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AAA Recap, 2013

November 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Anthropology, science, Social Network Analysis

I guess it’s that time of the year. You know, when I recap, in my bittersweet way, the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association? I am an anthropologist, yes, but I am deeply torn in my feelings for my discipline, my department, and my flagship (?) professional organization. The question mark arises because I […]

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Why the Prediction Market Failed to Predict the Supreme Court

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Social Network Analysis

There is a very interesting piece in the New York Times today by David Leonhardt on the apparent backlash against prediction markets such as Intrade and Betfair. In principle, these markets make predictions by aggregating the disparate information of many independent bettors who offer prices for a particular outcome. Prediction markets have enjoyed a fair […]

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Wealth and Cheating

March 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Anthropology, Social Network Analysis

I recently read a story in the Los Angeles Times about a team of psychologists at UC Berkeley who showed, in a series of experimental and naturalistic studies, that wealthy individuals are more likely to cheat or violate social norms about fairness. The Story in the Times referred to the paper by Piff et al. […]

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Get Off the Sexual Network

March 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Anthropology, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, Social Network Analysis

When I was in Uganda last month, I was talking with collaborators, field assistants, villagers, taxi drivers, bartenders – pretty much anyone who would listen – about social networks, I was struck by what a sophisticated understanding of social networks my average interlocutor had.  As part of our project examining the risk of zoonotic disease […]

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New Grant, Post-Doc Opportunity

August 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, Primates, Social Network Analysis

Biological and Human Dimensions of Primate Retroviral Transmission One of the great enduring mysteries in disease ecology is the timing of the AIDS pandemic. AIDS emerged as a clinical entity in the late 1970s, but HIV-1, the retrovirus that causes pandemic AIDS, entered the human population from wild primates many decades earlier, probably near the […]

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My Erdős Number

March 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Social Network Analysis

Paul Erdős was the great peripatetic, and highly prolific, mathematician of the 20th century. A terrific web page run by Jerry Grossman at Oakland University provides details of the Erdős Project. Erdős was a pioneer in graph theory, which provides the formal tools for the analysis of social networks.  A collaboration graph is a special graph in which the […]

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An Alternate Course Load for the Game of Life

September 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Anthropology, Demography, Human Ecology, science, Social Network Analysis, Teaching

In a recent editorial in the New York Times, Harvard economist and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, N. Gregory Mankiw provides some answers to the question “what kind of foundation is needed to understand and be prepared for the modern economy?”  Presumably, what he means by “modern economy” is life after college. […]

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The Little Mouse on the Prairie

August 4th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease, Social Network Analysis

We have a new paper in the Early Edition of PNAS on the ecology of plague in prairie dogs. The Stanford News Service did a nice little write-up of the paper (and Mark Shwartz’s full version is available on the Woods Institute site) and it has now been picked up by a number of media […]

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New Paper: Dynamics and Control of Diseases in Networks with Community Structure

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Infectious Disease, Social Network Analysis

Marcel Salathé and I have a brand new paper out in today’s issue of the Public Library of Science, Computational Biology. There is also a news piece by Adam Gorlick in the Stanford Report this morning. This is an idea I’ve been bouncing around for a few years now and I was very fortunate to […]

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More on Diamond

April 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Anthropology, Social Network Analysis

I’ve been thinking some more about the issues that are raised by the debacle over Jared Diamond’s 21 April 2008 New Yorker piece and the recent announcement of a lawsuit against him.  There are many things to think about here.  Probably foremost amongst these are the ethical concerns relating to preserving research subjects’ privacy and […]

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