On May 27, UB welcomed 38 undergraduate STEM students from Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan to campus. They made the 36-hour trip to take a variety of classes, from engineering to sociology, through UBThisSummer during the first six-week session of the program.
CBC Radio program Spark interviewed Jun Zhuang, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, regarding his research which examines how Twitter users spread false information during disasters.
An article on Digital Journal about a free all-hazard disaster alerting network telephone app to help ordinary citizens be able to mobilize and assemble voluntary emergency response teams in the event of a disaster notes that a UB study by Jun Zhuang found that tweets during the Boston Marathon bombings, Louisiana floods and Hurricane Harvey spread misinformation and caused delays and false reports for emergency rescues.
An article on Metro reports on UB research that showed that most people on Twitter who share false information don’t correct or delete their erroneous tweets, helping them spread even more, and interviews Jun Zhuang, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering.
An article in The Washington Post about a new UB study that showed that during disasters, active Twitter users are likely to spread false news, either by retweeting or “liking” the original post, interviews Jun Zhuang, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering.