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HEROIC PI Sutton Gives Keynote at AMS Meeting

Published on August 20, 2012 by

HEROIC PI Jeannette Sutton was a keynote speaker at the American Meteorological Society, Summer Community Meeting on August 15, 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma. She presented “Changing channels: Online Informal Communications, Disaster Warnings, and Public Response” and discussed findings from Project HEROIC research, specifically related to official communication online, citing recent analyses from the Waldo Canyon Fire. Meeting attendees consisted of practitioners, policy makers, academics, and private sector weather technologists. This day-long meeting was dedicated to the discussion of social media use for weather related events. Sutton’s presentation offered an empirical overview of social science knowledge on the uses of social media channels for communication in disaster events.

For more information on the meeting see the agenda.

 
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Project Member Spiro to Present HEROIC Research

Published on August 7, 2012 by

Project member Emma Spiro will present “Diffusion of Innovation Among Government Organizations: Asymmetric Effects of Organizational Lineage on Social Media Adoption” at the Fifth Joint Japan-North America Mathematical Sociology Conference to be held August6 16, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

 
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HEROIC Project in the News

Published on August 2, 2012 by

HEROIC PI Jeannette Sutton was mentioned in a article on the recent wildfires near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sutton presented preliminary analysis of the online response to the wildfire at the Natural Hazards Workshop. Sutton talked about the increase in followers of official sources of information during the event. In addition Sutton presented visuals of the online conversation created by HEROIC member Spiro.

See the article here.

 
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HEROIC Project at Natural Hazards Workshop

Published on July 14, 2012 by

HEROIC PIs Jeannette Sutton and Carter Butts will present research findings at the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado July 14-17, 2012. Sutton and Butts will present a poster highlighting HEROIC research activities. Sutton will also present on a panel specific to the recent Waldo Canyon Wildfire outside Colorado Springs. The fire is the is the most destructive in Colorado history, with 346 homes lost. Sutton will present preliminary findings about the online response and communication activities on Twitter.

 
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NCASD Alum Petrescu-Prahova Joins UW Public Health

Published on July 14, 2012 by

NCASD alumnus Miruna Petrescu-Prahova accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Congratulations Miruna!

 
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NCASD Lab Helps Launch New Project on Adolescent Substance Use

Published on July 6, 2012 by

This project is lead by Principal Investigator Cynthia Lakon, Assistant Professor, Program in Public Health, in collaboration with three co-investigators also from UC Irvine: NCASD PI Carter Butts, Departments of Sociology and Statistics, John Hipp, Departments of Criminology Law and Society and Sociology, and David Timberlake, Program in Public Health.

The study will explore why social ties sometimes promote and other times discourage substance use among youth and will also examine what role emotional support, strong emotional ties and peer influence play.

The project also launches the Social Networks & Health Initiative at the Center for Networks & Relational Analysis, which is part of the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology.

For more information see the official press release: here.

 
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Spiro et al win Best Student Paper Award

Published on June 25, 2012 by

The HEROIC team won the Best Social Science Student Paper Award at the Web Science 2012 conference held June 22-24th. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the award recognized the best student led paper from the social sciences at the conference.

The paper, “Rumoring During Extreme Events: A Case Study of Deepwater Horizon 2010,” looks at informal online conversation in the context of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The full article can be found in the conference proceedings.

Spiro, Emma S., Sutton, Jeannette, Fitzhugh, Sean, Greczek, Matt, Pierski, Nicole, and Butts, Carter T. (2012) “Rumoring During Extreme Events: A Case Study of Deepwater Horizon 2010.” In Proceedings of the ACM Web Science 2012 Conference (WebSci12). Evanston, Illinois.

Proceedings and award announcement can be found at: http://www.websci12.org/

 
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Sean Fitzhugh Presents at 5th Annual Political Networks Conference

Published on June 20, 2012 by

NCASD lab member Sean Fitzhugh presented “The Enumeration Problem: An Illustration with Political Activist Networks,” a portion of his ongoing work with NCASD PI Carter Butts as well as Minas Gjoka, Maciej Kurant, and Athina Markopoulou.  Using simple modifications of traditional link-trace methods, Fitzhugh and coauthors demonstrated an efficient method for locating members interested in and/or affiliated with Occupy Wall Street groups on Meetup.com.

 
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NCASD Members Zack Almquist and Carter Butts published in Demographic Research

Published on June 13, 2012 by

Almquist and Butt’s article “Point process models for household
distributions within small areal units” is currently available online
at http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol26/22/.

 
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Lab PI Butts to Present Workshops at 5th Annual Political Networks Conference

Published on June 10, 2012 by

Lab PI Butts will present a full-day workshop on “Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks” at the 5th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The conference brings together those who study political networks from across a variety of disciplines. The workshop will take place on June 13, 202. NCASD members Emma Spiro, Sean Fitzhugh, and Adam Boessen will be assisting with the workshop. More information on the conference and workshops can be found at the Conference’s website.

 
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