The Nature Index has named the New York University as being one of the 2016 “Rising Stars” thanks to the tens of high quality research articles published by scientists at the University.

The university was ranked 25th among institutions in North America. These institutions, according to Nature Index, have posted the greatest increase in three years – from 2012 to 2015 — in authored or co-authored papers appearing in the Nature Index’s journals including Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, and Physical Review Letters, among others.

The rankings, part of the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement, appear in the July 28 issue of Nature. The supplement identifies the countries and institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality research publications, using Nature Index, which tracks the research of more than 8,000 global institutions.

Some of the studies by NYU scientists that appeared in Nature Index journals include the identification of how brain rhythms are used to process music, a finding that also shows how our perception of notes and melodies can be used as a method to better understand the auditory system and suggests musical training can enhance the functional role of brain rhythms; a study that found a link between changes in the structure of central brain neurons and ability of animals to adjust to changing seasons; a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors—a technique, based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), that establishes a means for monitoring and potentially enhancing the performance of such items; and a finding that shows microscopic particles that bind under low temperatures will melt as temperatures rise to moderate levels, but re-connect under hotter conditions—research that points to new ways to create “smart materials,” which adapt to their environment by taking new forms, and to sharpen the detail of 3D printing.

“By identifying these rising stars, we’re given an insight into which new emerging institutions are likely to play a role in addressing some of the globe’s most pressing challenges,” says David Swinbanks, founder of the Nature Index.