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Pacific Conference on Politics, Law and Public Policy

San Francisco Peninsula, California

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Early-bird Deadline: Sun, September 11th, 2016
Submission Deadline: Tue, October 11th, 2016
Extended Submission Deadline: Sun, November 6th, 2016

While intentionally interdisciplinary, this conference likely is of most interest to those with interests in:

Political Science | Elections | Public Policy | Public Administration | Intergovernmental Relations | Legislation | Judicial Process | International Law | Trans-Pacific Partnership

The great experiment known as the U.S. of A. is well into its third century, and continues to evolve and adapt to new circumstances. It has generated a complex web of laws and public policies at the local, state and national levels, and increasingly must address international issues as advances in communication and transportation challenge the traditional nation-state model. We welcome presentations that address these issues, perhaps through theoretical constructs or specific case studies. Your focus can be on process, on product, or on consequences.

As with all events offered by The Sisu Advantage, this event is run in parallel with another conference. The intent is to break down traditional discipline silos and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Registration to this event allows attendance to all sessions and events of both The Pacific Conference on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment and The Pacific Conference on Politics, Law and Public Policy, at no additional cost.


Hadar Aviram
Professor of Law
Harry and Lillian Hastings Research Chair
UC Hastings College of the Law
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A California Connection:


Politics, law and public policy are intertwined on most substantive social issues. A case in point receiving much current media attention regards the open carrying of handguns. Gun rights activists support open carrying as a way to normalize gun ownership and deter crime, whereas gun control activists find it disruptive to social discourse and an invitation for violence. As shown below, California and five other states have enacted laws to ban the open carrying of handguns. Thirteen states have enacted public policy to require a permit or license to openly carry. The remaining thirty-one states have no law or public policy limiting the open carrying of handguns. There is no Federal law or public policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court has not offered an opinion on the matter.

Frontier Workshops

Each conference weekend, a specialty workshop is offered that exposes attendees to open-source productivity tools that are freely available, such as "R Packages", that are specifically designed for teaching and research in the discipline(s) and topics that are the focus of that weekend.

The R Statistical Computing Environment is a free, downloadable software system for both basic and state-of-the-art data visualizations and analyses.

It is the leading programming language for newly introduced algorithms, and more than 7,000 “R Packages” are available for download to save you from needing to “reinvent the wheel” in your own work. We solicit requests from attending delegates and select one or two to present at each workshop. No prior experience with R or programming is expected.

Following are a sample of “R Packages” representative of those we cover:

  • Pre-K through K-12 Education // Language Learning
    → “shiny Package”: for building interactive web data visualizations
  • Community College and University Ed// Distance and Lifelong Learning
    → “knitr Package”: for presentation and publication of reproducible work
  • Social/Mass Media and Communication // Fine Arts and Humanities
    → “tm Package”: a comprehensive framework for text mining and web-mining
  • Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences // Economics and Social Sciences
    → “vegan Package”: for ordination methods like multidimensional scaling
  • Statistical Computing and Data Mining // The Science and Art of Business
    → “rattle Package”: A GUI for classical and tree models and data mining
  • Energy, Climate Change and the Environment // Technology and Public Policy
    → “EnvStats Package”: for environmental statistics and EPA guidance


San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
1770 S Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States
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(650) 653-6000
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