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Subject: the first network MacArthur
From: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 21 Sep 2005 21:29:17 -0400

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"Computer Science Prof Wins MacArthur 'Genius Award'"
Cornell Daily Sun (NY) (09/21/05); Gura, David Austin

Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg has won a $500,000 grant from
the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, partly on the strength
of his research into network theory. The MacArthur Fellowship, often
referred to as the "Genius Award," is given to researchers who stand out
in terms of accomplishment, creativity, potential, and prominence.
Kleinberg describes network theory as a field emerging on the fringes of
social science, computer science, and applied mathematics, which is based
on the principle that networks play a key role in many scientific,
technological, and real-life phenomena. For example, intricate networks
can be seen in molecular biology, friendships, and relationships with
business associates. The Cornell professor has devised an algorithm that
attempts to determine the manner in which network pathways are discovered,
with applications in online communities, peer-to-peer networks, and other
areas. "By advancing the state of 'network science' with inventive ideas
and techniques, Jon and others are making it possible for computer
scientists to explain the information world," wrote Cornell Computer
Science Department Chairman Charles Van Loan in an email. Kleinberg
attributes much of his success to the computer science department's
tradition of encouraging undergraduates to research real problems as early
as possible.


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