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Jeremy Birnholtz <[log in to unmask]>
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Jeremy Birnholtz <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:56:45 -0500
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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 2013.

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 members in the TSB program come from the Media, Technology
& Society (MTS) program in the School of Communication, the department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the McCormick School
of Engineering, and the Segal Design Institute. Jeremy Birnholtz, Anne
Marie Piper, Aaron Shaw and Haoqi Zhang have recently joined our active
faculty that also includes Larry Birnbaum, Pablo Boczkowski, Noshir
Contractor, Doug Downey, Matt Easterday, Ken Forbus,  Elizabeth Gerber,
Darren Gergle, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Hartline, Mike Horn, Ian Horswill,
Paul Leonardi, Bryan Pardo, Chris Riesbeck, Uri Wilensky and several other
faculty from affiliated departments.

Faculty and students are currently addressing a broad range of topics
   * The digital divide from sociological, policy, and engineering
   * Social media design and use
   * Creativity support tools
   * Educational technology and games for policy analysis, community
journalism and civic engagement
   * Tangible user interfaces for children and learning, and for older
   * The design and analysis of auction mechanisms and pricing algorithms
   * Social interaction in computer-mediated communication environments
   * The structure and function of social networks in knowledge
construction and dissemination
   * Social networks in MMORPGs
   * Self-generating music videos
   * Language use and natural behavior in on-line communities

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

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