About Us

bu_nysci_binghamton_logoOur science education work in network science is a collaboration between Boston University, New York Hall of Science and Binghamton University (SUNY).

The work of the Science Education Group at the Center for Polymer Studies at Boston University, has for over 20 years been led by Paul Trunfio. Paul 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. NYSCI has dedicated significant efforts in the area of network science, including an exhibit titled Connections: the Nature of Networks as well as general information on network science.

At Binghamton University (SUNY), Hiroki Sayama is a principal collaborator. Dr. Sayama 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