How tweets can help us make sense of internal party politics

by Daniel Braby & Marius Sältzer, The LoopMarch 19, 2021 Identifying the individual positions of MPs inside the same political parties is a longstanding problem for political science. Daniel Braby and Marius Sältzer argue that applying automated content analysis to MPs’ Twitter timelines can provide a good estimate of sub-party positions Focus on politicians, not just parties In Europe, parties […]

‘Minari’ wins best foreign-language film, but not without controversy.

Feb. 28, 2021By Maya Salam and Robert Ito “Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical story about a Korean-American family seeking the American dream in rural Arkansas during the 1980s, was the favorite for the best foreign-language film Golden Globe, and on Sunday night, it secured the trophy. “This one here, she’s the reason I made this film,” Chung said in his acceptance speech, while […]

‘The Opioid Epidemic and U.S. Culture’: New Book Sheds Light on Expressive Culture and Its Protests of Isolating Language Regarding Addiction

by Kristen Uppercue, 100 Days in AppalachiaFebruary 16, 2021 There’s often a disconnect between statistics on opioid use disorders and the real people the numbers represent. That disconnect tends to trickle its way down to the policymakers tasked with enacting change and providing opportunities to those living with a substance use disorder. At least, that’s what Travis Stimeling, associate professor […]

‘I had goosebumps’: Deaf Coloradans say sign language during inauguration is step forward

A fire captain led the Pledge of Allegiance using both her voice and sign language during the nationally-televised event. Author: Jennifer MecklesPublished: 10:36 PM MST January 20, 2021 WASHINGTON — Like many others across the country, Mandy Turner and Katie Cue were watching the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. They said a powerful moment that caught them by surprise. “Oh, goosebumps,” Turner signed […]

How ‘linguistic mirroring’ can make you more convincing

By Bryan Lufkin22nd December 2020 New research shows that analysing someone’s communication type and parroting it back may make you more persuasive.E Everyone knows that currying favour is harder than it looks. Getting someone on your side – whether it’s during a presentation or pitch, or simply trying to wow during a social interaction – is a nerve-wracking process. Do they […]

AI Could Help Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Early Using Language

IBM and Pfizer researchers develop a machine learning linguistic AD biomarker. Posted Oct 22, 2020 |  Reviewed by Matt Huston Can linguistics, the scientific study of language, be used to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) using artificial intelligence (AI)?  Scientists from IBM Research and Pfizer created a novel machine learning model that can help predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease ahead of […]

Rainbow Girl Murder Book Stirs Modern Controversy

by Eric Douglas, 100 Days in AppalachiaApril 28, 2020 On June 25, 1980, Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero were killed in Pocahontas County. They were on the way to the Rainbow Family Gathering, an annual meeting of hippies and other like-minded people that celebrate peace, harmony and freedom held at different national forests across the country. The murders captivated the […]

Libros Schmibros is about more than books

by Robin Urevich, California Health ReportNovember 17, 2011 Former San Francisco Chronicle book critic David Kipen has created a small oasis for readers in LA’s Boyle Heights, a working class neighborhood that just a year ago, could have been described as a book desert with few purveyors of the printed word. Kipen’s combination bookstore and lending library is called Libros […]