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Congrats to Michael Macy on Receiving a Multi-million Dollar MINERVA Grant

Information Science and Sociology professor Michael Macy was recently awarded a MINERVA grant for just over $2 million for his research on the dynamics social movement mobilizations and contagions. MINERVA grants are awarded to support research in social science in areas of national security policy. 

Cornell will share the award with collaborators at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Morningside Analytics. 

Here is the program description, from the MINERVA award site

This proposal focuses on the analysis and empirical modeling of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions. They will evaluate the critical mass (tipping point) model on four datasets of digital traces of social contagions, which include Twitter posts and conversations around the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the 2011 Russian Duma elections, the 2012 Nigerian fuel subsidy crisis and the 2013 Gazi park protests in Turkey. For each dataset, they propose to use information retrieval and sentiment analysis methods to identify individuals mobilized in a social contagion and when they become mobilized. These methods will enable them to construct an “adoption curve” that tracks the number of individuals mobilized in the contagion at any given point in time and to test that curve for presence of the statistical signature of critical mass.