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IU Institute To Bring Together Top Minds For Research
Updated October 28, 2014 7:06 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University researchers from several disciplines now have a place to convene and share their work at the IU Network Science Institute.

The Indiana Daily Student reports, the institute will bring together the university's top minds to research the environment, economics and human health.

IU Vice President of Research Jorge Jose says researchers will explore the connections and relationships among the most complex networks - from the biological to the economic, political and social - hopefully solving humankind's most critical and challenging questions

Complex networks are at the center of the socially, economically and technologically interconnected planet, according to researchers.

Both their connectivity and dynamics support almost all aspects of how these systems function.
Cancer, schizophrenia, the spread of rumors, innovations and social unrest are only a few topics in which these networks can be associated.

Bernice Pescosolido, a distinguished professor in the department of sociology; Olaf Sporns, distinguished professor for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Andrew Saykin , a professor of radiology and imaging sciences and director of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center at the IU School of Medicine, serve as founding co-directors of the institute.

As of now, faculty from 26 schools, departments and centers have participated in the development of the institute or are interested in being a part of collaborative research.

The IUNI is currently a $7 million, three-year initiative but has the potential to be renewed for another three years.

In the institute, affiliated researchers from the backgrounds of medicine, the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities will represent multiple campuses.

There are currently four research hubs that are at the core of the institute: Health and Health Care, Network Neuroscience, Science of Science and Social Network Science.

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