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Simon A. Levin has been awarded the 2024 Alumni Excellence Award: Terp Research Award by the University of Maryland Alumni Association. This prestigious award is presented annually to alumni whose research is transformational and making an impact. To read more, click here.
Theo Gibbs (GS, Levin and Levine Labs; QCB) has received two awards: 1. A 2023 Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Award for Water and the Environment from the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the 2023 Cassidy Yang Memorial Prize from the Lewis-Sigler Institute. The Cassidy Yang Memorial Prize, in memory of former graduate student Cassidy Yang, is given to graduate students who excel in academics in science or engineering and display leadership in mentoring other students, participating in outreach activities, and fostering the graduate student community.
Theo Gibbs (GS, Levin and Levine Labs, QCB), Simon A. Levin, and Jonathan M. Levine have received an honorable mention in the Outstanding Ecological Paper Award category from the Ecological Society of American (ESA) for their paper, "Coexistence in Diverse Communities with Higher-Order Interactions," published in PNAS (2023). To read their paper, click here.
Simon A. Levin and former Levin Lab and CBC Members Malin Pinsky and Talia Young, along with other scientists, have received the award for the most cited Population Ecology paper 2021-2023, for their paper, "Fish and Fisheries in Hot Water: What is Happening and How Do We Adapt?" To read their paper, click here.
Levin Lab Postdocs and CBC Members Guillaume Falmagne and Annie Stephenson, along with Simon A. Levin, have won the prize for the second best poster at the Santa Fe Institute Collective Intelligence Symposium. The title of their poster is "Surveying Early Warning Signals of Transitions Using a Large-Scale Collaborative Experiment. To see their poster, click here.
Simon A. Levin and Nick Silitch on Princeton Pulse Podcast: "Can We Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy and Climate Change with a Similar Playbook? Researchers Think So." (2023, January 3). To listen to the podcast, click here.
Emmy Award-winning Vietnamese composer, traditional multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and educator Vân-Ánh Võ, with the Blood Moon Orchestra and the Cambodian Royal Ballet Master Charya Burt, performed "Mekong: LIFE," a musical composition being developed in collaboration with scientists including Simon A. Levin, director of the Center for BioComplexity, on Thursday, October 27, 2022, 7:00-8:30 PM in Princeton University's Taplin Auditorium. For more info, see the Center for BioComplexity's Events Page.
A proposal entitled "Understanding and Managing Sweden's Exposure to Water Resilience Risks in the Anthropocene" was accepted by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS). The project will be led by Lan Wang Erlandsson (SRC), and Levin and Rubenstein and HMEI postdoc Woi Sok Oh will participate as a collaborator. The project will build more collaborations within the ERSI group.
The Center for BioComplexity is excited to welcme three new postdoctoral researchers, the initial cohort made possible in whole or in part by a generous gift from William H. 'Bill' Miller III to provide resources for interdiscliplinary research in the fields of sustainability and resiliency. They will join other Center and Levin Lab members engaged in this research, who will also receive support from the gift. To read more, click here.
Simon A. Levin has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). The Academy was founded in 1988, on the initiative of the United Kingdom's Royal Society and other National Academies in Europe, and is the only Academy with individual membership from the Council of European States and from other nations across the world.
Simon A. Levin will receive the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Bilbao, Spain at 7:30 p.m. (Spanish mainland time). The day befpre, there will be a reception at Bilbao's town hall (1:30 pm. Spanish peninsular time) in honor of the awardees, and in the evening, a gala concert. The award ceremony and town hall reception will be livestreamed on the BBVA Foundation's website. The full edited video of the ceremony will also be published on the following day on the homepage of the Foundation's website. For more information, please consult this link.
Simon A. Levin, Lenore Fahrig (Carleton University), and Steward Pickett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) recieved the fourteenth BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology for incorporating the spatial dimension into ecological science and applying it to the design of nature reserves and more sustainable cities. To read more about the award, visit the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards website. To watch interviews with Fahrig, Levin, and Pickett, click here.
Visiting Research Scholar and CBC collaborator Professor Stefani Crabtree has won the HPC Innovation Excellence Award from Hyperion Research. HPC Innovation Excellence Awards honor outstanding achievements around the world that were supported by the use of high performance computing (HPC). Professor Crabtree employed HPC to identify ancient "super highways" used by the earliest migrants into Australia. To read more about the award, click here.
A Special Feature of PNAS on Political Polarization was published on December 6, 2021. The papers in this special issue are the result of the "Dialogues in Complexity" project, a collaboration between Princeton University (led by Simon A. Levin) and Arizona State University (ASU). The special feature contains papers by Princeton and affiliated CBC faculty Simon A. Levin, Joshua B. Plotkin, Jonathan Donges, Naomi E. Leonard, Fernando P. Santos, Vitor V. Vasconcelos, and Elke Weber, as well as Princeton CBC Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer Sara Constantino, and Princeton graduate students Olivia J. Chu and Mari Kawakatsu. To read more about this special feature on the HMEI website, click here. For the special feature itself, click here.
Simon A. Levin has been elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his contributions to the mathematics of ecology, evolution, and epidemiology. For the announcement, click here. For information on the AMS Fellows Program, click here.
Published 06/29/21: Special Feature in PNAS on Evolutionary Models of Financial Markets, organized by Simon A. Levin and Andrew W. Lo (MIT). In it the complex dynamics of the financial and real estate sectors are explored by integrating ecology, evolutionary biology, and economic theory in order to provide insight into today's economy. For an overview of the special feature, see S.A. Levin and Andrew W. Lo's Introduction. Also in this special feature, note Simon A. Levin's paper with Roberta Romano (Yale Law School) "Sunsetting as an Adaptive Strategy."
Visiting Research Scholar and CBC collaborator Professor Stefani Crabtree's book, with co-authors Iza Romanowska and Colin D. Wren, Agent-Based Modeling for Archaeology: Stimulating the Complexity of Societies (Santa Fe Institute Press) to appear in the Fall of 2021. To read more, click here.
CBC researchers Chadi Saad-Roy and Simon A. Levin, along with other scientists, have published a paper showing how natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key in shaping the long-term trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To read the paper, click here.
To read the feature about their work on the Princeton University webpage, click here.
To read the feature about their work on the High Meadows Environmental Institute webpage, click here.
Postdoc Andrew Carlson's research on New Jersey's dairy farms ("New Jersey's Small, Networked Dairy Farms Are a Model for a More Resilient Food System") was recently featured in the news. To read more, click here.
Postdoc Arnald Puy's research on the underestimation of the amount of farmland that will need to be irrigated by 2050 in order to feed the global population is featured on the High Meadows Environmental Institute website. To learn more, click here.
The University of Victoria held a Levin Fest on June 15th. Entitled "A Symposium at the Intersection of Mathematics and Biology," with a keynote speech by Simon A. Levin, the event celebrated the conferral of a UVic Honorary Doctorate of Science to Dr. Levin. To learn more, click here.
Simon A. Levin and other CBC members' recent paper in PNAS about antibiotic consumption has received a great deal of press. To read the paper ("Global increase and geographic convergence in antibiotic consumption between 2000 and 2015"), click here.
Read about it on the Princeton Home Page, on NPR, and in The Guardian.
Simon A. Levin was elected a Fellow of the Society for Mathematical Biology. To read more, click here
Simon A. Levin, with Andy Lo (M.I.T.) and Bill Miller (Legg Mason), and through the support of the Santa Fe Institute, organized a high-level meeting at the National Academy of Sciences (February 2016), instigated by a paper by Levin and Lo (PNAS, 2015), on evolutionary and complex-system perspectives for the regulation of financial systems. The NAS hopes to establish an ongoing roundtable as an output, through the Board on Mathematical Sciences and its Applications.
Simon A. Levin was awarded the 2014 U.S. National Medal of Science in a ceremony held at the White House on May 19, 2016. To watch the award presentation, click here. To watch the video about Simon A. Levin and his work shown at the White House Gala, click here.
Simon A. Levin was selected (2014) to receive the U.S. National Medal of Science - the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in science. To read the White House news release, click here.
Simon A. Levin received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from McMaster University. To read more, click here.
Simon A. Levin was awarded the 2014 Luca Pacioli Prize by the Ca'Foscari University of Venice. The Prize is named after Luca Pacioli di Sansepolcro, one of the leading figures of the Italian Renaissance and a founding father of the modern disciplines of geometry and accounting. The Pacioli Prize is conferred to internationally renowned scholars who have developed a deep-rooted interdisciplinary approach.
Simon A. Levin was elected a foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters) in Italy. To read more, click here.
The Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University has relaunched as the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational, and Modeling Sciences Center. To read more, click here.
Simon A. Levin received the 2014 Tyler Prize for bridging ecological research with environmental policy, economics and social science. To read more, click here. To watch SImon A. Levin's Tyler Prize Laureate Lecture, click here.
Simon A Levin was a co-author of the President's Award for best paper in The American Naturalist, "Competition for Water and Light in Closed-Canopy Forests: A tractable model of carbon implcations for carbon sinks(with C. Farrior et al., 2013) (awarded in 2014). .pdf