Headlined, Shadow Politics, February 25, 2018

Sherry Towers
Broadcast Date: 
February 25, 2018

Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families involved in the recent tragic school shooting in Florida. Are mass shootings contagious? Some scientists say 'yes' as heartbreaking as that might seem. Our guest Arizona State University Physicist and Research Professor Sherry Towers studies statistics around mass shootings and how many are inspired by previous shootings. From 2006 to 2017, there have been more than 350 mass killings in the United States. Her work in computational sociology has received international media attention, including an analysis of how contagion may play a role in the temporal patterns observed in mass killings in the US.  This work has received extensive media coverage on BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, NPR, and other local, national, and international news agencies. If you want to read more go to the research article "by Sherry Towers, Andres Gomez-Lievano, Maryam Khan, Anuj Mubayi and Carlos Castillo-Chavez at: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0117259