Winter 2017 Newsletter - December 2017
Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems
  Data Science NightFirst Data Science Night Kicks Off With Over 100 Attendees
Northwestern University hosted its first, official Data Science Night, or "hack night," on November 6th, 2017. The kickoff brought together over 100 attendees, including undergrads, grad students, postdocs and faculty, as well as some high school students and community members. Attendees heard from Adam Miller, LSSTC Data Science Fellow at CIERA, who gave an interactive presentation on using python and scikit-learn for developing a basic machine learning workflow.


Wednesday at NICOWednesdays@NICO 2018 Seminar Series returns on January 17th
As the new year begins and classes start full swing, so does Wednesdays@NICO. This vibrant seminar series brings top researchers in complex systems and data science from around the country and stimulates discussions and collaborations between graduate students and senior faculty from a variety of disciplines across Northwestern. Come and join these exciting seminars, which average 65 attendees per week, and can also be streamed online.


Dashun Wang & Hyejin YounIntroducting New NICO Faculty Members
NICO is excited to welcome new faculty members into our midst: Dashun Wang and Hyejin Youn! Dashun Wang was appointed a core faculty member at NICO in the Fall of 2016 and Hyejin Youn was appointed a core faculty member at NICO in the Fall of 2017.

  Select Recent Publications

Small vulnerable sets determine large network cascades in power grids, Adilson Motter, Science, Nov 17, 2017
The Effect of Organizational Atypicality on Reference Group Selection and Performance Evaluation, Ned Smith, Organization Science, Nov. 14, 2017
Scale invariance in natural and artificial collective systems: a review. Cristián Huepe, Journal of The Royal Society Interface, Nov 1, 2017
Evidence for Two Hot-Jupiter Formation Paths, Ben Nelson, The Astronomical Journal, Aug. 23, 2017
  Select Recent Media Coverage

The Science Behind Word-of-Mouth Recommendations, Brian Uzzi, KelloggInsight, Nov. 2, 2017
In These Small Cities, AI Advances Could Be Costly, Hyejin Youn, MIT Technology Review, Oct. 23, 2017
Do Earthquakes Have a ‘Tell’?, Kevin Chao, McCormick School News & Events, Oct. 5, 2017
Solving Big Problems with Big Data, Luis Amaral, McCormick School Magazine, Fall 2017
7 Major Gaps in Women’s Health Research, Teresa Woodruff, U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 29, 2017
  Watch our Latest Wednesday@NICO Presentation

Missed the talk by Christopher Bail in November? We’ve got you covered. Visit the NICO YouTube page for this talk and others. (More will be added in January)


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Happy Holidays From NICO!

Happy Holidays from NICO
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