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**Announcing a new undergraduate major in Social Data Analytics (SoDA)!

The SoDA major is designed to prepare students for careers that make use of big data in order to tackle social and political problems. This interdisciplinary major provides a unique combination of data analytic skills and social science knowledge that can be applied to various contexts and questions

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Department Spotlight
Bruce Desmarais joins the Department

Bruce Desmarais joins the Department

Bruce Desmarais, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Affiliate of the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State University.

Michael Nelson joins the Department

Michael Nelson joins the Department

Michael Nelson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializes in American politics, state politics, and judicial politics.

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The Ethos of the Activist-Athlete Dec 04, 2015 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM — 111 CHAMBERS
BDSS IGERT Speaker Series Dec 07, 2015 12:15 PM - 01:15 PM — B001 Sparks (Data basement)
BDSS IGERT Speaker Series - Co-sponsoring GEOG Coffee Hour: Qunying Huang Jan 29, 2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building
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