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Get your SFI Alumni Community T-shirt today
March 27, 2015 -

The SFI alumni team is proud to announce the winning entries for this year’s T-shirt slogan competition.

SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset selected for NSF Early Career award
- National Science Foundation
March 19, 2015 -

CU Boulder's Aaron Clauset, an SFI external professor and former SFI Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow, has received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development award.

John Templeton Foundation grants SFI $2.5 million to pursue general theory of complexity
March 17, 2015 -

SFI has been awarded a three year, $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support a daring scientific pursuit: developing a general theory of complexity.

Paper: Geometry's least-packable shapes
- Geometry and Topology
March 2, 2015 -

In a new paper, SFI Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus takes a small but significant step in understanding mathematical shape-packing while addressing an old conjecture about which shapes pack least well.

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course in Santa Fe
Feb. 24, 2015 -

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course — Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics — August 25-27 in Santa Fe.

Paper: Ancient and modern cities aren't so different
- Science Advances
Feb. 23, 2015 -

Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at SFI and UC Boulder.

Tracing languages back to their earliest common ancestor through sound shifts
- Current Biology
Feb. 19, 2015 -

A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.

New book posits an evolutionary game theory approach to fitness
Feb. 18, 2015 -

A new book co-authored by SFI External Professor D. Eric Smith adopts an evolutionary game theory framework in which individual types and interactions are mapped to evolutionary fitness as a game played among agents in the population.

How multicellular life persisted
- Science
Feb. 13, 2015 -

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.

Paper: Role of institutions' prestige in faculty hiring negatively affects scholarly diversity, innovation
- Science Advances
Feb. 13, 2015 -

A quantitative investigation of the roles played by academic institutions' prestige in faculty hiring reveals a "closed doctoral ecosystem" that negatively affect a field’s ideas diversity, growth, and inventiveness.

SFI ranks among the world's top science and technology 'think tanks'
Feb. 12, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute again has ranked among the world's top science and technology think tanks.

What do all human societies have in common?
Feb. 11, 2015 -

Several researchers at SFI and Arizona State University have begun a long-term collaboration to identify and measure the commonalities across various forms of human social organization, from bands of hunter-gatherers to urbanites of today's megacities.

A family affair: Sharing of food across generations contributes to humans' long life histories
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Feb. 11, 2015 -

New research led by Paul Hooper, a former SFI Omidyar Fellow now at Emory University, explores the evolutionary implications of food sharing across generations in Amazonian forager-farmer societies.

From strings and quarks to cells and whales: Geoffrey West's essay among top papers of 2014
- Physical Biology
Jan. 29, 2015 -

Geoffrey West's essay "A theoretical physicist's journey from strings and quarks to cells and whales" is among Physical Biology's top papers of 2014.

Watch Daniel Jurafsky's SFI talk - Eating our words: What the language of food says about us
Jan. 21, 2015 -

During an SFI Community Lecture January 14 in Santa Fe, Stanford linguist Daniel Jurafsky explored the stunningly complex language of food and what it tells us about our culture and society. Watch it now.

Game mining: How to make money from those about to play a game
- Advances in Austrian Economics
Jan. 15, 2015 -

In a recent paper, SFI Professor David Wolpert and co-author James Bono reveal a way to get rich without doing any work at all.

Paper: Emergence of superconductivity in heavy-electron materials
Jan. 13, 2015 -

SFI's David Pines and co-author Yi-feng Yang presents a model for a long-standing challenge for quantum physicists: explaining how superconductivity emerges in unconventional materials. 

Tale of four (impoverished) countries: Why Ebola goes viral or dies out
- Nautilus
Jan. 13, 2015 -

In Nautilus magazine, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino explores why Nigeria has fared better in the Ebola outbreak than its similarly-impoverished neighbors.

ASU-SFI agreement establishes new Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
Jan. 12, 2015 -

SFI and Arizona State University have launched a major new research and education collaboration that focuses on problems at the intersections of complex biological and social systems.

Deadline alert - Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School
Jan. 6, 2015 -

SFI is 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.

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.

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