Archive for the ‘Tidbits’ Category

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.

I need your titles and abstracts

April 29, 2009

I need your titles and abstracts for your presentations on Friday, May 1st AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

They will be posted here:

Also, links to PDFs of your presentations will be posted there as well. The PDFs will live on the Google group, so they will only be accessible by class members.


US Secy. of Educ. values network analysis

April 19, 2009

Kevin Real spotted this bit in Time magazine:

[The new Education Secretary] has indicated that he will use the carrots and sticks in the stimulus bill to support voluntary efforts to write national standards and to prod states to adopt them. This process should involve advisory boards that represent employers, college admissions officers, military recruiters, teachers, education scholars and parents. It should also be ongoing, because the standards will have to evolve as the needs of the workplace and global economy do.

For example, I learned a lot of calculus, which hasn’t proved that useful in my career. But I do remember being confronted at a Time Inc. meeting on digital strategy with the simple question of how many direct two-way links there were in a fully connected network of 50 nodes. It was a long time before any of us could figure out even how to begin figuring it out. Tomorrow’s careers are likely to require more knowledge of networks, probabilities, statistics and risk analysis. That’s why it would be useful to have the standards-setting body be advised by recruitment officers from the infotech, biotech, medical and, yes, financial sectors.

 The complete article can be found here:,8599,1891468,00.html