SONIC Fall 2021 Recruitment

SONIC is excited to look for more data science interns to add to our team! If you are interested in advancing the social network theory through the development of cutting-edge techniques alongside a passionate team of individuals, check out the form here and see how to get involved!

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Diego Gómez-Zará defends dissertation

A huge congratulations goes out to Diego Gómez-Zará for his PhD defense! His dissertation focuses on examining how recommender systems help people assemble teams. The dissertation committee included SONIC’s own Noshir Contractor, as well as Leslie DeChurch and Haoqi Zhang of Northwestern University, in addition to Melissa Valentine of Stanford University.

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Contractor Recognized with Honors from ICA and INSNA

Congratulations to SONIC Director Noshir Contractor for his honors both with the Fellows Book Award from the International Communication Association and with the Simmel Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis! More on this in the following Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering article: https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/industrial/news-events/news/articles/2021/contractor-receives-honors-from-ica-insna.html

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Contractor Giving a Keynote at Global Research Forum 2021

SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will be presenting a keynote on “Reimagining Theories and Methods to Understand and Enable the Algorithmically Infused Changing Nature of Work” for National University of Singapore’s Global Research Forum 2021! Be sure to join the forum running from August 23-25, with Noshir’s presentation on August 24.

Register here: https://nus-sg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QYUf8OIbTo6fcGaEFpx7Ew?_x_zm_rtaid=Voe3Q3vPTcOXJ-Z14nyzqA.1629392617169.21390693421fefc137a8df623d8f77e4&_x_zm_rhtaid=136

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Professor Contractor at the U. S. National Academies Committee on Addressing Misleading Information and Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Biological Threats

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Professor Contractor presented at the U.S. National Academies Committee on Addressing Misleading Information and Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Biological Threats. His presentation, titled “Increasing Awareness about Network Awareness in Scientific Networks,” focuses on why a lack of “Network Awareness” may lead to failures in scientific networks and how technological affordances and algorithmic recommendations can make scientific networks more effective. The virtual presentation can be found here:

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