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New research by NULab Co-Director David Lazer covered in the Economist, Boston Globe, Time, and Forbes

Written on September 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm, by

A new paper “How intermittent breaks in interaction improve collective intelligence,” by Ethan Bernstein, Jesse Shore, and David Lazer has recently been published in PNAS. The paper examines the results of intermittent isolation on collective problem-solving:  “Many human endeavors—from teams and organizations to crowds and democracies—rely on solving problems collectively. Prior research has shown that when people interact and influence  Continue Reading »

NULab core faculty member Donghee Jo’s research featured in Washington Post

Written on September 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm, by

A recent article in the Washington Post “Bursting people’s political bubbles could make them even more partisan” discusses how new research explores how “despite decades of psychology research that shows fostering contact between ‘us’ and ‘them’ is a powerful way to reduce prejudice, scientists are starting to find that you can’t just shove people together — online  Continue Reading »

CFP: NULab Fall 2018 Grants

Written on September 7, 2018 at 8:44 am, by

NULab is once again inviting proposals for seedling grants, travel, and co-sponsorship of events related to digital humanities and computational social science. The deadline is November 2, 2018. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Connell at sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu. Seedling grant proposals should be no more than 2 pages, and travel and co-sponsorship proposals no more than  Continue Reading »

Digital Storytelling at the NULab in 2018–2019

Written on September 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm, by

The NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks is delighted to announce that our calendar of events for the 2018–2019 academic year will be focused around the theme of digital storytelling. We will be hosting a number of exciting talks, workshops, symposia, and other events, starting with the NULab/DSG Fall Welcome on September 24, co-hosted with the Digital  Continue Reading »

New study published by David Lazer, NULab co-director, in PNAS

Written on August 15, 2018 at 11:07 am, by

David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Sciences and Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, has published a new study “How intermittent breaks in interaction improve collective intelligence” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This study was co-authored with Ethan Bernstein from Harvard University and Jesse  Continue Reading »

Politics and Computational Social Science (PaCCS)

Written on July 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm, by

Register at The early-bird registration fee of $50 will be available until August 15, after which registration will be $100. Contact us with any questions at Schedule Overview Alumni Center Shillman 320 Snell 90 9am – 10:30 am Panel: Politics in Full Color: Image Analysis in Political Science Panel: Collective Action under Autocracies — 10:30 am  Continue Reading »

Five NULab Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

Written on July 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm, by

The NULab is delighted to announce that five NULab faculty members received tenure this year. These promotions demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to digital research and projects. We are honored to have these faculty as part of our robust and expanding community. Ryan Cordell, CSSH, English. Ryan Cordell is a core founding faculty member  Continue Reading »

Boston Research Center featured in Boston Magazine

Written on May 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by

The Boston Research Center was recently featured in Boston Magazine:  “Boston has a long and complicated past, and its many archives and databases each tell little pieces of that story—a photo album here, a map there, a batch of letters and some old news articles somewhere else. But what do we do with all that stuff? What kinds  Continue Reading »

Research by NULab faculty members Moya Bailey and Brooke Foucault Welles featured in News@Northeastern

Written on May 10, 2018 at 11:25 am, by

From News@Northeastern: In April 2014, the New York Police Department started a social media campaign, asking its Twitter followers to use the hashtag #MyNYPD and tweet photos of themselves with police officers. A few folks participated, snapping and sharing pictures with officers at a Yankees game or Central Park. But in a New York minute,  Continue Reading »

NULab Core Faculty Member Moya Bailey named to Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 Women of 2018

Written on May 3, 2018 at 10:18 am, by

From News@Northeastern:  Moya Bailey has always known that a black woman in America has to navigate a compounded, specific kind of discrimination. There just wasn’t a name for it. So in 2010, while researching her dissertation, she came up with one. Bailey coinedthe term “misogynoir” to recognize the specific race- and gender-based biases black women face  Continue Reading »

Northeastern University Receives Mellon Grant for Boston Research Center

Written on May 3, 2018 at 10:14 am, by

From News@Northeastern:  Northeastern University has received a $200,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the humanities in the United States, to launch a new center dedicated to the study of Boston, enabling researchers from around the world to shed light on the city’s past, present, and future. “Boston is a  Continue Reading »

Our Marathon Featured in News@Northeastern

Written on April 14, 2018 at 8:38 am, by

In a recent News@Northeastern article, the Our Marathon project reflects on their work curating and preserving the artifacts and oral histories from the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing five years ago. When the project started, the team was led by NULab graduate students, Jim McGrath (PhD’15) and Alicia Peaker (PhD’14), as well as English  Continue Reading »

New study, co-authored by William Hobbs, published in American Political Science Review

Written on April 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm, by

William Hobbs, Network Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and NULab-affiliated researcher, has published a new study “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information,” co-authored with Margaret E. Roberts of the University of California, San Diego, in the American Political Science Review. Abstract: Conventional wisdom assumes that increased censorship will strictly decrease access to information. We delineate  Continue Reading »

New Tier 1 Grants Awarded to NULab Faculty and Co-Directors

Written on April 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm, by

We are pleased to announce that several NULab core faculty members and co-directors have been awarded TIER 1 grants for FY2019. TIER 1 awards are provided by the Colleges and Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education. This competitive program makes grants of up to $50,000 to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary  Continue Reading »

New Article on Fake News, Co-authored by David Lazer, Published in Science Magazine

Written on March 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm, by

“The Science of Fake News” by David M. J. Lazer, Matthew A. Baum, Yochai Benkler, Adam J. Berinsky, Kelly M. Greenhill, Filippo Menczer, Miriam J. Metzger, Brendan Nyhan, Gordon Pennycook, David Rothschild, Michael Schudson, Steven A. Sloman, Cass R. Sunstein, Emily A. Thorson, Duncan J. Watts, and Jonathan L. Zittrain was published in Science magazine today.  Continue Reading »

Local – Global Transcribe-a-thon Honors History of Black Freedom Struggles on Douglass Day 2018

Written on February 14, 2018 at 10:15 am, by

The NULab, in partnership with the Women Writers Project, Open Access at Snell, and the Digital Scholarship Group will participate in a massive, international online transcribe-a-thon, Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. The working celebration will mark the 200th birthday of self-emancipated African American activist, Frederick Douglass. This effort has been organized by the Colored Convention Project  Continue Reading »

NULab Faculty on Government Shutdown

Written on January 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm, by

Costas Panagopoulos and Nick Beauchamp were featured in News@Northeastern’s article, “Government Shutdown: What Can Break the Impasse in Washington.” The NULab faculty discusses the possible aftermath for Democrats and Republicans, who failed to agree on a short-term spending plan Friday night. The impasse reflects the latest manifestation of political polarization in DC. Panagopoulos thinks voters  Continue Reading »

NULab Spring Calendar of Events

Written on January 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm, by

The NULab is delighted to announce our spring calendar of events. We have some very exciting talks, workshops, and other events planned for the semester, organized around our year-long focus on fake news, information, and misinformation. You can find additional details and registration information for these events at: NULab events are free and open  Continue Reading »

NULab Professor on Fake News

Written on January 2, 2018 at 5:07 pm, by

John Wihbey, NULab core faculty, was recently featured in a News@Northeastern article on fake news in 2018. Wihbey was interviewed about the continued relevance of fake news in the future and the potential for machine learning to help journalists break stories and identify analyze data. Wihbey said: “Machine learning can help humans make significant insights  Continue Reading »

NuLab Faculty Member Dietmar Offenhuber Receives 2017 ASciNA Award

Written on November 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm, by

NuLab and Art + Design Assistant Professor Dietmar Offenhuber, the Program Coordinator for the Information Design and Visualization graduate offerings, has received the Austrian Scientists in North America (ASciNA) Award 2017, specifically given to young researches with excellent scientific publications. Offenhuber won the Young Principal Investigator prize, the primary award category, for his book Waste Is Information. Offenhuber’s  Continue Reading »

New National Study on Young Adults’ News Consumption by NULab and Northeastern Faculty

Written on October 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm, by

John Wihbey, NULab core faculty member, and Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern, begin research for Project Information Literacy’s national study on how young adults consume news and gather information. They join Alison J. Head, director of the study and senior researcher at the metaLab at Harvard, and Panagiotis  Continue Reading »

NULab Fall Calendar of Events

Written on September 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm, by

The NULab is delighted to announce our fall calendar of events. We have some very exciting talks, workshops, and other events planned for the fall, organized around our year-long focus on fake news, information, and misinformation. You can find additional details and registration information for these events at: NULab events are free and open  Continue Reading »

CFP: NULab Grants

Written on September 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm, by

NULab is once again inviting proposals for seedling grants, travel, and co-sponsorship of events related to digital humanities and computational social science. The deadline is October 31, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Connell at sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu. Seedling grant proposals should be no more than 2 pages, and travel and co-sponsorship proposals no more than  Continue Reading »

New Article, Co-Authored by David Lazer, Published in Science Magazine

Written on August 25, 2017 at 9:13 am, by

A new study, co-authored by NULab Co-Director David Lazer, was recently published in Science. “Fostering reproducibility in industry-academia research” argues that: “Many companies have proprietary resources and/or data that are indispensable for research, and academics provide the creative fuel for much early-stage research that leads to industrial innovation. It is essential to the health of the research  Continue Reading »

New Study by NULab and NetSI Researchers Examines the Influence of Twitter Followers on Journalists

Written on August 17, 2017 at 9:22 am, by

The Columbia Journal Review recently reported on a new “first-of-its-kind” study by NULab Co-Director David Lazer, NULab core faculty member John Wihbey, Lazer Lab Research Associate Thalita Coleman, and Network Science Institute postdoc Kenneth Joseph. Wihbey recently presented the paper, “Exploring the Ideological Nature of Journalists’ Social Networks on Twitter and Associations with News Story Content”  Continue Reading »

CERES Exhibit Toolkit Projects Announced

Written on June 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm, by

We are happy to share the projects chosen by the Library’s Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) for this year’s round of CERES Exhibit Toolkit development, including a project led by Elizabeth Dillon, NULab Co-Director, and Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director. Literature and Digital Diversity This fall, Elizabeth Dillon and Sarah Connell will be co-teaching Literature and  Continue Reading »

Op-Ed by NULab Co-Director David Lazer in L.A. Times

Written on May 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm, by

NULab Co-Director David Lazer has co-authored an Op-Ed with Professor Matthew Baum of Harvard University for the L. A. Times: “Google and Facebook aren’t fighting fake news with the right weapons.” In this article, Lazer and Baum assert that the solutions companies such as Google and Facebook are pursuing in response to the problem of fake news  Continue Reading »

Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action

Written on May 1, 2017 at 9:15 am, by

“Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action” synthesizes the findings from a conference of the same name organized by Matthew Baum (Harvard), David Lazer (Northeastern), and Nicco Mele (Harvard) in February 2017. This report, written by David Lazer, Matthew Baum, Nir Grinberg, Lisa Friedland, Kenneth Joseph, Will Hobbs, and Carolina Mattsson, draws from  Continue Reading »

New Study Finds Facebook Can Be a Safety Net for the Bereaved

Written on April 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm, by

A new study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, co-authored by Lazer Lab postdoc William Hobbs with Moira Burke, examines self-healing and resilience in social networks. “Connective recovery in social networks after the death of a friend” compared “de-identified, aggregate counts of monthly interactions in approximately 15,000 Facebook networks in which someone had died with  Continue Reading »

NULab Core Faculty Member John Wihbey Awarded Top Rated Research Paper at ISOJ

Written on April 25, 2017 at 8:27 pm, by

We are delighted to report that John Wihbey’s paper, “Knowing the Numbers: Assessing Attitudes among Journalists and Educators about Using and Interpreting Data, Statistics, and Research” co authored with Mark Coddington, won Top Rated Research Paper at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin (April 21/22). Wihbey’s presentation at ISOJ was supported by a NULab  Continue Reading »

Dan Cohen Appointed Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration

Written on April 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm, by

The NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks is delighted to share the news that Northeastern University has appointed Daniel J. Cohen as Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, effective June 1, 2017. We are excited that this important role will be filled by an acknowledged leader in the field of digital humanities  Continue Reading »

John Wihbey on the Pros and Cons of Live Streaming

Written on April 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member John Wihbey was recently interviewed by Jason Kornwitz of News@Northeastern about the impact of Facebook Live and other online video streaming services. The interview was prompted by the Easter Sunday shooting by Steve Stephens, which Stephens video recorded and posted to Facebook. In light of this and similar headlines in recent months, Kornwitz  Continue Reading »

NULab Faculty and Co-Directors Receive FY18 TIER 1 Awards

Written on April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm, by

We are pleased to announce that several NULab core faculty members and co-directors have been awarded TIER 1 grants for FY18 research projects: “Networks and Global Health: Experimental Evidence of Women’s Social Networks, Reproductive Health, and Well-Being in Developing Countries” Catalina Herrera Almanza (Economics, International Affairs), David Lazer (Political Science, Computer Science, NULab Co-Director) “Team  Continue Reading »

Ryan Cordell and David Smith are Principle Investigators on $1.5 million Digging into Data Grant

Written on March 31, 2017 at 12:49 pm, by

“Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx),” a project that will study information flow in nineteenth century newspapers across national and linguistic boundaries, was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant as part of The Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities Digging into Data Challenge. NULab Core Faculty Members Ryan  Continue Reading »

NULab Co-Director David Lazer Co-Authors New Article in Science

Written on March 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm, by

David Lazer, co-director of the NULab, is co-author on an article recently published in Science titled “The need for a translational science of democracy.” In the article, Lazer and his colleagues call for the creation of “a translational science of democracy that maintains scientific rigor while actively promoting the health of the body politic,” in light  Continue Reading »

Study by NULab Co-Director David Lazer Published in Science

Written on February 6, 2017 at 10:22 am, by

A new study led by David Lazer found that national election polls remain a strong indicator of election outcomes. In an article on the study from News@Northeastern, Lazer said of the study’s results: “The bottom line is that polls do surprisingly well across varied applications across the world, but they’re not magic. I think the  Continue Reading »

The Enterprise of Grant-Writing: Workshop with Julia Flanders

Written on February 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm, by

On February 2, Julia Flanders, Digital Scholarship Group Director, led a discussion on grant writing for graduate students in the Digital Media Commons at Snell Library. In her talk, (slides available here), Flanders stressed how important it is that those who are writing grant proposals remember that they are aiming to participate in a much  Continue Reading »

NULab Grants: Spring CFP

Written on February 2, 2017 at 11:02 am, by

NULab is once again inviting proposals for seedling grants, travel, and co-sponsorship of events related to digital humanities and computational social science. The deadline is March 17, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Connell at sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu. Seedling grant proposals should be no more than 2 pages, and travel and co-sponsorship proposals no more than  Continue Reading »

CCIS Dean Carla Brodley to Reach Equal Female-Male Enrollment

Written on January 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm, by

Dean Carla Brodley of the College of Computer and Information Science has instituted a plan for the college to reach equal female-male enrollment by 2021. Already, since assuming the role of dean in 2014, female enrollment has reached 26 percent from 19 percent in 2016, according to an article in The Huntington News. Dean Brodley will take part in  Continue Reading »

Nick Beauchamp Visualizes Trump’s Inaugural Address

Written on January 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member Nick Beauchamp has created plotmaps of the inau­gural addresses of the past four U.S. presidents, including the recent address by President Trump. This last address, Beauchamp notes, proved particularly challenging: Trump’s speech is dif­fi­cult to plot, because gen­er­ally I omit generic words, which for pres­i­den­tial speeches usu­ally includes “America.” But for Trump,  Continue Reading »

Benjamin Schmidt Awarded NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication

Written on January 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member and history professor Benjamin Schmidt is among 8 recipients of the first round of NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication. The grant, which is new this year, “is intended to stimulate the emerging field of digital publication,” according to a press release issued by NEH. Schmidt’s project, which, according to the project’s description,  Continue Reading »

John Wihbey and Colleagues Discuss The State Financial Disclosure Project at WaPo

Written on January 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member and journalism professor John Wihbey coauthored a piece for The Washington Post with fellow journalism professor Mike Beaudet and Pedro Miguel Cruz, assistant professor of information visualization. In the piece, they detail the methodology and findings from their State Financial Disclosure Project, which is a collaboration between Northeastern’s School of Journalism and Department of Art + Design.  Continue Reading »

Nick Beauchamp Weighs in on President Obama’s Farewell Speech

Written on January 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member Nick Beauchamp is quoted in a recent news@Northeastern article regarding President Obama’s farewell speech, delivered on January 10. Beauchamp recognizes similar themes from past Obama speeches, but adds that the President seemed to strike a more somber note this time around. Addressing the fragmented media landscape brought about, in part, by the ability  Continue Reading »

NULab Core Faculty Members Create Tool to Detect Online Price Discrimination

Written on December 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm, by

Here’s something to think about while rushing to complete your holiday shopping: the prices you see on e-commerce sites like may not be the same prices other people see. Fortunately, a new tool created by NULab Core Faculty Members David Lazer, Christo Wilson, and their team of researchers makes it easy to identify occurrences  Continue Reading »

New Study Finds Racial and Gender Bias in Online Freelance Marketplaces

Written on December 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member Christo Wilson and his colleagues demonstrate the presence of bias in two prominent online freelance marketplaces in a recently published study. The team collected thousands of worker profiles from Fiverr and TaskRabbitt and found racial and gender disparities. Women on both sites received fewer reviews than men, and African Americans consistently  Continue Reading »

NULab Co-Director Elizabeth Dillon featured in the New York Times

Written on November 24, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon recently published an op-ed, “Long Before ‘Hamilton’ Brouhaha, Theater Was Anything but Polite” in the New York Times. You can read her piece, which contextualizes recent events in light of the “history of public debate and live, messy democracy” and shows that “theater and performance are powerful resources for embodying and imagining community  Continue Reading »

Professor Moya Bailey Interviewed at HASTAC

Written on November 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm, by

Moya Bailey, NULab Core Faculty member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, was recently interviewed at HASTAC about her involvement with HASTAC while a graduate student, her activism, her current research, and the state of DH. Asked about advice for current and  Continue Reading »

Lazer Lab Postdoc Publishes Facebook Findings in PNAS

Written on November 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm, by

William R. Hobbs, a postdoctorate research fellow in the Lazer Lab, co-led a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which suggests an association between moderate social media use and longer life. “Given the very strong asso­ci­a­tion between real-​​world inter­ac­tions and better health, it could be that the more you have  Continue Reading »

Ryan Cordell on Historical Election Maps in National Geographic

Written on October 13, 2016 at 10:36 am, by

NULab Core Faculty member Ryan Cordell was interviewed for a story on the history of election maps, published on National Geographic’s website. Following an image of the oldest known map of a U.S. presidential election, Cordell considers why we don’t find more election maps in nineteenth century publications. “Images were not very common in newspapers until late in the 19th  Continue Reading »

New York Times Op-Ed: John Wihbey and Mike Beaudet

Written on October 5, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

NULab core faculty member John Wihbey and Mike Beaudet, both of Northeastern’s Journalism department, have recently published an op-ed in the New York Times. In their article, “Why It’s So Hard to See Politicians’ Financial Data,” Wihbey and Beaudet report that they have examined data across all fifty states and have found “a litany of inadequacies.” The authors discuss  Continue Reading »

NULab Co-Director David Lazer Publishes Research in Science

Written on September 29, 2016 at 9:58 pm, by

In new research pub­lished in the journal Sci­ence, David Lazer, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Political Sci­ence and Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ences, and his col­leagues ana­lyzed the effec­tive­ness of global-​​scale data­bases of news articles in understanding and predicting worldwide events. While Lazer and his team under­scored that these sys­tems hold great promise, they found these sys­tems wanting—falling  Continue Reading »

New article shares insights from early-career scholars into the digital humanities

Written on September 16, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

A new article, published in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life,  shares insights into early American studies and the digital humanities from four early-career scholars who have been involved in several NULab projects. The article’s authors—Benjamin Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood, Jim McGrath, and Abby Mullen—are recent graduates of or current students at Northeastern who have experiences  Continue Reading »

Nicholas Beauchamp in the American Journal of Political Science

Written on September 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm, by

NULab core faculty member Nicholas Beauchamp has published new research in the American Journal of Political Science. Beauchamp’s article, “Predicting and Interpolating State-Level Polls Using Twitter Textual Data,” combines 1,200 state-level polls from the 2012 presidential campaign with over 100 million political tweets to show that “when properly modeled, the Twitter-based measures track and to some degree predict  Continue Reading »

Professor Moya Bailey covered in the Washington Post

Written on September 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm, by

Following the recent attacks on Leslie Jones, Katy Perry tweeted support towards her last week – including the term “misogynoir,” which was coined by NULab core faculty member and professor of WGSS and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies Moya Bailey in an essay in 2014. The term refers specifically to Black women, combining the anti-Blackness  Continue Reading »

NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker co-authors a paper in Science magazine

Written on September 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm, by

NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker has a new paper showing that politically excluded groups have lower access to the Internet compared with those in power.  “Digital discrimination: Political bias in Internet service provision across ethnic groups,” by  Nils B. Weidmann, Suso Benitez-Baleato, Philipp Hunziker, Eduard Glatz, and Xenofontas Dimitropoulos, was published today in Science. To read  Continue Reading »

Lazer on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Written on August 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm, by

NULab co-director and professor of political science and computer science and information David Lazer appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, along with several others from his Northeastern Lab, on Thursday, August 18 to talk about Donald Trump’s Twitter strategy. Take a listen or a look at the transcript to hear Lazer’s take.

The Cat-And-Mouse-Game of Blocking Digital Ads

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm, by

Facebook has updated its approach to digital ad-blocking while expanding users’ control over their advertising experience on the site. NULab faculty member and assistant professor of computer science Christo Wilson, along with assistant professor of computer science Yakov Bart, spoke with Northeastern News about digital marketing and Big Data. See their “3Qs” feature here.

The Terror in Nice and Security Across the EU

Written on July 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm, by

NULab faculty member and assistant professor of journalism and new media John Wihbey comments on the media’s use of “graphic” citizen photographs in reporting on the terror attacks in Nice, France. Read what he and fellow faculty members Max Abrahams, assistant professor of political science, and Mai’a K. Davis Cross, associate professor of political science  Continue Reading »

Welles on Ideological Isolation and its Impact on Public Debate

Written on July 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm, by

NULab faculty member and assistant professor of communications studies and network science Brooke Foucault Welles answered Northeastern News’s “3Qs” on the concept of ideological isolation and how it effects debate in the public realm. Learn more about the concept of ideological isolation and how what we see on social media impacts what we talk about  Continue Reading »

Mislove and Wilson Challenge Federal Law to Prevent Big Data Discrimination

Written on June 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm, by

NULab faculty members and associate and assistant professors of computer science, respectively, Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson, have been researching whether the pro­pri­etary algo­rithms that online job hunting sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to discrimination. But due to a section of the US Computer Fraud and Abuse  Continue Reading »

The Cultural and Political Significance of the House Sit-In

Written on June 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm, by

NULab faculty and assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp, along with distinguished professor of history William Fowler, and assistant professor of political science Dan Kennedy spoke with Northeastern News about the cultural and political significance of the House sit-in for gun control reform. Read their thoughts here. 

Nick Beauchamp on the Senate Filibuster

Written on June 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm, by

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida,  Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) began a filibuster on the senate floor which lasted nearly 15 hours, with the goal of building support for stalled gun reform legislation. Northeastern News interviewed NULab faculty member and assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp about  Continue Reading »

Amazon “Deals” and Algorithmic Pricing

Written on June 2, 2016 at 1:54 pm, by

NULab faculty member and assistant professor of Computer Science Christo Wilson and other researchers have found that Amazon is much more likely to fea­ture sellers in the buy box who use an auto­mated prac­tice called algo­rithmic pricing, even though their prices may be higher than those who don’t. Algo­rithmic pricing read­justs product prices in real-​​time using  Continue Reading »

NULab Fellow Studies Water Access and Control in Uganda

Written on June 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm, by

Network Science PhD student and NULab Fellow Matthew Simonson will travel to Uganda this summer to study water access and control in the country, using a combination of interviews and equations, on a seedling grant funded by NULab. Read more about Simonson’s project and background in the Northeastern News.

Wilson’s Research Reveals Border Inconsistencies

Written on May 19, 2016 at 10:47 am, by

Don’t assume that online maps reveal an unbiased depiction of borders around the globe. New research by NULab faculty member and assistant professor of Computer Science Christo Wilson suggests that outlets like Google and Bing “per­son­alize” their maps—that is, change dis­puted bor­ders at the behest of gov­ern­ments, showing users in dif­ferent coun­tries dif­ferent inter­na­tional boundaries. Wilson  Continue Reading »

Lazer Analyzes Trump’s Tweets

Written on May 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm, by

David Lazer, Co-Director of NULab and Professor of Political Science, has analyzed Donald Trump’s tweets in a post on Politico. See what his analysis shows.

Media Bias and Terror Attack Coverage

Written on March 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm, by

Northeastern News asked NULab core faculty member and assistant professor of journalism and new media John Wihbey to comment on how the news media covers terrorist attacks in light of the tragic attacks in France, Lebanon, Belgium, Turkey, Iraq, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast. Wihbey answer “3Qs” on the topic. See what he has to  Continue Reading »

Buscaglia on What’s Next for Cuba and US Relations?

Written on March 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm, by

NULab core faculty member and professor and chair of the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures answers Northeastern News’s “3Qs” about the relationship between the United States and Cuba after President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba in March 2016.

Beauchamp on How Politicians Use Your Data to Influence Your Vote

Written on March 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm, by

NULab core faculty member and Assistant Professor of Political Science Nick Beauchamp answers Northeastern News’s “3Qs” on how politicians use big data to influence your vote. Read more about voter “micro-targeting” and whether or not this is the future of political campaigning here.

Welles & Jackson: Shaping the National Discussion on Ferguson

Written on January 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm, by

New research published online in the journal Infor­ma­tion, Communica­tion & Society on December 29, 2015 from NULab core faculty member and Assistant Professor of Communications Studies and Network Science Brooke Foucault Welles and Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Sarah Jackson show that “citizen journalism”– everyday citizens using social media outlets such as Twitter– rather than the  Continue Reading »

John Wihbey answers “3Qs” on Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo

Written on January 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm, by

Rolling Stone recently published an article by actor and activist Sean Penn about his interactions with noted drug kingpin “El Chapo”, which occurred while El Chapo was on the run from authorities. This article has sparked a debate on journalistic ethics. Northeastern’s John Wihbey, assistant professor of Journalism and New Media and core faculty at NULab,  Continue Reading »

Nick Beauchamp Charts President Obama’s Final SOTU Address

Written on January 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm, by

NULab core faculty member Nick Beauchamp, assistant professor in Political Science, has provided an analysis of President Obama’s final State of the Union remarks via a “plot map”. Beauchamp has developed a new method to automatically visualize the progress of a speech through its themes and ideas. Similar to a word cloud, the plot map  Continue Reading »

4 NULab Faculty Members Secure Mellon Grant

Written on January 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm, by

Professors Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (NULab co-founder), David Smith, Ryan Cordell, and Ben Schmidt have secured a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a revolutionary search tool to aid scholars in accessing and fully utilizing digital data. The grant will enable these NULab faculty to refine a text-mining software called Proteus, co-invented  Continue Reading »

Lazer Charts President Obama’s Speeches

Written on January 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm, by

Professor David Lazer, NULab Director, along with Ryan Kennedy and Oren Tsur, have charted seven years of President Barack Obama’s speeches, featured in Politico. See what preoccupied the President across his term, here.

John Wihbey: The Looming Battlefield for Clean Data

Written on November 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm, by

Read NULab core faculty John Wihbey’s “The Looming Battlefield for Clean Data” in The Boston Globe.

Christo Wilson on Social Media Algorithms and Political Viewpoints

Written on October 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm, by

Christo Wilson is featured in an article on the Huffington Post, discussing how Facebook and Google’s algorithms are affecting political viewpoints. “You look at a Wikipedia article and assume it must all be true,” he says. “Or you search for something on Google and think the results are subjective and correct off the bat.” Read the  Continue Reading »

Beauchamp on “All Things Considered”

Written on October 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm, by

Listen to Nick Beauchamp, Assistant Professor in Political Science and NULab core faculty, talk about his research in persuasive speeches on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Beauchamp’s research on Wired

Written on October 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm, by

NULab core faculty Professor Nick Beauchamp (Political Science) has studied how political arguments can change popular opinion and has developed an algorithm that will allow computers to generate progressively more persuasive text. Read about Beauchamp’s research and its analysis on Wired.

Debate Data Reveals It’s Still the Trump Show

Written on September 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm, by

Check out the Lazer Lab’s article on Politico about what the data on the GOP debate last week has to say about who talked the most and what the candidates actually said.

Nick Beauchamp Shows How To Make Speeches Better

Written on September 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm, by

Check out this article at Pacific Standard about Professor Nick Beauchamp’s paper at this year’s Political Science Association Conference, where he uses text analysis, machine learning, and participants recruited through Northeastern’s Volunteer Science platform to automatically craft progressively more persuasive text. In this paper, Beauchamp, a NULab core faculty member, tests this by creating increasingly  Continue Reading »

The Leading Edge of Data Design

Written on September 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm, by

Check out the Northeastern Magazine story featuring Northeastern’s Data Design program. The story covers many aspects of the program and also features the work of program head and NULab core faculty member, Assistant Professor Dietmar Offenhuber.

Brooke Foucault Welles Receives Article of the Year Award

Written on June 30, 2015 at 7:46 pm, by

NULab core faculty member Brooke Foucault Welles (Communication Studies) has received the Communication Methods and Measures Article of the Year Award for “Dynamic Models of Communication in an Online Friendship Network.” The joural is the official journal for the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

How Congress Sees the World, in Charts

Written on June 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm, by

NULab co-founder and director Professor David Lazer and his group at the Lazer Lab have published an article in Politico analyzing what Congress talks about when it discusses foreign affairs– effectively drawing a map of the world as Congress sees it.    

When Politicians Talk About Coal

Written on May 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm, by

NULab co-director and founder David Lazer writes in Politico about the work he and his lab have done using data from 2010-2014 to find out what politicians talk about when they talk about coal. Read it here.

Cordell on NPR

Written on May 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm, by

  NULab core faculty member and assistant professor of English Ryan Cordell speaks with NPR’s Scott Simon from the WBUR studios about how hot content went viral in the 1800s. Listen above and read the transcript here.

What Mobile Phone Data Tells Us About the Economy

Written on May 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm, by

NULab co-director, computational social scientist David Lazer, and his interdisciplinary research team have published a study in the Journal of Royal Society Interface that highlights the potential of mobile phone data to improve fore­casts of crit­ical eco­nomic indicators—information that is extremely valu­able to pol­i­cy­makers in the public and pri­vate sectors. Northeastern News profiles the findings of the study  Continue Reading »

Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral

Written on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm, by

Ryan Cordell, NULab core faculty and assistant professor of English at Northeastern, recently gave a talk entitled “Melville in the First Age of Viral Media” as part of MELCamp5, a conference for research from the Melville Electronic Library, a digital archive of Herman Melville’s work. His talk also touched on the antecedents of Buzzfeed and  Continue Reading »

The Anatomy of Viral Content and Internet Rage

Written on May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm, by

Listen to NULab Fellow and Network Science PhD candidate Devin Gaffney talk with Robin Young of WBUR’s Here & Now about what makes internet content go viral or fizzle. He says that while no one can determine exactly what it is that makes some content go viral, one of the factors is something called homophily, or the  Continue Reading »

The Rise of the Social Algorithm

Written on May 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm, by

Does content curation by Facebook introduce ideological bias? A recent study by David Lazer in Science takes on this question, which has received coverage in the New York Times, CBS News, The Guardian, and the BBC.

Can Members of Congress Change Your Mind?

Written on May 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm, by

NULab co-director David Lazer and Michael Neblo of Ohio State University have published an article in Politico on their recent study which suggests it is time for politicians to change the way they talk to their constituents. Read the full story here.

Talking without shouting

Written on April 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm, by

Co-director of the NULab, Professor David Lazer, has co-authored a first-of-its-kind study that indicates that when members of Congress substantively engage constituents about controversial subjects, they can persuade them on policy, increase trust in their leadership and even garner more votes. This study is featured on the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post online. 

Congress gets better marks with non-partisan forums

Written on April 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm, by

A new study by David Lazer, co-director of NULab, that analyzes how people are influenced by members of Congress indicates a nonpartisan dialogue about controversial issues like immigration can have a powerful effect on voters. This study is the first of its kind. Read more about it in The Boston Globe.

When Something Goes Viral…

Written on April 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm, by

NULab graduate fellow Devin Gaffney, a network science PhD candidate, is featured in the Boston Globe. “Gaffney, 27, tracks viral cascades, a term used to describe ‘the phenomenon of content spreading quickly and widely through a human social network via its digital shadows.’ In other words, the life and death of a meme.”  

Cordell awarded Digital Innovation Fellowship

Written on March 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm, by

  The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) awarded Northeastern Assistant Professor of English, and NULab core faculty member, Ryan Cordell one of seven ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships for 2015-16. Selected from a highly competitive field of applicants, awardees will dedicate a year to projects that further the digital transformation of humanistic research. The program is generously funded by The  Continue Reading »

The Language of the State of the Union

Written on February 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm, by

Professor Ben Schmidt has developed a chart that shows how words presidents use in their State of the Union addresses reflect the twists and turns of history, featured in The Atlantic. 

Is the Professor Bossy or Brilliant? Much Depends on Gender

Written on February 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm, by

Professor Ben Schmidt has developed an interactive chart using data from 14 million posts on that allows you to search for any word and see how often it appears, broken down by gender and department. The results make vivid gender biases. Read an analysis of the chart in The New York Times.

The State of the Union Address in a Single Figure

Written on January 21, 2015 at 9:07 pm, by

Professor Nick Beauchamp, a NULab faculty member and professor of political science, posts on the Monkey Cage blog of The Washington Post with what he calls a “plot map” of President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, showing the speech’s trajectory and its complicated, neat circular structure. Read the post here. You can also try out  Continue Reading »

Professor Nick Beauchamp on “Witnessing Ferguson”

Written on December 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm, by

NULab core faculty member and Professor of Political Science Nick Beauchamp has written a guest post for the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage Blog, about using network and other computational methods to detect how political polarization shaped the factual perceptions or recollections of the witness in Ferguson. Read it here.

NULab Core Faculty Nick Beauchamp featured on WGBH

Written on November 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm, by

Watch Prof. Nick Beauchamp, NULab Core Faculty member and professor of political science at Northeastern, discuss political behavior and what moves people to the polls on WGBH. Watch the clip here!

Google updates flu prediction algorithm thanks to David Lazer

Written on November 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm, by

Thanks to a study by NULab co-director Professor David Lazer, Google has updated the algorithm it uses to predict flu outbreaks. Read more at the Wall Street Journal‘s blog.