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Darren Gergle <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 11 Dec 2008 00:14:26 -0500
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Join the Northwestern University PhD program in Technology and Social Behavior!
The Graduate School at Northwestern University is seeking exceptional
applicants to join the Ph.D. program in Technology and Social Behavior (TSB)
in the Fall of 2009.
TSB is a joint Ph.D. program in Communication and Computer Science that
draws on Northwestern’s strong support for interdisciplinary study, benefits
from talented faculty who contribute to a tradition of collaboration, and
attracts unique students who are eager for academic experiences that cross
traditional departmental boundaries. The combined degree benefits students
by providing training in social science methods to study human behavior,
experience designing and implementing new technologies, practice
incorporating the results of empirical research into these technologies, and
preparation for the widest range of academic and industrial jobs. We recruit
students from a variety of backgrounds and provide rigorous training in
humanities, social sciences, computer science, and human-computer
interaction methodologies.

The core faculty in the TSB program come from the department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the McCormick School of
Engineering, and from the Media, Technology & Society (MTS) Program in the
School of Communication. Doug Downey and Nicole Immorlica have recently
joined our active faculty that includes Larry Birnbaum, Justine Cassell,
Noshir Contractor, Ken Forbus, Lance Fortnow, Darren Gergle, Eszter
Hargittai, Jason Hartline, Ian Horswill, Paul Leonardi, Don Norman, Bryan
Pardo and a number of other faculty from affiliated departments.

Faculty and students are currently addressing a broad range of topics including:

    * The digital divide from sociological, policy, and engineering perspectives
    * Interactive technologies for children with special needs
    * The design and analysis of auction mechanisms and pricing algorithms
    * Trust development in computer-mediated communication environments
    * The structure and function of social networks in knowledge dissemination
    * Psychology of virtual humans
    * Social networks in MMORPGs
    * Self-generating music videos
    * Language and behavior in on-line communities.
    * Teens on-line

For more details on the program, faculty, and admissions requirements see:

The deadline for admissions materials is:  December 31st, 5pm CST

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