Symposium on the Science of Stories

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What: Symposium on the Science of Stories
Where: Burlington Vermont USA
When: Oct. 15-17, 2018
More Info

  • Agenda
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    Schedule coming soon!
  • Logistics
    Symposium Location:
    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
    1 College St
    Vermont 05401

    Very Nearby Hotels:

    Hotel Vermont (downtown - 5 min walk to symposium)
    Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor (downtown - 5 min walk to symposium)
    Hilton Burlington (downtown - 3 min walk to symposium)

    Slack Channel:

    We have created a Slack Channel for this program so that you can communicate productively before and during the program. Upon registration, Juniper Lovato will send you an invitation.

    Program start and end:

    -Start: October 15, 2018 10:00AM EST
    -End: October 17, 2018 5:00PM EST

    Transportation in Burlington:

    - Uber or Lyft are great options in Burlington and are quite reliable for trips around town or to and from the airport.

    - Taxis:
    Dubwright Taxi: 802-557-2461
    Green Cab VT: 802-864-2424
    Atlas Cab: 802-829-7721
    Alpine Transportation: 802-923-6323
    Future Taxi: 802-999-0002
    Route 2 Cab: 802-363-7721
    89 Taxi: 802-999-6724

    - Bus: Green Mountain Transit is Burlington's local bus system. From the airport: The Chittenden County Transportation Authority’s South Burlington Circulator route # 12 connects BTV with Burlington, South Burlington, and the University of Vermont.

    - Parking App: ParkMobile is a nice little mobile app that allows you to pay for parking meters using your phone.

    How to pack:

    The course will be business casual, leaning more towards casual. Wear clothing that will be comfortable for you in a classroom style setting. The classroom will be air-conditioned. Wearing layers is always encouraged. The temperature should be fairly warm in Burlington this time of year but bring a light coat for evenings. It is always a good idea to bring good walking shoes.

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    About Burlington:

    Burlington Vermont is a world-renowned tourist destination, the symposium is located in the state’s largest city on beautiful Lake Champlain.

    With views across the lake to the Adirondacks in the west and the Green Mountains in the east, Burlington is a locus of year-round outdoor activities, and a vibrant local food and small farm movement.

    Activities such as hiking, biking (the Colchester Causeway,
    stretching nearly four miles out into Lake Champlain toward the
    islands north of Burlington is very rewarding), kayaking, and tour-
    ing the countryside and the many nearby mountains (Stowe and
    the Von Trapp Family Lodge are just 45 minutes away, the magi-
    cal Northeast Kingdom just a little further) are all great local activities. The magnificent Shelburne Farms estate and the remarkable Shelburne Museum would make for wonderful excursions in days adjacent to the symposium.

    Burlington and the surrounding area are also home to many craft beer and hard cider breweries including Magic Hat, Switchback Brewery, and Citizen Cider, just to name a few.

    Burlington also oddly enough has a really wonderful and pleasant airport, here is a nice article from the Atlantic entitled, If You Thought a Profitable Newspaper Was Surprising, How About This: A Pleasant Airport.

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    Symposium Organizer

    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    UVM Complex Systems Center

    802.656.7839 (office)
    505.603.2215 (cell)
  • FEES

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    • General: Early Bird $2,403 (After Early Bird: $2,603)
    • Academic, Non-profit, Government: Early Bird $1,363 (After Early Bird: $1,563)
    • Student: Early Bird $843 (After Early Bird: $1,043)

    Early Bird pricing ends July 20, 2018

    A limited number of partial waivers will be given on the basis of merit and need (please contact

  • Faculty Bios

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    Jim Bagrow
    Information flow on networks

    University of Vermont
    Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Assistant Professor

    Bagrow's interests include: Complex Networks (community detection, social modeling and human dynamics, statistical phenomena, graph similarity and isomorphism), Statistical Physics (non-equilibrium methods, phase transitions, percolation, interacting particle systems, spin glasses), and Optimization(glassy techniques such as simulated/quantum annealing, (non-gradient) minimization of noisy objective functions).

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    Chris Danforth
    The science of stories and sentiment analysis

    University of Vermont, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Flint Professor of Mathematical, Natural, and Technical Sciences

    Danforth is an applied mathematician interested in modeling a variety of physical, biological, and social phenomenon. He has applied principles of chaos theory to improve weather forecasts as a member of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, and developed a real-time remote sensor of global happiness using messages from Twitter: the Hedonometer. Danforth co-runs the Computational Story Lab with Peter Dodds, and helps run UVM's reading group on complexity.

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    Peter Dodds
    The Science of Stories

    Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center

    Dodds's research focuses on system-level, big data problems in many areas including language and stories, sociotechnical systems, Earth sciences, biology, and ecology. His foundational funding was an NSF CAREER award granted to study sociotechnical phenomena (2009-2015). Together with Chris Danforth, he co-runs the Computational Story Lab.

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    Mirta Galesic
    Communicating Complex Data to the Public

    Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute and Associate Researcher at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany

    Galesic studies how simple cognitive mechanisms interact with social and physical environments to produce seemingly complex social phenomena.

    Her projects include modeling and collecting data on social judgments and social learning, agent-based models of evolution of cooperation, developing theoretical sampling framework for understanding environmental uncertainty, finding simple rules for navigating complex financial environments, and communicating medical risks to the general public using different information formats.
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    Speaking list coming soon!

  • Participant Bios
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    Coming soon!

  • Further Reading
    • Coming Soon!
  • Restaurant Guide

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    • Hen of the Wood - Farm to Table - 55 Cherry Street Burlington Vermont M-SU 5-10PM. Reservations suggested. $$$
    • Honey Road - Middle Eastern Cuisine - 156 Church St Burlington, VT 05401 M-SU 4-9PM. Reservations suggested. $$
    • Four Corners of the Earth - Amazing Gourmet Sandwiches - 310 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401 TH-S 12-10PM SU 12-6 M12-4PM. $$
    • Monarch & the Milkweed - Cocktails, Brunch and Bakery - M-SU 8AM-11PM. $$
    • Juniper Bar & Restaurant - American Cuisine - 41 Cherry St Burlington, VT 05401 M-SU 7AM-2PM 5-10PM. $$
    • Misery Loves Company - Cocktails and Farm to Table Cuisine. 46 Main St Winooski, VT 05404. T-F 3-10PM S 10AM-10PM SU 10SM-2PM. $$


    • Zero Gravity - Brewery - 716 Pine St Burlington, VT 05401 SU-TH 12-9PM F-S 12-10PM
    • Foam - Brewery - 112 Lake St Burlington, VT 05401 M-TH 12-9PM S-SU 12-11PM SU 12-7PM
    • Switchback - Brewery - 160 Flynn Ave Burlington, VT 05406 M-S 11AM-8PM SU 11am-7PM
    • Magic Hat - Brewery - 5 Bartlett Bay Rd South Burlington, VT 05403 M-S 11AM-7PM SU 12-5PM


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