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Lab Alum Acton Moves to UMass

Published on August 19, 2010 by

Congratulations to lab member and Sociology Ph.D. student Ryan Acton on completing his doctoral degree, and transitioning to his new position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Acton will join a select group of interdisciplinary researchers as part of a new UMass initiative on computational social science, continuing his work on social networks, online behavior, and research methodology. During his tenure at the NCASD Lab, Acton was a key figure in many projects, including research on emergent coordination following Hurricane Katrina, GIS-based modeling of large-scale networks, and data collection from online sources. His ScrapeR package for web-based data collection in R has become a popular tool for automating data collection both locally and in the broader R community, and is freely available via the CRAN online archives. We congratulate Dr. Acton on his new position, and look forward to further collaborations with him in the years ahead.

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