***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** This, recently off the press, should be of interest to socnetters. The full article has further comments about the subjects that I didn't think would be as relevant as those included below. You shouldn't fail to notice the social network action in this piece. Eugene Johnsen, Department of Mathematics University of California, Santa Barbara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The following are excerpts from an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune of Tuesday, November 25, 2003 entitled "They're Oxford Bound" by Mary Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune Staff Writer. "Rhodes scholars are 'those' people. You know, superbright, incredibly articulate, impossibly well-rounded.. Not like Decker Walker Jr. of St. Olaf College, a math and economics major who plays football, or Allison Gilmore of Eagan, who is a math major at Washington University in St. Louis. Or so they both thought. Walker and Gilmore were named 2004 Rhodes Scholars this weekend. On Monday, both were still incredulous that next fall they will enter Oxford University for up to three years. Both were talked into applying by other Rhodes Scholars. They are two of the 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2004. ..... While they both say they're shocked at their selection, their resumes tell another story. Gilmore, 22, who graduated from Eastview High School in Apple Valley, was in a University of Minnesota math program for talented youth and said a "U" professor first sparked her interest in topology, the geometric study of spaces. She studied knot theory - yes, that's the mathematical study of knots - in a summer program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Washington, she is getting both a bachelor's and a master's degree in mathematics. ..... Gilmore will emphasize social science at Oxford. While interviewers who screened her for the scholarship questioned why she would take an apparent turn in her studies by focusing on sociology rather than math, she said she is interested in social network theory, which involves both sociology and math. "It's the perfect culmination of all my different interests in social and political movements, as an activist, and it brings in the math I love," Gilmore said, "When I found this field I couldn't believe it -- it was like somebody made it for me." She hopes someday to be a math professor who does work with sociologists. ....." _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.