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New center aims to improve the pursuit of scientific discovery

September 2019   The Center for the Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI), led by NICO Professor Dashun Wang, is dedicated to understanding the conditions that lead to scientific success.

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New Algorithms Discover Networks Within Systems

August 2019   NICO Professors Randy Freeman and Kevin Lynch have developed new algorithms that offer immediate application to difficult network reconstruction problems.

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To land top jobs, women need different types of networks than men

August 2019   Research from Yang Yang and Brian Uzzi found an important gender difference by analyzing the social-network and job-placement data for graduates of an MBA program.

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Slowing metabolism can prevent detrimental effects of genetic mutations

July 2019   Research from NICO faculty members Neda Bagheri and Luis Amaral "upends the paradigm of everything we know about development.”

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AI and the Social Sciences Used to Talk More. Now They’ve Drifted Apart.

July 2019   Research from Dashun Wang and colleagues shows that the gap between disciplines is growing, which could make it harder to address social and ethical problems.

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Bias in Big Data Workshop

June 2019   The Bias in Big Data Workshop took place in July focused on big data, bias, and health justice. Learn more about this event organized by NICO core faculty member Michelle Birkett.

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Work performance improves when the enemy of an enemy is a friend

June 2019   New research from Brian Uzzi finds that balanced professional networks are more important than individual talent when it comes to high-risk decision making.

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New Methods for Engineering Metabolic Pathways

June 2019   NICO faculty members Milan Mrksich and Michael Jewett are using new approaches to provide a faster way to create complex molecules.

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Ingredients of Scientific Success: People, Ideas, Tools, and Teams

May 2019   Dean Teresa Woodruff explores the ingredients of scientific success and argues for scientists to work across disciplines in this must-read editorial.

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ finale: Sheldon and Amy’s fictional physics parallels real science

May 2019   Professor Adilson Motter weighs in on the series finale of the Big Bang Theory and it's real life scientific parallels.

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Who Can Handle Trip To Mars? Northwestern Helps NASA Predict Strains On Astronauts

May 2019   Northwestern researchers, including Leslie DeChurch and Noshir Contractor, are developing a model to forecast conflicts and communication breakdowns between astronauts working in tight, isolated space.

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Polarizing Echo Chambers Had an Unexpected Effect on Political Misinformation

May 2019   A new study by NICO Post Doctoral Fellow Joshua Becker challenges the assumption that echo chambers reinforce poor information.

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Success in academia is as much about grit as talent

May 2019   A working paper by NICO's Yang Wang, Benjamin Jones and Dashun Wang finds that scientists who fail early may benefit from the experience.

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Why Poor Data Undermines Our Attempt To Understand The Future Of Work

May 2019   Researchers and policy makers are under-equipped to forecast labor trends resulting from AI. Learn more in this article based on research from Dashun Wang and Hyejin Youn.

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How Big is the Gender Gap in Science Research Funding?

May 2019   New studies from Brian Uzzi and Teresa Woodruff look at who wins the prestigious grants and prizes that can make or break a scientist’s career.

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Multiple views on how to choose a visualization

April 2019   Choosing a visualization based on task can be helpful when communicating known patterns, but it's less useful at the analysis stage. Steve Franconeri tackles this problem with a new quick-reference guide.

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Adam Pah wins EFMD Case Writing Competition

April 2019   Congratulations to NICO's Adam Pah and Alanna Lazarowich of the Kellogg School of Management. Their case, titled "Evaluating the Cognitive Analytics Frontier", was selected a winner in a prestigious case writing competition.

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Dashun Wang Named a Best 40 Under 40 Professor of 2019

April 2019   Congratulations to NICO and Kellogg School Professor Dashun Wang on being named to the Poets & Quants Best 40 Under 40 Professors list.

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Successful Research Papers Cite Young References

April 2019   Analysis of scientific citations from the Amaral Lab reveals previously unknown patterns. Northwestern Engineering article.

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The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up

April 2019   Researchers have bold hopes of learning how to predict and control synchronization in many real-world contexts. Learn more in this WIRED article which includes NICO Professors Adilson Motter and Daniel Abrams.

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Erik Andersen receives award to study the evolution of behavior

April 2019   Congratulations to NICO's Erik Andersen on being awarded a Human Frontier Science Program grant to study the genetic mechanisms underlying behavioral evolution.

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Four Elected to Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

March 2019   Congratulations to Luis Amaral on being elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows!

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Malcolm MacIver on Sensing, Consciousness, and Imagination

March 2019   How did our minds develop the ability to conjure up multiple hypothetical futures? NICO's Malcolm Maciver pinpoints an important transition in the evolution of consciousness in this Mindscape podcast.

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Are you an ‘Earthquake Detective’?

March 2019   New project recruits help from citizen scientists to classify seismic events. Kevin Chao, a NICO Data Science Scholar, is mentioned in this Northwestern Now article.

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Women scientists get less federal funding than men

March 2019   A new study in JAMA by Teresa Woodruff and Brian Uzzi shows women get less money when they submit grants to the federal government. Northwestern Now article.

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New machine learning technique rapidly analyzes nanomedicines for cancer immunotherapy

February 2019   A Northwestern led research team including Professor Neda Bagheri is using a novel approach to aid scientists in optimizing therapeutic vaccines to treat cancer.

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How teamwork could make or break a mission to Mars

February 2019   Northwestern researchers, led by Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch, are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns on deep space missions. Northwestern Now article.

Can Big Science Be Too Big?

February 2019   A new study by Dashun Wang and colleagues finds that small teams of researchers do more innovative work than large teams do. New York Times article.

Who Gets Blamed When a Group Project Goes Wrong?

February 2019   Why do consequences stick to some team members more than others? Research by Benjamin Jones and Brian Uzzi examines this by looking at retracted academic papers. Kellogg Insight article.

Most successful women surround themselves with other women

January 2019   A new study in PNAS by Yang Yang, Nitesh Chawla and Brian Uzzi finds female-dominated inner circles are key to women gaining leadership roles. Northwestern Now article.

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

January 2019   A new study in PNAS by Yang Yang, Nitesh Chawla and Brian Uzzi is explored in this WIRED Article.

Women who win prizes get less money and prestige

January 2019   A new analysis of biomedical awards over five decades shows men receive more cash and more respect for their research than women do, reports Teresa Woodruff, Brian Uzzi and colleagues in Nature.

Wilensky Named Lorraine Morton Professor

January 2019   Congratulations to Northwestern and NICO Professor Uri Wilensky on being named the Lorraine Morton Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science.

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A Blood Test for the Body’s Clock

January 2019   Rosemary Braun and other researchers are developing ways to measure internal time that could yield insight into sleep deprivation and disease. Scientific American article.

In Team Sports, Chemistry Matters

December 2018   New research from Brian Uzzi and Noshir Contractor reveals that past shared success among team members improves the odds of future wins. Northwestern Engineering article.

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Wilensky, Horn Awarded NSF Grant for Computational Thinking Research

November 2018   Uri Wilensky (NICO Core Faculty) and Mike Horn have received a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant to help students improve their computational thinking skills. SESP article.

Study explains why some human genes are more popular with researchers than others

September 2018   Historical bias leads researchers to study certain genes over and over again, according to research from Thomas Stoeger, Luis Amaral and colleagues. Northwestern Now Article.

Scientists determine four personality types based on new data

September 2018   Researchers led by Northwestern Engineering’s Luis Amaral sifted through data from more than 1.5 million people to find at least four distinct clusters of personality types exist. Northwestern Now article.

Scientists identify four personality types

September 2018   In a report published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, researchers at Northwestern University identify four personality types: reserved, role models, average and self-centered. Washington Post article.

The Bright Future of Machine Learning

August 2018   Adam Pah and Brian Uzzi discuss the wide-ranging benefits of pairing minds with machines in this Northwestern Now Q&A.

Career Hot Streaks

July 2018   Career successes come in clusters or "hot streaks", according to research from Dashun Wang who is interviewed in this Kellogg Insight article.

Luis Amaral Appears on Wharton Moneyball

July 2018   Listen to Professor Luis Amaral discuss his research into soccer analytics on a recent episode of Wharton Moneyball during the 2018 World Cup.

NICO Hosts First Research Jam and Data Science Research Day

June 2018   NICO hosted two new events in May and June of 2018 to foster the center's collaborative research mission.

Using big data to analyze soccer

May 2018   Read how Luis Amaral’s lab developed the first objective, data-driven system for understanding who to watch on soccer fields across the globe. Northwestern Now article.

Unemployment and financial distress may trigger school shootings

April 2018   Professor Adam Pah discusses new research showing a correlation between increased unemployment and rising gun violence at schools in this CNBC commentary.

Symposium Examines Role of Microgrids in Sustainable Development

April 2018   Experts gathered on April 10th at Northwestern’s Symposium on Microgrids to share knowledge about and experiences with self-contained power microgrids in the face of disasters.

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How Will Automation Affect Different U.S. Cities?

April 2018   How will automation affect different U.S. cities? Kellogg School and NICO Professor Hyejin Youn and colleagues seek to understand how machines will disrupt economies.

Better Design through Data

April 2018   Dean Malmgren and Mike Stringer (NICO external faculty members) join IDEO to explore creative ways to realize the positive potential of data science. Northwestern Engineering Article.

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Proving the Possible

March 2018   John "Mac" McQuown (Northwestern '57 and a NICO donor) sets his sights on climate change by building a microgrid that's demonstrating what green tech can do. Northwestern Engineering article.

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Introducing New NICO Faculty Members

December 2017   NICO is excited to welcome new faculty members into our midst: Dashun Wang and Hyejin Youn!

Wednesdays@NICO 2018 Seminar Series returns on January 17th

December 2017   The winter speaker series runs from January 17 through February 28, 2018.

First Data Science Night Kicks Off With Over 100 Attendees

November 2017   Northwestern University hosted its first, official Data Science Night, or “hack night,” in November 2017 with over 100 attendees.

In These Small Cities, AI Advances Could Be Costly

October 2017   A new MIT study (co-authored by Hyejin Youn) finds that larger cities are more resilient to technological unemployment.

IDEO acquires Chicago data science firm Datascope, founded by Northwestern Alumni

October 2017   IDEO is planning a new offering called Design for Augmented Intelligence and has added 15 data scientists from Datascope, including NU Alumni Dean Malgrem and Mike Stringer.

Better Together: Breakthrough Science the Northwestern Way

October 2017   The University is a leader in teaching, practicing, and promoting team science.

Do Earthquakes Have a ‘Tell’?

October 2017   New research from Kevin Chao, a data scientist and seismologist, uses "deep tremor" to forecast strong earthquakes.

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Ágnes Horvát and Dashun Wang Give Keynotes at Annual IC2S2 Conference

July 2017   Horvát spoke about the hidden signals of collective intelligence in crowdfunding, while Wang presented research on predictive signals behind success.

NICO Researchers Present Findings at NetSci 2017

June 2017   NICO faculty present research at the NetSci 2017 International School and Conference on Network Science on topics such as computational social science, social networks, data science, and more.

Visual Thinking Lab Unites Journalists, Engineers and Data Scientists to Solve Real-world Problems

April 2017   Professor Steve Franconeri's Visual Thinking Lab brings together journalists, engineers, and data visualization researchers to solve real-world problems.

Michael Jewett Receives 2017 Teaching Excellence Award

April 2017   Professor Jewett received a 2017 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award, which celebrates excellence, innovation, and influence in undergraduate teaching.

Teresa Woodruff Named 2017 Guggenheim Fellow

April 2017   Professor Teresa Woodruff was named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in support of her research into reproductive health and fertility preservation.

Using Cell Phone Data to Predict the Next Epidemic

April 2017   Research from Professor Dashun Wang examines if data science can be used to predict the spread of viral epidemics.

The Surprising Speed with Which We Become Polarized Online

April 2017   Research by Professor Brian Uzzi and a team of researchers at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca examines how users isolate themselves in social media echo chambers.

School Shootings Rise and Fall with the Unemployment Rate

March 2017   Research by Adam Pah and Professor Luis Amaral set out to quantify gun violence at US schools and made a surprising discovery.

School Shootings and Jobless Rate May Be Linked, Study Finds

January 2017   NBC News covers research by Adam Pah and Professor Luis Amaral on school shootings.

Shootings in US Schools are Linked to Increased Unemployment

January 2017   A rigorous Northwestern study of a quarter-century of data has found that economic insecurity is related to the rate of gun violence at K-12 and postsecondary schools in the United States.

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We're Learning to Predict Who Will Have the Greatest Career Impact

December 2016   In Forbes, Professor Dashun Wang discusses his research on how peak impact can happen at any time in a scientist’s career.

Will Machines Ever Truly Understand Us?

December 2016   In a Kellogg Insight Podcast, Brian Uzzi, David Ferrucci, and Sandra Waxman discuss how the relationship between humans and computers is deepening.

Let’s Get Together: Collaboration Patterns Vary Between Male and Female Scientists

November 2016   Professor Luis Amaral discusses his new research on collaboration patterns.

Study Finds Female Faculty Are Underrepresented in Genomics

November 2016   New research by Professors Luis Amaral and Teresa Woodruff shows the playing field for female faculty in STEM disciplines is not always as level as it appears.

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When it Comes to Success, Age Really is Just a Number

November 2016   The New York Times covers new research by Professor Dashun Wang on scientific careers.

Why a Scientist’s Big Break May Be Just Around the Corner

November 2016   New research by Professor Dashun Wang shows that a researcher's most successful paper can occur at any point in his or her career.

Think You Understand Why Ideas Go Viral? Big Data May Change Your Mind

October 2016   From tweets to scientific discoveries, Professor Dashun Wang and Microsoft's Duncan Watts discuss how human behavior is more predictable than you might think.

Wilensky Wins 2016 Excellence in Design Award

September 2016   Northwestern Professor Uri Wilensky has received the prestigious 2016 Excellence in Educational Design Award for the design and development of NetLogo.

How Long Will it Take to Break Usain Bolt’s 100-meter Dash Record?

August 2016   Professor Luis Amaral calculates it may take up to 230 years.

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Big Data is Helping Northwestern Experts Unlock the Secrets of Creativity and Connection

June 2016   From Broadway to biomedicine and the DC Beltway, data science is helping Northwestern experts unlock the secrets of creativity and connection.

McCormick Making a Difference in New Era of Data Science

May 2016   With strengths in computer science, data analytics and whole-brain thinking, the McCormick School of Engineering is pushing data science research, education, and collaboration forward at the school and across the University.

Spreading the Word and Sharing the Tools of Data Science

May 2016   Professor Luis Amaral explains how data science initiatives provide tools, knowledge, and connections to take research further.

Data Science Transforming Northwestern Research

May 2016   Data Science is a seismic shift in how faculty are doing research and how students are learning at Northwestern.

2016 World Wide Web (WWW) Best Paper Prize

April 2016   Brian Uzzi won the Best Paper Prize at the 25th International World Wide Web Conference, becoming the first social scientist to win the prestigious computer science prize.

Code Read: Sociologists Bring Digital Approach to Text Analysis

February 2016   Research from NICO Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Nelson and a team of sociologists is featured in the February Northwestern Research newsletter.

How Humans Plus Machines Will Equal Amazing Advancements

February 2016   Moran Cerf and Brian Uzzi write in Entrepreneur about the benefits of human and machine collaboration.

Researchers Pinpoint Place Where Cancer Cells May Begin

January 2016   A multidisciplinary team co-led by Richard W. Carthew and Luís A.N. Amaral used fruit fly genetics to understand how things could go wrong in cancer.

What You Need to Know about Making Money in 2016

January 2016   Brian Uzzi is featured in an Inc. article about the collaboration between people and machines.

Network Control: Letting Noise Lead the Way

September 2015   Northwestern researchers, including Professor William Kath, leverage randomness in a new computational approach to keep cells healthy.

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Programming Boot Camp Attracts Diverse Participants

September 2015   More than 230 participants representing 10 schools learned programming skills needed to collect, process, and analyze data.

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Merging Big Data with Social Science

May 2015   NICO co-organized Kellogg’s first-ever Computational Social Science Summit that featured collaboration and human-machine partnerships.

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