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Howard Welser
Works at Ohio University
Attended University of Washington
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Professor and researcher
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  • Ohio University
    Professor and researcher, present
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    Post doc
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    Research assistant with Communities and Technology group
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Howard T. Welser III
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Sociologist, researcher, teacher, and community builder.
Introduction

I publish under the name Howard T. Welser, but I go by both Howard Welser and Ted Welser.  I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University in Athens Ohio.  

My full professional profile lists my current research agenda (including pdfs of all my published work).  Syllabi, course schedules and other resources for all of my classes are linked there as well a page that organizes resources for my advisees.  I especially enjoy working with students, like those in my Social Media, Social Networks, and Social Change course.  

My research investigates the connections between social circumstances, individual actors, social structure, and collective outcomes.  I am interested in the social implications of technological change and in studying social dynamics using data collected from online communities of different sorts.  I am especially interested in discovering evidence for ways that participation in new social media may be changing how people interact and what we are like.   I also seek to cultivate contacts with researchers around the globe who share these interests.  

I am interested in helping college students adapt to and succeed in the changing digital work environment.  I advocate for the use of free, general purpose technologies that facilitate collaboration and communication like gmail and chat, google docs, skype, blogs, sites and wikis.  I use and encourage the use of R for statistics and data analysis and the use of NodeXL for social network visualization.  I also encourage students to develop projects of interest to others, share their work and to write for larger audiences.

Brief Bio

I received a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Western College Program at Miami University.  I was an aspiring ceramic artist and rock climber.  I also worked for several years at the Outdoor Pursuit Center.  

After working for a few years in the indoor climbing industry, and an enjoyable stint in Seattle for graduate school (University of Washington, Sociology), I have returned to Ohio.  Although I grew up in Kent, Athens feels very much like home, and I enjoy the many benefits of a strong small town community.  I am a big fan of the Athens Farmers Market and the hiking and recreation opportunities nearby.  I recently started a blog on Bouldering in Athens County to help people locate and enjoy the climbing available in our area. 

Before coming to Ohio University I worked as a post doc at Cornell University with the Institute for the Social Sciences, where I developed some of my research interests, met several good colleagues and friends, and cultivated my interest in poker. 


Education
  • University of Washington
    Sociology
  • Miami University
    Interdisciplinary studies; art, social science

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I was reflecting on how this World Cup is different from those before due to social media.
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Some thoughts on route setting and bouldering for home walls and climbing gyms. 
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Very cool progress.  I can't wait for eventual production versions of these to become ubiquitous.   
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The plan is not to sell these cars to the public, but to turn them into taxis and local transportation devices that you can use whenever you want...
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Amazing progress in micro storage.
 
#Technology Has No Limits
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Stuff like this blows my mind. Here's a funny collection of old tech advertisements ($350 for a 16K stick of RAM, hahaha)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/13/vintage-tech-ads_n_4260926.html
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Here is a place to post all your insights into how society is changing due to shifts in the nature of social networks, and due to our collective participation in social media.
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Impressive video representation of the google self driving car system.
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It helps me to be reminded that allowing myself to become angered about silly everyday things is both a distraction and violence to my self.  
 
Sensory experience does not offset the intense pain or pleasure we feel on a mental level; it may distract us, but doesn’t overcome it. On the other hand, if we have peace of mind, even negative experiences do not upset us. Peace of mind is also good for our physical health. Medical experts have found that anger, hatred and fear eat into our immune system. Being calm and relaxed is better for our physical well-being.
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So this is cool. 
 
Really cool augmented reality style advertising board.
Combines live environment feed with entertaining cg events. 
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Hooray for the wonderful surprise cake!
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Look at the color of the beer! Beautiful!
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I posted this observation a while ago.  Does the nature and amount of interaction on the internet shape how "cosmopolitan" we become?
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A funny take on the whole distraction problem of technology.  Long live the mullet!   http://www.torontosun.com/2013/08/31/guelph-family-lives-like-its-1986
If you ever need to know who was the prime minister in 1960 and you’re willing to wait 10 minutes for the answer, Blair McMillan is your man.
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Great class from a great teacher!
 
4 days left to register; 5 slots open: online course Literacy of Cooperation, Apr 30 - Jun 12 == learn the metaskill of forming a learning community with strangers online while investigating the biological, evolutionary, cultural, social political, technological aspects of cooperation
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