About Us

bu_nysci_binghamton_logoNetSci High is a program of the Center for Polymer Studies (CPS) Science Education Group at Boston University in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science and Binghamton University at SUNY’s Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems Research Group.

At CPS, our science education work is a significant aspect of the goals of our interdisciplinary science research center. Our research is devoted to interdisciplinary study of aspects of polymer, random, fractal and complex systems. In the CPS science education group, we have  been dedicated, for over two decades,  to enhancing undergraduate and K-12 science education by adapting research-based models and visualization tools, developing new curricula, hosting workshops and summer internships, and involving undergraduate and graduate university students in K-12 classrooms.

Paul Trunfio, Director of the Science Education Group, has developed education hands-on, curriculum and outreach efforts on a broad range of research topics including fractals, molecular dynamics computer modeling, neuroscience computer modeling, and complex systems and networks. The director of the Polymer Center is Gene Stanley, whose research spans many fields and are studied from the perspective of statistical physics; these efforts have long served as an incubator for translating science research into science education, thereby creating sparks of enthusiasm amongst students and teachers.

At New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), our collaborators on network science are Steve Uzzo and Catherine Cramer.  Since 1986, NYSCI has served over seven million children, parents and teachers. NYSCI’s mission is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. NYSCI features the largest collection of hands-on science exhibits in New York City. Visitors of all ages can explore over 450 interactive exhibits, including Connections, an exhibit on networks.

At Binghamton University (SUNY), Hiroki Sayama is a principal collaborator and leads the Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Research Group. Together, Uzzo and Sayama co-founded a pilot version of the NetSci High Program.

Additionally, we collaborate with, among others, Gerry Paul from Boston University, Erzsébet Ravasz Regan from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lori Sheetz at West Point’s Network Science Center, Shlomo Havlin from Bar-Ilan University, Sergey Buldyrev from Yeshiva University, Albert-László Barabási and Alessandro Vespignani at Northeastern University, and David Lazer at Harvard.

We are funded by the National Science Foundation.

For more information, please contact Paul Trunfio at trunfio@bu.edu