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Registration is now open for two webinars hosted by XSEDE Broadening Participation

:Inaugural BP webinars to cover social science and humanities research topics

Registration is now open for XSEDE Broadening Participation's inaugural webinars scheduled to take place Friday, February 22 and Friday, March 1. These webinars will introduce social science and humanities research topics from the Chicano Studies Institute and the Center for Black Studies Research in advance of an on-site XSEDE training at the University of California Santa Barbara on March 8, 2019.  All are welcome to attend the webinars especially current and prospective XSEDE users in the social sciences and humanities.

The Broadening Participation Team is a subgroup within XSEDE's Community Enrichment and Engagement (CEE) area whose goal is to engage under-represented minority researchers from domains and institutions that are not traditional users of advanced computing. Speaker, agenda, and call-in information for the webinars may be found below. Please register here. Questions may be directed to the Broadening Participation Team via cee-bp@xsede.org.

Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective

Time: Feb 22, 2019 10AM PT / 11AM MT / 12PM CT / 1pm ET (60 minutes, including Q&A)

The Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective (CPMR) is a group of historians, educators, researchers, archivists and technologists dedicated to preserving imperiled Chicanx and Latinx histories of the long Civil Rights Era. Started by Professor Maria Cotera and filmmaker Linda Garcia Merchant in 2009, CPMR has traveled to over a dozen states, interviewed more than 70 people, collected hundreds of hours of oral histories, and scanned archives for preservation and access. Using largely volunteer and student labor, CPMR pioneers a method for grassroots history creation that encourages further research into Latinx studies and offers a model for grassroots digitization projects. The overarching objective of the project is to provide broad‐based public access to oral histories, material culture, correspondence, and rare out‐of‐print publications for use in both scholarly research and the classroom.

Dr. Maria Cotera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Studies and the American Culture Department at the University of Michigan. Cotera began her career as a researcher and writer at the Chicana Research and Learning Center, a non‐profit dedicated to supporting research by and about women of color. In 1989 she helped produce "Crystal City: A Twenty Year Reflection," a documentary about the role of young women in the 1969 Chicano student walkouts in Crystal City, Texas. Cotera's 2008 book, Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González, and the Poetics of Culture, (University of Texas Press) received the Gloria Anzaldúa book prize from the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). The prize is awarded for "groundbreaking scholarship in women's studies that makes significant contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship." Since 2009, Cotera has been building the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory project along with project co-director Linda Garcia Merchant.

Linda Garcia Merchant is a doctoral student concentrating in U.S. Latina and Chicana Literatures, and Digital Humanities. Linda focuses on the restoration and reconstruction of the counter narrative as an aid in rehabilitating the discourse of resistance and social movement. As the co-founder of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, Linda and Dr. Maria Cotera of the University of Michigan have produced over 125 filmed oral history interviews and collected more than 7,000 documents and ephemera from iconic figures of the Chicana and Feminist movements. In April 2012 Linda, coordinating an effort with Dr. Andrea "Tess" Arenas of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin State Historical Society began the Somos Latinas Oral History Project to collect and archive the historical narrative of Wisconsin Latina activism. In January 2014, Linda partnered with Dr. Elena Gutierrez of the University of Illinois Chicago to launch the Chicana Chicago/MABPW Collection project, collecting the histories of Latina leadership in Chicago.

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Topic: Fake News Shelf Life: Content, Reach, and Ephemerality of Hyperpartisan News

Time: Mar 1, 2019 10AM PT / 11AM MT / 12PM CT / 1pm ET (60 minutes, including Q&A)

Fake News Shelf life: Content, Reach, and Ephemerality of Hyperpartisan News:  This project aims to monitor the lifespan of hyperpartisan content that circulates on Twitter in the period leading up to national elections and democratic consultations. In our past research we have identified that user-generated, hyperpartisan news content has a remarkably short shelf life , a marker of the perishable nature of digital content at the center of political debates in liberal democracies. Key to our monitoring efforts will be the storage of social media data as it is collected. While we will rely on public Twitter Streaming API to track the content tweeted by users associated with key global electoral events (US 2020 Election, Brexit Referendum, etc.) we require storage resources for the tweets that will be parsed for real-time archiving of embedded content including images and URLs embedded to the message, hence identifying and archiving the content of webpages tweeted in the context of electoral politics. URLs will be archived daily until they are no longer accessible (URL decay). From this archive of data, we will conduct an analysis workflow that will rely on topic models (Grün & Hornik, 2011; Zhiqiang et al., 2013)to contrast extant and extinct URL content tweeted in the period leading up to the vote, and during the analysis, we also estimate the size of the retweet cascade that vanished and probe the relationship between content (i.e., hyperpartisan pieces or outright fake news) and content shelf-life. In summary, we seek to establish metrics for the lifespan of fake news and user-generated, hyperpartisan news articles. We expect the availability of this content to be short-lived and we therefore hypothesize that the news cycle of hyperpartisan news deviates from the regular news cycle, including the dynamics of retweet cascades triggered by legitimate news pieces featured on Twitter. There is thus a storage and analysis component to this project, and our allocation request reflects this dual requirement.

Dr. Simeone is a researcher interested in multidisciplinary data science. He currently serves as the director of Data Science and Analytics for ASU Libraries at Arizona State University. He was the founding director of the Nexus Lab for Transdisciplinary Informatics at ASU from 2013-2016. He is also affiliated with the Chainbuilder decision support systems group, as well as the Innovative Software and Data Analysis Division at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His research includes multidisciplinary data science, post-cybernetic culture and technology, analysis of human-technology networks, data visualization, and data-driven collaborations that bridge environmental sciences and humanities. Currently, he serves as a Domain Champion for Humanities for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. He received his doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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