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Laurence Gonzales named an SFI Miller Scholar
March 21, 2016 -

The author Laurence Gonzales has been named a Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute for 2016. He will be in residence at the Institute periodically over the next 12 months.

Video: Gary Marcus on smart machines and what they can still learn from people
March 21, 2016 -

On Tuesday evening, March 15, at The Lensic in Santa Fe, Gary Marcus offered a cognitive scientist's perspective on what programmers of artificial intelligence can still learn from human cognition.

Institute names Will Tracy as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships
March 16, 2016 -

SFI has selected Will Tracy as its new Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. Tracy will begin work May 11 on a part-time consulting basis and, beginning July 1, will join SFI full-time.

Report to POTUS: Now's the time to promote urban innovation
Feb. 24, 2016 -

SFI's Luis Bettencourt contributed to a newly-released report that could inform policies to promote innovation in urban centers.

Bluebird’s conundrum: Shack up now or hang out in mom’s nest for a while
- Behavioral Ecology
Feb. 18, 2016 -

Young male bluebirds may gain an evolutionary advantage by delaying breeding and helping out their parents' nests instead, according to new research led by SFI's Caitlin Stern.

How hunter-gatherers preserved their food sources
Feb. 17, 2016 -

New research in Nature Scientific Reports explores the impact of hunter-gatherers on north Pacific marine food webs and the behaviors that helped preserve their network of food sources.

A new economics curriculum
Feb. 5, 2016 -

Authors of a free, interactive open-access economics textbook meet at SFI to discuss new ways to teach the subject as a complex, dynamical system.

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.

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.

SFI Community Lecture: Cordelia Fine on delusions of gender
Oct. 26, 2015 -

During a recent SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, psychologist and author Cordelia Fine looked to the science of gender to challenge society’s long-held, and possibly mistaken, beliefs about gender difference. Watch the lecture here.

SFI's Learning Lab offers free online course for high school teachers
Oct. 12, 2015 -

SFI’s Learning Lab is offering a free online course to build the community of teachers who are offering rich computational thinking experiences through modeling and simulation.

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.

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.

Computational thinking & modeling in the classroom: New NSF grant to prep teachers
Sept. 24, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute’s Learning Lab has received a nearly $3 million National Science Foundation Award to develop and study a robust professional development program for middle school teachers.

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.

Newsweek features recent Drake, Krakauer, McCarthy, & McCarthy art-meets-science event
- Newsweek
Aug. 17, 2015 -

An article in Newsweek magazine features the recent, and unusual, Santa Fe Institute-Lannan Foundation event in Santa Fe during which art, music, math, and science collided.

Complexity science giant John Holland passes away at 86
Aug. 10, 2015 -

John Holland, a pioneer in the study of complex adaptive systems and the leading figure in what became known as genetic algorithms, passed away Sunday morning, August 9, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

David Krakauer becomes SFI's new president
Aug. 5, 2015 -

In interviews with Santa Fe-area reporters this month, new SFI President David Krakauer asks what the Institute's unique role in science should be and what questions the Institute might be asking.

2014 SFI meeting central to national report on creativity research
- National Endowment for the Arts
July 31, 2015 -

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts provides perspective on the science of creativity, basing many of its findings on an SFI working group held in July 2014.

Can’t sort complex from complicated? Check out SFI’s MaxEnt tutorial
- Complexity Explorer
June 12, 2015 -

A new offering from SFI’s online education resource, Complexity Explorer, gives complexity enthusiasts quantitative tools for distinguishing the "complex" aspects of a system from the merely "complicated."

Three trustees elected to SFI's board
June 5, 2015 -

SFI’s Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Fred Dotzler of De Novo Ventures, Jacques Dubois of Swiss Re America Holding Corp. (retired), and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital.

Watch Alan Lightman's SFI lecture on 'The World You Thought You Knew'
May 28, 2015 -

In an SFI Community Lecture on May 6, novelist and physicist Alan Lightman offered his perspective on timeless topics such as God, science, the universe, and religious experiences. Watch his talk.

Congrats to teacher Dave Brooks and ten high school seniors selected for SFI's High School Prize
May 14, 2015 -

In a ceremony Wednesday evening in Santa Fe, SFI awarded science teacher Dave Brooks and ten high school seniors the Institute's 2015 High School Prize for Scientific Excellence.

Two Project GUTS graduates win New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge
May 13, 2015 -

SFI congratulates Katelynn James and Meghan Hill, both graduates of SFI’s Project GUTS program, who have won the 2014-2015 Supercomputing Challenge. 

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