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Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science
Nov. 17, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2016 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply by February 14, 2016.

Report: How complexity should inform energy tech policy making
Nov. 15, 2015 -

As the Paris climate conference approaches, a new report by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik’s lab advocates for more realistic energy policies that acknowledge, and employ, complex systems approaches.

American Physical Society honors SFI's David Pines with Lilienfeld Prize
Nov. 12, 2015 -

SFI's David Pines has been named the recipient of the American Physical Society’s 2016 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize.

Using evolution to identify cell types
- Science
Nov. 9, 2015 -

Science spotlights a new approach to identifying cells based on a recent working group at SFI.

Ho hum. Sports are not nearly as exciting as we thought
Nov. 2, 2015 -

Is your team's lead safe? At the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, SFI Professor Sid Redner and External Professor Aaron Clauset show that basketball scoring is little more than a random walk.

SFI's Cris Moore named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society
Oct. 30, 2015 -

SFI Professor Cristopher Moore is among 50 mathematical scientists to be elected to the 2016 class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society, the AMS announced today.

Getting our arms around obesity
Oct. 29, 2015 -

A working group this week at SFI takes on the complex social problem of obesity, as collaborators test and refine an agent-based model for a pilot intervention.

In gene networks, it’s location, location, location
Oct. 28, 2015 -

From appearance to endurance, nature’s adaptations all trace back to complex molecular networks. Experts are meeting at SFI this week to develop a framework for understanding of how genes give rise to outward adaptations.

Why some organisms adopt complex life strategies
Oct. 28, 2015 -

Ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and other experts are gathered at SFI this week to ask why certain species, when faced with environmental stressors, invest in complex life strategies.

The poor get sicker: SFI's Sam Scarpino on poverty and diseases October 14 in Santa Fe
Oct. 28, 2015 -

During a Creative Mornings talk on Wednesday, October 14, in Santa Fe, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino explains why we must factor in poverty if we want to understand, and manage, the spread of disease.

Working group: What physical principles predict life?
Oct. 28, 2015 -

Why does Earth's physical environment precipitate life, and why don't others (the Moon's, for example)? SFI researchers sought clues during a recent working group at SFI.

Digital data for public health surveillance
- EPJ Data Science
Oct. 21, 2015 -

A new paper, based on a 2014 meeting of international scientists and public health officials at the Santa Fe Institute, describes a path for integrating novel data streams into current public health surveillance systems .

Innovation as search on a landscape of possibilities
Oct. 16, 2015 -

Innovation might be understood as a search in a space of combinatorial possibilities. This week at SFI, a group of experts is seeking the origins of novelty, continuing to build a knowledge base that might lead to a theory of innovation.

Workshop: Recognizing wildness in all its guises
Oct. 13, 2015 -

Thorny problems and wild frontiers are the subject of this week's workshop at SFI on wildness.

Working group: Putting humans into their environmental contexts
Oct. 12, 2015 -

The Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments (SKOPE) group is meeting at SFI this week to further development of a database on human societies and their natural environments.

Working group seeks better cell type classification
Oct. 7, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week is asking how new cell types emerge and how best to differentiate between fundamental building blocks of life.

Register now for SFI's next short course, January 5-7 in Santa Fe
Sept. 30, 2015 -

Whether they are groups of ants, people, companies, or economies, social systems are intrinsically complex. Learn new ways to understand complex social systems during our next short course in Santa Fe.

Grasses, mammals, and their co-evolution
Sept. 30, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week is exploring the co-evolution of mammals and grassland habitats.

Two SFI researchers among top contributors to food web science
Sept. 30, 2015 -

SFI VP for Science Jennifer Dunne and Science Board member Robert May are among 14 researchers whose work is recognized for expanding the scientific understanding of food webs over the last century.

Undergraduates: Apply now for SFI's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program
Sept. 24, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking undergraduates for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship program. Apply by January 4, 2016.

New paper shows growth pattern for religious groups, nation states
Sept. 24, 2015 -

A new paper in PLOS ONE by External Professor Michael Hochberg and colleagues computes how human social groups pass through different phases in their growth, structure, and behavior.

Workshop explores self-assembly, kinetic networks
Sept. 22, 2015 -

Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus co-organized a workshop at SFI in mid September to explore how self-assembling materials do what they do.

Mental math helps monk parakeets find their places in the pecking order
- PLoS Computational Biology
Sept. 10, 2015 -

A study of aggression in monk parakeets suggests that where they stand in the pecking order is a function of the bird’s carefully calibrated perceptions of the rank of their fellow feathered friends.

Paper: Complex behaviors can arise from simple brains
- PLoS Computational Biology
Sept. 8, 2015 -

According to new research from SFI Professor Nihat Ay and colleagues, seemingly complex motor behaviors can arise from surprisingly simple brains.

In memoriam: Joseph Traub
Aug. 25, 2015 -

Joseph Traub, a leading figure in developing the field of computational complexity, passed away Monday morning, August 24, in Santa Fe.

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