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Networks II: A Dialog with Jennifer Fewell and David Schaefer
By Jennifer Fewell and David Schaefer
November 29, 2007

This Dynamical Discussion will feature a dialog between two researchers exploring the development of social networks and, in turn, how network structure and dynamics affect individual and group functioning. Network dynamics provide multiple points of comparison among social systems, from invertebrates, to vertebrates and humans. Join the Discussion to share your research interests, discover new insights, and form dynamic collaborations with other complexity scientists.

Jennifer Fewell
The social insects provide a uniquelytractable system to explore the social group as a network. To date, the use of network approaches to examine social structure within social insect colonies has been limited, and presents a topic for useful exchange between the social and life sciences. Social dynamics within social insect groups have been the focus of multiple fruitful explorations into self organization and emergence, both empirical and theoretical.

David Schaefer
Schaefer’s research asks how social networks emerge, change, and affect individuals embedded within them. Current research examines 1) factors driving the development of networks among preschool children and adolescents and 2) how the structure of exchange interacts with network configuration to influence dimensions such as power, trust, and cohesion.

Time and location:
Thursday, November 29, 2007
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
ISTB-1, Room 401