MURI Annual Review 2019

As noted when it was awarded, I’m exceptionally excited to be part of the ARO MURI project “Multiscale integration of neural, social, and network theory to understand and predict transitions from illness to wellness” with Emily Falk and Dani Bassett at Penn and Kevin Ochsner at Columbia.

Here at UNC, this grant now partially supports the work of all three current postdoctoral associates in the lab: Zach Boyd, Eun Lee and Emma Smith. The four of us just got back from a our annual review in Philadelphia. It’s a pleasure and honor to work with all of these awesome people from the four labs. We have a bunch of great work to publish soon!

In case it isn’t obvious to all readers: Kevin and I are the two nearly-identical hairstyles in the back row in the center, with Dani and Emily standing in front of us. Zach is just to my left in front of me. Emma and then Eun are immediately on Dani’s right.

New MURI award

I am very excited about our new MURI award from the ARO, “Multiscale integration of neural, social, and network theory to understand and predict transitions from illness to wellness.” Working with Emily Falk and Dani Bassett at Penn and Kevin Ochsner at Columbia, our project aims toward “A proof of concept with mindfulness, hypnosis and alcohol use disorders.”

Working on this project with me at UNC is new postdoctoral associate, Dr. Emma Smith. Emma joins us having just completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at UC-Irvine, where she worked with Carter Butts.

We just returned from Philadelphia, visiting Penn for the Kickoff Meeting for this project, and look forward to these exciting collaborative activities in the coming months and years.

Jessime Kirk awarded a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Jessime-Kirk-500x313Congratulations to Jessime Kirk for winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! A Ph.D. candidate in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Jessime works in Mauro Calabrese’s lab in the Department of Pharmacology and collaborates closely with our group to do the data analysis that is central to his thesis research.

More information about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and its history is available from www.nsfgrfp.org.

NICHD R01 award to Moody and Mucha

Working jointly with Jim Moody in the Department of Sociology at Duke, we are pleased to announce a new grant award to support people and activities in our networks research group. Titled “Models and Tools for Dynamic Health-Relevant Diffusion over Complex Networks,” this $1.8M award on social network analysis and health from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will support a strong collaboration between our two groups at Duke and UNC over a five year period.

As part of this project, we will be seeking applications for new postdoctoral associates in the very near future.