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Political Scientist Honored

Carmine Scavo, a political science professor at East Carolina University, received two awards this month from the American Political Science Association for developing a web-based version of the Voting Behavior SETUPS program.

Scavo, along with UNC-Greensboro political scientist Charles Prysby, received the Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science and the Best Instructional Web Site award at the APSA meeting in Philadelphia on Sept. 1.

Scavo and Prysby have co-authored the Voting Behavior SETUPS series since 1984. SETUPS, short for Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science, was once released in booklet form but is now an online tool to help political science students analyze data from national elections. Voting Behavior: The 2004 Election is a new program that offers students the ability to analyze voter data from the 2004 National Election Study survey.

The site includes about 160 variables, including party affiliations of voters, basic demographics, voter perceptions of candidates and voter attitudes on issues such as foreign policy and civil rights. To access the site visit

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at