Recently named to Foreign Policy Magazine’s Twitterati 100 list for 2011, UMBC sociologist Zeynep Tufekci has become a central figure in new media studies through her blog, technosociology. Most recently she discussed recent events at the intersection of technology and politics on “The Marc Steiner Show” and commented on gender segregation in the field of computer science in the New York Times opinion feature, “Room for Debate.”
“Addressing why bright young women gravitate toward other majors will not just diversify the field and increase the supply of students, but also improve the way programming is taught and practiced,” writes Tufekci in “Change the Cowboy Culture.”
Later this summer, Tufekci will be moving on to the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will be greatly missed at UMBC, but we look forward to following her writing on technosociology and @techsoc on Twitter, and catching her presentation at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 on October 29 in Washington DC.