IUNI's Fil Menczer (SOIC, Computer Science and Informatics) talks to PBS about the growth of "bots" on social media and how they are influencing political discourse.
IUNI Affiliates Brea Perry (COAS, Sociology) and Yong-Yeol Ahn (SOIC, Informatics) were awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a study that will use social network analysis to examine "doctor shopping," in which patients visit multiple physicians to get prescriptions for controlled substances.
IUNI Co-Scientific Director Pescosolido (COAS, Sociology) is one of 79 faculty elected this year, and is only the second on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
The award — a part of a major new initiative from the National Science Foundation and White House to “create a national ecosystem for Big Data and Data Science” — is a symbol of IU’s progression toward leadership in the field of both neuroscience and big data science. It is also part of $11 million in federal grants announced today to advance research and create infrastructure designed to ensure data acquired by publicly funded basic research is effectively shared and used.