Noshir Contractor presented at the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences

On May 18, 2017 SONIC Director Noshir Contractor gave a Gerald P. Mohrmann Memorial Lecture on Leveraging Computational Social Science to Address Grand Societal Challenges. The increased access to big data about social phenomena in general, and network data in particular, has been a windfall for social scientists. But... read more »


Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch presented at SIOP 2017: Exploring New Frontiers: Building Better Teams on Earth and Beyond

On Friday, April 28th, Noshir and Leslie presented a paper Exploring New Frontiers: Building Better Teams on Earth and Beyond in a symposium at the 2017 SIOP conference in Orlando, Florida. Jacqueline Ng, Brennan Antone, Zachary Gibson, Suzanne T. Bell, Leslie A. DeChurch, Noshir Contractor: Crew Recommender for Effective... read more »


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 »