Mucha presents at the Network Frontier Workshop

A big thank you to Adilson Motter and the whole team of people at Northwestern for continuing their Network Frontier Workshop series. While it would have been nice to see everyone in person like in past years, the online virtual format worked well. Congratulations to the organizers for working well through the technical details. I greatly enjoyed the talks and was honored to participate again.

Group descends on Data Institute SF Annual Conference

Congratulations to all involved in the Data Institute SF Annual Conference, with a big thank you to conference chair James Wilson for giving us the opportunity to talk networks in this wonderful venue.

We had a phenomenal showing in our Networks track, across four sessions chaired by Mucha, including 15 speakers. In addition to Networks track talks by Mucha (chair’s prerogative) and group alumnus Dane Taylor, PhD student Natalie Stanley talked in a session on Machine Learning Applications, and PhD students Sam Heroy and William Weir both gave posters.

Thank you to all of the speakers (pictured below) who joined us for our Networks track. It was an honor to have such an amazing cast in our track!

 

Core-periphery “revisited” appears in SIREV SIGEST

We are proud to have our 2014 SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics paper on “Core-Periphery Structure in Networks” appear as the highlighted SIGEST article in this quarter’s issue of SIAM Review.

As described on the SIAM Review web site, “SIGEST highlights a recent paper from one of SIAM’s specialized research journals, chosen on the basis of exceptional interest to the entire SIAM community and revised and condensed as needed for greater accessibility.”

More information about this work can be obtained from this quarter’s SIGEST introduction to the new version of our paper, revised for SIAM Review with updated material.

Sam Heroy teaches networks in Girls Talk Math

Congratulations to graduate student Sam Heroy for designing a successful curriculum on network science at this summer’s Girls Talk Math camp here at UNC in the Department of Mathematics. Girls Talk Math is a two-week camp for rising 9th to 12th graders who are interesting in exploring challenging math problems that go beyond the high school curriculum.

At the end of the camp, some of the students wrote an entertaining blog post about their experience and what they learned in network science.

Congratulations to Sam and to the organizers of the camp. Congratulations also to graduate student Natalie Stanley, who also participated with a presentation at the camp.

Scott Emmons wins Goldwater Scholarship

scott_emmons-200x300A no-April-fooling congratulations to sophomore Scott Emmons, for his selection as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar!

Scott joined our networks research group in his first year, bringing substantial previous experience about community detection in networks from his high school experiences working at IU in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a Robertson Scholar and an Honors Carolina student, the Robertson piece meaning we haven’t seen as much of him recently while he’s away at Duke. But he is still active in the group, and he is part of an upcoming paper we are getting ready for submission later this Spring.

Congratulations Scott!

Natalie Stanley on Graduate Women in Computer Science panel

All of us in the group are proud of our colleague graduate student Natalie Stanley, who participated in last night’s panel discussion of the Women in Computing Research Symposium 2017, sponsored by the Graduate Women in Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Thanks to Saray Shai for taking this photo of Natalie (second from the left) on the panel.

Dane Taylor in SIAM News Blog

Congratulations to postdoctoral associate Dane Taylor for the recent profile on him in the SIAM News Blog.

Dane was in Atlanta for the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, where he presented at a minisymposium on Modeling and Computational Methods in Network Science and Applications. Dane’s talk brought together different elements of our work on detectability of communities in multilayer network data, including these two papers coauthored with Natalie Stanley and Saray Shai, along with more recent work with Rajmonda Caceres.

Congratulations to Dane for this great coverage of his work!

Granell and Shai at NetSci-X

Congratulations to postdoctoral associates Clara Granell and Saray Shai for both getting selected to give contributed presentations at this week’s NetSci-X conference in Tel Aviv.

Clara discussed some of our recent work on “Epidemic spreading in localized envrionments with recurrent mobility patterns” while Saray presented on “Warping the urban space: geometry and dimensionality of urban transportation systems.”

Amusingly, they somehow managed to get assigned the same speaking time in parallel sessions. Thanks to Jesus Gomez-Gardeñes and Daniel Goldsmith for posting these pictures of Clara and Saray.

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Mucha and Shai both recognized at Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence Ceremony

It is with enormous pride that I get to further publicize that Dr. Saray Shai is one of the 10 recipients of the Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence for the 2016-17 academic year, awarded by the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. At any given time, there are roughly a thousand postdoctoral associates associated with UNC. So this is quite an honor for her, recognizing the very interesting work that she’s been doing.

As part of today’s Postdoctoral Research Award Ceremony, Saray gave a fantastic short overview talk about some of her work on transportation networks.

Saray joins her fellow postdoc, Dr. Dane Taylor, who received this same award last year. I am exceptionally proud of both of them.

I was also excited when I heard that they and others nominated me and I was selected for the Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award, a new award this year. Of course, it’s easy to be a good mentor to such great postdocs!

We are each very grateful to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for these recognitions!

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Natalie Stanley presents SIAM Student Paper Prize talk

As announced previously, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. candidate Natalie Stanley is one of the winners of this year’s SIAM Student Paper Prize. She and her fellow winners were officially presented with their awards earlier this week at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston. Today, their recognition continued in a special minisymposium at the meeting, where they presented talks about their winning papers.

Congratulations to Natalie on this honor and on giving a wonderful talk.