Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel: What is Research? (11/3/15 at UMA)

Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel: What is Research? Lisa Botshon, Professor of English Rosie Curtis, Lecturer in Architecture Sarah Hentges, Associate Professor of American Studies Peter Milligan, Professor of Biology Carey Clark, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Moderator Tuesday, November 3, 12 Noon University of Maine at Augusta Katz Library Members of this faculty panel will discuss their Read More…

This State Legislator Brought to You By…

Are you a social media user, or are you a platform for someone else’s app? California state legislator Das Williams has signed on with the communication management service Constant Contact; it’s written all over his social media presence.  The company offers its paid users the option of automatically posting copies of e-mails online and linking Read More…

Learning Unbounded: EdX Introduction to R

It’s an open secret: to be a university professor is to be a perpetual student.  Learning doesn’t stop with the PhD; there’s always something new to read, always something new to discover, always something new to write, always something new to analyze, always a new technique to understand. This is why academics love the summer: Read More…

Newspaper Blogging with the KJ and Morning Sentinel

Within my academic discipline, public sociology is an approach that reaches out beyond classrooms and academic journals in attempt to engage with the broader world. I’m excited to be taking a small step down this path with a regular spot in the newspaper blog lineup for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel of central Maine. Read More…

Presentation April 22 ’15: Open Maine Politics

Maine friends and colleagues: I’ll be delivering a public lecture this upcoming Wednesday at the University of Maine at Augusta Katz Library. The subject is the Open Maine project, an effort to bring Maine state legislative information into the open information age. I’d love your feedback — and as usual for the UMA Research and Pedagogy series there will Read More…

Fire a Nebraska Catholic School Teacher, Hear About it in Maine… the Twitterverse Reverberates

#LetMatthewTeach is a hashtag protesting the firing of a Nebraska Catholic school teacher for being gay.  Last week, #LetMatthewTeach was one of the top three Twitter hashtags used by state legislators in Maine, two thousand miles away from the scene of the kerfuffle.  Clearly, social media can bridge distance in some interesting ways.  I describe Read More…

Opening Maine Campaign Contribution Data Gets Tricky

Over the past year, I’ve been developing an Open Maine Politics website to mix, share and make social a variety of kinds of information about the Maine State Legislature.  Campaign finance profiles for legislators are part of the developing picture, but this weekend I’m hitting a speed bump as inconsistencies in the Maine Ethics Commission’s official Read More…

Conformity as a Sociological Variable (Video)

In my experience, most undergraduate textbooks treat conformity as a constant psychological feature.  These textbooks typically note how uncanny it is that researchers Solomon Asch and Stanley Milgram were able to manipulate their subjects into agreeing with a majority in making a statement that was obviously untrue, or into apparently shocking people to death. My, my, aren’t Read More…