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SFI's 2015 Ulam Lectures: Jennifer Dunne on the web of life and the ecological human
Aug. 28, 2015 -

In a series of two lectures over two nights in Santa Fe, SFI's Jennifer Dunne will reveal new ways to understand the sustainability of ecosystems past, present, and future.

In memoriam: Joseph Traub
Aug. 25, 2015 -

Joseph Traub, a leading figure in developing the field of computational complexity, passed away Monday in Santa Fe.

Paper: Does our understanding of food web structure change with the spatial scale at which we observe it?
Aug. 20, 2015 -

In a new paper in Ecology and Evolution, SFI VP for Science Jennifer Dunne and colleagues ask whether our understanding of how food webs are organized changes with the spatial dimension at which we observe them.

Scholars seek a lingua franca for linguistics research
Aug. 20, 2015 -

This week at SFI, a group of scholars is meeting at SFI to develop a common language for combining vast and varied stores of linguistics data.

The 'new economic synthesis' (revolution?) is under way: Will Homo economicus topple?
- New Scientist
Aug. 18, 2015 -

A "new economic synthesis" is under way that might help topple long-held notions in neoclassical economics, according to a feature article in New Scientist that quotes a number of SFI researchers.

Newsweek features recent Drake, Krakauer, McCarthy, & McCarthy art-meets-science event
- Newsweek
Aug. 17, 2015 -

An article in Newsweek magazine features the recent, and unusual, Santa Fe Institute-Lannan Foundation event in Santa Fe during which art, music, math, and science collided.

SFI’s Rockmore, Krakauer on Turing tests and singularities
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
Aug. 16, 2015 -

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Rockmore and David Krakauer propose a “Terminator test” to gauge not whether an intelligence is a convincing likeness of a human’s, but whether it replaces or surpasses a human’s.

SFI’s Krakauer, McCarthy’s new work featured in August 5 art event
Aug. 16, 2015 -

A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer unfolded August 5 in Santa Fe, in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.

SFI commemorates WWII encryption achievement on Navajo Code Talkers Day
Aug. 14, 2015 -

On August 14, National Navajo Code Talkers Day, SFI commemorates the World War II Code Talkers' remarkable achievement in using an evolved human language to create the most advanced encryption algorithms of the day.

Santa Fe Institute’s main building named after legendary scientist Murray Gell-Mann
Aug. 12, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute this week renamed its main building after legendary physicist and complex systems pioneer Murray Gell-Mann.

Complexity science giant John Holland passes away at 86
Aug. 10, 2015 -

John Holland, a pioneer in the study of complex adaptive systems and the leading figure in what became known as genetic algorithms, passed away Sunday morning in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

David Krakauer becomes SFI's new president
Aug. 5, 2015 -

In interviews with Santa Fe-area reporters this month, new SFI President David Krakauer asks what the Institute's unique role in science should be and what questions the Institute might be asking.

Jessica Flack rejoins SFI's resident faculty
Aug. 4, 2015 -

Jessica Flack rejoined the Santa Fe Institute's resident faculty this week as a professor.

Collaborative book receives design award
- The Design Observer Group
Aug. 4, 2015 -

A book containing a written piece by SFI President David Krakauer has been recognized as one of the 50 most pleasing books of 2014 by The Design Observer Group.

Santa Fe Institute welcomes endangered Santa Fe cholla
Aug. 3, 2015 -

On Saturday morning, August 1, some two dozen volunteers introduced an endangered cactus to the grounds of the Santa Fe Institute..

2014 SFI meeting central to national report on creativity research
- National Endowment for the Arts
July 31, 2015 -

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts provides perspective on the science of creativity, basing many of its findings on an SFI working group held in July 2014.

A Turing test for creative intelligence
July 31, 2015 -

Computer algorithms that make human-quality short fiction, poetry, and dance music is the objective of a new Turing test-style competition and prize in creative intelligence.

Working group: What T cells have in common with ants
July 29, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week aims to further the linkages between experiment and theory in immune cell motility, or movement.

Evolution of digital images offers insights into creativity and inspiration
- FiveThirtyEight
July 24, 2015 -

In a FiveThirtyEight article, SFI Journalism Fellow Christie Aschwanden draws creative inspiration from the blind evolution of digital images.

Paper: Can social isolation fuel epidemics?
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
July 20, 2015 -

When coinfection is a risk, isolated social groups act as catalysts for disease epidemics.

Murray Gell-Mann on quarks, pentaquarks, and what's next for particle physics
July 17, 2015 -

Murray Gell-Mann responds to CERN’s discovery of a never-before-seen subatomic particle, with hypotheses for future experimental discoveries.

Paper: Evolutionary trees reveal patterns of microbial diversification
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
July 17, 2015 -

A paper by Omidyar Fellow James O'Dwyer reveals microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns.

SFI to co-host Systems Analysis 2015 conference
July 9, 2015 -

In November SFI will co-host the 2015 Systems Analysis conference in Austria.

Citizen science opportunity: Help us track these wildebeests
July 8, 2015 -

SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl and his colleagues need help mapping wildebeest migration. Can you spare a few minutes to interpret their movements in images from an array of camera traps in the Serengeti?

Charity Navigator awards SFI 4 stars for transparency and accountability
July 6, 2015 -

SFI has earned the highest possible rating from the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator, recognizing the Institute’s governance, fiscal management, and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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