From New World News:
Virtual world academic makes good: My pal Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine and author of the acclaimed Coming of Age in Second Life, recently left his position as editor of American Anthropologist to join the faculty of the new Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. As you might imagine, virtual worlds will probably play a part of his research there: "The Center will help support work on the social dimensions of virtual worlds that I hope will be interesting not just to academics, but designers and participants of every stripe," as he puts it to me. "What people do in existing virtual worlds is changing, mobile devices are having an increasing impact, and new virtual worlds are coming into being all the time. What’s all this mean for the human journey: for politics, identity, social justice?"

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