Ambassador Ferenc Kumin, PhD - Consul General of Hungary
At the 2nd Fundraising Gala and Dinner of the New York Hungarian Scientific Society
To make this event special, Professor Albert-László Barabási, Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, director of the Center for Complex Network Research will give a lecture on
Challanges of Healthcare Reforms
During the dinner, the donors will hear from the 2015 winners of the Albert Szent-Györgyi Young Investigator Award and the 2016 winners will be announced.
Suggested minimum donation (cash, check and credit card): 100 USD/seat!
Dress code: black tie optional
Abstract: Science of Success by Albert-László Barabási
Our current approach to success is driven by the belief that predicting exceptional impact requires us to detect extraordinary ability. Despite the long-standing interest in the problem, even experts remain notoriously bad at predicting long-term impact. Success becomes suddenly predictable, however, if we see it not as an individual but a collective phenomenon: for something to be successful, it is not enough to be novel or appealing, but we all must agree that it is worthy of praise. If we accept the collective nature of success, its quantitative signatures can be uncovered from the many pieces of data around us using the tools of network and data sciences. In this talk I will focus on our ability to quantify and predict success. I will show that the future impact of research papers can be predicted by decoding the community’s early reaction to it. Moving to scientific careers, I ask if we can predict when will a scientists make her highest impact discovery and how to assign credit to collaborative work. The uncovered patterns point towards a general, quantitative theory of success and signal the emergence of a new research field, The Science of Success.
About Albert-László Barabási
Albert-László Barabási is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research, and holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and College of Computer and Information Science, as well as in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital in the Channing Division of Network Science, and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Barabási has been a major contributor to the development of network science and the statistical physics of complex systems. In 1999 he introduced the concept of scale-free networks and proposed the Barabási–Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the World Wide Web or online communities.
A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and was awarded a Ph.D. at Boston University. After one year as post-doc at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Barabási joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 1995. In 2000, at the age of 32, he was named the Emil T. Hofman Professor of Physics, becoming the youngest endowed professor. In 2004 he founded the Center for Complex Network Research.
Among many of his publications Barabási’s latest books are “Network Science” (Cambridge University Press, 2016). "Linked: The New Science of Networks" (Perseus, 2002), "Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do" (Dutton, 2010). He is the co-editor of "The Structure and Dynamics of Networks" (Princeton, 2005).
Barabasi is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in 2007 he was introduced into the Academia Europea. He received many awards including FEBS Anniversary Prize for System Biology (2005), John von Neumann Medal by the John von Neumann Computer Socety (2006), C&C Prize (2008) , Cozzarelli Prize, National Academies of Sciences (USA),, the Lagrange Prize-Crt Foundation ( 2011) and in November 2011 he was awarded Honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa by Technical University of Madrid.
Dr Miklós Szócska
Dr. Miklós Szócska graduated at the Semmelweis University of Medicine in 1989. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1998), and a Ph.D. from the Semmelweis University in the field of change management (2003).
His interest in the management of health services and organisations emerged in the late ‘80s-when he served as a student president elected from the opposition- before the Hungarian regime change. After his graduation at the Semmelweis University he and his colleagues initiated the creation of the Health Services Management Training Centre which was officially established in 1995. Between 1995 and 2000 he was serving as the deputy director and in 2000 he was appointed to be the director of the Centre.
Between 2010-2014 Dr. Szócska served a full electoral term as the Minister of State for Health of the Hungarian Government. During his term he developed an evidence based consultative health policy. Besides managing to keep the sustainability of the Hungarian health services during economic crisis he also introduced a broad range of significant health reforms among others: the implementation of a radical public health regulatory framework with success and popular support. This included the full ban of smoking in public places and workplaces, the safety limitation of trans fat content of food, and the introduction of public health tax on food and beverages with added sugar and salt. In his four years he also utilized central capacity planning for the rationalisation and regionalisation of the health care provision system as well as designed new efficient patient pathways.
Since the end of his term in office he serves again as the Director of Health Services Management Training Centre. His areas of professional interest cover a range of topics - development of organisations, management of change and leadership. He and his colleagues had extensive research in health human resources migration and HR strategy for health. Most recently he focuses on network analysis, big data solutions and data mining. The latest development of a case-based crisis communication training is to be launched early next year.
Due to his experience in shaping e-Health strategy on European and national level, he became responsible for the developments of the Institute of Digital Health Sciences at Semmelweis University.
In 2016 Mr Szócska was nominated by the Hungarian Government for the Director-General position of the Wold Health Organization