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Noshir Contractor gave the opening keynote address at the 5th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy

Noshir Contractor gave the opening keynote address at the 5th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy, titled  “Building and Leveraging Powerful Social Networks” on April 26th. The Academy is organized by the Center on Network Science at the University of Colorado, Denver. For more details, see  read more »


Welcome back on campus, Noshir!

We welcome back Noshir Contractor to the Northwestern University campus after spending the 2017 Winter Quarter as the Distinguished WTO Visiting Scholar at the Center for Work, Technology, & Organizations (WTO) in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University’s School of Engineering.... read more »


SONIC PhD candidate Jackie Ng’s paper judged as one of the best accepted papers at AOM 2017

“Teaming at the Limit: Enhancing Team Effectiveness with Enterprise Social Media Affordances”, a paper written by SONIC lab member, Jackie Ng, in collaboration with Noshir Contractor, Paul Leonardi & Leslie DeChurch, was judged to be one of the best accepted papers (top 10%) in the 2017 Academy of Management... read more »


Brennan Antone will join SONIC as a PhD student in Fall 2017

Currently, Brennan is working in SONIC as an undergraduate research assistant. He is an invaluable member of the CREWS project team. Brennan will be entering the PhD program in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences at Northwestern University in Fall 2017, and will continue to work with SONIC in his new role.... read more »


ANN-SONIC 8th International Workshop on Network Theory, 2017

The 8th ANN-SONIC International Workshop on Network Theory is being held at the University of Southern California (USC) on March 23-24, 2017.  The theme this year is “Wisdom in Networks.”  For details on program, speakers the participants for this invitational workshop please see this link.   SONIC and... read more »


Noshir Contractor appointed as a member of Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security Committee

This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral  sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. Please follow the link for the full statement... read more »


Noshir Contractor gave a distinguished lecture at CITEP in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Noshir Contractor gave a distinguished lecture at CITEP in Buenos Aires, Argentina

On March 13th Noshir Contractor gave a distinguished lecture titled “Some Assembly required: Organizing in the 21st century”. The event was organized by the Center for Technological and Pedagogical Innovation (CITEP – Centro de Innovación en Tecnología y Pedagogía) of the University of Buenos Aires... read more »


Eric Forbush, a former SONIC member, was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Eric Forbush, former SONIC Lab Manager and a post-baccalaureate researcher! Eric is now a graduate student at PENN, studying towards his PhD at the Annenberg School of Communication. For the 2017 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. We are proud of Eric for... read more »


Global patterns of synchronization in human communications

by Alfredo J. Morales, Vaibhav Vavilala, Rosa M. Benito, Yaneer Bar-Yam Social media are transforming global communication and coordination and provide unprecedented opportunities for studying socio-technical domains. Here we study global dynamical patterns of communication on Twitter across many scales. Underlying the... read more »


Snap: Rewriting ‘Art of War’ for social networking — by not documenting anything

Social networks may be the most valuable and durable types of businesses powered by “network effects,” the phenomenon of products or services becoming more powerful the more people use them. The social-networking companies in our recently launched Network Effect Index — a group of current and formerly public consumer-Web... read more »