina Roman (Criminal Justice) has received funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the project entitled, Evaluation of 2019 Project Safe Neighborhoods.

  • For the project entitled, Childhood Risk Factors and Young Adult Competence, Laurence Steinberg (Psychology) has received continuation funding from Duke University (NIH).

  • Jennifer Wood (Criminal Justice) has received continuation funding from Columbia University (NSF) for the project entitled, Misdemeanor Charges among Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses.



Plan To Attend an Upcoming DOJ “Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application” Webinar

To provide targeted assistance to applicants applying for Department of Justice (DOJ) funding opportunities, DOJ’s JustGrants team is offering 10 webinar sessions on the application submission process.

Applicants should consider attending one of the sessions between now and March 22, 2021. The upcoming “Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application” webinars will explain—

  • steps to take prior to applying for funding;
  • how to find open DOJ funding opportunities in;
  • how to apply for funding using JustGrants;
  • the JustGrants roles and their responsibilities and required actions;
  • how to navigate and use JustGrants to submit your application; and
  • where to find training materials, job aids, and other resources.

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. The same content will be covered in each session, with time set aside for questions and answers. Registration for each session will be limited, to allow for the JustGrants team to respond to questions.

Additional session information and application submission training materials are posted on the Justice Grants Training - Application Submission page.

Register for an “Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application” Webinar


Effective January 3rd, 2021, the Executive Level II salary cap level increased to $199,300.

Changes to IRB Processes

The Temple University IRB is pleased to announce several changes in review processing designed to streamline reviews, reduce investigator burden, and more closely align our reviews with federal regulations. The changes are summarized below, additional information related to each change can be found on the IRB Training and Resource Page.

Search for New IRB Members

The Temple University IRB is seeking nominations and self-nominations for new members, including a Vice Chair, to join our IRB Committee. The A1 and A2 IRB Committees review both medical and social behavioral research protocols and meet monthly. Members are expected to read all materials to be reviewed at a meeting, attend the meetings, and maintain current CITI certification. Please direct self-nominations and any questions to David Comalli ( Nomination emails should include an up-to-date CV and department affiliation, professorship rank, and appointment.


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