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Giorgio Cappello

Adjunct professor

Department of Statistical Sciences "Paolo Fortunati"

Department of Management

Department of Economics

Teaching tutor

Department of Sociology and Business Law

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Curriculum vitae

Professional Overview

Dr. G.C. Cappello is a Professor of Sociology and Applied Statistics in the Department of Humanities at University o Catania (Italy). He is still Italian faculty and professor of sociology since 2007, and he raised a lot of experience and expertise during this tremendous work into Italian Academy. He led the and supported the Bilateral International Exchange program from University of Catania and Mississippi State University, and it was a terrific successful design project that brought over the sea about 340 students, 11 professors, and 15 postdoctoral graduate students. The major duties of Dr. Cappello were able to raise and manage more about $ 800.000 for maintaining and improve this international exchange college project (2001-2012).

Since 2012/2013 Dr. Cappello is also included and involved as like data analysis manager into “Smoking Cessation” European project, at University’s Centre for Tobacco Research (CPCT), funded by MIUR and European grant by the “7th Framework Research program 2007-2013” in the amount $115,000 annual present budget per years. This project is led Dr. Riccardo Polosa, Director of the Institute of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology of the University of Catania (Italy), and supported by Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto, recently nominated best Italian researcher in the field above mentioned. Dr. Cappello is involved in implementing this regional longitudinal panel project focused on reducing and stopping the smoking phenomena in the smoker's universe large population. The main goal is to set all data collected during the experiments into SPSS, and then lead the analysis of all data integrated and show to the research’s team what smoking quitting treatment has the best result for the main goal of the CPCT. This team is also one of the first in the world for promoting the e-cigarettes in the large impact of smoking cessation. Dr. Cappello is also involved in writing, promoting and presenting any papers and results in National and International Conference.

Actually, Dr. Cappello is working as like post-doctorate associate researcher in the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), and he is involved as like Data Analysis and Dataset manager in the Mississippi Building Blocks, a State-funded annually program about $ 186,000 present budget. This project is leading by Dr. Carolyn Adams-Price, professor of psychology at Mississippi State University, and supported also by Dr. Shrinidhi Ambinakudige, professor of geoscience of Mississippi State University, and by some experts from NSPARC. Dr. Cappello is providing for managing the assessments procedure, data set management, data analysis process and final report results in order at pre-test/post-test and treatment/control group evaluation in one sample’s children into MBB’s intervention selected state school centers. In over one year, Dr. Cappello had acquired large familiarity into US Government grant framework to writing and following up any research project in the main fields and area of nSPARC.

Recently, Dr. Cappello is involved in the “UT-Battelle Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Department of Energy” project. The project is founded by the UT-Battelle Institute about $350.000. The goal is to identify and prioritizes the energy storage applications in the Southeastern U.S., and analyzing the possible risk actions associated with these applications and the energy storage attributes. The specific task regards the risks involved in using energy storage systems to increase utilization of renewable energy in the Southeastern U.S., and technical risks, social/policy-related risks where it is necessary to examine attitudes towards renewable energy in the US and the South, more specifically to gauge political/social barriers to using renewable energy sources in the region; also include to investigate whether renewable energy based on grid-tied storage could compete with conventional energy supplies in Southern area markets; and then assess whether state-level laws/regulations pose any challenges to utilization of renewable energy systems with grid-tied storage

In the meantime, Dr. Cappello is involved into internal NSPARC’s internal projects to making progress the PSID data longitudinal panel and try to show and explain why and where US people moved among 1968-2013 longitudinal panel. This analysis will show the US internal migration pattern integrated with geocoding US census data 2000. This paper is still in progress, and it will be performed and written in collaboration with Dr. S. Ambinakudige, associate professor of geoscience of the Mississippi State University.

Summary of Skills

Expertise in the field of the general theories of sociology (SPS/07, SPS/08, SPS/09, SPS/10); general theories and knowledge on economic system, school system and education process, religions and cultural process; study of interculturalism field studies in the schools and the phenomena of migration process; skills and knowledge of cross-border policies into the main European Union programs and grants; skills in techniques of qualitative participatory observation, life histories, analysis of historical documents and environmental contents; skill in focus group techniques; expertise on the semi-structured interviews and open discussions (Audacity, PC Keymaker, NVivo 8.0 applications).

Advanced study in quantitative research with SPSS 23.0 and SPSS Data Entry 4.0; technical expertise in drafting of questionnaires; skills in statistical data analysis; technical expertise in mono analysis, bivariate and multivariate analysis; skills in descriptive, correspondences, factor analysis, cluster analysis, log-linear analysis and linear regression, correlation, two-way ANOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA; skills in the scaling techniques on Likert, Guttman, Osgood, Bogardus and Unfolding multidimensional; skills on sampling techniques and non-linear logic of the research approach

Excellent knowledge of statistical software for the analysis of statistical forecasting and social research in IBM SPSS 24.0, 23.0 and recently version, and SAS 10.4, IBM SPSS AMOS 24.0 feature for analyzing the Structural Equation Model (SEM); SPSS Data Entry 4.0 application for designing, building and managing the questionnaires; Web survey by QuizMaker, Qualtrics Survey, QuizMaker and WebGoogle & Co

Good knowledge of the console ArcG.I.S. 10.3.1 (Geographic Information System) software ArcView 10.3.1 for mapping social data; 10.3.1 ArcMap, ArcGlobe, and ArcReader and AutoCad 2012 and recently


Ph.D. in Sociology, “Transborder policies for daily life”, XVIII series, University of Trieste (Italy), co-founded by the University of Catania, Director of the Ph.D. program Prof. Alberto Gasparini, and tutor Prof. Giampaolo Catelli, University of Catania. Bachelor of Science in Political Science, 1997, University of Catania – Catania, Sicily, Italy

Degree in Political Science, political-economic major, in the University of Catania, equivalent GPA 4.0. Thesis: “Marginality versus Tourism in Farm” experimental analysis on the socio-economic field. A qualitative study of observation, and in series of interviews and quantitative data about Tourism in Farm in the Province of Ragusa (Italy). Research published in the paper in the Journal “Education and Society”, (1) 1999, pp. 79-91.

Professional Experience

Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Visiting professor of Sociology at National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC), Mississippi State University (US), and into J-1 Visa (third year) US Government program, 2013 – present

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, University of Catania, Italy, 2011- present.

Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Medicine, University of Catania, Italy, 2010 - 2012.

Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Architecture, University of Catania, Italy, 2007 - 2012.

Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Formation Process, University of Catania, Italy, 2007 - 2011

Assistant Professor, College of Human Sciences, University of Catania, Italy, 2005-2011

Co-Chair of Europe/U.S.-MSU International Exchange program in Human Sciences, University of Catania, Italy, 2007-2012.

Research Fellow and Scientist, Social Science Research Center (SSRC), Mississippi State University, 2005-present.

Graduate Research Assistant, College of Education, University of Catania, 2003-2006

Fellowships and Awards

2005, SSRC Research Fellow, by Dr. Arthur G. Cosby, professor of sociology and Giles Distinguished Professor

2007, Shackouls Honors College and MSU’s International Appreciation, by Director Dr. Nancy McCarley, for supporting the international agreement between MSU and UniCT

2007, Office of the V.P. for Agriculture, Forestry & Vet-Med, Dr. Vance Watson, for the appreciation for the continuing and maintaining the Agreement between Mississippi State University and University of Catania

Papers and Lectures

March 31st – 1st April 2016, poster presentation at 2016 Population Association of America Annual Meeting (PAA), Washington D.C. The poster presented in the P5-61 session aging, gender, race and ethnicity titled “Race, Internal Migration and Urban Expansion of Atlanta”, authors are Dr. S. Ambinakudige, Dr. Domenico Parisi, and Dr. Giorgio Carlo Cappello

February 25th - 26th 2016, paper presentation at 47th Annual Meeting Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association (A-MSA) “The Status of Sociology in Alabama and Mississippi, hosted by Jackson State University (MS). The paper presented in the session 3 “race & ethnicity” is titled “Social Landscapes of Race, Migration and Urban Expansion in Atlanta”, authors are Dr. S. Ambinakudige, Dr. Domenico Parisi, and Dr. Giorgio Carlo Cappello

November 22nd - 24th 2015, poster presentation at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG), hosted by the University of West Florida, Pensacola (FL). The poster presented in faculty session is titled “Geography of Atlanta through the Lenses of Race, Migration and Urban Expansion.”, and the authors are Dr. Shrinidhi Ambinakudige, Dr. Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, and Dr. Giorgio Carlo Cappello

May 5th - 13th 2012, Lecture in the “1st International Workshop Seminars Seminar Series” in London. Training on the approach of visual imaging, rediscovery and watch and click through the streets of London; also, visiting at the headquarters of the RAI broadcasting in London, MAVO & Co, Creative Associated Studio, Zaha Hadid Architects studio, and University College of London. At this serial seminars had attended 11 students from Humanities Department, University of Catania (USA).

October 19th 2011, Speaker in the panel “Green Economy and Green Society. The ambiguity of the Italian Case”, Conference meeting on International Institute, Mississippi State University Campus, Chief coordinator Dr. Benij Mikel and Art G. Cosby, Director of SSRC (USA)

September 26th - 27th 2011, Speaker in the panel “Green Economy and Green Society, Second Panel: Complex systems science for the key XXI Century Issues, in World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA), Annual Conference, Palermo, Magna Room “Vincenzo Li Donni”, College of Economy; special guest and Winner Speeching WCSA: Dr. Klaus Krippendorff, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

September 23rd - 24th 2011, Speaker in the panel “Green Economy, Environmental and Green Society”, discussants Gaetano Borrelli (ENEA) and Luigi Pellizzoni, 8th Congress National of Sociologist of Environmental field – AIS, panel “Environmental risks evidence, social representations and Green Economy”, at the University of Cattolica, Brescia (Italy)

January 21st 2011, Speaker in the panel “People are in a network. Online searching through the use of interviews, surveys and questionnaires to investigate the reaction and feedback of the empirical research”, session # 3 “The sociologist, the sirens and Avatars. Qualitative research and new technologies”, Conference AIS-Met "The sociologists and the Sirens: new paradigms for Social Research", at the University of Milano - Bicocca, Milano (Italy)

October 14th 2010, Speaker in the panel in the “International Collaboration and Social Science”, at session “Challenges and Opportunities in the Social Science”, chair Prof. Gregory Dunaway, 60’s years of SSRC 1950-2010 Conference: “Commitment to Innovation and Excellence”, at the Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University (USA)

May 20th 2010, Speaker in the panel “How to Know Immigrants: Analysis in a Sicilian Community” in the Conference “10th of Cooperation between Mississippi State University and University of Catania, College of Education, University of Catania (Italy).

October 2nd 2009, Speaker in the panel in the “ARS – research and action network in the Regional Seminar and Social farms project”, organized by the Italian Health Education Review – Ass. Sicily, in Park Authority Etna, Nicolosi City (Italy)

June 12nd -13th 2009, Speaker in the panel “How to Know Immigrants. The analysis in progress of the migration phenomenon in a Sicilian community, 2nd session in the SMMS, College of Sociology in Trento. Chair and Organizer of working session by Dr. Salvatore Sciortino

Mach - April 2009, Speaker in the panel in the “4th Workshop SPSS 17.0 and Data Entry 4.0 Basic”, organized in the Department of Educational Processes. The seminar was attended by 29 students of the College of Education, total 42 hours (9 credits) of theoretical and training lectures

June 28th - 29th 2008, Speaker: paper "Know immigrants. Analysis of the impact of migration in a Sicilian community”, at the Seminar in Pontignano (Siena, Italy), 4th panel chaired by Dr. Mario Colasanto, and discussants Dr. M. Ambrosini and Dr. Fracesco Lazzari

April - May 2008, Speaker in the panel “3rd Basic training SPSS 16.0 Data Entry 4.0 Basic”, planned and led d by College of Education (Italy). The seminar was attended by 28 students of the College; total 32 hours of theoretical and practical lessons

July 11st - 14th 2007, Speaker in the panels: “Getting Started SPSS 15.0 and DATA ENTRY 4.0: coding the questionnaire, statistical index and coefficients”; “Presentation of the scaling process. A measurement model of the latent structure of the society"; “Arcview GIS and ISTAT Census. Digital mapping of the Italian territory”, “5th Seminar of Social Analysis Methodology”, located in the Park Hotel Paradiso, Piazza Armerina (Italy)

April - May 2006, Speaker in “2nd Seminar SPSS 13.0 Base”, organized in the serial seminars of the College of Education. The seminar was attended by 32 students for totally 30 hours (6 credits) in theoretical and training lectures

April - May 2005, Speaker in the panel “1st SPSS Basic Serial Seminars”, planned and organized by the College of Education. The seminar was attended by 42 students from the same College for total of 30 hours (6 credits) addressed to the theoretical and training lectures

May 13th - 15th 2003, Speaker in the panel “Introduction to SPSS 12.0, software for social research”, Social Seminars Series in “2nd Seminar Social Analysis and Methodology”, in Park Hotel Paradiso - Piazza Armerina (Italy).

September 27th - 29th 2002, Speaker: “The Role of Social Capital in the Southern Rural Area”, at the Rural Conference “The Carob Trees. The value of a typical Mediterranean plant”, location Modica (Italy)

Memberships and Affiliations

2015 – Present, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers

2014- Present, Researcher eligible for presenting the proposal and joining into EUs research network funded by European Research Council, and established by the European Commission. The membership is part of the European granting program called “Horizon 2020”, in among 7 years’ research action 2014-2020

2010 – Present, ESA European Sociological Association

2002 – Present, AIS Sociological Italian Association

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