Dispatches

Shootings in U.S. schools are linked to increased unemployment

By Megan Fellman EVANSTON – A rigorous Northwestern University 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. When it becomes more difficult for people coming out of school to find ...

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New paper out in G3:Genes|Genomes|Genetics!

The recent work of Chuyue Yang, a talent undergraduate (now recently graduated!), and graduate student Adam Hockenberry is now online. This work is a part of a multi-year collaboration with Professor Michael Jewett investigating the mechanisms by which the sequence of messenger-RNA can influence its translation. In this particular work, ...

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How much was the Japanese Imperial Palace worth?

With the Japanese Emperor attempting to abdicate the throne this week, it is a good time to reflect on the significance of the event. While not odd historically (the Emperors in Heian Era resigned fairly often), this is the first resignation in the modern era. Whether he will actually be ...

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Unintended effects of data privacy in healthcare

I would like to draw attention to an instance where I believe the pendulum has swung too far: the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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The foreCite Index

Check out the foreCite Index, a new bibliometric indicator built from a rigorous framework of the statistics of citations.

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Come to Nicolás Peláez's Public Thesis Presentation on March 11th

Nicolás “Fly-Eye” Peláez clocks up another win for science.

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Peter Winter awarded PhD

Bystanders were left in awe.

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Alumnus elected Early Career Fellow of Ecological Society of America

Professor Daniel Stouffer, currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury (NZ), was one of nine new Early Career Fellows elected by the Ecological Society of America (ESA). ESA designates as Early Career Fellows of the Society certain early career members (typically chosen ...

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Adam Hockenberry awarded Presidential Fellowship

Adam Hockenberry, a graduate student in IBiS jointly advised by Mike Jewett and Luís Amaral has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship. The Presidential Fellowship is funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School. This highly competitive award is the most prestigious fellowship awarded by Northwestern ...

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Building trustworthy Big Data algorithms

By Emily Ayshford Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and classify their text data in a meaningful way. One of the leading big data algorithms for finding ...

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'Friending' your way thin

By Erin White EVANSTON, Ill. —- If you want to lose pounds using an online weight management program, don’t be a wallflower. A new Northwestern University study shows that online dieters with high social embeddedness — who logged in regularly, recorded their weigh-ins and ‘friended’ other members — lost more ...

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Max Wasserman awarded Ph.D.

On Tuesday, December 10th, 2014 Max Wasserman successfully defended his PhD thesis. He studies networks contained within the Internet Movie Database.

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Persuading doctors to quickly adopt new treatments

By Marla Paul CHICAGO —- Doctors are more likely to try a new therapy when they are persuaded to do so by an influential colleague, reports a new Northwestern University study whose findings on adopting innovations also have relevance for business, education and research. The authors have used the new ...

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Daniel Stouffer receives University of Canterbury’s Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award

Two University of Canterbury (UC) academics have been named the inaugural recipients of the University of Canterbury ’s Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award. Dr Brendon Bradley (Civil and Natural Resources Engineering) and Dr. Daniel Stouffer (Biological Sciences), an alumnus of the Amaral Lab, received the award for their outstanding ...

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Big data study provides first insights into behavior of users of peer-to-peer file sharing

OCT 8, 2014 // Megan Fellman Peer-to-peer file sharing of movies, television shows, music, books and other files over the Internet has grown rapidly worldwide as an alternative approach for people to get the digital content they want — often illicitly. But, unlike the users of Amazon, Netflix and other ...

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Filippo Radicchi receives Complex Systems Society's Junior Scientific award

Professor Radicchi (Indiana University), a lab alumnus, is part of the new generation of scientists that are making significant contributions to the study of complex systems and networks. His many important contributions span from theoretical studies of structural and dynamical properties of networks, to analyses of large-scale empirical data about ...

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New publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution

Congratulations to current graduate student Adam Hockenberry and recent PhD Irmak Sirer for their recent publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution! The genetic code uses 64 three letter words (codons) to code for a mere 20 amino acids, resulting in multiple ways to code the same protein chain. Usage of ...

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Irmak Sirer awarded Ph.D.

Being fashionably late, Irmak Sirer, widely known as the sharpest dresser in the Amaral lab, successfully defended his doctoral thesis.

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Chuyue Yang presents at Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition

Sophomore Chuyue Yang was amongst a small number of undergraduate students selected to give an oral presentation at the Northwestern Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition on June 2nd 2014. During her 2 years of research in the lab so far, she has investigated the usage of specific genetic motifs in ...

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Want to do complex systems research?

Of course you do! The Amaral lab currently has several openings for Postdoctoral Fellows that we are looking to fill immediately. The main website page succinctly describes our main research areas (complex systems, systems biology, and science of science) and we currently have a number of exciting projects that focus ...

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