About Us

Data & Network Science in K-20 Education aims to bring data, network, complexity and systems science literacy to a sustainable “K-20” STEM+Art education pipeline of innovators in research and education.

Led by the Center for Polymer Studies (CPS) Science Education Group at Boston University, we accelerate the integration of science education and interdisciplinary science research. 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 26 years,  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.

trunfio-150Paul A. Trunfio
Sr. Research Scientist
Director, Science Education Group @ Center for Polymer Studies
Department of Physics

Paul has developed and led 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.

Gene Stanley LOWRES PortraitH. Eugene Stanley
Professor of Physics
Director, Center for Polymer Studies
Department of Physics

Gene’s 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.


NetSci High immerses high school students and teachers in the burgeoning field of network science, a core pathway to making sense of many kinds of Big Data, a partnership between Center for Polymer Studies (CPS) Science Education Group at Boston University, New York Hall of Science and Binghamton University at SUNY’s Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems Research Group.

At Boston University, Paul Trunfio and Gene Stanley lead the program.

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.

  • Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University – foundations of network science
  • Katy Börner, Indiana University – networks and visualization
  • Brooke Foucault-Welles, Northeastern University – social capital especially among young people
  • Cesar Hidalgo, MIT – economic development, systems biology, and social systems
  • Brian Keegan, Northeastern University – political influence in networks
  • David Lazer, Harvard University – computational social science, political networks
  • Sune Lehmann, Technical University of Denmark – social networks and citation networks
  • Isabelle Meirelles, OACD Toronto – information design and communication
  • Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT – computational social science
  • Mason Porter, University of Oxford – applied mathematics and education
  • Erzsébet Ravasz-Regan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – biological networks
  • Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University – financial networks
  • Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University -disease spread
  • Uri Wilensky, Northwestern University – learning sciences and complex systems
  • Robin Wilkins, UNC-Greensboro – networks in neuroscience

  • Amit Bansil, Boston University – 2012-2014
  • Erzsébet Ravasz-Regan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – 2012-2015
  • Lori Sheetz, US Military Academy at West Point – 2012-present
  • Kristie Shirreffs, Binghamton University – 2012-2014
  • Paul Trunfio, Boston University – 2012-present
  • Huaye (Tina) Li, Stevens Institute of Technology – 2013-2014
  • Sakellarios Zairis, Columbia University – 2013-2015
  • Hollie Hans, Stevens Institute of Technology – 2014
  • Jeffrey Schmidt, Binghamton University – 2014-2015

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