This website is being phased out

January 24, 2012

This website is being replaced by  For awhile, the two may have similar content, but in the case of any discrepancy, go with the new one.

Make-up class for those missing data collection this week

January 24, 2012

Since a number of people will be missing the data collection class this week, I’m setting up a make-up class next week for them. Stay tuned. Also, if you have not signed up for the class google group, please do so now so I can conveniently email you. You can do it by visiting:

Laptops not needed today

January 20, 2012

BTW, laptops will not be needed today, although I might squeeze in a quick demo of downloading the program and installing it.

Link to Burt paper fixed

January 19, 2012

The correct link is now:

Note that most of Burt’s publications are available on the web at:

More updating — please bear with me

January 18, 2012

Hi folks, I still haven’t finalized the schedule for Spring 2012. Sorry about that. Please note that I’ve moved survey data collection back a week.

Updating the class website

January 12, 2012

I’ve started updating the class website for 2011. First thing is I’ve removed a couple of old links that no longer work, such as the “tutorial” links.

Feedback on presentations

May 2, 2010

If you would like feedback on your in-class presentations, send me your slides and I will send back comments.

Your presentations

April 22, 2010

Please email me a title and a short abstract that describes your presentation. For example, here is one from last year:

“A Network Perspective on Passing Legislation”

Matthew Howell

Passing legislation in the US Congress involves navigating a bill through numerous checkpoints.  Overcoming these checkpoints is made easier by making trades among Congressmen who have control over the various checkpoints, and by having many other representatives backing the bill, amendment, or law.  While in theory, all congressmen could know all other congressmen, member time is highly structured by the committee process, and so the committee assignments network is used to examine the impact of working with many fellow committee-members (out-degree centrality) and working with many well-connected members (eigenvector centrality) to pass legislation.

New course with networks component

March 14, 2010

Fall 2010


CLASS HOURS:  T 3:30-6:00

This seminar is intended to acquaint students with theory and empirical work related to organizational communication and organizational innovation as they relate to Clinical and Translational Science (CTS), especially T-2 or higher translations. CTS developments have been perhaps the major new policy initiatives at the National Institutes of Health, but they also reflect a very general concern with the slow diffusion of research, innovations, and best practices in a number of settings (e.g., education, agriculture, business, and so on). The course will provide students with an overview of traditional organizational communication approaches to innovation focusing particularly on diffusion of innovations frameworks, which rely heavily on network analysis, which are often termed dissemination in CTS approaches. The course will conclude with a discussion of models for organizing research programs in CTS innovation and the future of innovation and CTS research.

A major resource for the class will be a book length case study on the Cancer Information Service Research Consortium, whose membership included a number of subsequent leaders of the Clinical and Translation Science movement, that has broad applicability to a range of disciplines

The first unit of the course will provide students with an overview of the basics of dissemination, translational, and innovation research from a broad array of social science sources: including management, anthropology, sociology, political science, social and developmental psychology, geography, decision sciences, information science, public health, and communication. Students will then have an opportunity to apply course subject matter to a variety of specific problems of their choosing.

For more information contact:

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. J. David Johnson

Department of Communication
230 Grehan Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0042
(859) 257-3621
FAX:  (859) 257-4103
WEB PAGE: (which has a draft of the syllabus of the course)

New version of UCINET (6.275)

March 11, 2010

I continue to fix bugs stemming from the Great Bug 258. I recommend downloading the latest version before class.