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Congratulations to Professor Brian Spitzberg for receiving 2016 Communication Apprehension and Competence Division of the National Communication Association Edited Book award

2016: Communication Apprehension and Competence Division of the National Communication Association Edited Book award for: A. Hannawa & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds.), Communication competence (in Handbooks of Communication Science series, P. Cobley & P. J. Schulz, series Eds.). Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

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Congratulations to Professor Brian Spitzberg for receiving 2016 Human Communication and Technology division of the National Communication Association article award

2016: Human Communication and Technology division of the National Communication Association article award for: Spitzberg, B. H. (2014). Toward a model of meme diffusion (M3D). Communication Theory, 24, 311-339. doi:10.1111/comt.12042

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Congratulations to Professor Brian Spitzberg for receiving the Mark L. Knapp award in interpersonal communication for 2017. It is one of the highest awards in the Communication discipline for people who study interpersonal communication.


Professor Tsou was invited to give a keynote speech at the XXIII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress, Prague, July 18, 2016

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Congratulations to Professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou for receiving the "Excellence in Education Award"!

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou received the "Excellence in Education Award" from the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) for his commitment in supporting K-12 education. He was presented with the award at the 2016 CalGIS Conference held in Anaheim on May 11th, 2016.








Congratulations to Professor Brian Spitzberg for receiving the 2016 Inaugural Biennial Best JLSP Reviewer Award, Journal of Language and Social Psychology!


2016 SPRING HDMA Lightning Talk Series



Please join us at the 2016 AAG annual meeting in San Francisco to learn more about the research with Social Media and Big Data!

Performance and Results for 2015 Big Data Hackthon for San Diego

(To view pdf files you may need to download Adobe Reader.)


2015 Big Data Hackathon for San Diego

Date: Oct. 3- 4, 2015 (First Round) / Oct. 10, 2015 (Second Round)

Location: Peterson Gym (Rm 153), San Diego State University Campus

Contact: Professor Amy Schmitz Weiss (aschmitz@mail.sdsu.edu)


Congratulations to Professor Brian Spitzberg for receiving the 2015 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Interpersonal Communication Division!


2015 SPRING HDMA Colloquium


“HDMA GeoViewer” for Nepal Earthquake Disaster Response and Assistance


Please Participate on our organized paper sessions at the 2015 AAG annual meeting in Chicago (4/22 and 4/23, 2015).


iDash Webinar:Tracking Disease Outbreaks and Health Disparities using Big Data, Social Media, Social Network Analysis, and GIS


Big Data Science at SDSU

The SDSU Big Data Science Program Initiative Steering Committee is hosting a Lightning Talks and Forums event as part of a Big Data Science Initiative at SDSU.

We will be bringing together SDSU big data colleagues from multiple disciplines, in particular, the four Areas of Excellence:

  • Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age
  • Climate and Sustainability Studies
  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Viral Information Institute

Date (Lightning talks and forum): Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM

Location: Templo Room, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, SDSU



2014 FALL HDMA Lightning Talk Series



Dr. John Elder (Board Director) received multiple grants recently.

Dr. John Elder (Board Director) received multiple grants recently, including “Control of Latino Childhood Asthma in Primary Care” (PCORI), Principal Investigator, $4,000,000, 2014-2018, and NIAID P01, “Quantifying Heterogeneities in Dengue Virus Transmission Dynamics”, $7,319,879; (T. Scott Principal Investigator Project 1) (John Elder Principal Investigator Project 2); Co-Principal Investigator Program Project.


September 2, 2014: Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Director) received the NSF-IBSS Award.

September 2, 2014: Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Director) received the NSF-IBSS (Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research) Award. The project entitled: "IBSS: Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks."(http://socialmedia.sdsu.edu/) This is a four-year award (2014-2018) for $999,887. One key contribution of this project is to build a prototype for the San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) social media outreach platform, which may be applicable for other U.S. cities in the future. The design of the prototype is to facilitate rapid dissemination of official alerts and warnings notifications from OES during disaster events via multiple social media channels to targeted population (typically in certain area). The platform can identify and recruit top 1000 social media volunteers based on their social network influence factors and help government agencies communicate more effectively to the public and be better prepared for both natural disasters and human-made crises.


New Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA)

On May 07, 2014, the Academic Deans Council at San Diego State University approved the proposal of the new Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA). The Human Dynamics center has become an official academic unit at the College of Arts and Letter, SDSU.


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