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2018–19 Working Group: Personalization Algorithms and Bias in Social Media

Space, structure, & discretionary funding

Obermann Center Working Groups provide space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups led by faculty that may include advanced graduate students, staff members, and community members with a shared intellectual interest. Groups have used this opportunity to explore new work and to share their own research, to organize a symposium, and to develop grant proposals. 

This program allows participants from across the campus and beyond to explore complex issues at a moment when cross-disciplinary collaboration is crucial to address shifting domains of knowledge and a rapidly changing world.

Working Groups:

  • have one or two co-directors; one must be a UI faculty member (open to all tracks)
  • attend an orientation meeting in the fall
  • meet a minimum of once a month throughout the academic year
  • must provide a list of participating members to the Obermann Center
  • provide a one-page report on their activities at the end of the academic year
  • give a brief, informal presentation of the group's work in the spring at a meeting set by the Obermann Center
  • may continue their work to the next academic year but must reapply for funding in the spring
  • can apply for up to $1,000 to support their activities

Note that groups may apply for up to $1,000 in discretionary funds; however, these funds cannot be used for food, and they must be used by the end of the spring semester.   

If you would like to join an already established Working Group, please email the group's director(s) or obermann-center@uiowa.edu.

Upcoming Working Group Events

All events listed below are open to the public.

Upcoming Working Group Events

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2023 Winter Institute for Teaching with Writing (via Zoom)
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 10:00am to 12:30pm
Virtual
This series of two workshops will focus on best feedback and commenting practices to help students improve their writing and their learning.
2023 Winter Institute for Teaching with Writing (via Zoom) promotional image
2023 Winter Institute for Teaching with Writing (via Zoom)
Thursday, January 12, 2023 10:00am to 12:30pm
Virtual
This series of two workshops will focus on best feedback and commenting practices to help students improve their writing and their learning.
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Current Working Groups

Current Working Groups and their directors. If you would like to join an already established Working Group, please email the group's director(s) or obermann-center@uiowa.edu.

Past Working Groups

Lists of past Working Groups and their directors.