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Funded Research Projects

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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Explainable Recognition of Social Relationships from People's Linguistic Interactions

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David Jurgens is conducting a large-scale study of social relationships and they affect the words people choose when interacting - research that can be applied to Natural Language Processing.

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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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