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CyberTraining: CIU: Preparing the Public Sector Research Workforce to Impact Communities through Data Science

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The project addresses bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development by developing and offering three instructional activities: (a) a project-based course in which students work directly with Michigan communities to design cyberinfrastructure tools, and (b) two massive, open online courses (MOOCs) in which students learn the fundamentals of data science for work in the public sector.

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Regional Experiments for the Future of Work in America

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This research examines a series of sociotechnical experiments in the American Midwest that invest in the promise of entrepreneurial agency and data-driven solutions to address complex economic and societal challenges. Drawing from ethnographic research and co-design, this project examines both the challenges and opportunities of such regional experimentation, working closely with the most vulnerable groups of the population who are often harmed by rather than benefitting from the experimental interventions currently unfolding.

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Belfer Fellowship with the Anti-Defamation League's Center for Technology & Society

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The project uses state-of-the-art machine learning approaches to automatically detect new terms and phrases being used by white supremacists online.

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Fostering Sustainable Community-based Entrepreneurship via the Detroit Neighborhood Tours Collective

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Visitors can enjoy four new urban tours in Detroit thanks to a grant from the Ginsburg Center. 

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Alternative Workflows for Crowdsourced Evaluation of Misinformation

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This project will explore the effects of several alternative workflows on community judgments of whether information is misleading.

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Michigan Library Leadership Cohort Membership

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With a grant from the Michigan Department of Education, UMSI's Kristin Fontichiaro is developing a Michigan Library Leadership Cohort. 

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Major Life Events and Social Media in Contemporary Society

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A grant from the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan is funding research on how people use social media during life transitions. 

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Researching and Improving New Online Spaces to Support Transgender Wellbeing

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This research examines social technologies designed to support transgender individuals and communities.

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Mining social media to characterize community health

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This project will advance data-driven methods to generate localized and community-centric insights, using new social media sources, about health behaviors and attitudes at the census tract level.

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Assessing the Impact of Exogenous Shocks on User Behavior and Information Diffusion in Social Media

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Daniel Romero is studying how people on social media react during fast-changing situations such as natural disasters and political unrest, and how it affects information diffusion dynamics. 

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