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Nyhan quoted on
Posted on: 02/23/2018

"It's easy to feel hopeless because the fringe won't listen. And it's true--the fringe won't listen. But there are a lot more people who are vulnerable to conspiracy theories, but don't necessarily believe them," says the QSS steering committee member and professor of government Brendan Nyhan in a February 22 CNN story about conspiracy theory 'pollution.'

QSS student published in New York Magazine
Posted on: 02/05/2018

Alexander Agadjanian '18, who is pursuing a major in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, recently published an article, Democrats Are Changing Their Minds About Race, and the Youth Are Leading the Way in New York Magazine.  The article is an analysis of the role of racial justice in contemporary American politics and, more broadly, the racial climate in the United States. Alexander and his co-author, Sean McElwee, write that, "Young Democrats who were initially wooed by the idea of a post-racial America have likely been strongly influenced by backlash to Donald Trump’s race-related rhetoric and the rise of movements like Black Lives Matter and the Dreamers within the past decade."

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Every QSS major at Dartmouth must write an honors thesis during his or her fourth year on campus. Alexander's thesis project, which studies how partisans react to policy information, is being supervised by Professor of Government Dean Lacy.  All honors thesis writers are guided by QSS Director of Undergraduate Research Sean Westwood.  In his New York Magazine article, Alexander demonstrates his skills with the R computing environment, which all QSS students learn as part of their studies.  Alexander has taken many R-based classes, including Data Visualization, taught by Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of Government Yusaku Horiuchi. Alexander has written a research paper with Professor Horiuchi, which was presented at a conference held at the University of California, Berkeley in August last year.

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Quote of the Day - Daniel Rockmore
Posted on: 01/18/2018

"I think it's important to introduce kids to the world of ideas early,"

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says QSS Steering committee member, Associate Dean for the Sciences, and the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science. In Kids n’ Code - Version 2.0, a Huffpost article in which Professor Rockmore discusses his work with local elementary school children in Hanover, NH, and how he teaches them about algorithms.

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Yusaku Horiuchi - Dartmouth Quote of the Week
Posted on: 01/18/2018

“Our study suggests that weather conditions may affect people’s decisions on not only whether to vote but also who they vote for.” QSS Steering Committee member Yusaku Horiuchi, referencing his study of the effect of weather on voting behavior. The quote comes from an Irish News Magazine article, Study shows potential Democrat voters are more likely to switch allegiance if it rains.

Fall 2017 Data Visualization Contest
Posted on: 01/08/2018

Each term as part of his Data Visualization course, Professor Yusaku Horiuchi organizes a contest for his students in which the the top six visualizations are chosen by student vote. The fall 2017 winners can be viewed here.

QSS Postdoc accepts position at Texas A&M
Posted on: 01/02/2018

Erik Peterson, currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, recently accepted an offer to become Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. After undergraduate education at Northwestern University, where Erik wrote a thesis under the supervision of Professor Jamie Druckman, Erik received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University.  He has been at Dartmouth since the fall of 2017.

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Among other things, Erik is working on projects that seek to identify the effects of cuts in newsroom reporting on democracy.  Erik is also conducting research with Assistant Professor of Government, and QSS Director of Undergraduate Research, Sean Westwood on projects designed to identity the origins of affective polarization.

According to Professor Westwood, "Erik exemplifies the kind of scholar we are trying to foster within QSS: a social scientist who uses cutting-edge methods to explore major questions."

William Clark, Head of the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M, described Erik as "energetic, well-trained, and extremely prolific."  He suggested that Erik "will play an important role in our recently created research program in Political Behavior and Political Institutions and should also have lots of opportunities to collaborate with scholars in Psychology, Communication Studies, and Behavioral Economics."

QSS congratulates Erik on his new faculty position!  Erik will be starting at A&M in the summer of 2018 and until that time will be working on his research at Dartmouth.

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Using the Tools of Quantitative Social Science to Study Fake News
Posted on: 11/14/2017

Using new data collection technologies, QSS steering committee members Brenda Nyhan and Yusaku Horiuchi, with Dartmouth undergraduate students from Nyhan’s “Experiments in Politics” course, have been able to contribute to social science research on the prevalence and effect of fake news and fact checking. A recent Dartmouth News story, “Dartmouth Scholar Is at the Center of the Fake News Debate” highlights Professor Nyhan and his work.

QSS DUR harnesses machine learning to analyze complex experimental designs
Posted on: 11/14/2017

Assistant Professor of Government Sean Westwood and coauthors recently released a new statistical method that harnesses machine learning to analyze complex experimental designs.  Their method was published in Political Analysis, the top methodology journal in political science.  With his colleagues, Westwood, the Director of Undergraduate Research in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, showed that it is possible to utilize a super-learner to estimate the effects of heterogenous treatments on respondents' attitudes.  Their method also allows for the analysis of heterogeneous responses to treatments.

3rd Day in a Row: QSS Steering Committee Member featured Quote of the Day
Posted on: 11/08/2017

Daniel Rockmore, William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, associate dean for the sciences, and QSS Steering committee member, was quoted in the VOX daily discussing the Neukom Institute for Computational Science's new literary prize. "It's in the future but it feels like it's not too far away. With just a few sort of shifts of the parameters, one might say, we might actually be there tomorrow. ... I think science and technology has a significant influence on the way that kind of stuff gets written." The quote comes from an interview on Vermont Public Radio, "New Literary Prize From Dartmouth To Award Works Set In The 'Near Future'"

2nd day in a row: QSS Steering Committee Member Featured Quote of the Day
Posted on: 11/07/2017

Government professor and QSS Steering committee member Brendan Nyan was quoted in the VOX daily speaking about the Trump administration "Threats to the rule of law often start with these softer kinds of actions, these norms that grow weaker." This quote comes from an article on entitiled "Trump talks like a strongman. Good thing he’s governing like a weak man: Analysis"