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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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HEROIC Research to be Presented at Political Networks Conference

Published on June 6, 2012 by

HEROIC project members Spiro, Johnson, and Fitzhugh will attend the 5th Annual Political Networks Conference & Workshops to be held in Boulder, CO, June 13-16, 2012. Both Spiro and Johnson will present recent research from the HEROIC team.

Spiro will present “Shifting Attention: The Effect of External Stimuli on Social Ties Among Emergency Management Organizations” which considers a networks of following relationship among government organization. Distance based methods for network comparison are used to explore how the structure of the following network chances over time.

Johnson will present “Technology Lineage and Adoption: Diffusion of Microblog Technologies Among Government Organizations” which looks at factors that influence adoption of microblogging technologies among a set of government organizations.

Spiro and project member Sean Fitzhugh also received fellowship stipends supported by NSF grant SES-0851084 to attend the conference.

 
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HEROIC Research Accepted to Web Science Conference

Published on May 21, 2012 by

HEROIC project member Emma Spiro will present the paper “Rumoring During Extreme Events: A Case Study of Deepwater Horizon 2010.”  This work investigates informal online communication during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Results demonstrate that official sources of news are positively associated with online conversation, contrary to theories proposed by rumor scholars.  The Web Science 2012 Conference will be held on June 22-24, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. The article will be available the conference proceedings, forthcoming.

Spiro also received a ACM SIGWEB student travel award to attend the conference.

 
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NCASD Alumnus Jasny Published in Policy Studies Journal

Published on May 10, 2012 by

NCASD Alum Lorien Jasny had her article “Baseline Models for 2 Mode Social Network Data” accepted into the forthcoming special issue of the Policy Studies Journal on social networks.

 
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HEROIC Supports Research on September Blackout

Published on May 4, 2012 by

The HEROIC project supported a recent investigation of the September blackout in San Diego.  See the Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Research Report #228 by Scott Miles, Hannah Gallagher, and Charles Huxford, for more information: QR228: Quick Response Research on the September 8, 2011, San Diego Blackout.

For more information see the news item in the DR newsletter here.

 
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NCASD Member Zack Almquist published in Social Networks

Published on April 19, 2012 by

Almquist’s article “Random errors in egocentric networks” is currently
available online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2012.03.002, at
the Journal Social Networks and will be published in the print edition
in the near future.

 
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