Archive for March, 2010

Post Doctoral Positions in Social Network Research @ Northwestern University

March 25, 2010

The Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Laboratory at Northwestern University (http://sonic.northwestern.edu)invites applications for up to three post doctoral positions. SONIC lab members utilize and advance social network theories, methods, and web-based tools to better understand and facilitate social networks in a variety of contexts, including communities of practice; science, engineering, and medical communities; and communities involved in emergency response, public health, climate change, and virtual worlds. Current research projects include several multi-year efforts funded in part by the US National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Army Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, MacArthur Foundation, and the City of Chicago. Hires will be expected to conduct social network research in several of the on-going projects, to take leadership in initiating new interdisciplinary research projects, and to co-mentor junior lab members. Hires will also have an affiliation with the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO; http://www.northwestern.edu/nico/) to facilitate interaction and collaboration with a broader community of network researchers.

Key Responsibilities (one or more of the following):

• Develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks to investigate factors that leads to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks

• Utilize and extend methods for mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling of networks

• Develop and implement socio-technical algorithms for network recommender systems

• Utilize and develop innovative techniques for data collection, integration, and management of large-scale multidimensional social networks from surveys and digital sources/traces

• Implement algorithms for modeling large-scale social networks in high performance (Petascale) computing environments.

Qualifications: We invite applications from US and international scholars with PhDs from a wide variety of disciplines, with interest and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Social scientific theories of network emergence and evolution

• Modeling of networks:  mathematical, statistical, computational

• Web Science and Semantic Web technologies

• Data-mining algorithms to detect networks

• High performance and cloud computing

• Visualization of networks

• Network optimization methods

Compensation: The appointment will carry an annual stipend commensurate with qualifications and experience in addition to standard benefits provided to all employees of Northwestern University.

Application Procedures: Applicants must submit by email the following:  1) a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and prior research experience if applicable; 2) a brief statement of research interest and experiences relevant to the activities of SONIC, and 3) names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Send all application materials as well as any inquiries to Professor Noshir Contractor, nosh@northwestern.edu. Appointment starting date and duration are negotiable. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

Northwestern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

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NIH grants for social network analysis

March 25, 2010

Please note that the following announcement is available through additional funding mechanisms as an R21 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-146.html)

Department of Health and Human Services

Participating Organizations
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)

Components of Participating Organizations
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), (http://obssr.od.nih.gov/)
National Cancer Institute (NCI), (http://www.nci.nih.gov)
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), (http://www.nichd.nih.gov)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (http://www.nida.nih.gov)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (http://www.nimh.nih.gov)
National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov)
National Institute on Aging (NIA), (http://www.nia.nih.gov)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), (http://www.nigms.nih.gov)

Title:  Social Network Analysis and Health (R01)

Announcement Type
New

Program Announcement (PA) Number: PAR10-145

NOTICE: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED IN PAPER FORMAT.

This FOA must be read in conjunction with the application guidelines included with this announcement in Grants.gov/Apply for Grants (hereafter called Grants.gov/Apply).

A registration process is necessary before submission and applicants are highly encouraged to start the process at least four (4) weeks prior to the grant submission date. See Section IV.

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number(s)
93.399, 93.837, 93.273, 93.865, 93.279, 93.242, 93.121, 93.866. 93.859

Key Dates
Release/Posted Date: March 19, 2010
Opening Date:  May 3, 2010 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): May 3, 2010; April 11, 2011; April 11, 2012
NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Application Due Date(s): June 3, 2010; May 11, 2011; May 11, 2012
AIDS Application Due Date(s): Not Applicable
Peer Review Date(s): October 2010, October 2011, October 2012
Council Review Date(s): January 2010, January 2011, January 2012
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): April 2011
Additional Information To Be Available Date (Activation Date): Not Applicable
Expiration Date: May 12, 2012

Due Dates for E.O. 12372
Not Applicable

Additional Overview Content

Executive Summary

  • Purpose. This FOA encourages research that aims to accomplish one or more specific goals: (1) generate new theories that would enhance the capabilities and value of Social Network Analysis (SNA); (2) address fundamental questions about social interactions and processes in social networks; (3) address fundamental questions about social networks in relation to health and health-related behaviors; (4) develop innovative methodologies and technologies to facilitate, improve, and expand the capabilities of SNA.
  • Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the R01 grant mechanism and runs in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope, PAR-10-146, that encourages applications under the R21 grant mechanism.
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the mechanism numbers, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received.
  • Budget and Project Period. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years. Applicants for an R01 award are not limited in dollars but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
  • Application Research Strategy Length. The R01 Research Strategy section may not exceed 12 pages, including tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, and charts.    See Table of Page Limits.
  • Eligible Institutions/Organizations. Institutions/organizations listed in Section III, 1.A. are eligible to apply.
  • Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs). Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research are invited to work with their institution/organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • Number of PDs/PIs. More than one PD/PI (i.e., multiple PDs/PIs) may be designated on the application.
  • Number of Applications. Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.
  • Resubmissions. Applicants may submit a resubmission application, but such application must include an Introduction addressing the previous peer review critique (Summary Statement). See new NIH policy on resubmission (amended) applications (NOT-OD-09-003, NOT-OD-09-016).
  • Renewals. Applicants may submit a renewal application.
  • Special Date(s). This FOA uses non-standard due dates. See Receipt, Review and Anticipated Start Dates
  • Application Materials. See Section IV.1 for application materials.
  • General Information. For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see these Web sites:
  • Hearing Impaired. Telecommunications for the hearing impaired are available at: TTY:  (301) 451-5936

For Further Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-145.html

CARMA Summer Short Course Program

March 17, 2010

CARMA Summer Short Course Program at Virginia Commonwealth University

This program (May 17 – May 22, 2010), with two sessions, will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The topics of eight short courses in this program are listed below:

Session I

May 17 – 19, 2010

“Introduction to Structural Equation Methods”

Dr. Larry Williams

Wayne State University

Session II

May 20 – 22, 2010

“Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Methods”

Dr. Bob Vandenberg, University of Georgia

“Meta-Analysis: Models & Processes”

Dr. Mike McDaniel

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Hannah Rothstein, Baruch College

“Testing Interactions with Linear Regression”

Dr. Herman Aguinis

Indiana University

“Grounded Theory Method & Analysis”

Dr. Karen Locke, College of William & Mary

“Survey Design/Data Collection Using the Internet”

Dr. Jeff Stanton, Syracuse University

“Introduction to Linear Regression”

Dr. Jose Cortina, George Mason University

CARMA Summer Short Course Program at Wayne State University

This program (June 17 – June 19, 2010) will be hosted by Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. The topics of the five short courses are listed below:

“Nonlinear Dynamic Models: Neural Network & Agent Based Analylsis”

Dr. Paul Hanges, University of Maryland

“Repeated Measures/Longitudinal Research”

Dr. Robert Ployhart, University of South Carolina

“Social Network Analysis”

Rich DeJordy, Northeastern University

“Analysis of Limited Dependent Variables”

Dr. Harry Bowen, Queens University of Charlotte

“Multi-Level Measurement”

Dr. James LeBreton, Purdue University