Recent New York Times article (Sundy business) on the impact of the recession on jobs, wages, etc. Data are national, but there are state breakdowns, as well as US maps with what appears to be county level data.
Not at all forestry, but fascinating and a lesson for how to think about engaging people...
Video is based on the "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt.
This morning op-ed from David Brooks deals with the fundamental difference from between social and physical sciences, and their application in the real world. It is useful in helping people think through what the social sciences can help us discern about problem-solving in the world. The snippet and link from The New York Times...
Click here for a link to an 11-minute crash course in social networks by Nickolas Christakis at Harvard Univeristy as part of its Harvard Thinks Big series.
Christakis is a professor of sociology, medical sociology, and medicine at Harvard Univeristy and Medical School.
David Kittredge at UMass sent me the video link.
Our Hidden Government Benefits: The threat to democracy today is not the size of government but rather the hidden form that so much of its growth has taken.
Visualizing data is an important aspect of science communication. This post at zero hedge scales up from a "mere" $100 bill (coming from PA, Ben has a soft spot in my heart) to a trillion--obviously the "real money" of the federal budget.
While I am not a huge fan of NPR's Terry Gross and Fresh Air, I've always appreciated Jeff Nunberg, a linguist with a frequent column. This evening, he shares his insights on bad apples and their implications for lot--it might not be what you think.
Jon Breschak, the PhD student working with me, is a voracious reader of both academic works and more popular media interpretations of social science and networks. Consider this recent e-mail...