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Jan. 9, 2015, 2:48 p.m.

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

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.

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Jan. 13, 2015, 7:37 p.m.

Game mining: How to make money from those about to play a game

Advances in Austrian Economics

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.

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Jan. 5, 2015, 11:13 a.m.

Paper: Emergence of superconductivity in heavy-electron materials


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. 

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Dec. 9, 2014, 8:42 a.m.

Author Hampton Sides selected as 2015 Miller Scholar

Author Hampton Sides, a best-selling narrative historian, has been named a Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute for 2015.

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Jan. 12, 2015, 11:12 a.m.

Tale of four (impoverished) countries: Why Ebola goes viral or dies out


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

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Jan. 9, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

ASU-SFI agreement establishes new Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

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.

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Nov. 4, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

Deadline alert - Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School

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.

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Nov. 25, 2014, 11:29 a.m.

Three SFI researchers named fellows of the AAAS

Three members of SFI’s external faculty have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Dec. 18, 2014, 3:09 p.m.

Three SFI scientists present the case for 'blue-skies' ecology

Trends in Ecology & Evolution

SFI External Professor Michael Hochberg and co-authors argue for more and less-constrained support of basic ecological research.

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Dec. 16, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

Study: Ebola transmission occurs mostly in social clusters

Clinical Infectious Diseases

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.

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Dec. 10, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

David Krakauer selected as SFI's next president

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.

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Dec. 10, 2014, 1:31 p.m.

Jessica Flack to rejoin SFI's resident faculty

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.

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Dec. 11, 2014, 1:27 p.m.

Stephanie Forrest named IEEE Fellow for 2015


SFI Science Board member and External Professor Stephanie Forrest has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for 2015.

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Dec. 11, 2014, 3:02 p.m.

Audio: Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino on math and Ebola

Santa Fe Radio Cafe

Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino explains how mathematical epidemiologists can help slow the spread of the Ebola virus by mapping its patterns of transmission.

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Dec. 5, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Three SFI faculty examine effects of changing technology on social networks

Proceedings of the IEEE

In a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, three SFI faculty members examine the effects of changing technology on social networks.

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Dec. 3, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

SFI Professor Cris Moore named a fellow of the American Physical Society

SFI Professor Cristopher Moore was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society on November 22, 2014.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:38 a.m.

Undergraduates: Apply now for SFI's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking undergraduates for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship program. Apply by February 7, 2015.

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Nov. 25, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

Science for a Complex World: The mathematics of stopping Ebola

Santa Fe New Mexican

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.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:26 a.m.

High school students: Apply now for the Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP)

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking current high school students for its Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP), July 12 - 24, 2015 in Groton, Massachusetts. Space is limited; apply now.

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Nov. 11, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science

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

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Nov. 3, 2014, 1:39 p.m.

The new SFI Bulletin is live! SFI@30: Foundations & Frontiers

In this issue of the SFI Bulletin, seven essayists trace some of the scientific themes that have endured at SFI across the decades. Read the Fall 2014 issue here.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

NEW! Connect, commune, & collaborate with fellow SFI alumni now

For the first time, alumni of SFI’s schools and education programs have an online forum for connecting with fellow alumni and maintaining their involvement with the Institute's community.

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“SFI understands the right question is just as important as the right answer.”

– Russell Gonnering, MD
“SFI will change the world by changing the way people think. We bring to people an entire landscape of problems that people haven’t considered before.”

– David Krakauer, incoming SFI President
“Scientific work at SFI is always pushing creativity to its practical limits. We always court a high risk of failure. Above all we have more fun than should be legal.”

– Author and SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy
“Big-idea boot camp.”

– Newsweek
“A sort of Justice League of renegade geeks, where teams of scientists from disparate fields study the Big Questions.”

– Rolling Stone
“An eclectic collection of intellectual firepower gathered on a hillside above Santa Fe.”

– The Albuquerque Journal
“I’m here because I like science, and this is a fun place to spend time. There’s good craic [Gaelic for 'lively conversation'].”

– Author and SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy
“America’s smartest lunch”

– The Daily Beast
"You don't come here to get an answer to something. You come here to understand things in a different way."

– SFI Chair Emeritus Bill Miller in the Wall Street Journal
“The environment creates a certain electricity…Part of the interest is not knowing where the borders are.”

– Actor, author, and playwright Sam Shepard
“Pure bliss. Everything I hoped academia would be as a graduate student.”

– Novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein
“It’s a spa for the brain, because you treat your brain like you have never treated it before.”

– Hamid Benbrahim of TD Ameritrade
“The coming together of the physical beauty outdoors and the intellectual excitement indoors made an indelible impression on me.”

– Michael Mauboussin, Managing Director, Global Investment Strategies, Credit Suisse, and Chairman, SFI Board of Trustees
“A transdisciplinary think tank that aspires to be a kind of intellectual utopia.”

– Newsweek
“SFI is one of the world’s most unique think tanks, famous for pioneering and popularizing the science of complexity.”

– Science writer David Kushner
“It’s impossible to do what we do without an environment so rich and diverse and haphazard.”

– SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt
“SFI is an aberration on the intellectual landscape, a modern version of Plato's academy.”

– Arizona State University President Michael Crow
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