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Welcome to the Center for Polymer Studies (CPS), a scientific visualization research center in the Physics Department and Science and Mathematics Education Center at Boston University. We are devoted to interdisciplinary research in aspects of polymer, random, and fractal systems and we utilize our expertise in this area to develop experimental and computational materials for high school and undergraduate education.

Research Projects
Interdisciplinary science research including complex networks, cardiac dynamics, statistical mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease, and simulations of liquid water


Science Education Group
Education projects include curriculum development, teacher professional development, outreach as well as building collaborations with other researchers.

Recent News

Network Science in Education
(05.15.12) Our new Network Science in Education site hosts our new initiatives, call for participants to our August 21-25, 2012 workshop, and software and curriculum. Check it out!

New Program Engages High School Students in Science Research
(05.09.12) BU's Center for Polymer Studies received a major three-year grant to provide opportunities for disadvantaged high school students to engage in year-round cutting-edge science research and industry internships.

Baseball Greats Reranked
(04.08.11) BU Today article discusses how graduate student Alex Petersen uses statistical physics approaches to take a new look at Major League Baseball statistics.

Two New Warren Distinguished Professors Named
(03.23.11) BU Today article profiles Gene Stanley.

"Horizons" premieres at HES70 (on YouTube)
(03.19.11) This original piece was written by Julie Okrusko of the New England String Quartet and was dedicated to Gene Stanley at the HES70 symposium and gala honoring Gene's contributiosn to diverse areas in statistical physics, neuroscience, econophysics, physiology and networks, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. March 18-19, 2011 at Boston University.

The Virtual Molecular Dynamics Laboratory 2.0!
(09.14.10) The Polymer Center Science Education Group led by Paul Trunfio announces that the popular educational suite of molecular modeling software is undergoing a complete revamp and has issued an interim software update.

Rama Bansil Stars in Science Nation Movie
(03.01.10) Rama Bansil and colleague Jonathan Celli star in a movie highlighting research done in the Biological Physics group in the Bansil-Erramilli group. The movie was produced by the National Science Foundation, as an episode in Science Nation.

APS Recognizes Gene Stanley
(01.22.10) The American Physical Society is among the 157 Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2010. Initiated in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program expresses appreciation for the essential work that anonymous peer reviewers do for their journals. Each year a small percentage of their 42,000 referees are to be selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation.

"Identification of Influential Spreaders in Complex Networks", Nature Physics (Vol. 6, p. 888-893, 2010)

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