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. We accelerate the integration of science education and interdisciplinary science research. Since 1989, we have  been dedicated 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 Trunfio
Sr. Research Scientist, Physics Department, College of Arts & Sciences
Director, Data & Network Science K-20 Education

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.

bestavrosAzer Bestavros
Professor, Computer Science Department, College of Arts & Sciences
Director, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

Azer’s research includes cyber-physical and real-time systems, internet & cloud computing and economics-inspired computing.

solbergScott Solberg
Professor & Association Dean for Research, School of Education

Scott’s research focuses on career development for youth including how to promote optimal youth development and college and career readiness through the use of individualized learning plans and resiliency-based curriculum.

Gene Stanley LOWRES PortraitGene Stanley
Professor, Physics Department, College of Arts & Science
Director, Center for Polymer Studies

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