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I am pleased to tell socnetters that former INSNA president Steve Borgatti
has won the 2005 Outstanding Computer or Teaching Application
Award from the American Sociological Association's Communications and
Information Technologies section.

I am sure that every INSNA member -- and UCINet and Anthropac user -- will
appreciate how much Steve deserves this award. For the programs and for
the UCINet listserve.

Details below.

 Barry
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  Barry Wellman         Professor of Sociology        NetLab Director
  wellman at chass.utoronto.ca  http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman

  Centre for Urban & Community Studies          University of Toronto
  455 Spadina Avenue    Toronto Canada M5S 2G8    fax:+1-416-978-7162
             To network is to live; to live is to network
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Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 20:59:06 -0400
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Subject: CITS Award for Outstanding Teaching and Computer Application


The official title of the CITS Award is for an Outstanding Contribution
for a Teaching or Computer Application. I am pleased to announce that this
year's winner -- section member Stephen P. Borgatti of Boston College --
wins it for Both Teaching and Computer Applications. The official
announcement on our website says that the award is for "the development of
a computing application or applications that provides an outstanding
contribution for the advancement of sociological theory or practice;
and/or for developments that enhance instruction in sociology."

What hath Steve wrought to get this high honor? The computer applications
alone are worthy of honor. Steve has been working on UCINet since he was a
graduate student at Cal-Irvine (PhD 1989 with Linton Freeman), and has led
the way to it becoming the dominant way for people to do social network
analyses. With Steve as a leading co-author of UCINet, SNA has become a
relatively user-friendly way, opening the once arcane field to a wide
array of researchers. He's always upgrading it. The current version is
6.86.

There's more! This isn't the only computing application that Steve has
developed. Anthropac has provided a wide array of utilities for
qualitative analysis in the social sciences: pile sorts and the like.

You can learn more about both of these programs at
http://www.analytictech.com/

As I said, the award is for a teaching application too. Every day Steve
actively runs a UCINet list-serve. If you go to the archived version at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ucinet, you'll see that it's mostly Q&A with
Steve. The list-serve is a veritable tutorial on how to run UCINet and
think about social networks. With Steve as the most responsive compere.
And when a user discovers a bug or a gap in the program, Steve's prompt
response is "OK, I'll fix that. Thanks." And he does!

App writing is not conducive to paper writing. It's a time sink. Yet Steve
has published more than 70 papers, on social networks, knowledge
management, culture and cognition, and mathematical approaches to
organizational theory. He's a senior editor of Organizational Science and
president-emeritus of INSNA.

This year's Computer/Teaching App Committee has been Marc Smith and Barry
Wellman.
 _____________________________________________________________________

  Barry Wellman         Professor of Sociology        NetLab Director
  wellman at chass.utoronto.ca  http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman

  Centre for Urban & Community Studies          University of Toronto
  455 Spadina Avenue    Toronto Canada M5S 2G8    fax:+1-416-978-7162
             To network is to live; to live is to network
 _____________________________________________________________________

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