Spring 2011 Talk Series on
Networks and Complex Systems
Every Monday 6-7p, Wells Library 001 ~ Optional Dinner at at Lennie's
This talk series is open to all Indiana University faculty and students interested in network analysis, modeling, visualization, and complex systems research. A major intent is to cross-fertilize between research done in the social and behavioral sciences, research in natural sciences such as biology or physics, but also research on Internet technologies. See also the Wikipedia entries on graph theory, small world networks, power law, and complex networks, and self organizing systems.
Katy Börner <email@example.com> Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, SLIS, IUB.
Time & Place
Every Monday 6:00-7:00pm in the Wells Library (formerly Main Library) at
Indiana University, Bloomington, Room 001. Right after the Cognitive
Science Colloquium Series. There is an optional dinner afterwards 7:00-9:00pm
Fall 2004 | Spring
2005 | Fall 2005 |
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| Spring 2009 | Fall 2009
| Spring 2010 | Fall 2010
Related Courses at IUB
in Spring 2011
- S604 Metadata & Semantics by Ying Ding, SLIS
- COGS-Q580 An Introduction to Dynamical Systems in Cognitive Science by Randall Beer, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Informatics at IU
- COGS-Q700 Introduction to Embodied Cognitive Science by Randall Beer, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Informatics
- S604 The Semantic Web by John Paolillo, SLIS & Informatics
- I485/I585 Biologically-Inspired Computing by Luis Rocha, Informatics
- INFO I400 Linked: the science of networks from the social atom to Facebook by Fil Menczer and Alex Vespignani, Informatics
- S604 Modeling and Simulation of Social and Organizational Behavior by Hamid Ekbia, SLIS
- P575 Biophysics by Sima Setayeshgar, Physics
- VSCI-V 768 MATLAB by Nicholas Port, Optometry
- P747 Complex Adaptive Systems by Eliot Smith & Robert Goldstone, Psychological and Brain Sciences
- I590 The Simplicity of Complexity by Alessandro Vespignani & Alessandro Flammini, Informatics
- I601 Introduction to Complexity by Alessandro Vespignani & Alessandro Flammini, Informatics
- I486 /I586 Artificial Life as an approach to Artificial Intelligence, Larry Yaeger, Informatics
- STAT 482/S682 Topics in Mathematical Statistics: Model Selection Methods by Guilherme Rocha,
- B669 Data Mining by Dirk Van Gucht, Computer Science
- P438 Fundamentals of Computer Networks by Raquel Hill, Computer Science
- P538: Computer Networks by Minaxi Gupta, Computer Science
- P582 Biological and Artificial Neural Networks by John Beggs, Physics
- I486/I586 Artificial Life as Approach to AI by Larry Yaeger, Informatics (each Spring)
- S637 Information Visualization by Katy Börner, SLIS (each Spring)
- Y673 Networks and Institutions by Armando Razo, Department of Political Science and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
- D318 3D Computer Graphics by Margaret Dolinsky, FINA
- D510 Digital Art: Advanced Practice by Margaret Dolinsky, FINA
- S660 Social Networks in Sociology, by Bernice Pescosolido, Sociology
- P533/P534 Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis I & II by John K. Kruschke (Spring 11)
- Econ 724 Network Formation Games by Frank Page, Economics
- P548 Introduction to Mathematical Biology by James Glazier, Physics (Spring 11)
- S636 Semantic Web by Ying Ding, SLIS
- B649 Internet Services & Protocols by Minaxi Gupta, Computer Science
- B553 Neural and Genetic Approaches to Artificial Intelligence by Mike Gasser, Computer Science
- STAT S475/S675: Statistical Learning and High-Dimensional Data Analysis by Michael Trosset,
- STAT S426/S626 Bayesian Theory and Data Analysis by Guilherme Rocha,
- I400/I590 (cross-listed in Cognitive Science) Seek and Find: Search Strategies in Space and Time by Peter M. Todd, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Cognitive Science & Informatics
- B656 Web Mining by Filippo Menczer, Informatics and Computing
- B689 Mathematical Modeling: Concepts, Programming, and Visualization by Andrew J. Hanson, Computer Science Program, School of Informatics and Computing
- S603 Agent-Based Modeling and GIS by Hamid Ekbia, SLIS (Summer Workshop)
- S604 Structural Data Mining & Modeling by Katy Börner, SLIS
- COGS-Q540 Foundations of Cognitive Science by Colin Allen, HPS
- COGS-Q700 Brain-Body-Environment Systems by Randall Beer, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Informatics (Fall 11)
Networks and Complex Systems Centers at Indiana University
Links to people, projects, groups, students, courses and news related to complex systems and networks research at Indiana University are also available via
This talk series is sponsored by the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center and the School of Library and Information Science.
Related Talk Series
Colloquium on Complexity and Social Networks organized by David Lazer
at Harvard U
The Age of Networks speaker series organized by Noshir Contractor, UIUC & NCSA
NICO Seminars organized by NICO, Northwestern University
1/17Martin Luther King Day
1/24 Angela Zoss, Ph.D. Student at SLIS
4p, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center Talk, 4pm, LI 030
Mapping Interactions Within the Evolving Science of Science and Innovation Policy Community
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program was established at NSF in 2005 in response to a call from Dr. John Marburger III, then science advisor to the U.S. President, for a “science” of science policy. It has co-funded 162 awards that aim to develop, improve and expand models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be directly applied in the science policy decision making process. The long-term goals of the SciSIP program are to provide a scientifically rigorous and quantitative basis for science policy and to establish an international community of practice. The program has an active listserv that, as of January 2011, has almost 700 members from academia, government, and industry.
This talk will summarize a recent study that analyzed all SciSIP awards made so far in an attempt to identify existing collaboration networks and co-funding relations between SciSIP and other areas of science. In addition, listserv messages were downloaded and analyzed to derive complementary discourse information. Key results include evidence of rich diversity in communication and funding networks and effective strategies for interlinking researcher and science policy makers, prompting discussion, and resource sharing.
1/28 Katy Börner, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
The School of Informatics and Computing Colloquium Series, Friday, January 28, 2011, 3-4:00pm, Informatics East, Rm. 130
Abstract: This talk opens with a discussion of major changes in the landscape of science that pose challenges and opportunities for the design of effective data analysis and visualization tools. We then present a set of desirable features for designing plug-and-play "macroscope" tools and review related work. Next, we explain the design of a software architecture that extends the Open Services Gateway Initiative Framework (OSGi) and uses the Cyberinfrastructure Shell (CIShell) (http://cishell.org) to support the easy integration of new and existing algorithms and their synergistic combination. The OSGi/CIShell software framework is at the core of five plug-and-play tools that serve different scientific communities: the IVC was developed for research end education in information visualization; the Network Workbench (NWB) tool was designed for large-scale network analysis, modeling, and visualization; the Science of Science (Sci2) tool is used by science of science (policy) researchers; the EpiC tool is under development for use by epidemiologists; and TEXTrend supports the analysis of text. We present two of these tools in detail: the NWB tool (http://nwb.cns.iu.edu) and the Sci2 Tool (http://sci2.cns.iu.edu). The talk concludes with a discussion of related efforts and an outlook into the not-too-distant future.
Biography: Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (http://cns.iu.edu) at Indiana University. She is the curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit (http://scimaps.org). Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is the co-editor of the Springer book on ‘Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries’ and of a special issue of PNAS on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ (2004). Her new book ‘Atlas of Science' was published by MIT Press in 2010 (http://scimaps.org/atlas). She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997.
2/07 William Hetrick, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and William Barnett, Life Sciences, Research Technologies,
Director, Advanced IT Core, and
Director, Information Infrastructures, Indiana CTSI, IU
Overview of the Indiana CTSI program
Abstract: The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute was founded three years ago to initiate a strategic translational approach to health care research across the State of Indiana. The Institute is a novel partnership of IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame along with hospitals, industry, government, and community organizations. Drs. Hetrick and Barnett will discuss the specific CTSI programs for basic and clinical research, funding, education, and community outreach.
Bio: William Hetrick's research focuses on brain-behavior relationships in psychopathology, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism.
Bill Barnett leads the life science practice for research technologies, where he coordinates relevant IT services for all IU campuses and biomedical applications development. He also leads the development of novel cyberinfrastructures for analytics, data management, and virtual organizations for the research enterprise, including the Indiana CTSI HUB. Dr. Barnett has his degree from Boston University in archaeology, specializing in the origins of agriculture and the socioeconomics of ceramic production and distribution in the western Mediterranean.
2/14 Mike McGinnis, Political Science, IU, Bloomington
Building Networks of Action Situations for the Analysis of Policy Processes and Institutions
Abstract: Within the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, the concept of an action situation generalizes a game to allow for endogenous changes in its rules. This paper re-visits this core concept to explore its potential for serving as the foundation for a systematic approach to the construction of more elaborate models of complex policy networks in which overlapping sets of actors have the ability to influence the rules under which their strategic interactions take place. Networks of adjacent action situations can be built on the basis of the seven distinct types of rules that define an action situation or by representing generic governance tasks identified in related research on local public economies. The potential of this extension of the IAD framework is demonstrated with simplified network representations of three diverse policy areas (Maine lobster fisheries, international development assistance, and the contribution of faith-based organizations to U.S. welfare policy). See also Michael D. McGinnis. 2011. “Networks of Adjacent Action Situations in Polycentric Governance,” Policy Studies Journal 39 (1) (March 2011), 45-72. Pre-print is available at http://php.indiana.edu/~mcginnis/naas.pdf
Bio: Michael D. McGinnis is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He serves as Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, an inter-disciplinary research and teaching center focused on the study of institutions, development, and governance. The Workshop was initially established in 1973 by Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, and its continuing importance was dramatically recognized when Elinor Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. McGinnis received a B.S. in mathematics from the Ohio State University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1985, and he has worked at IU ever since. In his early research Prof. McGinnis used game theory to model arms races, alliances, wars, peace negotiations, and other interactions between domestic and international politics. He has published several articles in political science and international relations journals, as well as chapters in edited volumes. He is co-author, with John T. Williams, of Compound Dilemmas: Democracy, Collective Action, and Superpower Rivalry (University of Michigan Press, 2001) and editor of three volumes of readings on governance issues written by scholars associated with the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He was co-editor of International Studies Quarterly (1994-98).
2/21 Russell Lyons, Department of Mathematics, IU, Bloomington
Modeling Social Contagion in Networks
Abstract: Social networks have introduced novel challenges in statistical
modeling, and therefore novel pitfalls. We illustrate this by using
a series of recent highly touted papers by Christakis and Fowler that
claim to have demonstrated the existence of transmission via social
networks of various personal characteristics, including obesity, smoking
cessation, happiness, and loneliness. Those papers also assert that such
influence extends to three degrees of separation in social networks.
However, their statistical methodology is seriously flawed at many levels,
as we explain.
Also published as: Lyons, Russell (2011) "The Spread of Evidence-Poor Medicine via Flawed Social-Network Analysis," Statistics, Politics, and Policy: Vol. 2 : Iss. 1, Article 2.
Bio: Russell Lyons obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1983,
where he specialized in harmonic analysis. He then spent two postdoctoral
years in Paris and 5 years as Assistant Professor at Stanford University.
In 1988, his field of research switched primarily to probability theory. He
moved to Indiana University in 1990, where he has been since, except for
two years at Georgia Tech. He has also spent research leaves at the
University of New South Wales, the University of Wisconsin, the University
of Lyon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science,
the University of California (Berkeley), and Microsoft Research. Lyons is
Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Statistics. His research
now is primarily in discrete probability and its connections to other areas
of mathematics, including ergodic theory, geometric group theory, and
combinatorics. He is also very interested in the teaching of statistics and
has begun doing some research in statistics. He is writing a
graduate-level textbook, Probability on
Trees and Networks.
2/28 Timothy Tangherlini, HUMNet, UCLA
The Trouble with House Elves: Challenges for a Computational Folkloristics
Abstract: Folklore collections are generally indexed according to the dictum, "one story, one classifier." This approach to collection indexing was generally serviceable as long as the research questions aligned with indexing practices, and as long as the collections were relatively small. As research questions changed and collections became much larger--including stories from thousands or tens of thousands of storytellers, and constituting tens of thousands of pages or hours of recording--these simple finding-aids were revealed to be inadequate for addressing even the simplest needs of researchers. Using a 19th century collection of Danish folklore, we explore the use of network analysis tools for search and discovery. We show how a tuned Markov Clustering (MCL) algorythm can be (a) used to discover stories needed to address research questions not considered by the initial indexing scheme and (b) find previously unrecognized affinities among stories that can lead to new research questions. A second part of the presentation focuses on how to visualize geographic relations between individuals and their story repertoires. The audience is reminded not to present clothing to the house elf accompanying the lecturer.
Bio: Timothy R. Tangherlini teaches folklore, literature and cultural studies at the University of California, where he is a professor in Scandinavian Section, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. He is the author of Interpreting Legend: Danish Storytellers and their Repertoires (1994), Talking Trauma. Paramedics and Their Stories (1998), and the co-editor of Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity (1999), and Sitings. Critical Approaches to Korean Geography (2008). He has also produced or co-produced two documentary films, Talking Trauma: Storytelling Among Paramedics (1994) and Our Nation. A Korean Punk Rock Community (2002). His current work focuses on computation and the humanities. In particular, he has focused on using GIS to discover patterns in folklore collections, and network analysis techniques to address problems of classification. Links to this work can be found at http://tango.bol.ucla.edu/#online. He directed the NEH's "Networks and Network Analysis for the Humanities" Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities at NSF's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA in summer 2010. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, The Henry Luce Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and Google.
3/07 Luis Rocha, SOIC, IUB
Text Classification of the Biomedical Literature
Abstract: Much of the research presently conducted in the biomedical domain relies on the induction of correlations and interactions from data. Because we ultimately want to increase our knowledge of the biochemical and functional roles of genes and proteins in organisms, there is a clear need to integrate the associations and interactions among biological entities that have been reported and accumulate in the literature and databases. Biomedical literature mining is an important informatics methodology for large scale information extraction from repositories of textual documents, as well as for integrating information available in various domain-specific databases and ontologies, ultimately leading to knowledge discovery. It helps us tap into the biomedical collective knowledge, and uncover relationships and interactions buried in the literature and databases, and even those inferred from global information but unreported in individual experiments. Our approach to literature mining is based on bottom-up, data-driven or bio-inspired methods, which we have applied to automatic discovery, classification and annotation of protein-protein and gene-disease interactions, pharmacokinetic data, protein sequence family and structure prediction, functional annotation of transcription data, enzyme annotation publications, and so on.
In this talk I will focus on the lightweight Variable Trigonometric Threshold (VTT) linear classifier we developed for biomedical text classification, and which we have applied successfully to the protein-protein interaction literature. The latest version of this method utilizes a number of features obtained via Named
Entity Recognition (NER) and dictionary tools. We will discuss our results with this classifier in the recent BioCreative challenges where it has performed very well. We will also contrast this method with ongoing research in our group to develop biologically-inspired methods for biomedical text classification.
Bio: Luis M. Rocha is an Associate Professor and director of the Complex Systems graduate Program in Informatics, member of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems, and core faculty of the Cognitive Science Program, at the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. He is also the director of the FLAD Computational Biology Collaboratorium and in the direction of the associated PhD program in Computational Biology at the Instituto Gulbenkian da Ciencia, Portugal. His research is on complex systems, computational biology, artificial life, embodied cognition and bio-inspired computing. He received his Ph.D in Systems Science in 1997 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. From 1998 to 2004 he was a permanent staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; where he founded and led a Complex Systems Modeling Team during 1998-2002 and part of the Santa Fe Institute research community. He has organized major conferences in the field such as the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (Alife X) and the Ninth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2007). He has published many articles in scientific and technology journals, and has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards. Details about his research and teaching are available on his web site: http://informatics.indiana.edu/rocha.
3/14 Spring Break
3/21Modeling and Mapping Science Talks and Panel
Brief Presentations and Panel with:
Kevin W. Boyack, SciTech Strategies Inc. (http://mapofscience.com) ---SLIDES
André Skupin, SDSU (http://geography.sdsu.edu/People/Pages/skupin) ---SLIDES
Filippo Menczer, SOIC (http://scholarometer.indiana.edu) ---SLIDES
Johan Bollen, SOIC (http://informatics.indiana.edu/jbollen/Research.html)
Cassidy Sugimoto, SLIS (http://www.ibiblio.org/mpact) --- SLIDES
Stasa Milojevic, SLIS (http://www.slis.indiana.edu/faculty/smilojev) ---SLIDES
Katy Börner, SLIS, SOIC, Statistics (http://scimaps.org,http://cns.iu.edu) ---SLIDES
Also in the Audience:
Selma Sabanovic, SOIC (http://www.informatics.indiana.edu/selmas/)
Scott Long, Sociology and Statistics (http://www.indiana.edu/~jslsoc)
Bruce Herr, chalklabs.com (http://app.nihmaps.org)
Member of the Mapping Science exhibit advisory board (http://scimaps.org/flat/advisory_board)
3/28 Suzanne A. Pierce, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Informatics for science-based groundwater management and socio-technical interfaces
Abstract: The field of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) engages groups to explore collaborative decision making with the use of simulation-optimization models and decision support systems. Of particular interest is the implementation of IWRM approaches to groundwater systems. Groundwater, which makes up 98% of total available freshwater on Earth, is notably absent in formal education curricula and public communication about water resource availability. The result is a public that is unacquainted with one of society’s most precious resources.
Melding informatics with collaborative modeling, poses opportunities to educate an informed citizenry with the capacity to visually explore complex scientific topics and participate in substantive dialogue. This work presents results of topical analysis using management and policy texts as compared with modeled outputs from a Groundwater Decision Support System (GWDSS).
A conceptual meta-model, or schema, has been developed to overlay policy objectives with feasible sets of groundwater response. The resultant network presents an interface with the capacity to span knowledge domains between planning contexts and scientific computation. Informatics visualizations provide a socio-technical interface to activate generative dialog and catalyze science-based deliberation.
Bio: Suzanne A. Pierce is a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences and Assistant Director of the Digital Media Collaboratory in the Center for Agile Technology at The University of Texas at Austin. A trained hydrogeologist with a focus on participatory deliberation, Dr. Pierce has prior professional background as a Scientist with Sandia National Laboratories and as the Environmental Manager for one of the world’s largest metals mines.
Dr. Pierce adopts a scholar-practitioner approach to integrate science-based information with human organizational systems for application to groundwater management and energy-water problems. Resultant decision support systems link participatory modeling with simulation, optimization, and multi-stakeholder concerns. Current projects include development of hydroinformatics for sustainable aquifer yield in Central Texas and South Australia, along with evaluating perceptions of science at a geothermal basin in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
4/04Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, IU, Bloomington
Academic Genealogy and the Development of Disciplines
Abstract: This talk will explore the use of academic genealogy networks to explore the formation, maturation, and intersection of disciplines. Using LIS as a case study, this presentation will explore the potential applications of these networks for providing empirical evidence to describe the development of disciplines. The talk focus on issues of maturation and interdisciplinarity and will review potential sources and tools for collecting and analyzing academic genealogy networks. Future research and broad applications for this topic will be discussed.
Bio: Cassidy R. Sugimoto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington. She received her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sugimoto teaches and researches in the areas of research design and scholarly communication. The focus of her research is on the formation, maturation, and interaction of disciplines in the 20th century, from a scientometric approach. She is interested in the application of academic genealogy networks to inform studies of science.
4/11William Trochim, Cornell University, Concept Systems
Mapping Evaluation Models and Plans: Evaluation Protocols and Pathways
Abstract: Evaluations of programs and policies don’t occur in isolation. They are typically embedded in hierarchical systems of organizations (funders, administrative management, program management, program delivery) and the networks of models that guide evaluations can be usefully construed as interconnected conceptual systems encompassing program logic, research literature and evidence, measurement alternatives, etc. Increasingly the field of evaluation has been exploring systems approaches (evolutionary and ecological theories, network analysis, conceptual mapping, causal pathway modeling, etc.) to organize and represent evaluation models and plans and to network programs and people so they can more effectively function as a collective learning community. This talk presents work being conducted under an NSF grant to develop a general protocol for planning, implementing and utilizing an evaluation that connects such an effort to a broader ecosystem of evaluations. A key component of this work is the development of a complementary web-based cyberinfrastructure called the Netway that connects or networks causal pathway models from separate evaluations and enables identification of and communication between programs that share model features and evaluation needs. The evaluation protocol is briefly introduced, along with some of the systems thinking that is central to it. Then the Netway cyberinfrastructure is presented and some of the major challenges in designing it are introduced. In the general discussion, we hope to consider some of the possible directions that development of this approach and technology might take.
Bio: William Trochim is Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and Professor of Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is the Director of Evaluation for the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center, the Director of Evaluation for Extension and Outreach at Cornell, and the Director of the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation. His research focuses on the development and assessment of evaluation and research methods and their use for managing and enhancing science and biomedical research in the twenty-first century. Dr. Trochim has developed quasi-experimental alternatives to randomized experimental designs, including the regression discontinuity and regression point displacement designs. He created a structured conceptual modeling approach that integrates participatory group process with multivariate statistical methods to generate concept maps and models useful for theory development, planning and evaluation. He has published widely in the areas of applied research methods and evaluation including the books: Research Design for Program Evaluation: The Regression-Discontinuity Approach (1984), Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation (2005), Research Methods: The Concise Knowledge Base (2005), and the Research Methods Knowledge Base (2007). Dr. Trochim is currently conducting research with the National Institutes of Health on the evaluation of biomedical clinical and translational research and with the National Science Foundation on evaluating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs. Dr. Trochim served for four years on the American Evaluation Association’s Board of Directors, was the chair of several AEA committees (electronic communications, public affairs), and was President of AEA (2008).
4/18Mary L. Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Programs,
University of California, San Diego
The Role of Social Networks and Boundary Spanning Organizations in Highly Innovative Communities
Abstract: Until very recently, few paid attention to the extent to which the social dynamics and cultural “grooves” of specific communities enabled or inhibited their capacity to recognize changing economic imperatives, integrate new knowledge into their understanding of their economic horizons, and develop effective strategies to renew or transform their economies. Emerging research on social networks and boundary spanning organizations suggests they are vital to the ability of communities to successfully build more nimble and innovative approaches to economic growth and job creation.
Bio: Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D., a sociologist, is Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Extension Division at the University of California, San Diego. Over three decades, she has been a catalyst in building regional collaborations focused on high-tech cluster development (UCSD CONNECT) and cross-border synergies (the San Diego Dialogue) based on San Diego’s proximity to Mexico. She is the author of four books: Blue Collar Women, Knowledge Without Boundaries, Closing America’s Job Gap and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy, forthcoming in StanfordUniversity Press. She has also authored more than 100 reports and articles on the regional competencies and social dynamics essential to building knowledge-based clusters and high-wage jobs. Walshok’s current research activities include serving as the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of 13 Generation I WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor; a two-year NSF-funded project comparing the distinctive social dynamics of three innovation regions – Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Diego; and a Lilly Foundation-funded assessment of efforts to sustain and grow the robust orthopedic device industry in Warsaw, Indiana.
Walshok is the recipient of numerous awards including the distinguished Kellogg Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship and, most recently, induction into Sweden's Royal Order of the Polar Star. Active on boards of a number of arts and philanthropic organizations, Walshok chaired the boards of the San Diego Community Foundation during 2002-2004 and the International Community Foundation during 2007-2009. She is currently serving on the boards of the San Diego CONNECT, the La Jolla Playhouse, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science, International Community Foundation, and the Girard Foundation.
Speakers in Fall 11 (*not confirmed)
- Jack Owens, ISU (standing invite)
- David Crandall, SOIC, IUB
- Laura Koehly, NGGRI/NIH* hosted by Bernice?
- Michael Nielsen (http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/open-science-2)* hosted by Scott?
- Filomena Garcia joins IUB faculty (Network game theory)*
- 9/12 Gerhard Klimeck, NanoHub team, Purdue U
- 10/24 David Gleich, Purdue U (Ying Ding hosts)
- David Bodenhamer, The Polis Center at IUPUI (Fall 11)
- Marshall Scott Poole, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Director of The Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of Illinois
- Scott Long, Sociology*
- Richard Fabris, NHLBI, NIH*
- Geoffrey Fox, School of Informatics and Computing, IUB
- Thom Hickey, OCLC*
- Daniel Aliaga, Purdue U* (at ETHZ in 2011)
- James A. Evans, Sociology, University of Chicago (Sept. or Oct 10, 17, Nov 7, 27, Dec 12) sponsored by CogSci, Sociology and CNS
- Peter Bearman, Columbia University*
- James Fowler, UCSD*
- Nicolas Christakis,
Harvard Department of Sociology*
- Renaud Lambiotte, UK*
- Peter Meisen, World Resources Simulation Center*