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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
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Phone:    (413) 545-4969
Office:   Machmer W36B

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