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 email@example.com.
Lab member Emma Spiro was recently named the student representative to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Mathematical Sociology Section Council.
Lab PI Butts will present two half-day workshops, on “Sampling and Network Inference” and “Modeling Networks with Missing Data,” at the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops at the University of Michigan. The conference brings together those who study political networks from across a variety of disciplines. Both of Butts’ workshops take place on June 16, 2011. More information on the conference and workshops can be found at the Conference’s website.
Lab member Zack Almquist won the Best Poster Award at the recently held 4th Annual Political Networks Conference in Ann Arbor, MI. His poster, “Contending Parties: A Logistic Choice Analysis of Inter and Intra-group Blog Citation Dynamics in the 2004 US Presidential Election,” was noted by the Award judging committee for its outstanding methodology.
Lab members Carter Butts and Chris Marcum will be presenting a half-day workshop session on “Modeling Networks in R with statnet” at the upcoming ARS Third International Workshop on Social Networks in Naples, Italy. The workshop session will introduce attendees to the basics of exponential family models for social networks, and demonstrate the use the statnet toolkit to estimate, simulate, and evaluate such models. Butts will also present joint work with lab member Zack Almquist on “Dynamic Logit Models for Emergent Collaboration Networks” later in the conference. The presented research will show how simple, scalable models can be used to study the properties of evolving networks such as those emerging in response to disasters, and to forecast the properties of those networks over time. Information on the conference can be found at the ARS’11 website.
HEROIC project member Emma Spiro presented research at the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference. Spiro presented a poster entitled, “Rumoring in Extreme Events,” exploring rumoring about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including network structure among official government accounts occurring on a popular micro-blogging service.
Lab members Zack Almquist, Sean Fitzhugh, Lorien Jasny, Nicole Pierski, and Emma Spiro will present ongoing research at this week’s 4th Annual Political Networks Conference at the University of Michigan.
Zack Almquist will present a poster, “Contending Parties: A Logistic Choice Analysis of Inter and Intra-group Blog Citation Dynamics in the 2004 US Presidential Election” (co-authored with Carter Butts). This poster exams the study of the dynamics of interaction within and between DNC- and RNC-designated blogs through a dynamic logistic choice model.
Sean Fitzhugh will present a poster, “A Cross-National Comparison of the Effects of Military and Political Participation on Life Histories,” exploring how a network framework can be used in identifying population-level patterns in traditional life history data.
Lorien Jasny will present “Dynamic Networks of Political Culture,” applying a relational approach to Ronald Inglehart’s Postmaterialist Thesis.
Nicole Pierski will present “Semantic Networks in the Political Blogosphere,” examining the political discourse of DNC- and RNC- credentialed blogs during the 2004 Presidential Election.
Emma Spiro will present a poster, “Rumoring in Extreme Events,” exploring rumoring about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including network structure among official government accounts occurring on a popular micro-blogging service.
Lab Member Zack Almquist was recently awarded the UCI’s Order of Merit A. Kimball Romney Award for his research paper, “Predicting Regional Self-identification from Spatial Network Models.”
Lab PI Butts and collaborators in UCI’s Department of Computer Science are offering a full-time post-doctoral scholar position in the area of statistical network analysis. Responsibilities will include conducting basic research on new statistical learning algorithms for modeling complex data sets, including text data, relational/network data, and temporal data. The successful candidate will work with members of the NCASD Lab as part of our interdisciplinary research team, in addition to collaborating with project team members at UCI and elsewhere. More information on the position and how to apply is available at UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences employment page.
Congratulations to lab member Chris Marcum, who has won and accepted a two-year post-doctoral at the National Institute of Aging at RAND. Marcum’s research interests include aging and the life course, and his dissertation research focuses on health and structural explanations of age differences in day-to-day social interaction.