An article by NCASD lab Alumnus Chris Marcum along with longtime lab-collaborator Christine Bevc (UNC) and lab director Carter Butts will be featured in an upcoming special edition of the Policy Studies Journal on network statistics. “Mechanisms of Control in Emergent Interorganizational Networks” uses comparative historical network data and Butts’s network inference model to learn about how authority relations are delegated across organizational networks during disaster responses. The results show that organizations exercise control through direct channels mediated by brokerage roles, or through indirect interaction. These findings contest the long-held belief that direct interaction alone is sufficient to delegate authority relations in these types of networks.
NCASD PI Carter Butts will head the new Center for Networks and Relational Analysis at UCI. The Center supports interdisciplinary research and training relating to the study of network structure and the analysis of relational systems. Housed within the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Center provides a common institutionalized locus for students and researchers, including support for the development of shared infrastructure and co-located activities.
We have our newest lab alumnus in Chris Marcum, who successfully defended his dissertation “Social Time: Variations in Social Interaction Across the Life Course.” Having now received his PhD, Chris has begun to work as a post-doc for RAND. We congratulate Dr. Marcum for his great achievement and wish him the best of luck in the future.
Lab member Sean Fitzhugh was invited to present his joint work with Lab PI Carter Butts and Joy Pixley to the Sociology Department’s weekly PSI Series. Using the life history graph method, he demonstrated cross-national, comparative results to examine how spell co-participation affects differences between people’s life histories.
HEROIC principal investigator Jeanette Sutton participated in a Social Media Panel for San Francisco Fleet Week 2011 Senior Leaders Seminar on October 7th, 2011.
“Changing Channels: Social Media and Emergency Management” Dr. Jeannette Sutton
On September 13, 2011, Jeannette Sutton was a keynote presenter at the 2011 Los Angeles Emergency Management Workshop “Los Angeles: Are We Ready?”. Her presentation focused on social media expectations and use among the public and public officials. Drawing from empirical research and sociological theory, Sutton explained convergence behaviors online and how networked online technologies have the potential to change the future of disaster communications. A series of network diagrams and graphs were also provided to demonstrate Twitter-based communication activities conducted by regional organizations connected to the Los Angeles EMD. Graphics and analytics were provided through the HEROIC project.
A pdf copy of the presentation can be downloaded here:
Members of the Networks, Computation, and Social Dynamics (NCASD) Lab presented on various Lab research initiatives at the recent American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lab PI Carter Butts presented a talk titled “The Ties That Bound: Within-Couple Heterogeneity as an Upper Bound On Between-Group Inequality” at the conference in the Mathematical Sociology Section.
Lab member Sean Fitzhugh presented a talk titled “Shared Spells: How Co-participation Limits Differences Between Life Histories” to the conference Section on Aging and the Life Course. His talk reviewed recent work on similarities of individuals’ life course histories based on other factors such as gender, educational attainment, military service, and number of children or marriages.
Lab member Lorien Jasny presented during a round-table session for her paper, “Throw Money at the Problem: The Relationship Between Campaign Donations and Other Forms of Political Participation” in an open round-table session for Political Sociology.
Lab member Chris Marcum presented during a round table session for his paper, “Age and Life Course Effects on Co-presence in Personal Networks” in the Section on Aging and the Life Course.
Lab member Nicole Pierski presented during a round-table session for her paper, “Taking Privacy to the Next Level: A Multinational Look at Facebook,” in the Communications in Technology Section.
Lab member Emma Spiro presented a talk titled, “Maintaining Ties from Coast to Coast: Selective Mixing Between Universities on Facebook” to the Methodology Section regarding the patterns in public college attendees and private college attendees’ social ties.
The NCASD Lab was also pleased to have Lab Member Spiro inducted as the student representative to the ASA Mathematical Sociology Section Council at the conference, where she will serve alongside UCI Sociology Professor Kathryn Faust, who is this year’s Council Chair.
The Networks, Computation, and Social Dynamics Lab would like to congratulate Lab alumni B. Remy Cross and Ben Lind on their new positions. B. Remy Cross has recently accepted a position at the University of South Florida as Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminology. Ben Lind has recently accepted a position at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia as Assistant Professor of Sociology.
The Networks, Computation, and Social Dynamics Lab at the University of California, Irvine, has a postdoctoral scholar position available. The successful candidate will work with Lab PI Carter Butts in an inter-disciplinary research team, as part of a multi-year, NIH funded research project on statistical methods for network epidemiology. Responsibilities will include: conducting research on new statistical and computational techniques for the measurement, modeling, and analysis of dynamic network data, disease transmission, and related processes; collaborating with graduate students and faculty at UC-Irvine; and collaborating with faculty and students in other collaborating institutions including the University of Washington and Pennsylvania State University. The appointment is initially for a one year period, with potential extension to additional years based upon availability of funding and performance of the postdoctoral fellow. For further information regarding this position, see more information at The UCI Employment Page or contact Carter Butts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lab member Emma Spiro was recently named the student representative to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Mathematical Sociology Section Council.