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SFI's Christa Brelsford wins gold at world paraclimbing championship
Sept. 15, 2014 -

Rock climber and SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Christa Brelsford has won gold in the Paraclimbing World Championship in Gijon, Spain.

Ceremony to honor Murray Gell-Mann with prestigious Helmholtz Medal
Sept. 5, 2014 -

Murray Gell-Mann will receive the prestigious Helmholtz Medal during a special ceremony on Thursday, September 25, at the Santa Fe Institute.

McKinnon family's $2.5 million gift to help expand SFI education programs
Sept. 4, 2014 -

The McKinnon family has made a generous gift of $2.5 million to support the Santa Fe Institute’s education programs.

SFI's Mercedes Pascual receives MacArthur Award in ecology
Aug. 22, 2014 -

SFI External Professor and Science Board member Mercedes Pascual has been awarded the Ecological Society of America's prestigious Robert H. MacArthur Award.

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math'
Aug. 12, 2014 -

In an August 6 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz showed how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works. Watch the video.

SFI's Project GUTS goes nationwide this school year
Aug. 8, 2014 -

Beginning this school year, is bringing SFI's afterschool program Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to the nation's middle school science classrooms.

Video: New documentary celebrates 50 years of BASIC
Aug. 5, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Dan Rockmore is co-creator of a new documentary retelling the advent of the BASIC programming language 50 years ago at Dartmouth College.

Melanie Moses selected for McDonnell Foundation's complex systems scholar award
July 30, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Melanie Moses has been awarded the James S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Initiative in Studying Complex Systems – Scholar Award for 2014.

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox'
July 30, 2014 -

In a July 16 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, MITs Seth Lloyd proffered a mode of time travel that is both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible. Watch his talk.

Better ways to forecast technological change
July 18, 2014 -

Experts are at SFI this summer examining how technology evolves, in part by building technological trophic networks akin to food webs describing feeding interactions in ecosystems. 

Working group explores the 'frustration' of spin glasses
July 17, 2014 -

Experts invited to a five-day working group at SFI this week will seek a better understanding of spin glasses and how they work.

Help crowdsource the Complexity Explorer
July 14, 2014 -

Complexity Explorer, an online education resource for complexity teachers and learners, is asking for your help. Here’s what you can do.

What is creativity, and how can we understand it?
July 10, 2014 -

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts are holding a working group in Santa Fe this week to examie creativity through the lenses of cognitive science, psychology, education, the arts, neuroscience, and more.

Bill Miller on SFI: 'You come here to understand things in a different way'
- The Wall Street Journal
June 30, 2014 -

A front-page Wall Street Journal article today profiles SFI Chair Emeritus Bill Miller, featuring his longtime relationship with SFI.

Cities, slums, neighborhoods, people: Watch Luis Bettencourt's lecture
June 27, 2014 -

What is a city? In an SFI Community Lecture June 18 in Santa Fe, SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt peered inside the city, down to the data describing its neighborhoods and its people, for answers. Watch his talk.

Mark Newman receives 2014 Lagrange Prize
June 19, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Mark Newman has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Lagrange Prize for research achievements in the sciences of complexity.

Working paper: Ambiguous words probably make communicating easier
June 3, 2014 -

Ambiguity in language, including words with multiple meanings, actually make communication easier and may be an inevitable consequence of a language’s evolution, according to a new SFI working paper.

How one conversation redirected an oncologist’s approach to cancer
May 30, 2014 -

A conversation between SFI’s Murray Gell-Mann, a physicist, and oncologist David Agus at the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival inspired Agus to change the way he thinks about cancer.

SFI Bulletin is LIVE: Spring 2014 issue asks how life got complex
May 28, 2014 -

Our Spring 2014 issue of the SFI Bulletin, “How Life Got Complex,” asks why, and how, some biological systems on Earth have evolved to be ever-more complex, even intelligent.

SFI's 2013 Annual Report: All about the Santa Fe Institute in one place
May 22, 2014 -

SFI's 2013 Annual Report is more than a comprehensive guide to the Santa Fe Institute. It's also a handy cheat sheet for our first-ever SFI trivia quiz. You could win a prize.

Video: Daniel Dennett asks whether we need free will
May 19, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture Wednesday, May 14, in Santa Fe, philosopher Daniel Dennett asked: if free will is an illusion, should we conclude that we don’t need real free will to be responsible for our actions? Watch the video.

Workshop gives web-based disease tracking a checkup
May 19, 2014 -

A workshop this week at SFI asks how well web-based disease trackers like Google Flu Trends actually work, and seeks ways they can be made to work better.

Nihat Ay to join SFI's resident faculty
May 14, 2014 -

Mathematician Nihat Ay will join SFI’s resident faculty beginning next summer, SFI Chair of Faculty and VP for Science Jennifer Dunne announced today.

THANKS for supporting us during Give Grande New Mexico
May 6, 2014 -

Hooray! With your help, we met — and surpassed — our goal for Give Grande New Mexico yesterday, raising $9,313 that will help hard-working high school students attend C.A.M.P. this summer.

Wanted: SFI's next president
May 4, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking an uncommon leader to guide this world-renowned nonprofit research and education center. If you know a great candidate, pass it on.

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