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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Happy Birthday SFI…30 years ago today, the Institute began in earnest
Nov. 11, 2014 -

Thirty years ago today, on November 11, 1984, the second of SFI's two exploratory founding workshops ended and the Institute began in earnest. 

Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science
Nov. 11, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply by February 14, 2015.

Workshop at SFI this week takes stock of niche construction research
Nov. 11, 2014 -

Two-dozen researchers from varied fields have convened at SFI this week to assess the current state and future directions of burgeoning research in niche construction: the modification of environments by organisms living in them.

How multicellular life persisted
- Science
Nov. 10, 2014 -

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.

Needed: An evolutionary, ecosystem view of economies
- New Scientist
Nov. 8, 2014 -

To understand market crashes and bubbles, SFI's Geoffrey West and three co-authors advocate a revised view that treats an economy like biologists might think about an ecosystem rife with evolutionary dynamics.

Why people fear Ebola
- The Boston Globe
Nov. 7, 2014 -

In the age of social media, fear of a virus can spread much faster than the virus itself, according to SFI External Professor Joshua Epstein.

Can satellites and remote sensing help protect indigenous people?
- Royal Society Open Science
Nov. 5, 2014 -

Researchers are using remote-sensing and satellite technology to understand the movements of indigenous tribes in the Amazon. Their work could influence policies intended to protect the habitats of "uncontacted" people.

Video - Watch Sid Redner's SFI Community Lecture: 'I get all the news I need from the sports section'
Nov. 5, 2014 -

In the video from an October 15 SFI Community Lecture, SFI's Sid Redner draws on sports statistics to bust a few common myths about scoring streaks, "hot hands," and infamous team curses.

To fight Ebola, we need better mobility data for West Africa
- Science
Nov. 4, 2014 -

In a letter to the journal Science, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino and co-authors stress the importance of understanding mobility patterns to dynamically model the spread of Ebola.

Measuring the order and disorder of matter
- Nature Materials
Nov. 4, 2014 -

An editorial in Nature Materials highlights work by SFI External Professor James Crutchfield and his colleague for their information-theoretic measure of material structure.

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