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Three SFI scientists present the case for 'blue-skies' ecology
- Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Dec. 19, 2014 -

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

Study: Ebola transmission occurs mostly in social clusters
- Clinical Infectious Diseases
Dec. 16, 2014 -

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.

David Krakauer selected as SFI's next president
Dec. 15, 2014 -

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.

Jessica Flack to rejoin SFI's resident faculty
Dec. 15, 2014 -

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.

Audio: SFI Journalism Fellow Laurence Gonzales on the inevitable failures of highly complex machines
- Santa Fe Radio Cafe
Dec. 15, 2014 -

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

Stephanie Forrest named IEEE Fellow for 2015
Dec. 15, 2014 -

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

SFI Chairman Michael Mauboussin on David Krakauer's selection as SFI's next president
Dec. 15, 2014 -

I am excited to announce the appointment of David Krakauer as the next president of the Santa Fe Institute, effective August 1, 2015.

Audio: Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino on math and Ebola
- Santa Fe Radio Cafe
Dec. 12, 2014 -

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

New Mexico students celebrate computer modeling work in Project GUTS clubs
Dec. 12, 2014 -

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.

Video: Ginger and Richard Rhodes on 'Why we kill: Violence as socialization'
Dec. 11, 2014 -

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.

Science on Screen next Wednesday in Santa Fe: Eric Libby presents Alien
Dec. 10, 2014 -

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

Four NM teachers honored at White House for contributions to computer science education
Dec. 9, 2014 -

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.

Why modeling matters: the utility of mathematical models in evolutionary biology
- PLOS Biology
Dec. 9, 2014 -

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.

Paper: A better way to find communities in networks
Dec. 8, 2014 -

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.

Three SFI faculty examine effects of changing technology on social networks
- Proceedings of the IEEE
Dec. 5, 2014 -

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

Paper: Ancient climate change could explain historical migration
- Nature Communications
Dec. 5, 2014 -

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.

Paper: Life's underlying architecture shapes creation of proteins
- PLOS Computational Biology
Dec. 4, 2014 -

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

SFI Professor Cris Moore named a fellow of the American Physical Society
Dec. 4, 2014 -

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

Two new trustees elected to SFI's board
Dec. 4, 2014 -

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.

Announcing SFI Alumni Community T-shirt design competition
Dec. 4, 2014 -

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

Undergraduates: Apply now for SFI's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program
Dec. 3, 2014 -

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

Op-ed: Outbreak forecasts sometimes wrong because they work
- Nature
Dec. 1, 2014 -

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.

Science for a Complex World: The mathematics of stopping Ebola
- Santa Fe New Mexican
Nov. 25, 2014 -

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.

Shopping online this holiday season? Here's how to help the Institute while you're doing it
Nov. 24, 2014 -

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...

Quantifying predictability: Which predictive method best suits a given system?
- Physical Review E
Nov. 21, 2014 -

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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