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The LINKS Center at the University of Kentucky is offering its annual 1-week
summer workshop on social network analysis June 1-5, 2015 on the University
of Kentucky campus. To sign up, visit
<> . Students pay half-price. Registration
closes May 15th. 


The workshop features LINKS Center faculty Steve Borgatti, Dan Brass, Wally
Ferrier, Eric Gladstone, Dan Halgin, Joe Labianca, Ajay Mehra, and Scott
Soltis, as well as guest instructors Filip Agneessens, Alan Daly, Rich
DeJordy, Joe Ferrare, Jeff Johnson, and Tom Valente. In addition, all of the
sessions are assisted by a cadre of students and recent graduates in order
to ensure personalized attention.

The workshop features four major, concurrent tracks for the first four days,
followed by three choices of area-specific sessions on the final day. At the
end of each day, we also offer multiple short modules on specialized topics,
as well as a data lab for analyzing your own data. Finally, we offer a
number of 45-minute consultations with LINKS Center faculty to discuss your

MAJOR TRACKS (4 days each; Monday-Thursday) 

Introduction to Social Network Analysis. Led by Dan Halgin and Dan Brass (U.
of Kentucky). Includes a theoretical and empirical overview of the field,
followed by a comprehensive survey of the concepts and methods of social
network analysis, including data collection, data management, centrality,
social capital, cohesion, and hypothesis testing. In addition, participants
participate in lab sessions to learn how to use network analysis software,
including UCINET and NetDraw. 

Analyzing Social Network Data. Led by Rich DeJordy (Northeastern). A more
software- and data-oriented version of Introduction to SNA that covers most
of the same topics as Intro but focuses more on using the software and
devotes a bit more time to interpreting the equations & formulas that define
many network concepts. Includes lab sessions in which participants work
through analysis exercises using the UCINET and NetDraw software. 

Advanced Network Analysis. Led by Steve Borgatti (U. of Kentucky). For
people interested in both a deeper and broader look at network concepts and
methods. Topics include advanced centrality methods, measuring network
change, advanced approaches to 2-mode data, analyzing negative ties, working
with multiple relations, and integrating node attributes with network
measures. This module also introduces participants to UCINET's command-line
facility and batch processing of files. 

Stochastic Network Models. Led by Filip Agneessens (U. of Surrey). This
course provides an introduction to exponential random graph models (ERGMs)
and stochastic actor-based models for network dynamics (as implemented in
SIENA). The course will focus on hands-on use of MPNet and RSiena and on the
interpretation of output. An introduction to the R analysis language (needed
for RSiena) will also be provided during the workshop.

AREA-SPECIFIC TRACKS (1 day each; Friday) 

Networks and Education. Led by Alan Daly (UC San Diego) and Joe Ferrare (U.
of Kentucky). Applying the social network perspective to education research
and policy. 

Networks and Health. Led by Tom Valente (USC). Social network theory and
method in the context of understanding health-related behaviors,
interventions and disease epidemiology. 

Networks and Management. A set of presentations by the LINKS Center faculty
surveying network research in various areas within the field of management,
including leadership, innovation, and competitive dynamics.

MINI-MODULES (1.5 hours each, Monday-Thursday after 4pm) 

The mini-modules are short sessions on specialized topics. Some focus on
research design topics, others on using specialized software, and still
others on handling particular kinds of data. Past offerings have included:
managing your IRB, managing your research site, introduction to SNA with R,
working with cognitive social structure data, working with 2-mode data,
analyzing negative ties, network simulations, and many more. 


In addition, each day we offer a data lab where people can bring their data
and have someone experienced with the software help them to load it and do
some analyses.  

1-ON-1 CONSULTATIONS (45-minute slots available Tuesday-Thursday) 

Make appointment to discuss your research in depth with Joe Labianca, Jeff
Johnson, Ajay Mehra, or Scott Soltis. 

Registration closes May 15!

For more information, please visit the workshop website: 

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