Brazilian Academy of Sciences elects CCNY Distinguished Professor Hernan Makse member

Hernan A. Makse, Distinguished Professor of Physics in the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics at The City College of New York, is the newest member of the Academia Brasileira de Ciencias (Brazilian Academy of Sciences). He was elected a corresponding member of the 107-year-old Academy in Rio de Janeiro.

The Academy cited Makse, “for his pioneering contributions to the field of complex networks and disordered systems across a variety of interdisciplinary fields ranging from biological to social systems using a blend of statistical physics, graph theory, and artificial intelligence. In particular, his discovery of fractality and renormalization group in complex networks, influencer identification in networks, symmetries in biological networks, and the phase diagram of jammed matter.”

World renowned in his field, Makse heads the Complex Networks and Data Science Lab at the Levich Institute in CCNY’s Department of Physics. The lab’s focus is the theoretical understanding of Complex Systems from a Statistical Physics viewpoint. 

In a recent grant, Makse received $1,064,970 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a three-year a study entitled: “Application of the principle of symmetry to neural circuitry: From building blocks to neural synchronization in the connectome.” It seeks to determine if the same symmetry principles that explain physics can be applied to the organizing principle of living systems. 

Maske’s other accolades include:

  • Distinguished Board Member of the Center of Energy and Sustainability, Bar-Ilan University, Israel;
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society;
  • New York City Mayor’s Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, New York Academy of Sciences; and
  • Specialty Chief Editor, Section Multi and Cross-disciplinary Complex Systems, Frontiers in Complex Systems

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