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A personal announcement

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I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been arranging a major career change.  I’m happy to announce that I will be entering the PhD program in Computational Social Science (with certificates in InfoSec and Economic Systems Design) at George Mason University, Fairfax VA, starting in the Fall of 2010.  Assuming all goes according to plan, this will take five years.

Those of you how have read my posts or heard my presentations know that I’ve been committed to advancing the state-of-the-art in interdisciplinary research regarding information risk management and incentive systems.  This PhD program seems ideally suited to help me make progress toward these goals.  Both during and after graduation, my personal goal is to stimulate more interdisciplinary research, especially public-private-academic collaborations.

I plan to continue working in the private sector, both part-time and summers.  I’m talking with a couple of companies to see if we can arrange a flexible, win-win relationship.  If you know of any other possible employers in the DC area, please contact me.

(While comments here are fine, if you just want to offer personal support, comments, or questions, you can email me directly at: russell.thomas AT the domain “”.)

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