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Reka Albert named Distinguished Professor

Reka Albert, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Biology

Reka Albert, Professor of Physics and Professor of Biology, is one of 16 new distinguished professors at Penn State. Together with Albert-László Barabási, Professor Albert created the Barabási–Albert algorithm for generating scale-free random graphs via preferential attachmentHer work has had widespread application to network representations of complex systems, encompassing problems as varied as the vulnerability of the North American power grid, error tolerance of the world-wide web and disease propagation. Her current research focuses on dynamic modeling of biological networks and systems biology. Professor Albert's honors include the Sloan Research Fellowship (2004), the NSF CAREER Award (2007), election to Fellow of the American Physical Society (2009) and the American Physical Society's Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award (2011).