Archive for May, 2008

Poster tips

At this ICA I will be presenting a poster, for the very first time. Usually poster is a format widely used in scientific disciplines, but social science conferences start to have poster sessions recently to save time, including the ICA and Sunbelt. I think some studies can actually be explicated better by posters rather than by traditional verbal presentations.

Since I am a newbie of this presentation format, I googled about how to make a good poster and found some really interesting articles. The most comprehensive, and funny, guide of scientific poster making could be found here. Although it says “scientific” posters, most of the advice are equally applicable to non-science posters as well.

May 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

May update

I haven’t been very diligent in updating my research blog recently …. well, because it took much more time than I had thought to write intelligent blog posts. But it seems that I will be doing that more often in the next three months because I will be doing a lot of reading and blogging about them helps to organize thoughts.

Yes, in case you are wondering, I am finally going to take qualifying exam somewhere this September. The preparation, as well as the exam itself, will be a great opportunity to read, re-read, and organize stuff that I care about. I am excited.

Besides reading, I will also be doing ASIMS, which is a fabulous workshop on research methods, hosted by the Annenberg School at USC. Both USC and Penn students will join the two week workshop. I am tentatively in for categorical analysis and multi-level analysis. Sounds like great fun.

I am also presenting at the annual ICA conference at Montreal from May 21-26:

Shen, C. & Monge, P. (2008, May). Power asymmetry and network structure in Open Source community. Paper presented at the 58th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Montreal, Canada.

Shen, C. & Fulk, J. (2008, May). Ecological dynamics of online communities. Paper presented at the 58th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Montreal, Canada.

This year’s ICA has a lot of interesting sessions and panels. Besides, it is also time to reunite with old friends (a lot of them!) and make new ones. Can’t wait! 🙂

May 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment


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