What is Worlds of Connections?

Worlds of Connections is a University of Nebraska–Lincoln-led Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) that is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our long-term goals are to 1) enhance the diversity of the bio-behavioral and biomedical workforce by increasing interest in network science among members of underrepresented minority communities and to 2) promote public understanding of the benefits of NIH-funded research for public health.

Which disciplines use network science?

Network science is an emerging field in several sciences (e.g. social, biological, and behavioral sciences) that provides a key analytical lens for understanding health processes using advanced relational approaches to health data. It is a powerful approach to analyzing data from many disciplines and has such general-purpose tools that it is used in fields as wide-ranging as physics, chemistry, computer security, primatology, neuroscience, genetics, and virology. Yet very few people have heard of network science and are therefore unaware that it offers career possibilities and sparks discoveries that advance health interventions.