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.

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.

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.

2016 SIAM Student Paper Prize awarded to Natalie Stanley

Congratulations to Natalie Stanley for receiving one of the three 2016 SIAM Student Paper Prizes!

Natalie, a Ph.D. candidate in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, was selected for this prestigious award based on her paper “Clustering network layers with the strata multilayer stochastic block model,” to appear in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (also available from With this work co-authored with Saray Shai, Dane Taylor, and Peter Mucha, this award recognizes Natalie’s pivotal contribution leading this paper.

The Prize will be awarded at the 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting (AN16), to be held July 11-15, 2016, in Boston. There will be an award ceremony during the Opening on Monday and she has been invited to present her winning paper in a special minisymposium for the student paper prize winners that Wednesday. She will also receive a cash prize of $1,000 along with reimbursement toward her travel expense to attend the meeting.

Separate from Natalie’s paper prize, she will also be presenting some of her latest research in a 5-minute lighting talk in the “Ignite” format at the 2016 SIAM Workshop on Network Science, July 15-16, also in Boston, for which she has also won a SIAM Student Travel Award.

In addition to Natalie’s activities in our research group and in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Curriculum, she plays an important role as one of the first funded cohort of trainees in the NIH BD2K Biomedical Graduate Training Program at UNC.

Congratulations to Natalie for this wonderful and well-deserved recognition!