Professor Spotlight: Evan Kraft

Evan Kraft specializes in the economics of transition, monetary policy and banking issues. He served as Director of the Research Department and Adviser to the Governor of the Croatian National Bank. His scholarly work includes studies of soft-budget constraints and their impacts in former Yugoslavia, macroeconomic stabilization in transition countries, banking efficiency, lending booms, deposit […]

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MAPLE: a Modular Automated Platform for Large-Scale Experiments

January 8th, 2018  The de Bivort lab and FlySorter, LLC are happy to share on OpenBehavior their open-source Drosophila handling platform, called MAPLE: Modular Automated Platform for Large-Scale Experiments. Drosophila Melanogaster has proven a valuable genetic model organism due to the species’ rapid reproduction, low-maintenance, and extensive genetic documentation. However, the tedious chore of handling […]

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ArControl: Arduino Control Platform

January 3rd, 2018 The following behavioral platform was developed and published by Xinfeng Chen and Haohong Li, from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China ArControl: Arduino Control Platform is a comprehensive behavioral platform developed to deliver stimuli and monitor responses. This easy-to-use, high-performance system uses an Arduino UNO board and a simple drive circuit […]

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Animal Cruelty Data: A Survey of State UCR Programs

In 2012, I partnered with colleagues at the Animal Welfare Institute to identify the availability of animal cruelty crime data collected by police.  This work provided the foundation for the FBI including animal cruelty in its Uniform Crime Reporting Program.  The report summarizing our findings can be found here: https://awionline.org/sites/default/files/products/ca-12fbireportfinal040312_0.pdf

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StimDuino

December 20, 2017 StimDuino, an inexpensive Arduino-controlled stimulus isolator that allows for highly accurate, reproducible automated setting of stimulation currents. The automatic stimulation patterns are software-controlled and the parameters are set from Matlab-coded simple, intuitive and user-friendly graphical user interface. StimDuino-generated automation of the input-output relationship assessment eliminates need for the current intensity manually adjusting, […]

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A Summer of Learning: Reflections from OTNSI, OpenEd, and OpenCon

Hi! My name is David Rose, and I am the new Faculty Innovation Technologist at American University’s Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL). One of my main responsibilities is running the Open American program which provides faculty with stipends and instructional design and technology support to facilitate the adoption of open educational resources (OER). […]

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