Fellows

Elevating Common Knowledge

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Sat, 01/03/2015

Current Fellow, political scientist Michael Chwe, had a well deserved, if unexpected, period in the spotlight when a book he wrote 14 years ago, Rational Ritual, was chosen by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his 2015 “A Year in Books” online book club. The choice of Chwe’s book followed the choice of another former Fellow’s book - Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In the following article, written for The Monkey Cage blog in The Washington Post, April 8, 2015, Chwe explains the thesis underlying his book and how it relates to the work he concentrated on at CASBS this year.

Mark Zuckerberg wants people to understand common knowledge. What’s commmon knowledge? By Michael Chwe

CASBS Fellow Damon Centola Paper Cited in Washington Post

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Sat, 02/07/2015

 

From the Washington Post (Feb 7, 2015):

"A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania's Damon Centola [CASBS Felllow 2014-2015] provides a scientific explanation for how social conventions can emerge suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, with no external forces driving their creation. (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania)"

Related News Link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/02/07/behind-the-ebb-and-flow-of-baby-names/

Heather Munroe-Blum Appointed Chairperson of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

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Thu, 06/26/2014

From the press release:

Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced the appointment of Heather Munroe-Blum as Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), effective October 27, 2014.

Dr. Munroe-Blum has served on the Board of Directors of the CPPIB since 2011. Her appointment as Chair is for a three-year term ending on October 26, 2017. Dr. Munroe-Blum became the first woman to serve as Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) of McGill University in 2003. She is a professor at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Principal Emerita, and is returning from a leave at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.

 

CASBS Fellow Jon Krosnick: What American People Really Think About Global Warming

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Tue, 06/24/2014

From the Stanford Report:

"The year after temperatures rise, people are more likely to believe in global warming, says Jon Krosnick, a Stanford professor of communication and of political science. The latest polling shows that 73 percent of Americans believe global warming is real and 79 percent favor some sort of government intervention on the issue. But, only 49 percent favor mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by power plants."

Read the entire article.

2014-2015 CASBS Fellow and Mindset Group research in "New York Times Magazine"

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Fri, 05/23/2014

The cover story of the May 18th New York Times Magazine "Who Gets to Graduate?" features the work of incoming fellow David Yeager and the Mindset Group.

"David Yeager, a 32-year-old assistant professor who is emerging as one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of education. In his research, Yeager is trying to answer the question that Laude wrestles with every day: How, precisely, do you motivate students to take the steps they need to take in order to succeed?"

Read the story.

See the cover and read the story behind the photoshoot.

CASBS Fellow Jon Krosnick wins lifetime achievement award from public opinion research group

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Wed, 05/28/2014

From the "The Dish":

The final tally is in.  JON KROSNICK, a CASBS Fellow, Stanford professor of communication and of political science and, by courtesy, of psychology, has won the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Bestowed upon Krosnick on May 17 at the association’s annual banquet in Anaheim, Calif., the tribute recognizes outstanding contributions to public opinion research. Read more.

Hookah Hazard: Paul Blanc’s latest blog post on Psychology Today

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Mon, 05/05/2014

photo of Paul BlancIt’s been trending among hipsters for some time, along with heavy-framed eyeglasses and vinyl records. But unlike those other what’s-old-is-new-again accessories, hookah smoking presents more danger – far more than users may realize.

As Blanc writes in his article for Psychology Today online, “…not only does smoking tobacco in a hookah provide for efficient nicotine delivery, this practice also leads to alarmingly high levels of carbon monoxide” – indeed, more than if they smoked cigarettes.

The reason: the technology design of a hookah, according to Blanc: a layer of burning charcoal rests above the tobacco, adding even more CO to the tobacco as it burns.

“Know thyself.” Not so easy, says CASBS Fellow David Dunning

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Wed, 04/16/2014

David Dunning’s work is featured in three articles across three different media this week: The Christian Science Monitor newspaper, The Atlantic magazine, and the Smart Planet blog. All cite the Dunning-Kruger effect, as it’s known: the tendency to overestimate one’s competence (and as it happens, the less competent someone is, the greater the likelihood of overestimating their abilities).

CASBS Fellow Heather Munroe-Blum Receives Canada’s Top Award in Public Policy

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Fri, 04/11/2014

Above Left to Right; The Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Heather Munroe-Blum; David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. Photo Credit: Martin Lipman

"Representation In Scientific Practice Revisited:" A fresh approach to visualization practices in the sciences. Steve Woolgar, ed.

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Thu, 04/03/2014

Editor’s note: Steve Woolgar will present a paper at UC Berkeley on April 10. The paper, “It Could Be Otherwise,” is based on work he is developing at CASBS.

image of book cover: Representation in Scientific Practice RevisitedCASBS Fellow Steve Woolgar is one of the editors of the recently-released Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited. The original Representation in Scientific Practice, was published by the MIT Press in 1990, the work helped coalesce a long-standing interest in scientific visualization among historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science.

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