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Professional News: October 10, 2012

Presentations and Publications

In a series of talks at the United States General Accountability Office on Sept. 26 and 27, UVM professors Christopher Koliba and Asim Zia from the Community Development & Applied Economics Department, and fellows with the Vermont Complex Systems Center and the James M. Jeffords Policy Research Center, discussed the tools and techniques currently being used to model and evaluate interagency network performance and accountability. Koliba presented a talk titled, “Assessing Complex Public Sector Networks: New Developments in Research Design and Methodology.” Zia presented a talk titled, “Computer Simulation Models of Interagency  Networks: Applications to Transportation Infrastructure Planning and Watershed  Management.” In both presentations research and modeling efforts funded through grants from the National Science Foundation and the James M. Jeffords Policy Research Center were discussed. Their talks were sponsored by the Applied Research and Methods Division of GAO.