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Dec. 18, 2014, 3:09 p.m.

Three SFI scientists present the case for 'blue-skies' ecology

Trends in Ecology & Evolution

SFI External Professor Michael Hochberg and co-authors argue for more and less-constrained support of basic ecological research.

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Dec. 16, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

Study: Ebola transmission occurs mostly in social clusters

Clinical Infectious Diseases

Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs in social clusters and fewer cases go unreported than previously thought, according to an international research team that includes two SFI researchers.

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Dec. 10, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

David Krakauer selected as SFI's next president

David Krakauer, an evolutionary theorist and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the Santa Fe Institute’s next president. He plans to join SFI on August 1, 2015.

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Dec. 10, 2014, 1:31 p.m.

Jessica Flack to rejoin SFI's resident faculty

Jessica Flack will rejoin the Santa Fe Institute's resident faculty on August 1, 2015 as a professor, SFI Vice President for Science Jennifer Dunne announced today.

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Dec. 5, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

Audio: SFI Journalism Fellow Laurence Gonzales on the inevitable failures of highly complex machines

Santa Fe Radio Cafe

Author and SFI Journalism Fellow Laurence Gonzales talks survival and explains why failure is inherent to the functioning of today's complex machines.

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Dec. 11, 2014, 1:27 p.m.

Stephanie Forrest named IEEE Fellow for 2015


SFI Science Board member and External Professor Stephanie Forrest has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for 2015.

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Dec. 11, 2014, 3:02 p.m.

Audio: Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino on math and Ebola

Santa Fe Radio Cafe

Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino explains how mathematical epidemiologists can help slow the spread of the Ebola virus by mapping its patterns of transmission.

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Dec. 9, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

New Mexico students celebrate computer modeling work in Project GUTS clubs

Some 70 New Mexico middle school students involved in Project GUTS after school programs are sharing and celebrating their newfound computer modeling skills today in Santa Fe.

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Nov. 10, 2014, 4:51 p.m.

Video: Ginger and Richard Rhodes on 'Why we kill: Violence as socialization'

In an SFI Community Lecture November 12 in Santa Fe, psychologist Ginger Rhodes and author Richard Rhodes explored the history of the socialization of violence and make an argument for early intervention. Watch their talk.

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Dec. 9, 2014, 11:20 a.m.

Science on Screen next Wednesday in Santa Fe: Eric Libby presents Alien

The popular Science On Screen series continues Wednesday evening, December 17, in Santa Fe with SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby presenting Alien.

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Dec. 3, 2014, 12:37 p.m.

Four NM teachers honored at White House for contributions to computer science education

Four New Mexico teachers who work with SFI’s Irene Lee attended a special ceremony Monday evening at the White House in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

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Oct. 21, 2014, 4:13 p.m.

Why modeling matters: the utility of mathematical models in evolutionary biology

PLOS Biology

In PLOS Biology, a paper co-authored by Omidyar Fellows Caitlin Stern and Jeremy Van Cleve explores the role of mathematical modeling in evolutionary biology.

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Dec. 8, 2014, 4:17 p.m.

Paper: A better way to find communities in networks


In a new paper in PNAS, two SFI researchers demonstrate a better way to reliably cluster networks into communities using methods borrowed from statistical physics.

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Dec. 5, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Three SFI faculty examine effects of changing technology on social networks

Proceedings of the IEEE

In a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, three SFI faculty members examine the effects of changing technology on social networks.

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Dec. 4, 2014, 3:11 p.m.

Paper: Ancient climate change could explain historical migration

Nature Communications

SFI External Professor Tim Kohler and colleagues use tree-ring chronologies to understand the possible effects of ancient climate change on food production — and address a longstanding mystery of North American archaeology.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 10:31 a.m.

Paper: Life's underlying architecture shapes creation of proteins

PLOS Computational Biology

In PLOS Computational Biology, SFI Omidyar Fellow Evandro Ferrada argues that an underlying architecture shapes the enigmatic creation of proteins from amino acids.

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Dec. 3, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

SFI Professor Cris Moore named a fellow of the American Physical Society

SFI Professor Cristopher Moore was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society on November 22, 2014.

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Nov. 25, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

Two new trustees elected to SFI's board

The Santa Fe Institute's Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members: Remi Barbier of Pain Therapeutics, Inc. and Andrew Feldstein of BlueMountain Capital Management.

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Sept. 22, 2014, 8:26 a.m.

Announcing SFI Alumni Community T-shirt design competition

We invite you to send in a candidate slogan for a new Alumni Community T-shirt. Entry deadline December 31, 2014.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:38 a.m.

Undergraduates: Apply now for SFI's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking undergraduates for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship program. Apply by February 7, 2015.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 12:01 p.m.

Op-ed: Outbreak forecasts sometimes wrong because they work


In Nature, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino is among 24 co-authors offering a rebuttal to recent assertions that epidemiological models used to estimate the trajectory of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa missed the mark.

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Nov. 25, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

Science for a Complex World: The mathematics of stopping Ebola

Santa Fe New Mexican

SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino describes how SFI scientists, working with public health officials, are using mathematical models to explore the interacting factors contributing to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Oct. 21, 2014, 9:41 a.m.

Shopping online this holiday season? Here's how to help the Institute while you're doing it

When you shop online this holiday season, you could also be supporting great science at the Santa Fe Institute. It's easy. Step 1: Register with AmazonSmile. Step 2: Shop. Learn more...

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Oct. 31, 2014, noon

Quantifying predictability: Which predictive method best suits a given system?

Physical Review E

In a new paper for Physical Review E, SFI External Professor Liz Bradley and colleagues quantify predictability, with a strategy for determining which predictive method best suits a given system.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:03 a.m.

International workshop at SFI this week discusses data for the developing world

Experts are meeting at SFI this week to discuss ways to gather and use information about cities and their role in human development in a rapidly urbanizing world.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:26 a.m.

High school students: Apply now for the Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP)

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking current high school students for its Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP), July 12 - 24, 2015 in Groton, Massachusetts. Space is limited; apply now.

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Nov. 11, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply by February 14, 2015.

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Nov. 11, 2014, 10:02 a.m.

Workshop at SFI this week takes stock of niche construction research

Two-dozen researchers from varied fields have convened at SFI this week to assess the current state and future directions of burgeoning research in niche construction: the modification of environments by organisms living in them.

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Nov. 10, 2014, 1:32 p.m.

How multicellular life persisted


SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby and co-author William Ratcliff explore how early multicellular life might have persisted amidst the evolutionary tug-of-war between single-celled and multi-celled living arrangements.

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Nov. 7, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

Needed: An evolutionary, ecosystem view of economies

New Scientist

To understand market crashes and bubbles, SFI's Geoffrey West and three co-authors advocate a revised view that treats an economy like biologists might think about an ecosystem rife with evolutionary dynamics.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

Why people fear Ebola

The Boston Globe

In the age of social media, fear of a virus can spread much faster than the virus itself, according to SFI External Professor Joshua Epstein.

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Oct. 30, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Can satellites and remote sensing help protect indigenous people?

Royal Society Open Science

Researchers are using remote-sensing and satellite technology to understand the movements of indigenous tribes in the Amazon. Their work could influence policies intended to protect the habitats of "uncontacted" people.

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Oct. 10, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Video - Watch Sid Redner's SFI Community Lecture: 'I get all the news I need from the sports section'

In the video from an October 15 SFI Community Lecture, SFI's Sid Redner draws on sports statistics to bust a few common myths about scoring streaks, "hot hands," and infamous team curses.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 2:37 p.m.

To fight Ebola, we need better mobility data for West Africa


In a letter to the journal Science, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino and co-authors stress the importance of understanding mobility patterns to dynamically model the spread of Ebola.

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Oct. 31, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Measuring the order and disorder of matter

Nature Materials

An editorial in Nature Materials highlights work by SFI External Professor James Crutchfield and his colleague for their information-theoretic measure of material structure.

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Nov. 4, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School

SFI is now accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs -- the 2015 Complex Systems Summer School, June 7-July 3, 2015, in Santa Fe. Apply by January 13, 2015.

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Nov. 3, 2014, 1:39 p.m.

The new SFI Bulletin is live! SFI@30: Foundations & Frontiers

In this issue of the SFI Bulletin, seven essayists trace some of the scientific themes that have endured at SFI across the decades. Read the Fall 2014 issue here.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

New textbook treats economics 'as if the last three decades had happened'

A new (and different) economics textbook seeks to transform the way people teach and learn economics. SFI Professor Sam Bowles is a contributor.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

How many states will legalize marijuana and how soon?

Pacific Standard

SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset co-authors an article on how mathematical models might forecast the spread of state and national social policies, such as those legalizing marijuana.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Social seismic waves: Studying how people respond in a catastrophe … Twitter style

Nature Scientific Reports

SFI postdoc Christa Brelsford and co-author Xin Lu analyze online activity before and after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, finding that certain communities form, expand, and become more connected following an extreme event.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

When cash incentives backfire: Sam Bowles on 'perverse incentives'

The Guardian (UK)

SFI's Sam Bowles explains why some incentives go wrong in an article in The Guardian that examines at the record of various cash incentive schemes, including a proposed program that would pay British doctors to diagnose dementia patients.

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Oct. 21, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Networks of war and peace...and trade

MIT Technology Review

A recent article in MIT Technology Review highlights SFI External Professor Matthew Jackson’s model of world military and trade networks since 1820, a game-theoretical study of international alliances.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

NEW! Connect, commune, & collaborate with fellow SFI alumni now

For the first time, alumni of SFI’s schools and education programs have an online forum for connecting with fellow alumni and maintaining their involvement with the Institute's community.

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Oct. 27, 2014, 8:55 a.m.

Science for a Complex World: Andreas Wagner on how life evolves so rapidly

Santa Fe New Mexican

SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner addresses a question that has confounded theoretical biologists: how do evolutionary innovations arise in the first place?

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Oct. 22, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

How big data can help stop global epidemics

At HomeAway headquarters in Austin, Texas, on October 22, SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers discussed pandemics, the current threats of ebola and influenza, and how big data and modern computing are helping fight contagion.

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Sept. 30, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

New book: W. Brian Arthur on complexity and the economy

A new book authored by SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur describes complexity economics, from the field’s serendipitous origins in a 1987 conference at SFI through its rising post economic-crisis significance.

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Aug. 19, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

SFI's 2014 Ulam Lectures: Jerry Sabloff on archaeology's lessons for the future

In a two-part lecture series in Santa Fe, SFI President Jerry Sabloff showed how lessons today's archaeologists are learning about the past offer insights that could shape present and future human societies. Watch his talks.

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Sept. 8, 2014, 10:41 a.m.

A safer world through disease mathematics

Santa Fe New Mexican

In the Santa Fe New Mexican's "Science in a Complex World" series, SFI Omidyar Fellow Ben Althouse describes how mathematics is helping us understand the complex problem of how diseases spread.

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