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Finding the right balance is not always easy.

When an opportunity came up to join an online PhD program in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), I thought:  Opportunity is knocking – better take advantage of it. This program is allowing me to balance all of my hats.  I am able to peruse my PhD without having to relocate, without having to choose between one hat or another –  this PhD program provides the flexibility I need providing me with many new skills and knowledge.  Follow my blog. Join me on my journey!

Cologne 2018 – Bias and Discrimination This year, the second European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science will cover Bias and Discrimination in Cologne. Find more about it here. During the spring semester, Rick Galeano, Billy Spann and I completed a class project resulting in a paper entitled “Analyzing the Starbucks Arrest Controversy on Twitter.”  We submitted our paper to Euro CSS and just received an email notifying us that our paper has been accepted as a poster at the 2nd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science: Discrimination and Bias.  Preparations for the conference have officially begun.Read More →

NATO Information and Communicators’ ConferenceSeptember 17 – 21, 2018Rome, Italy THURSDAY: Inter-Disciplinary Workshops Blogtrackers and YouTube TrackerExperimental technologies and techniques for understanding information warfare on YouTube and blogs will be discussed and demonstrated by this university-based project. TJ18 content will be analysed using these emerging new tools.Read More →

COSMOS at UA Little Rock: Researching social media and online behavior. The research lab that I am part of is called COSMOS. At COSMOS, we are studying various aspects of social media and online behavior – the good, bad and the ugly.  From Saudi Arabian women’s right to drive cyber campaigns to Autism awareness campaigns to ISIS’ and anti-West/anti-NATO propaganda campaigns, at COSMOS, Dr. Agarwal is directing several projects with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), and U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Research at COSMOSRead More →

As this travel-packed summer comes to an end, I am gathering more material and coffee to prepare for a new project.  It’s called Social Cyber Defense.  The paper ‘Social Cyber-Security’ published by Kathleen M. Carley, Guidi Cervone, Nitin Agarwal, and Huan Liu presented at SBP-BRiMS and several conversations with panelists at the same conference lead to me this project.  The goal is to educate the youth and parents.   Let’s be honest.  When was the first time you had access to a device that was connected to the world wide web?   I was in high school.  The computer was large and heavy.  There wasRead More →

Not all stories may start from the beginning.  This blog does not start covering my PhD efforts from the very beginning either.  I chose to start at the end of my first semester.  I finally got a hang of Blackboard, writing papers again and working on projects.  The final project for my information visualization class covered the trends of the Winter Olympics from 1998 – 2018. This was a combined effort with my husband.  We used the data set from Data.World, which came in an Excel file.  We had hoped that the data from the 2018 games would be added, but that was unfortunately notRead More →

Finding balance is not always easy. We juggle a variety of tasks and challenges. We wear many hats. Student, employee, volunteer, parent, spouse – those are just some.  When I originally planned on perusing my PhD degree, I wanted to do so right after I graduated with my master’s degree.  At age 22, I inquired about it at a university and was told that the minimum age to enroll in their program was 25.  Change of plans.  After finding a job, getting married, moving many times and becoming a mom, I never thought I would be going back to school. When an opportunity came upRead More →