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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.

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.

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.

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?

Working group: Instabilities and control of networked networks
June 24, 2015 -

SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week that is considering the special problems of interconnected networks – in other words, networks of networks.

Information engines: Computing & communication on the nanoscale
June 23, 2015 -

SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week to explore information processing on the nanoscale using recent innovations in nonequilibrium thermodynamics.

Study: Social learning, not range of environments, best explains span of human behavior
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B
June 17, 2015 -

SFI Omidyar Fellow alum Charles Perreault seeks the origins of the "vast and unmatched" behavioral variation exhibited by the human species in a new paper appearing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Audio: Why goals, objectives, and metrics inhibit innovation
- Santa Fe Radio Café
June 11, 2015 -

In podcast interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI Sabbatical Visitor Ken Stanley discusses the role of serendipity in making great discoveries and the dangers of constraint by objective.

Three trustees elected to SFI's board
June 5, 2015 -

SFI’s Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Fred Dotzler of De Novo Ventures, Jacques Dubois of Swiss Re America Holding Corp. (retired), and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital.

NRC report assesses the state of collaborative, multidisciplinary science
- National Research Council
June 1, 2015 -

SFI President Jerry Sabloff is among the expert authors of a new report from the National Research Council, "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science," that assesses the state of collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific research.

Experts ask whether genes and languages should be studied together
May 26, 2015 -

Experts have gathered at SFI this week to explore whether human languages, passed culturally from generation to generation, and genes should be studied as a co-evolutionary process -- and how scientists might begin to do that.

Addressing the 'wicked' problem of sustainability through the complex systems lens
- Journal of Industrial Ecology
May 20, 2015 -

In an article for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, SFI’s Luís Bettencourt and Christa Brelsford take a complex systems perspective on the problem of sustainable development, describing differing scientific approaches to its exploration.

Working group asks what higher math can do for computer science
May 19, 2015 -

Computer scientists have barely scratched the surface of what higher math might offer their field, so two SFI scientists are hosting a meeting of experts this week to dig a little deeper.

Why so many sperm? More 'searchers' may be needed to overcome high mortality rate
- Physical Review Letters
May 19, 2015 -

Research by SFI Professor Sid Redner and fellow physicist Baruch Meerson suggests that nature might be relying on large numbers of sperm to solve the "search problem" of fertilization.

Working group explores ways to understand 'nature's flash mobs'
May 18, 2015 -

Researchers are at SFI this week examining ways to understand synchrony – when seemingly unconnected subpopulations of a species rise and fall in unison.

Two Project GUTS graduates win New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge
May 13, 2015 -

SFI congratulates Katelynn James and Meghan Hill, both graduates of SFI’s Project GUTS program, who have won the 2014-2015 Supercomputing Challenge. 

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?
May 7, 2015 -

In a new study, a team of researchers used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.

David Krakauer on how ideas and culture co-evolve
May 7, 2015 -

In Nautilus, incoming SFI president David Krakauer explores how science and culture co-evolve, using five short accounts of some of the surprising ways scientific thought progresses.

Audio: What biology might teach us about computers and programming
- Santa Fe Radio Café
May 7, 2015 -

In an interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI External Professor Stephanie Forrest explores how computer software and hardware systems might benefit from a studied imitation of living systems.

All about the Santa Fe Institute, all in one place
May 5, 2015 -

SFI's 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Here are some of the surprising tidbits you will find between its covers...

SFI selects four new Omidyar Fellows for 2015
May 4, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute has selected four early-career researchers for its prestigious Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship. Meet the new fellows here.

Taming the macrohistory macrodata beast
May 4, 2015 -

A meeting at SFI this week aims to get macrohistorians' heads around all the data available today about past human societies in hopes of gaining a common framework useful to all.

Cormac McCarthy's Santa Fe Institute
May 3, 2015 -

What happens when an award-winning author is asked to write a mission statement…and then read it on camera? Watch the video.

Matthew Jackson elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 1, 2015 -

SFI congratulates External Professor Matthew Jackson on his election this week to the National Academy of Sciences.

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