Citation: For contributions to fundamental and data-driven network-based modeling of epidemic processes, including seminal studies on metapopulation systems, the impact of air transportation, and the predictability of epidemic outbreaks.
It’s been an intense experience, full of joy, excitement, pride, and emotion, as I try to convey at the beginning of my speech (credits: Fil Menczer):
It was also a very peculiar event for me as 10 years after I left Indiana University I was receiving a prize back in the very same place that acted as an incubator of the ideas I developed. IU rocks!
2007 media hits while working at IU.
But beyond all this, I was surprised and overwhelmed by the feedback of the scientific community, expressed through the avalanche of tweets, the face-to-face interactions, the hugs, the empowering discussions in the ladies restrooms (yes, first female awardee! yay!), the so many emails, and the unexpected selfies (yes! I got requests for selfies! major achievement).
I was truly moved. So much that I felt the enormous pressure to write my very first tweet (!) to acknowledge all this and express my full gratitude.