***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** The Center for Research on Families (CRF) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces: THE NEW ENGLAND WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS DATES: June 1-3, 2011 LOCATION: Amherst, MA INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Andrew Papachristos Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UMass Amherst; Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, Harvard University Dr. Ryan M. Acton Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UMass Amherst WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: How do disease, violence, and fashion trends spread through a population? What are the connections between global trade patterns and modern art? How do modern technologies such as Facebook affect our intimate relationships? How cohesive are terrorist cells, and how successful are the government’s attempt at dismantling them? How does peer pressure influence obesity, smoking, and other health behaviors? The answers to these questions are all based on a fundamental understanding of social networks. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to social network analysis, a field with a rich tradition in the social sciences but which spans many disciplines. The morning sessions will focus on introducing the social network paradigm, its basic tenets, and methods of data collection and analysis. Topics include: a history of the field; basic graph theory, notation, and properties; network visualization; properties of actors including centrality, power, prestige, and prominence; cohesion and sub-groupings; and a brief introduction to statistical models for social networks. The afternoon sessions will guide participants through a series of hands-on tutorials using free, open source software available for all major computing platforms. A variety of data examples will be used from multiple substantive areas. FEE: General: $500 ; Students/CRF affiliates: $400 TO REGISTER: www.umass.edu/family -- Ryan M. Acton Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology Faculty Associate, Social and Demographic Research Institute University of Massachusetts Amherst Web: http://people.umass.edu/racton Email: [log in to unmask] Phone: (413) 545-4969 Office: Machmer W36B _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.