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What makes cities unique...and the same?
Feb. 11, 2016 -

Cities may have unique economic profiles, but as urban areas grow, they exhibit common trends.

Roots of gender imbalance in university faculty hiring
Feb. 10, 2016 -

SFI's Aaron Clauset and Daniel Larremore explore the complex contributors to the gender imbalance that persists in university computer science departments. 

Mapping the movements of birds and beasts
Feb. 4, 2016 -

Using aerial drones to track the movements and interactions of a migrating herd of caribou, SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl plans to test a hypothesis that traveling en masse helps the herd navigate.

Semantically speaking: Does meaning structure unite languages?
- PNAS
Feb. 1, 2016 -

By measuring how closely words’ meanings are related within and between languages, a research team has revealed that for many universal concepts, the world’s languages feature a common structure of semantic relatedness.

Human vulnerability is key to managing climate challenges
- PNAS
Feb. 1, 2016 -

Our historic vulnerability to climate change can inform the way we manage climate-induced disasters, according to newly-published research conceived in a series of SFI working groups.

A science of city skylines?
- Technology Review
Jan. 29, 2016 -

Articles in CityLab and MIT Technology Review highlight new SFI research on metropolitan buildings, population size, innovation, and a city’s carbon footprint.

How to make slums more resilient to climate change
Jan. 28, 2016 -

A team from the Santa Fe Institute, Arizona State University, and Slum Dwellers International has been selected to find new ways to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable communities.

Adapting to adaptations
- Nature Scientific Reports
Jan. 11, 2016 -

A new paper by SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader and colleague Matthew Egbert addresses the puzzle of how organisms regulate and respond to their own adaptations.

A winning strategy for multicellular life
- Evolutionary Ecology
Jan. 6, 2016 -

Environmental triggers may have tipped the transition from single- to multi-cellular life, according to new research by SFI REU Emma Wolinsky and Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby.

Levin to receive National Medal of Science for his research in ecological complexity
Dec. 23, 2015 -

Simon Levin will receive the U.S. National Medal of Science—the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in science. 

Workshop: An overdue overhaul for network theory
Dec. 17, 2015 -

Moving beyond an antiquated view of networks and assembling researchers from disparate fields to forge novel insights about networks are the dual goals of a recent workshop at SFI.

David Wolpert named an IEEE fellow
Dec. 2, 2015 -

SFI Professor David Wolpert has been named a fellow of the Institute of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Interdisciplinary, collaborative research takes place in shared cognitive, emotional, and interactional space
- SAGE
Nov. 30, 2015 -

A new paper takes an empirical approach to interdisciplinary science, drawing on case studies of collaborative research networks from SFI, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

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 .

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