My research program has been concentrated in two main areas: environmental systems and economic development in rural areas. Recently, the bulk of my research activities have moved to applied demography as the director of the Cornell Program on Applied Demographics (PAD). This program, funded by the NYS Dept. of Economic Development, is the NYS representative to the Census Bureau's Federal-State Cooperative on Population Estimates and Projections. We provide annual population estimates for the State, its Economic Districts and counties as well as updated population projections periodically. We are a participating member of the Cornell Population Center and collaborator of that program plus the Cornell Community and Regional Development Institute and the NYS Center for Rural Schools. We also undertake various demographic analyses with a strong emphasis on mapping and spatial analysis. We have created a digital atlas on all key variables from the 2010 Census and for the 2006-10 American Community Survey. We completed an evaluation of the 2012 vintage Urban Areas (urban clusters and urbanized areas). Last year, we produced a series of demographic profiles for each NY county, towns, cities and Indian Reservations, sponsored by Cornell's Cooperative Extension and the Community and Regional Development Institute. In the teaching area, we have been concentrated in one area since the inception of my appointment at Cornell University: research methods and statistics. I continue to offer graduate level courses in methods/statistics. Over the past several years, we introduced and continue to revise courses in geographical information systems (GIS), spatial analysis and spatial statistics.
My emphasis is on applied work and this is reflected in work population estimates, population projections and demographic analysis. I also do work in geographic information systems and mapping. Lately work has also been in the area of schools and community characteristics.
Outreach and Extension Focus
No official extension commitment. Doing outreach as part of my Rural Schools grant. Recently compiled booklets for each county of key demographic, economic, agriculture and climate information.
My main areas are statistics and, recently, geographical information systems. I teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All my classes have both lecture/discussion and lab sessions. I emphasize experiential learning via labs. Courses Taught:
DSOC 2130 Social Indicators, Data Management and Analysis; DSOC 3140 Spatial Thinking, GIS, and Related Methods; DSOC 380 Social Science Honors Research; DSOC 5600 Analytical Mapping and Spatial Modeling; DSOC 618 Research Design I: Measurement; DSOC 6190 Research Design II: Analysis; DSOC 718 Multidimensional Measurement and Classification; DSOC 7190 Advanced Regression and Spatial Statistics; DSOC 872.4 Incorporating Spatial Analysis in Social Science Research Projects
Awards and Honors
- NutriPhone grant (2014) Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Core Functionality (2012) Cornell Population Program
Presentations and Activities
- Francis, J., X. Li, & Sipple, J. W. (2014, August 1) Social and Economic Benefits of ‘Nearby’ Schools on Local Communities. Paper presented at the. Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociology Society . August 2014. Rural Sociology Society . New Orleans, LA.
- Social and Economic Benefits of ‘Nearby’ Schools on Local Communities. North America Meetings of the Regional Science Association. November 2013. Regional Science Association. Atlanta, CA.
- A Spatial Reassessment of the Impact of Schools on Rural Communities. 2013 Federal Reserve System Research Conference. April 2013. Federal Reserve Bank. Washington, D.C.
- A Reassessment of the Social and Economic Benefits of Rural Schools on Local Communities: The Case of New York State. 59th Annual North America Meetings of the Regional Science Association International. November 2012. Regional Science Association International. Ottawa, Canada.
- Finding, Downloading and Mapping Census Data. NYS GIS Conference 2012. May 2012. NYGIS Association and Syracuse University College of Environmental Science and Forestry . Syracuse, NY.
- Making Data Useful: Providing Enhanced Access to Public Data Through Web and App Tools to Facilitate Better Local Decisionmaking. INTED, 2012. March 2012. International Technology, Education, and Development (INTED) Conference. Valencia, Spain.
- CPC Encore Conference. October 2011. Cornell Population Center. Developments in Data Visualization for Demographers.