My year in Russia was amazing!
On December 21, 2017, at one of our regular SESL seminars, Kirill Maslinsky gave a presentation “Methodology of the analysis of school disciplinary practices: the principles of disciplinary action”.
On October 23, 2017, at one of the ongoing research SESL seminars, we had a meeting with Dr. Rene F. Kizilcec of Stanford University. He is the director of the Digital Learning Research Stanford University and a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Lytic Lab.
One of the first SELS students, Tamara Petrova, got admitted to a Master's program in Europe. This year her Master’s thesis was focused on a very interesting area of neuroeconomics, which is still quite rare in Russia. Tamara has told us about her research and her reasons for choosing this unusual field.
This Friday in Moscow, Ksenia defended her Ph.D. thesis “The influence of the social environment on the academic success and vocational plans of students (based on schools in St. Petersburg and the Moscow region)”
One of the SELS working areas is studying of the socio-psychological climate at schools. In particular, teenage aggression and bullying is one of the areas that receive our attention. Attacks, bullying, insulting pranks, and exclusion from communication can be found among children and teenagers of different ages. Relatively recently, so-called cyber-bullying that takes place in social networks has been also added to more traditional forms of bullying.
On March 31, 2017, at a regular SESL seminar, Vera Titkova presented her report “Popularity and Criteria for Popularity for Boys and Girls.”
On February 11-12, the Moscow office of the mail.ru group hosted a conference “Open Data Fest” on open data and open data science. The HSE students and the SELS staff attended the conference as members of audience. This Data Fest was the fourth event of this kind, which brought together researchers, engineers and developers engaged in various aspects of the data science. The conference program included several lectures on a range of topics, from a review of methods for analyzing big data in various areas of research, social sciences, to the latest advances in machine learning. Along with the lectures, where was an a series of practical events, like Pecha Kucha, where everyone had an opportunity to talk briefly about their research, which was followed by more detailed discussions of the most interesting cases.
In November, the Stockholm University hosted the two-day workshop “Challenges in Contemporary Society”, which was organized together with the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) by efforts of Professor Hedstrom. The legendary Professor Douglas Massey, an American sociologist from Princeton University, was the key speaker at the workshop. I was able to attend both of his lectures, a closed meeting with IAS staff after the first lecture, and even managed to have a chat with him.