Grad Students

Bernard Koch



Contact Information

Email    bernardkoch@ucla.edu
Office  Haines 108 - Computational Sociology Reactor

Hello! I'm Bernie. I made a website where you can find up-to-date info about me.

Fields of Study

Science of Science, Culture, Cultural Evolution, AI Ethics, Computational Social Science

Publications

  • Jiang S, Koch BJ, Sun Y. HINTS: time series prediction via dynamic heterogeneous information network embedding. WWW, 2021.
  • Brand JE, Xu J, Koch BJ, Geraldo PE. Uncovering sociological effect heterogeneity using tree-based machine learning. Sociological Methodology, 2021.
  • Gjesfjeld E, Silvestro D, Chang J, Koch BJ, Foster JG, Alfaro ME. A quantitative workflow for modeling diversification in technological systems. PLoS One, 2020 February 6;15(2): e0227579.
  • Brand JE, Koch BJ, Xu J. Machine learning, in SAGE Research Methods in the Social Sciences Foundation. Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug, and Richard A. Williams. eds. 2020.
  • Davidson PL, Koch BJ, Schnitzler CE, Henry JQ, Martindale MQ, Baxevanis AD, Browne WE. The maternal‐zygotic transition and zygotic activation of the Mnemiopsis leidyi genome occurs within the first three cleavage cycles. Mol Reprod Dev., 2017 Oct 25;84: 1218–1229.
  • Moreland RT, Nguyen AD, Ryan JF, Schnitzler CE, Koch BJ, Siewert K, Wolfsberg TG, Baxevanis AD. A customized web portal for the genome of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi. BMC Genomics, 2014 Apr 15:316. Comparative Sequencing Program, Smith SA, Putnam N, Dunn CW, Wolfsberg TG, Mullikin JC, Martindale MQ, Baxevanis AD. The genome of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi. Science, 2013 Dec 13;342(6164).
  • Ryan JF, Pang K, Schnitzler CE, Nguyen A-D, Moreland RT, Simmons DK, Koch BJ, Havlak P, NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Smith SA, Putnam N, Dunn CW, Wolfsberg TG, Mullikin JC, Martindale MQ, Baxevanis AD. The genome of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi. Science, 2013 Dec 13;342(6164).
  • Koch BJ, Ryan JF, Baxevanis AD. The diversification of the LIM superclass at the base of the metazoa increased subcellular complexity and promoted multicellular specialization. PLoS One, 2012 March 15;7(3): e33261.

Grants and Awards

  • Templeton Foundation Education Development Grant, Primary Investigator, Jun 2019
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018-2021
  • University of California Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2017-2018 ($38,000)
  • University of California Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2017 & 2018
  • University of California Dean's Scholar Award, 2016-2021 (declined)
  • University of California Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship, 2016 -2017

Conference Presentations

  • Koch BJ, DasGupta K, Silvestro D, Panofsky A. White Supremacist Trees in an Academic Forest. American Sociological Assocation, Main Session, (virtual), August 2021
  • Koch BJ, Sainburg T, Jiang S, Foster JG, Sun Y. Deep Learning of Potential Outcomes. Population Association of America, Main Session, San Francisco CA (virtual), May 2021.
  • Koch BJ, Sainburg T, Jiang S, Foster JG, Sun Y. Deep Learning of Potential Outcomes. American Sociological Association, Main Session on Methodology, San Francisco CA (virtual), August 2020.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. Evolutionary Dynamics of Cultural Change. American Sociological Association, Main Session on Culture, San Francisco CA (virtual), August 2020.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. The Birth and Death of Cultural Things: Explaining Cultural Evolution Through Bayesian Analysis of Diversification Rates. American Sociological Association, Main Session on Computational Sociology, New York NY, August 2019.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. The Birth and Death of Cultural Things: Explaining Cultural Evolution Through Bayesian Analysis of Diversification Rates. International Conference for Computational Social Science, Amsterdam NL, July 2019.
  • Koch BJ, Silvestro D, and Foster JG. The birth and (brutal, blackened) death of cultural things: a macroevolutionary history of metal music 1968-2000. Cultural Evolution Society, Tempe AZ, October 2018.
  • Koch BJ, Roseman JE. Understanding Speciation at the High School Level: An NGSS-Aligned Mental Model and Relevant Misconceptions. Accepted for presentation at National Association For Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Baltimore MD, April 2016.

Advisors

Jacob Foster, Daniele Silvestro (University of Gothenburg), Aaron Panofsky, Omar Lizardo

Degrees

B.A. in Biology with a Cognitive Science minor, Swarthmore College, 2013

M.A. in Sociology, UCLA, 2018