March 25, 2009

Content Management Systems

On April 11, CRRC-Armenia, in cooperation with Formative Systems Center and IREX, organized a one day "Content Management Systems" training.

Muskie alumnus Arman Arakelyan (M.S., Simmons College), presented several Content Management Systems and delivered a hands on workshop during which the participants created their own websites. Arman Arakelyan was assisted by CRRC librarian/ information specialist Gohar Khachatryan.

March 17, 2009

Carnegie Research Fellowship Program

CRRC is happy to announce the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (CRFP). The program offers exceptional research opportunities in the United States for scholars from the South Caucasus.

Specifically, scholars in the social sciences and the humanities may apply for individual, non-degree research opportunities at universities and institutes in the United States. The program is directed at advanced researchers that already have a demonstrated track record in research. The research period lasts up to a full semester (4 months), starting either September 2009 or January 2010. In 2008-2009, two fellows from Georgia and one from Armenia have been sent to Harvard University, University of Chicago and University of Washington to do their research.

Individuals who are eligible to participate in the fellowship program:
  • Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
  • Advanced graduate students, university faculty and scholars at any stage in their careers who have not recently conducted research projects at U.S. institutions.
  • Scholars who hold a “Kandidatskaya” degree or higher, or who are working towards a “Kandidatskaya” degree at the time of application.
  • Scholars who have publications (advanced graduate students may cite papers presented at academic conferences) in a particular field.
  • Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage colleagues.
  • Scholars who are able to receive and maintain a United States J-1 visa.
  • Scholars who are able to begin the CRFP in the United States in September 2009, or January 2010.
NCEEER, the American Councils, and the CRRC do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, and disability. For more information please visit NCEEER website.

Applications need to be submitted in a hard copy to your local CRRC office. Deadline for applications is April 30, 5 p.m., 2009. We suggest applicants to study details in the guidelines and the application form closely, and in good time, to avoid disappointment. We will be accepting applications in the social sciences and the humanities. All costs for the scholars are covered, including round-trip airfare.
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The Carnegie Research Fellowship presents an extraordinary chance to researchers that can advance their work through a period of self-directed study in the US. Note that the application process is very competitive, since a concise research proposal is expected. In order to get application materials, go to CRRC website.
If you are interested in getting further training on how to improve your application, please email with interactive online trainings in the subject line.

March 16, 2009

In Search of a Dramatic Equilibrium: Was the Armenian Dram Overvalued?

CRRC-Armenia hold a lecture-discussion "In Search of a Dramatic Equilibrium: Was the Armenian Dram Overvalued?" conducted by IMF Resident Representative in Armenia, Nienke Oomes, on March 13, 2009, in YSU Conference Hall. The lecture presented the main findings of a recent IMF paper developed by Dr. Oomes together with former and current economists in the IMF Armenia Office (G. Minasyan and A. Stepanyan).

The estimation of the equilibrium exchange rate for Armenia was presented using three different approaches: the purchasing power parity (PPP) approach, the behavioral equilibrium exchange rate (BEER) approach, and the external sustainability (ES) approach. All three approaches suggested that the dram was overvalued by about 20–30 percent prior to the devaluation of the dram in March 2009.

March 6, 2009

Accessing and Using JSTOR

JSTOR (short for Journal Storage) is an online system for archiving academic journals, founded in 1995. It provides full-text searches of digitized back issues of several hundred well-known journals in order to help the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content. An orientation training, conducted by CRRC-Armenia librarian/ information specialist Gohar Khachatryan on March 6, 2009, addressed the issues on how to access JSTOR free, and how to use JSTOR interface.