Michael Todd

Social Science Space editor Michael Todd is a long-time newspaper editor and reporter whose beats included the U.S. military, primary and secondary education, government, and business. He entered the magazine world in 2006 as the managing editor of Hispanic Business. He joined the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy and its magazine Miller-McCune (renamed Pacific Standard in 2012), where he served as web editor and later as senior staff writer focusing on covering the environmental and social sciences. During his time with the Miller-McCune Center, he regularly participated in media training courses for scientists in collaboration with the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), Stanford’s Aldo Leopold Leadership Institute, and individual research institutions.

How Fake News Pulls Real News Into Its Orbit

Is the problem with fake news that individual stories confuse people? Or could it be, argues a new paper, that fake news sets the agenda that other and more legitimate media then follow?

2 years ago
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Alex Haslam

BPS Award-Winner Alex Haslam on Teams and Trump

Social psychologist Alex Haslam talks about many of his research interests, from Donald Trump to identity politics to classic studies – is his ‘glass cliff work’ with Michelle Ryan count? – in a wide-ranging interview following his receiving the President’s Award from the British Psychological Society.

2 years ago
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Norm Ornstein

New Administration Stokes Old Fears for Social Scientists

Given the historic antipathy that a few members of the Republican Party have had for social and behavioral science, researchers are just a bit anxious about what the new administration may bring – and with reason, according to one observer.

3 years ago
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views of Donald Trump

Interpreting Trump Through the Politics of Fear

Last year Ruth Wodak’s book on right-wing populist discourse, ‘The Politics of Fear,’ was published. In this Year of the Trump, she looks at how the US presidential candidate might have required adding a few pages to her work.

3 years ago
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Twitter-ing birds

Visualizing Social Media Analysis

Two of the authors of case study on using Twitter for research describe the ethical challenges of working in a rapidly changing landscape, why it’s important to be able to visualize what your analysis is finding, and why it’s important not to let your analysis be derived from some sort of ‘black box’ that you as the researcher don’t fully understand.

3 years ago
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#MMIW sample tweet

Use Qualitative Methods In Mining the Data Gold Rush

Mylynn Felt, author of a popular paper on social media and the social sciences, hopes to see a growing blend of established qualitative techniques with newly emerging big data research methods in future social science work.

3 years ago
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