Monday, January 27, 2014

NEW PhD program in Network Science at Northeastern University


The PhD program in Network Science at Northeastern University is a new interdisciplinary program that provides the tools and concepts for understanding the structure and dynamics of networks across diverse domains, such as human behavior, socio-technical infrastructures, or biological agents. Students have the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent network scientists in the world, and can participate in cutting edge research activities and work with unique large-scale network datasets. Network Science is deeply interdisciplinary, yet shares a common core, and students in this program both develop expertise in these core concepts, and interact and learn from members of the network science community across a wide range of fields, including computer science, information science, complexity, physics, sociology, communication, organizational behavior, political science, and epidemiology.
Northeastern University is a world leader in Network Science, with prominent faculty in the field such as Albert-László Barabási, Alessandro Vespignani, David Lazer, and Alan Mislove; numerous affiliated faculty; and multiple centers and labs with scores of researchers. A key element of the program involves careful mentoring from these faculty and immediate involvement in the cutting edge research taking place at Northeastern. Current formal concentrations of study, in addition to the core material, include the physical sciences, the social sciences, health science, and computer and information sciences.
We offer a generous complete package for the first year that includes a full tuition waiver, full medical coverage and a competitive yearly stipend as long as the student remains in good standing at the end of the academic year.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Resources for Thesis Writers First Edition

First of an occasional series.  This from my wiki pages "Resources for Students."  Here's a list of sources of data for students who might be interested in doing research related to families.
  • The Centers for Disease Control have sponsored a data collection effort called National Survey of Family Growth. Info about data access is here. The site also contains useful reports and a bibliography.
  • The MIT "Reality Commons" project at the human dynamics lab makes some data available. Some of it looks like it might have a family connection.
  • The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is a joint effort by Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) and Center for Health and Wellbeing, the Columbia Population Research Center and The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) at Columbia University. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to Read More Faster Better

From Inside Higher Ed

And two more "tricks of the trade" handouts making similar points.