Santa Fe Institute

Science Board

The principle role of the Science Board is to advise the President and the Board of Trustees on matters of scientific strategy for the Institute.  This advice includes identification of major new scientific directions for the Institute, identification and nomination of potential Resident and External Professors, and providing assistance to the President in review of the Institute's scientific programs.  The Science Board performs a general advisory role to the President.

Members are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Science Board and normally serve for renewable three-year terms.

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Philip W. Anderson

Science Board Emeritus

Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, Physics

Ken Arrow

Science Board

Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus, Stanford University, Dept. of Economics

David K. Campbell

Science Board

Professor, Boston University, Physics and Computer and Elec. Engineering

Nazli Choucri

Science Board

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science

Nina Fedoroff

Science Board, External Professor

Evan Pugh Professor; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Penn State University; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Stephanie Forrest

Science Board, External Professor

Distinguished Regents Professor of Computer Science, University of New Mexico, Computer Science

John Geanakoplos

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board, External Professor, SSC Chair

James Tobin Professor of Economics, Yale University, Economics

Nigel Goldenfeld

Science Board

Swanlund Endowed Chair, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Physics; Institute for Genomic Biology

Deborah M. Gordon

Science Board

Professor, Stanford University, Biological Sciences

Barbara Grosz

Science Board

Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Arthur M. Jaffe

Science Board

Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science, Harvard University

Molly Jahn

Science Board

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Agronomy, Laboratory of Genetics

Erica Jen

Science Board, External Professor

Eric Klopfer

Science Board

Director and Scheller Career Development Prof. of Science Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Teacher Education Program

Mimi Koehl

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board Co-Chair, SSC

Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

Tim Kohler

Science Board, External Professor

Regents Professor, Washington State University, Anthropology

Kevin Laland

Science Board

Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology, University of St. Andrews, School of Biology

Simon A. Levin

Science Board

Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Richard Lewontin

Science Board

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University, Museum of Comp Zoology Emeritus

Peter Littlewood

Science Board

Director, Argonne National Laboratory, Director's Office

Seth Lloyd

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Thomas Lovejoy

Science Board

University Professor, George Mason University, Environmental Science & Policy

L. Mahadevan

Science Board

Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The Lord May of Oxford

Science Board

Professor, Oxford University, Zoology

Lauren Meyers

Science Board, External Professor

Professor and Director, University of Texas at Austin, Section of Integrative Biology and Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Michael Mitzenmacher

Science Board

Professor, Harvard University

Harold Morowitz

Science Board Chair, Emeritus, Santa Fe Institute

Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, George Mason University, Krasnow Institute

George Oster

Science Board

Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Cell and Developmental Biology

Mark Pagel

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, Reading University, School of Biological Sciences

Mercedes Pascual

Science Board, External Professor

Rosemary Grant Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

David Pines

Co-Founder in Residence

Co-Founder, SFI, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics, U C Davis, Research Professor of Physics, UIUC, and Chief Evangelist and Founding Director Emeritus, Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter

Thomas Rosenbaum

Science Board

President Elect, California Institute of Technology, Office of the President

Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff †

President, Santa Fe Institute

Daniel Schrag

Science Board

Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences; Director, Center for the Environment, Harvard University, Laboratory for Geochemical Oceanography

Montgomery Slatkin

Science Board

Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

Derek Smith

Science Board

Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics, University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology

Dawn Song

Science Board

Associate Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Computer Science Division

Daniel L. Stein

Science Board Co-Chair, SSC Ex-officio

Professor of Physics and Mathematics, New York University, Physics and Mathematics

Andreas Wagner

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, University of Zurich, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environ. Studies

Geoffrey West

Science Board, Science Steering Committee

Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute

Peter G. Wolynes

Science Board

Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, Chemistry

Chris Wood †

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

Henry T. Wright

Science Board, External Professor

Albert C. Spaulding Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology

† Ex Officio Member

Philip W. Anderson

Science Board Emeritus

Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, Physics


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Ken Arrow

Science Board

Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus, Stanford University, Dept. of Economics

Kenneth Arrow is the Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, emeritus; a CHP/PCOR fellow; and an FSI senior fellow by courtesy. He is a Nobel Prize-winning economist whose work has been primarily in economic theory and operations, focusing on areas including social choice theory, risk bearing, medical economics, general equilibrium analysis, inventory theory, and the economics of information and innovation. He was one of the first economists to note the existence of a learning curve, and he also showed that under certain conditions an economy reaches a general equilibrium. In 1972, together with Sir John Hicks, he won the Nobel Prize in economics, for his pioneering contributions to general equilibrium theory and welfare theory.

Arrow has served on the economics faculties of the University of Chicago, Harvard and Stanford. Prior to that, he served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Corps (1942-46 ...

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David K. Campbell

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Professor, Boston University, Physics and Computer and Elec. Engineering

Professor David K. Campbell received his bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry from Harvard College in 1966, Part III Mathematics Tripos, with distinction, from Cambridge University in 1967, and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics and applied mathematics from Cambridge in 1970. He has pioneered the systematic study of inherently nonlinear phenomena throughout physics. The central theme of his work is the role of nonlinear excitations--solitons--in novel states of matter. His contributions span many distinct subfields of physics from high-energy field theory to condensed matter. Professor Campbell is a leader in the emerging field of nonlinear science. His influential overview articles and his direction of the flag-ship journal, Chaos, of which he was the founding editor, have established key interdisciplinary organizing principles--the paradigms of solitons, chaos, and patterns--and have played a seminal role in defining the research agenda in nonlinear science.

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Nazli Choucri

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Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science

Nazli Choucri is Professor of Political Science. Focusing on international relations, she concentrates on sources and consequences of international conflict and violence. Professor Choucri is the Principal Investigator and Director of a multi-year multi-disciplinary collaborative research project of MIT and Harvard University on Explorations in Cyber International Relations. She is the Associate Director of MIT’s Technology and Development Program (TDP), and the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), a multi-lingual web-based knowledge networking system focusing on the multi-dimensionality of sustainability.

Professor Choucri is the founding Editor of the MIT Press Series on Global Environmental Accord and the former General Editor of the International Political Science Review. The author of eleven books and over 120 articles, Dr Choucri has been involved in research or advisory work for national and international agencies, and for a number or countries, including: Algeria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece ...

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Nina Fedoroff

Science Board, External Professor

Evan Pugh Professor; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Penn State University; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Nina Fedoroff did her undergraduate work at Syracuse University, graduating summa cum laude with a dual major in biology and chemistry. She attended the Rockefeller University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1972. Both her undergraduate research at Syracuse University and her graduate research on RNA bacteriophage at The Rockefeller University were supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Following graduation from The Rockefeller University, she joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and carried out research on nuclear RNA. In 1974 Fedoroff received fellowships from the Damon Runyan-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for postdoctoral work, first at UCLA and then in the Department of Embryology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Baltimore. Working in the laboratory of Donald Brown, Fedoroff pioneered in DNA sequencing, determining the nucleotide sequence of the ...

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Stephanie Forrest

Science Board, External Professor

Distinguished Regents Professor of Computer Science, University of New Mexico, Computer Science

Dr. Forrest is currently serving one year as Senior Science Advisor for the U. S. Department of State through August 2014.  Stephanie Forrest is Distinguished Regents Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and an External Professor and Science Board member at the Santa Fe Institute. Professor Forrest received her Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. Before joining UNM she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Professor Forrest is an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute and serves on its science board. She also served as SFI's Interim Vice President 1999-2000. Professor Forrest is a member of the Adaptive Computation Group at UNM, where she studies adaptive systems, including genetic algorithms, computational immunology, biological modeling, and computer security. She is also a ...

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John Geanakoplos

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board, External Professor, SSC Chair

James Tobin Professor of Economics, Yale University, Economics

John Geanakoplos (b. 1955) received his B.A. in Mathematics from Yale University in 1975 (summa cum laude), his M.A. in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Economics under Kenneth Arrow from Harvard University in 1980. He started as an Assistant Professor in Economics at Yale University in 1980, becoming an Associate Professor in 1983, Professor in 1986, and the James Tobin Professor of Economics in 1994. He is currently the Director of the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics. He was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1990 and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. He was awarded the Samuelson Prize in 1999 (for work on lifetime financial security), and was awarded the first Bodossaki Prize in economics in 1994. In 1990-1991 and again in 1999-2000 he directed the economics program at the Santa Fe Institute, where he remains an external professor ...

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Nigel Goldenfeld

Science Board

Swanlund Endowed Chair, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Physics; Institute for Genomic Biology

Nigel Goldenfeld holds a Swanlund Endowed Chair and is a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also leads the Biocomplexity Group at the university's Institute for Genomic Biology. Nigel received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) in 1982, and for the years 1982-1985 was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara. Nigel has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a University Scholar of the University of Illinois, a recipient of the Xerox Award for research, and a recipient of the A. Nordsieck award for excellence in graduate teaching. In 1996, Nigel co-founded NumeriX, a company that specializes in high-performance software for the derivatives marketplace.   He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance. Nigel ...

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Deborah M. Gordon

Science Board

Professor, Stanford University, Biological Sciences

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Barbara Grosz

Science Board

Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Artificial Intelligence Collaborative Planning and Human-Computer Communication

One of the major challenges for computer science in the next decade is to create the scientific and technological base for easy-to-use, large-scale information systems. Better systems for human-computer communication are an essential part of this challenge. Theories and models of collaboration are important to this endeavor as well as to providing the foundations for constructing systems able to work with each other and their users. The ability to collaborate is critical if we are to have systems that are helpful assistants and not merely tools.

Professor Grosz's research group is addressing fundamental problems in modeling collaborative activity, developing systems ("agents") able to collaborate with each other and their users, and constructing collaborative, multi-modal systems for human-computer communication. Professor Grosz is also attempting to identify the basic structures and processes by which people use natural languages to communicate, focusing in particular on ...

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Arthur M. Jaffe

Science Board

Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science, Harvard University

Arthur studied at Princeton and Cambridge Universities, starting in experimental chemistry, transitioning through mathematics, and ending in theoretial physics. He established the compatibility of special relativity with quantum theory, by demonstrating the existence of non-linear quantum field theories in space-times of dimension two and three. (This problem in dimension four is still unresolved.) He has been on the faculty of Harvard University since 1967, and served as President of the International Association of Mathematical Physics, President of the American Mathematical Society, Chair of the Council of Scientific Socity Presidents, and in other positions. He was a founding member, director, and first president of the Clay Mathematics Institute, popularly known for offering a seven million dollar prize for the solution of seven mathematical questions.

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Molly Jahn

Science Board

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Agronomy, Laboratory of Genetics

Molly Jahn is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holding appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Laboratory of Genetics, and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. From 2006-2011, she served as dean of the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station.  In 2009-10, she was called to Washington, DC to provide interim leadership as Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her research programs at University of Wisconsin and Cornell University have produced vegetable varieties grown commercially and for subsistence on six continents. In 2011, she was selected to represent the U.S. on the CGIAR’s Commission for Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change.  In 2012, she was recognized with the highest award conferred by the U.S.D.A., the Secretary’s Honor Award ...

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Erica Jen

Science Board, External Professor

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Eric Klopfer

Science Board

Director and Scheller Career Development Prof. of Science Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Teacher Education Program

Eric Klopfer is the Director of the MIT Teacher Education Program (http://education.mit.edu) and the Scheller Career Development Professor of Science Education and Educational Technology at MIT. The Teacher Education Program prepares MIT undergraduates to become math and science teachers. Klopfer's research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. His research explores simulations and games on desktop computers as well as handhelds. He currently runs the StarLogo (http://education.mit.edu/starlogo) project, a desktop platform that enables students and teachers to create computer simulations of complex systems. He is also the creator of StarLogo TNG, a new platform for helping kids create 3D simulations and games using a graphical programming language. On handhelds, Klopfer's work includes Participatory Simulations (http://education.mit.edu/pda), which embed users inside of complex systems, and Augmented Reality ...

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Mimi Koehl

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board Co-Chair, SSC

Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

I study the physics of how organisms interact with their environments. My goal is to elucidate basic physical rules that can be applied to different kinds of organisms about how body structure affects mechanical function in nature. I combine techniques from fluid and solid mechanics with those from biology to do experiments in the field as well as in the laboratory. Using both organisms and physical models, I have studied a variety of problems: the fluid dynamics of how molecules are captured by olfactory antennae and how food particles are filtered from the water by aquatic animals, the mechanisms by which bottom-dwelling marine organisms withstand waves and currents, the evolution of aerodynamic performance in insects and gliding vertebrates, the dispersal of chemical cues and of larvae in turbulent aquatic habitats, and the mechanics of how shape changes are produced in soft-bodied animals and developing embryos. I investigate structure and function ...

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Tim Kohler

Science Board, External Professor

Regents Professor, Washington State University, Anthropology

Tim received his A.B. from New College of Sarasota, Florida in 1972 and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida in 1978. Except for brief interludes in Avignon, France, as a Northwestern Interinstitutional Council for Study Abroad professor in 1983, and in Calgary, Alberta, as a Fulbright-University of Calgary Distinguished Chair in North American Studies in 1999, his academic career to date has been at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman. He currently directs the "Village Ecodynamics" NSF Biocomplexity project and a joint WSU/University of Washington IGERT called IPEM (IGERT Program in Evolutionary Modeling). He uses agent-based and systems-level models as aids in calibrating interpretations of what happened in prehistory, with emphasis on the US Southwest, where he is a Research Associate at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado.

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Kevin Laland

Science Board

Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology, University of St. Andrews, School of Biology

Kevin Laland is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews, where he is a member of the Centre for Social learning and Cognitive Evolution, the Centre for Genes and Genomics, the Institute for Behavioural and Neural Sciences, and the Scottish Primate Research Group. After completing his PhD at University College London, Laland held a Human Frontier Science Programme fellowship at UC Berkeley, followed by BBSRC and Royal Society University Research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, before moving to St Andrews in 2002. He has published over 200 scientific articles and 10 books on a wide range of topics related to animal behaviour and evolution, particularly social learning, cultural evolution and niche construction. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, and the recipient of both an ERC Advanced Grant and a Royal Society Wolfson ...

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Simon A. Levin

Science Board

Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Simon A. Levin received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland. At Cornell University 1965-1992 , he was Chair of the Section of Ecology and Systematics, and then Director of the Ecosystems Research Center, the Center for Environmental Research and the Program on Theoretical and Computational Biology, as well as Charles A. Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences (1985-1992). Since 1992, he has been at Princeton University, where he is currently George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for BioComplexity. He retains an Adjunct Professorship at Cornell. His research interests are in understanding how macroscopic patterns and processes are maintained at the level of ecosystems and the biosphere, in terms of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that operate primarily at the level of organisms; in infectious diseases; and in the interface between basic and applied ecology. Levin is ...

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Richard Lewontin

Science Board

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University, Museum of Comp Zoology Emeritus

Richard Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. His many books include Biology and Ideology, Not in Our Genes, and Human Diversity.

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Peter Littlewood

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Director, Argonne National Laboratory, Director's Office

Peter B. Littlewood is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory, one of the nation’s largest science and engineering research centers, and a Professor of Physics in the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Littlewood came to Argonne in 2011 after being appointed Associate Laboratory Director of Argonne's Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate, which focuses on discovery science across a broad range of disciplines, and on creating and understanding new materials and chemistries that address the grand challenges in energy and the environment.

Before that, he spent 14 years at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, where he last served as the head of the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Physics.  Dr. Littlewood started his career at Bell Laboratories, beginning in 1980 as a postdoctoral member of the technical staff; by 1992, he had worked his way up to head of Theoretical Physics ...

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Seth Lloyd

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Seth Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He refers to himself as a "quantum mechanic". His research area is the interplay of information with complex systems, especially quantum systems

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Thomas Lovejoy

Science Board

University Professor, George Mason University, Environmental Science & Policy

Thomas E. Lovejoy was elected University Professor at George Mason in March 2010. He also holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and was President from 2002-2008. An ecologist who has worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965, he works on the interface of science and environmental policy. Starting in the 1970’s he helped bring attention to the issue of tropical deforestation and in 1980 published the first estimate of global extinction rates (in the Global 2000 Report to the President). He conceived the idea for the long term study on forest fragmentation in the Amazon (started in 1978) which is the largest experiment in landscape ecology, the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project (also known as the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project). He also coined the term “Biological diversity”, originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps and has worked on the ...

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L. Mahadevan

Science Board

Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


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The Lord May of Oxford

Science Board

Professor, Oxford University, Zoology

Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford, OM, AC, FRS (born 8 January 1936) is an Australian scientist who has been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, President of the Royal Society,[1] and a Professor at Sydney and Princeton. He now holds joint professorships at Oxford and Imperial College London.

May is a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, a crossbencher in the House of Lords, and an appointed member of the council of the British Science Association. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[2] His is also a FAA, FTSE, FRSN, HonFAIB.

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Lauren Meyers

Science Board, External Professor

Professor and Director, University of Texas at Austin, Section of Integrative Biology and Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Dr. Meyers received her B.A. degree in Mathematics and Philosophy in 1996 from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in 2000 from the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation, she joined the faculty of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Using a combination of mathematical modeling and experiments, Lauren’s research lies at the interface of evolutionary biology and epidemiology. She studies the interplay between disease transmission dynamics and the evolution of pathogens including those responsible for epidemic meningitis, influenza, walking pneumonia, and SARS. Based on this research, the MIT Technology Review recently named Lauren as one of the top 100 global innovators under age 35.

Dr. Meyers conducts research in two general areas. The first is mathematical epidemiology. Over the last five years, she has been developing new network-based mathematical approaches for ...

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Michael Mitzenmacher

Science Board

Professor, Harvard University


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Harold Morowitz

Science Board Chair, Emeritus, Santa Fe Institute

Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, George Mason University, Krasnow Institute

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George Oster

Science Board

Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Cell and Developmental Biology

My research involves construction and testing of theoretical models of molecular, cellular and developmental processes. Current Projects include investigations into the basic physics and chemistry of protein motors, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell motility, spatial pattern formation in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and membrane geometry and protein organization.

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Mark Pagel

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, Reading University, School of Biological Sciences

Mark Pagel is an evolutionary theorist with interests in mathematical and statistical modeling of evolutionary processes. His current interests include language and cultural evolution, networks, regulation, emergence of complex systems, robustness and evolvability, punctuational versus gradual evolutionary change, and evolutionary genomics. His co-authored 1991 monograph on comparative statistical methods in evolutionary biology is standard reading for the field and he is the author of several other statistical methods for identifying and analyzing evolutionary trends and for inferring phylogenetic trees. Some of his recent papers have reported the first evidence for regular punctuational episodes of change at the molecular level associated with speciation events. He has also used statistical methods to reconstruct features of dinosaur genomes, and to infer ancestral features of genes and proteins. Mark has identified simple rules for the assembly of protein interaction networks and speculated on their role in producing robust and evolvable systems. Most recently, he ...

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Mercedes Pascual

Science Board, External Professor

Rosemary Grant Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I received my Ph.D degree in 1995 from the Joint Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at Princeton, and more recently, a Centennial Fellowship in Global and Complex Systems from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. I am currently affiliated with the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at UM and with the Santa Fe Institute as an external faculty.

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David Pines

Co-Founder in Residence

Co-Founder, SFI, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics, U C Davis, Research Professor of Physics, UIUC, and Chief Evangelist and Founding Director Emeritus, Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter

Professor David Pines is the founding co-director of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (a multicampus research program of the University of California) and Research Professor of Physics and Professor Emeritus of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His seminal contributions to the theory of many-body systems and to theoretical astrophysics have been recognized by two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Feenberg Medal, Friemann, Dirac, and Drucker Prizes, and by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Hungarian Academy of Sciences and visiting professorships at the Université de Paris, University of Leiden, Colleège de France, Caltech, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the search for the organizing principles responsible for emergent behavior in matter, with particular attention to correlated matter, the ...

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Thomas Rosenbaum

Science Board

President Elect, California Institute of Technology, Office of the President

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Rosenbaum is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials - the physics of electronic, magnetic and optical materials at the atomic level - that are best observed at temperatures near absolute zero (minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit). He conducted research at Bell Laboratories and at IBM Watson Research Center before he joined the Chicago faculty in 1983.

He directed the University of Chicago's Materials Research Laboratory from 1991 to 1994, the University's James Franck Institute from 1995 to 2001, and served as Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory from 2002 to 2006.  His honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award and the William McMillan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Condensed Matter Physics. Rosenbaum is an elected ...

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Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Santa Fe Institute

JEREMY ARAC SABLOFF (B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969) is the President of the Santa Fe Institute (2009 - ). Before coming to the Santa Fe Institute, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico (where he was Chair of the Department), the University of Pittsburgh (where he also was Chair), and the University of Pennsylvania (where he was the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004 [and Interim Director, 2006-2007] and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology).

He also was an Overseas Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, England. He is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology, a past Chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past Editor of American Antiquity. He served as Chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and currently is ...

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Daniel Schrag

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Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences; Director, Center for the Environment, Harvard University, Laboratory for Geochemical Oceanography

Professor Daniel Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He has examined changes in ocean circulation over the last several decades, with particular attention to El Niño and the tropical Pacific. He has worked on theories for Pleistocene ice-age cycles including a better determination of ocean temperatures during the Last Glacial Maximum, 20,000 years ago. Dan also helped develop the Snowball Earth hypothesis, proposing that a series of global glaciations occurred between 750 and 580 million years ago that may have led to the evolution of multicellular animals. Currently he is working with economists and engineers on technological approaches to mitigating future climate change.

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Montgomery Slatkin

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Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

My research is currently directed to analyzing genetic data within and between species in the context of population genetic models. The overall goal is to show how variation among individuals in DNA sequence can be used to understand population genetic processes including recombination, selection, migration, and past population growth. At present my research is focused on (1) linkage disequilibrium and the generation of haplotype blocks, (2) the spectrum of frequencies of alleles associated with genetic diseases in humans, (3) the inference of allele age and (4) selection on alleles associated with disease resistance in human populations. I retain an interest in quantitative genetics, epistasis, and population structure.

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Derek Smith

Science Board

Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics, University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology

Research area - Population and Community Ecology (Pathogen Evolution)

We use antigenic cartography, along with genetic and population biology techniques, to study basic questions in pathogen evolution, and coevolution with the acquired immunity in host populations.

Antigenic cartography is a new mathematical and computational method which for the first time allows one to quantify and visualize fine-grain phenotypic differences among strains of viruses or bacteria (Smith et al., Science 305, 371-376, 2004).

Antigenic cartography has been developed using data on human influenza virus subtype A(H3N2), and is routinely used to analyze the global data from the World Health Organization influenza surveillance network as part of the influenza vaccine strain selection process.

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Dawn Song

Science Board

Associate Professor, University of California-Berkeley, Computer Science Division

Dawn Song is Associate Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007. Her research interest lies in security and privacy issues in computer systems and networks, including areas ranging from software security, networking security, database security, distributed systems security, to applied cryptography. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the IBM Faculty Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Li Ka Shing Foundation Women in Science Distinguished Lecture Series Award, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences.

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Daniel L. Stein

Science Board Co-Chair, SSC Ex-officio

Professor of Physics and Mathematics, New York University, Physics and Mathematics


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Andreas Wagner

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, University of Zurich, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environ. Studies

Andreas Wagner is professor in the institute of evolutionary biology and environmental studies at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and External Professor at SFI. His main research interests are the evolution of biological systems, from genomes to complex molecular networks. Wagner is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and two scientific monographs, /Robustness and Evolvability/ /in Living Systems/ (Princeton University Press, 2005), and /The/ /Origins of Evolutionary Innovations/ (Oxford University Press, 2011), which puts forth a comprehensive theory of innovation in living systems. His popular science book /Paradoxical Life/ won the gold medal for best science book in the 2010 Association of Independent Publishers Book Awards. Wagner received his Ph.D in 1995 at Yale University, where his research won the J.S. Nicholas prize for best dissertation in his field. He has lectured widely worldwide, and held research fellowships at several institutions, such as the Institute ...

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Geoffrey West

Science Board, Science Steering Committee

Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute

Geoffrey West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles, their interactions and cosmological implications. West served as SFI President from July 2005 through July 2009. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute as a Distinguished Professor in 2003, he was the leader, and founder, of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he is one of only approximately ten Senior Fellows.

His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena evolved into a highly productive collaboration on the origin of universal scaling laws that pervade biology from the molecular genomic scale up through mitochondria and cells to whole organisms and ecosystems. This led to the development of realistic quantitative models for the structural and functional design of organisms based on underlying universal principles. This work, begun at the Institute, has received much attention in both ...

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Peter G. Wolynes

Science Board

Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, Chemistry

The research in my group is broadly concerned with many-body phenomena in biology, chemistry and physics. A major theme is understanding systems where a large diversity of long-lived states is involved, necessitating the use of a statistical characterization of an energy or attractor landscape. The most notable examples are glasses, liquids, biomolecules and biomolecular regulatory networks. In the area of protein folding we are interested both in describing folding kinetics in the laboratory and the development of bioinformatically based schemes for predicting structure from sequence using computer simulation. A key concept is that the energy landscape of a foldable protein looks like a rugged funnel. This idea guides the development of both simple folding kinetics models and structure prediction algorithms. Similar issues of attractor landscapes also arise in higher order biological processes, such as gene recognition and genetic network regulation, which we also study. The energy landscapes of supercooled liquids ...

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Chris Wood

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

Chris received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1973. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC, he returned to Yale as a faculty member with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. Chris left Yale in 1989 to lead the Biophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a position he held until becoming the Santa Fe Institute's Vice President in 2005. At Los Alamos, Chris' group was responsible for a wide range of biophysical and physical research, including protein crystallography, quantum information, and human brain imaging. During 2000-2001, Chris served as interim director of the National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging, a collaboration involving Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Minnesota, and a number of academic and research institutions in New Mexico devoted to the development and application of advanced functional imaging techniques to mental disorders. Chris' research ...

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Henry T. Wright

Science Board, External Professor

Albert C. Spaulding Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology

My earliest archaeological research was on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and in the Potomac River valley, recording the remains of prehistoric camp and village sites, as well colonial farms and town sites, and learning to view the past in regional and ecological perspectives. In 1960 I went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as an undergraduate, and was introduced to the anthropological perspectives on the total human achievement. I became fascinated with competing explanations of the evolution of the complex social formations that dominate our planet today. At the University of Chicago, I became interested in the ancient Near East, the planet's earliest civilization, centered in southwest Asia. I did dissertation research in southern Iraq on urban societies of ca. 3000 B.C., completing a doctorate in Anthropology in 1967. I returned to Ann Arbor to join the staff at the Museum of Anthropology as ...

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