LMT Online: U of I team studying spread of information on social media. “University of Illinois researchers are using a $4 million grant to study how information moves across social media, affecting people’s beliefs and shaping events. Computer Science Professor Tarek Abdelzaher (TAR’-ek AHB’-del-zah-hair) is leading a team that received a five-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The team has been modeling information spread on Instagram and Twitter and will study other platforms.”
The News-Gazette: In its 58th year, UI’s Dial-a-Carol embracing social media. “It takes focus to sing ‘Feliz Navidad'” when people 3 feet away are belting out ‘Santa Baby,’ ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and the ‘Dreidel Song’ — all at once. Just another day’s work for the volunteers at Dial-a-Carol, the 57-year-old tradition at the University of Illinois.” This is really charming. You do not have to be at UI or even in Illinois to call them.
University of Illinois: Studying Rhetorical Responses to Terrorism on Twitter. “As a part of my internship at the Scholarly Commons, I’m going to do a series of posts describing the tools and methodologies that I’ve used in order to work on my dissertation project. This write-up serves as an introduction to my project, it’s larger goals, and tools that I use to start working with my data.”
University of Illinois: A little support from their online friends calms test-anxious students . “Reading supportive comments, ‘likes’ and private messages from social media friends prior to taking a test may help college students who have high levels of test-anxiety significantly reduce their nervousness and improve their scores, a new study suggests.”
From the University of Illinois: University of Illinois Library launches open-access digital publishing network. “The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet…. The publishing network is a network of open-access scholarly publications and publishing infrastructure and resources. It is the result of the first year and a half of a research initiative, Publishing Without Walls, funded by a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”
University of Illinois: Illinois researcher generates random ‘reactions’ to consider how Facebook uses our information. “University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser has created a web browser extension he calls Go Rando that randomly chooses one of Facebook’s six reactions whenever you click ‘like.’ His intention is not to help you confuse or alienate your friends, but to obfuscate your recorded feelings to Facebook.”