Symposium on the Science of Stories #StorySci

  • Agenda
    Monday 15 October
    Peter Dodds - The Science of Stories
    Participant Introductions
    Chris Danforth - The science of stories and sentiment analysis
    Mohit Iyyer - Towards Understanding Narratives with Artificial Intelligence
    Talk Description
    Mirta Galesic - Communicating Complex Data to the Public
  • Logistics

    Symposium Location:
    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
    1 College St
    Vermont 05401

    Symposium Organizer

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


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    • General: $2,403
    • Academic, Non-profit, Government: $1,363
    • Student/Educator/UVM Affiliates: $843

    We aim for this course to be an intimate experience, space is very limited and is available first-come-first-served.

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

  • Faculty Bios

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      Information flow on networks

      Jim Bagrow - University of Vermont Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Assistant Professor
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      Data visualizations using sound

      Jenny Bower - Keyboardist + Data Scientist

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      Narrative and Emotion: Insights from the Telephone Game

      Fritz Breithaupt
      - Provost Professor, Germanic Studies & Cognitive Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
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      The science of stories and sentiment analysis

      Chris Danforth -
      University of Vermont, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Flint Professor of Mathematical, Natural, and Technical Sciences.
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      Introduction to the Science of Stories

      Peter Dodds - Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center
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      RoboPoems: Poetry-inflected robots

      Tina Escaja
      - Professor of Spanish, Department of Romance languages and Linguistics, UVM

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      How cognition drives cultural evolution

      Vanessa Ferdinand
      - Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow, Santa Fe Institute
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      Communicating Complex Data to the Public

      Mirta Galesic -
      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
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      Towards Understanding Narratives with Artificial Intelligence

      Mohit Iyyer -
      Assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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      Empathy and Social Connection in Story

      Sylvia Morelli
      - Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Empathy and Social Connection Lab.
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      Folklore and Cultural Analytics

      Timothy Tangherlini
      - Professor, The Scandinavian Section and Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA
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      Social listening is dead. Long live social listening!

      Kyle Shank -Manager, Advanced Media Analytics The Hershey Company

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    Additions to speaker list coming soon!

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    Symposium Organizer

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

  • Participants
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    • Amir Barghi, Professor Mathematics and Statistics, Saint Miichael's College
    • Benjamin Wiggins, University of Vermont
    • Clyde Dunton-Gallagher, Dept of Art & Philosophy, Miami Dade College
    • Dan DeSanto, University of Vermont
    • Diana Hackenburg, University of Vermont
    • Donna Rizzo, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UVM
    • Greta Pangborn, Professor Computer Science, Saint Miichael's College
    • Guillermo Rodriguez, Linguistics, University of Vermont
    • Jane Adams, The Vermont Complex Systems Center
    • Jeannine Valcour, Gund Institute for Environment
    • Jeremy Matt, University of Vermont
    • Jim Hefferon, Professor Mathematics and Statistics, Saint Miichael's College
    • Kelly Gothard, University of Vermont Undergraduate Data Science Student
    • Keri Toksu, UVM Office of the Vice President for Research
    • Kyle Shank, The Hershey Company
    • Ryan Best, Capital One Data Science
    • Selene Colburn, Associate Library Professor, University of Vermont
    • Sridhar Viswanathan, University of Vermont, Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families
    • Stephanie Albaugh, University of Vermont Extension
  • Further Reading
  • 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. $$
    • Misery Loves Company - Cocktails and Farm to Table Cuisine. 46 Main St Winooski, VT 05404. T-F 3-10PM S 10AM-10PM SU 10SM-2PM. $$
    • Ahli Baba's Kabob Shop - Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine - 163 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401 - Everyday 9AM - 3AM. $
    • Bueno y Sano - Burritos, Quesadillas, and Tacos - 213 College Street, Burlington VT 05401 - Everyday 11AM - 9PM. $
    • Asiana Noodle Shop - Sushi and Noodles - 88 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401 - M-TH 11:30AM-10PM F/SA 11:30AM-11PM SU 12PM-10PM. $


    • 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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