UPCOMING EVENTS

Events

Sep
21
Thu
Trust Me: The Public, the Press, and the Credibility Deficit by Jesse Holcomb @ Quello Center Meeting Room
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The digital information ecosystem is, for American media consumers, a hall of mirrors. The journalistic institutions and professionals once relied upon to steer news audiences past misinformation and rumor, and toward credible civic knowledge, are trusted by precious few. Indeed, at no time in recent memory has the role of the news media been under more scrutiny than in the Trump era. News organizations’ ability to provide robust accountability journalism is weakened, while technological disruption has paved the way for new voices to contribute to—and manipulate—the information environment. How did we get here? If we listen to what the data has to tell us, we might find some clues about what brought us to this point, and how a media-saturated public charts a course forward in a politically polarized nation. Since good questions drive good research, this talk will suggest some possible directions for future research around fakenews and misinformation.

Jesse Holcomb teaches journalism, digital media and communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and is a fellow at the Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Prior to this, Holcomb was an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. For 10 years at the Center, he helped design and execute a broad research agenda around journalism, technology and civic life. Holcomb is co-author of nine State of the News Media reports, studies on fake news, local news and civic engagement, news habits on social platforms, the economics of nonprofit journalism, and much more. He is widely quoted in national and international media such as the New York Times, NPR and BBC, and speaks regularly about his research to audiences in the U.S. and abroad. Holcomb holds a masters degree from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and has held writing and editorial roles at Sojourners magazine and the Public Interest Network.

Sep
28
Thu
Next Generation Broadcasting by Vincent Curren @ Quello Center Meeting Room (CAS 405)
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Vincent Curren, Principal at Breakthrough Public Media Consulting, Inc., will provide his perspective on the future of public broadcasting, focusing on the new IP-based standard created by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), called ATSC 3.0. This new standard will enable real synergies between the Internet and broadcasting, and much much more. So join us to learn about the future of public broadcasting, and the next generation of television, as well as developments on the ground here in East Lansing at WKAR.

Vincent Curren

Biographical Sketch of Speaker

Vincent Curren is principal of Breakthrough Public Media Consulting, a firm that helps public media companies navigate today’s dynamic and competitive media world. Vinnie is working with the Public Media Company to help public television stations leverage the power of ATSC 3.0, the next generation, broadcast television standard.

Before leaving to start his own firm, Vinnie served as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position that he held for nearly a decade. While at CPB, Vinnie had overall responsibility for managing station policy, grant-making and station support activities, ensuring that all Americans receive robust public media services for free and commercial-free. Prior to being named COO, Vinnie was the Senior Vice President for Radio at CPB.
Vinnie has been a major market station general manager (WXPN, Philadelphia), has held programming, fundraising, and engineering positions in radio, been a commercial television producer/director, and has served on the boards of the Development Exchange (now Greater Public) and the Station Resource Group. Vinnie holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo (Psychology) and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania (Organizational Dynamics).

Oct
6
Fri
Does the Internet Improve Healthcare Behaviors and Health Outcomes? @ MSU, CAS 182
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The deployment and adoption of the internet has created the possibility that consumers acquire access to information at significantly lower costs than previously possible. Dr. Olga Ukhaneva will present her co-authored study examining the impact of consumer use of the internet to access online, health-related information (i.e., eHealth) on healthcare behaviors. Using a unique dataset on individual consumption of medical care from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) over 2012-2014 and two-step estimation models to account for potential endogeneity and consumer-level heterogeneity, her results indicate that consumers’ use of eHealth: (1) promotes precautionary care (i.e., more doctor visits; more doctor type visits) over acute care; and (2) achieves superior health outcomes (i.e., shorter hospital stays). Among other findings, her results indicate that while many individuals search for health-related information online, substitution of eHealth for more traditionally delivered healthcare is generally limited to consumers facing the most pressing financial constraints.

Bio: Dr. Olga Ukhaneva is a Managing Consultant at Navigant Economics and a Visiting Senior Policy Scholar at the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Olga received her Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University in 2015. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University from 2014 to 2015, and later joined McDonough School of Business as a Research Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on the telecommunications industry and myriad policy issues surrounding it.

Manuscript: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1a2hhbmV2YW9sZ2F8Z3g6MjgzY2JmMzM1OTVhYmIzOA

Text Analytics for Mining Twitter Data: A Workshop by Dr Stuart Shulman @ Quello Meeting Room, Quello Center
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Text Analytics for Mining Twitter Data

Stu Shulman

Dr. Stuart Shulman
Founder & CEO, Texifter

Brief Bio
Inventor, entrepreneur, US Soccer National C licensed high school and Olympic Development Program coach, proud Revolution Academy dad, CEO @texifter, inventor of @discovertext, and Taoist garlic grower.

Overview of Workshop

Participate in this workshop to learn how to build custom machine classifiers for sifting Twitter data. The topics covered include how to:

• construct precise social data fetch queries,
• use Boolean search on resulting archives,
• filter on metadata or other project attributes,
• tabulate, explore, and set aside duplicates, cluster near-duplicates,
• crowd source human coding,
• measure inter-rater reliability,
• adjudicate coder disagreements, and
• build high quality word sense and topic disambiguation engines.

DiscoverText is designed specifically for collecting and cleaning up messy Twitter and other text data streams. Use basic research measurement tools to improve human and machine performance classifying data over time. The workshop covers how to reach and substantiate inferences using a theoretical and applied model informed by a decade of interdisciplinary, National Science Foundation-funded research into the text classification problem.

The key breakthrough led to a patent (US No. 9,275,291) being issued on March 1, 2016. We built a tools for adjudicating the work of coders. For example, if I ask 10 students to look at 100 Tweets that mention “penguins” and code whether or not they are about the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, there will be imperfect agreement. Some coders will have deeper knowledge of the subject and some Tweets will be inscrutably ambiguous. Adjudication allows an expert to review the way the group labeled the Tweets and decide who was right and wrong. This method of validation creates a “gold standard” and it allows us to score over time the likelihood that an individual coder will create a valid observation. Participants will learn how to apply “CoderRank” in machine-learning. The major idea of the workshop is that when training machines for text analysis, greater reliance should be placed on the input of those humans most likely to create a valid observation. Texifter proposed a unique way to recursively validate, measure, and rank humans on trust and knowledge vectors, and called it CoderRank.

The Quello Center is hosting this workshop. It will be free to participants, but limited in numbers, so please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space with Anne Marie Salter at the Quello Center: saltera3@msu.edu

Longer Bio

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is founder & CEO of Texifter. He was a Research Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founding Director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) at the University of Pittsburgh and at UMass Amherst. Dr. Shulman is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, the official journal of Information Technology & Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

Royalty Stacking in the U.S. Freight Railroads: Cournot vs Coase @ MSU Economics Department
Oct 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Monopolists selling complementary products charge a higher price in a static equilibrium than a single multiproduct monopolist would, reducing both industry profits and consumer surplus. However, firms could instead reach a Pareto improvement by lowering prices to the single monopolist level. Olga Ukhaneva and her co-authors analyze administrative nationally-representative pricing data of railroad coal shipping in the U.S., comparing a coal producer that needs to ship from A to C, with the route passing through B, in two cases: (1) the same railroad owning AB and BC and (2) different railroads owning AB and BC. They find no price difference between the two cases, suggesting that the complementary monopolist pricing inefficiency is absent in this market. The authors rely on score blocking and machine learning algorithms to test the robustness of their results. The results have implications for royalty stacking and patent thickets, vertical mergers, tragedy of anti-commons, and mergers of firms selling complements.

Bio: Dr. Olga Ukhaneva is a Managing Consultant at Navigant Economics and a Visiting Senior Policy Scholar at the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Olga received her Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University in 2015. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University from 2014 to 2015, and later joined McDonough School of Business as a Research Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on the telecommunications industry and myriad policy issues surrounding it.

Manuscript: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1a2hhbmV2YW9sZ2F8Z3g6NjljMzI5OWYyMThjMGMx