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Swarm intelligence: From insects to humans
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Swarm intelligence: From insects to humans

  • The Skylight Room (Rm 9100) The Graduate Center, CUNY (map)
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Guy Theraulaz, University of Toulouse and CNRS

Sometimes the whole really is more than the sum of its parts. As humans, we organize ourselves into groups that accomplish more than any of us could alone, and so do many other animals. Professor Theraulaz will give us a guided tour of his influential work on these remarkable phenomena, from the construction of nests by ants and wasps, to the schooling of fish and the behavior of human crowds.

This is part of the City of Science series. For more information please visit the CUNY Graduate Center Office of Public Programs: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/All-GC-Events/GC-Presents. Register here.

This event is also part of the Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics series at the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences. Download the full series PDF here.

Additional co-sponsorship provided by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. 

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Networks: From biology to society
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Networks: From biology to society

  • The Skylight Room (Rm 9100) The Graduate Center, CUNY (map)
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Lev Guzman-Vargas, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico

Larry Liebovitch, Queens College and The Graduate Center

Dana Weinberg, Queens College and The Graduate Center

Networks have been used to describe interactions at different levels of organization: between molecules in biological systems, between people in social systems, and even between parts of the brain that form an individual’s personality. Do the same rules apply at these different levels of organization? What can we learn from one level that helps us better understand other levels of organization? Professor Liebovitch will lead a panel discussion of these exciting questions with colleagues from different disciplines.

This is part of the City of Science series. See the CUNY Graduate Center Office of Public Programs for more information: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/All-GC-Events/GC-Presents. Register here.

This event is also part of the Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics series at the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences. Download the full series PDF here.

Additional co-sponsorship provided by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. 

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Cooperation in the (very) long run
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Cooperation in the (very) long run

  • The Segal Theatre (1st Floor) at The CUNY Graduate Center (map)
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Duncan Watts, Microsoft Research

Duncan Watts studies the role that social network structure plays in determining system behavior. His work focuses on broad problem areas in social science such as information contagion and organizational design. He studies mechanisms of cooperation and popularity dynamics in on-line communities.

This event is part of the Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics series at the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences. Download the full series PDF here.
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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology.

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Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

The Spanish flu, one hundred years on: Lessons for science and society

  • Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY (map)
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Th Oct 11 6:30pm in the Martin E Segal Theatre
Free and open to the public
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The 1918 flu pandemic killed up to five per cent of the world’s population, making it one of the deadliest events in human history. On this centennial, we look at what made it so deadly, how society responded to this unprecedented emergency, and at the evolution of the flu virus itself.

Laura Spinney and Benjamin Greenbaum

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