If you have seen, read, and watched the video of HASTAC's network by Marco Toledo Bastos, you've already met the newest member of our HASTAC Central team. If you haven't seen, read, and watched yet, check it out. I love learning that, in the HASTAC online network, there are only four not six degrees of separation (take that, Kevin Bacon!). And I'm fascinating by the diversity of our commenters. My own theory is that when one is defining and creating a new interdisciplinary field, diversity is a sign of health. The last thing you want is replication of an existing cohort or clique with a new name. But you read Marco's entry and let us know what you think about all this data.
Marco is inheriting the mantel of NSF EAGER Postdoctoral Fellow from David Sparks, who has gone off to be a statistician for the Boston Celtics after working at HASTAC for several rich and very delightful months. Marco is filling those shoes---but virtually. Living in London and telecommuting, Marco joins us each week on a large screen in the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at Duke. Back in London, he's hard at work crunching and analyzing data, making collaborations with others trying to understand the strong and loose ties of new networks, and in general helping us to understand what all this content on the HASTAC site tells us about ourselves.
Let me tell you a little about Marco and how fortunate we all are to have him join our team. Marco earned his BA in History from the State University of São Paulo, Brazil, then went on to earn both a Master’s and a PhD in Communications Studies in Brazil before moving to Frankfurt where he earned a second PhD in Cultural Anthropology before going to the London School of Economics for a postdoctoral fellowship. He knows many languages—both human and computational! And he’s published numerous articles on social networks, cybernetics, chatrooms, online communication, and other topics that make him exactly right to try to understand the complex interrelationships in our HASTAC network.
I’m very happy to introduce him to you. And I hope if you have any questions that you might be interested in, having to do with data, networks, interactions, online mentoring, affiliations, credentialing, strong and weak ties, interdisciplinarity, or anything else that a data ninja might elucidate, that you will contact him via the HASTAC contact box or in the comments section and let him know. He’s also always eager to find collaborators who might be interested in comparative studies of other networks, similar or dissimilar.
Please join me in welcoming Marco to our HASTAC team---and now, come up with some great questions that he will crunch, I assure you, with both charm and care!