Friday, January 29, 2016

Frances Fox Piven at UCB Wednesday

Frances Fox Piven is a namesake of one of the Tea Party's favorite demons, the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" from the 1960s. She is former president of the American Sociological Association and long time social justice sociologist.

"Join us for this public event to hear Professor Piven’s reflections on her lifetime of work at the intersection of professional and public sociology, details about the 2016 Fellowship, and report-backs from the 2015 Berkeley Social Justice Fellows"

Monday, January 25, 2016

Survey research in the digital age at UCB Colloquium


Mon, Feb 1, 2-3:30pm in 402 Barrows Hall 

Survey research in the digital age: The past, present, and very bright future 

The digital age has transformed how researchers are able to study social behavior. Contrary to claims about the demise of the survey, in this talk, I will argue that the digital age actually increases the value of surveys. I will use the traditional total survey error framework to organize the landscape, and then I’ll highlight three broad areas for development: changes in who we ask, changes in how we ask, and changes in how we link surveys to other sources of data. The talk will conclude with some predictions for the future. This talk represents one chapter from a book I’m currently writing about social research in the digital age.  
Matthew Salganik is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His research interests include social networks and computational social science. Salganik's research has been published in journals such as Science, PNAS, Sociological Methodology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. His papers have won the Outstanding Article Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Outstanding Statistical Application Award from the American Statistical Association. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and New Yorker. Salganik's research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Facebook, and Google.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Great Summer Internship at UCB: Health and Environment

Especially good if you are taking (or have taken) GIS at Mills!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Information Science Is Not Library Science Anymore

Indiana University Ph.D. Program in Information Science Accepting Applications by January 15th, 2016
Funding packages with $46,000 per year are available for top candidates.
We welcome applications to our doctoral program at Indiana University Bloomington. Our Ph.D. in Information Science celebrates over 50 years and over 185 graduates. Our doctoral programis one of the longest continuously running Information Science programs in the U.S. and has one of the highest number of graduates, including distinguished and productive professors, deans of schools and libraries, directors of doctoral programs, editors of journals, excellent educators, and presidents of national professional associations. 
Our Ph.D. in Information Science trains the next generation of information scientists—the people who will advance the knowledge in this field. Doctoral students are advised by faculty that are engaged in cutting-edge research areas such as:
·         ·Social Informatics
·         ·Computer-Mediated Communication
·         ·Crowd Sourcing
·         ·Social Media
·         ·Online Communities
·         ·Information Visualization
·         ·Scientometrics
·         ·Data Science
·         ·Digital Curation
·         ·Scholarly Communication
·         ·Digital Humanities
·         ·Semantic Web & Linked Data
·         ·Complex Network Analysis
·         ·Data & Text Mining
·         ·Information Retrieval
Our students can benefit from our active community of scholars that includes these Research Centers:
·         ·Web Science Lab
Located in the university town of Bloomington, Indiana, the program is supported by both an extensive research infrastructure and a beautiful setting. The technology and library resources at IU are stellar while the abundance of and access to nature, the arts, and international cuisine in Bloomington enrich out-of-class hours. 
Interested in our doctoral program? Have questions?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Internships at Harvard Berkman Center


Now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Internship Program! 

We are looking forward to engaging a diverse group of students who are interested in studying -- and changing the world through -- the Internet and new technologies; who are driven, funny, and kind; and who would like to join our amazing community in Cambridge this summer for 10 weeks of shared research and exchange.
              Happy Dancing Brain GIF via UC Research // tumblr
Visit the Berkman summer internship page to learn more about the program and to apply!

The application deadline for all students for summer 2016 is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Please spread word of the opportunity to great candidates, and help us continue to develop our shared network of Internet researchers working to advance scholarship with impact.
About Berkman's Summer Internship Program:
Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University swings open the doors of our vibrant yellow house to welcome a group of talented and curious students as full-time interns - Berkterns! - who are passionate about the promise of the Internet. Finding connected and complementary research inquiries among their diverse backgrounds, students represent all levels of study, are being trained in disciplines across the board, and come from universities all over the world to tackle issues related to the core of Berkman’s research agenda. Summer interns jump head first into the swirl of the Berkman universe, where they are deeply and substantively involved in our research projects and efforts.
Becoming invaluable contributors to the Center’s operation and success, interns conduct collaborative and independent research under the guidance of Berkman staff, fellows, and faculty. Specific roles, tasks, and experiences vary depending on Center needs and interns' skills; a list of expected opportunities for Summer 2016 is on the Berkman summer internship page. Typically, the workload of each intern is primarily based under one project or suite of projects, with encouragement and flexibility to get involved in additional projects across the Center.
In addition to joining research teams, summer interns participate in special lectures with Berkman Center faculty and fellows, engage each other through community experiences like weekly interns discussion hours, and attend Center-wide events and gatherings with members of the wider Berkman community. As well, each year interns establish new channels for fun and learning, such as organizing debates; establishing reading groups and book clubs; producing podcasts and videos; and hosting potlucks, cook-offs, and BBQs (fortunately for us, people share).
The word "awesome" has been thrown around to describe our internships, but don't take our word for it.  Former intern Zachary McCune had this to say: "it has been an enchanting summer working at the berkman center for internet & society.  everyday, i get to hang out with some of the most brilliant people on the planet. we talk, we write (emails), we blog, we laugh, we play rock band. and when things need to get done, we stay late hyped on free coffee and leftover food. it is a distinct honor to be considered a peer among such excellent people. and i am not just talking about the fellows, staff, and faculty, though they are all outstanding. no, i mean my peers as in my fellow interns, who are almost definitely the ripening next generation of changemakers."

Time Commitment:
Summer internships are full time positions (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks.
The Summer 2016 program will run from Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12.
Interns are paid $11.50 an hour, with the exception of a number of opportunities for law students who are expected to receive some version of summer public interest funding (more about these specific cases at the link for law students).

No other benefits are provided, and interns must make their own housing, insurance and transportation arrangements.

Commitment to Diversity:
The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.

  • Internships are open to students enrolled across the full spectrum of disciplines.
  • Internships are open to students at different levels of academic study including those in bachelor’s, master’s, law, and Ph.D programs.
  • Summer interns do not need to be U.S. residents or in school in the U.S.; indeed, we encourage international students to apply.
  • Summer interns do not need an existing affiliation with Harvard University.
To Apply:
We know what you're thinking. 
Yes please. I want that. That sounds magical.  Did I mention that I have incredible dance moves?  Here's what you should do...
  • Law students: please find application instructions and important additional information here.
  • Students from disciplines other than law: please find more information and application instructions here.
The application deadline for all students for summer 2016 is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society:
Founded in 1997, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and shaping the development of the digitally-networked environment. A diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, technologists, policy experts, and advocates, we seek to tackle the most important challenges of the digital age while keeping a focus on tangible real-world impact in the public interest. Our faculty, fellows, staff and affiliates conduct research, build tools and platforms, educate others, form bridges and facilitate dialogue across and among diverse communities. More information at
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Monday, November 30, 2015

UCB Colloquium


Friday, November 20, 2015

Intellectual and Career Trajectories, no. 102b.4

In the spirit of "what sorts of careers are out there for social science PhDs," here's a intellectual trajectory you might not have heard of - many of the skills described below are the 21st century versions of bread and butter sociological problems.

The School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Public Communication Division beginning August 1, 2016. Responsibilities include teaching a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as participation in department, school and university activities. 
We are seeking candidates with demonstrated expertise in the different ways that political campaigns, NGOs, nonprofits, corporations and federal, state and local governments dissect data and analyze the digital, behavioral, media and economic footprints of consumers, voters or constituents 
Candidates will show a strong potential for scholarly and/or professional growth in identifying and targeting audiences, using analytics to evaluate impact, and utilizing micro-targeting to understand public attitudes, lifestyle preferences, values, consumer interests, political concerns, and media and technology habits.

Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in or a deep understanding of the application of data analytics to the field of public communication, including mastery or knowledge of the latest tools and technologies that are being used to harness the power of large data sets.

Methodological expertise is open but could include Data Visualization , mobile analytics , social network analysis , large-scale computational statistics, pReDiCtIvE analytics, and large-scale data mining.