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Apply now for SFI's 2017 Complex Systems Summer School
Nov. 1, 2016 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs: the 2017 Complex Systems Summer School, June 11-July 7, 2017, in Santa Fe. Apply by January 23, 2017.

Video: Jordan Ellenberg on the power of uncertainty and contradiction
Oct. 19, 2016 -

During an October 18 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg explored how math can help us think about the seemingly uncertain matters that dominate our lives. Watch his talk here.

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's 2016 Ulam Lectures: Birth, collapse, and rebirth at The Information Edge
Sept. 29, 2016 -

In two lectures, Seth Lloyd explores what happens when one system gains an advantage in collecting and processing information – an advantage he believes underlies all creation and destruction in our universe. Watch his lectures here.

Ecologists gather the pieces of a first-principles-derived ecological theory
Sept. 21, 2016 -

A team of ecologists met at SFI recently to begin synthesizing an efficient theory that aims toward a more unified understanding of ecology.

Watch the video of Rosalind Picard's SFI Community Lecture
Sept. 2, 2016 -

During an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Rosalind Picard reveals some of the surprises she has discovered at the intersection of human emotion and wearable tech. Watch her talk here.

Networks, AI, and psychology for social change
Aug. 4, 2016 -

Drawing from network science, decision-making tools with artificial intelligence, and social influence theories, experts gathered at SFI recently to explore new ways to spark large-scale social change.

How microbiomes respond to disturbance
Aug. 2, 2016 -

To prepare for climate change, urbanization, or antibiotic resistance, we need to know how the microbial world we are immersed in will respond to stress. A recent SFI meeting sought progress.

Video: John McWhorter on 'The Language Hoax'
July 15, 2016 -

Watch linguist John McWhorter deliver a community lecture in which he rethinks the widely-held belief that the language we speak shapes how we experience life.

Tracking animal migrations has become easier... now what?
June 30, 2016 -

During a working group this week at SFI, roughly a dozen ecologists and computer scientists will explore ways emerging technologies might help researchers better understand why and how individuals in migrating groups make the choices they do.

Migrate or cooperate? SFI working group tackles evolutionary fork-in-the-road
June 29, 2016 -

Researchers meet at SFI this week to understand how two evolutionary strategies -- migration and cooperation -- might have co-evolved, and in what situations one strategy prevails.

What drives biological synchrony?
June 8, 2016 -

Researchers are gathered at SFI this week to understand what drives biological "synchrony": rapid, widespread rises and falls in populations.

Aaron Clauset receives Erdos-Renyi Prize for Young Scientists
- NetSci
June 3, 2016 -

This week, SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset received the 2016 Erdős–Rényi Prize for Young Scientists from the Network Science Society. 

Lynda Barry on biology and creativity
June 1, 2016 -

In an SFI Community Lecture May 31 in Santa Fe, artist and author Lynda Barry explores what makes us want to write, draw, sing, and dance.

SFI maintains 4-star charity rating
June 1, 2016 -

SFI has maintained the highest possible rating under the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator's new rating system.

Happening now at SFI: Working group seeks new algorithms for an old problem
May 16, 2016 -

Deciding whether two symmetries are alike is a longstanding problem in group theory, the mathematical study of symmetry. This week at SFI, a working group meets to tackle the mathematical curiosity with implications across diverse scientific fields.

Teacher Natalie Martino, 13 seniors recognized for scientific excellence
May 9, 2016 -

In an evening ceremony last week at SFI, the Institute recognized teacher Natalie Martino and 13 Santa Fe-area high school seniors for scientific excellence.

Video: Carlos Castillo-Chavez on deadly lessons from emerging diseases
May 6, 2016 -

On April 12, Carlos Castillo-Chavez unraveled the complex factors that fuel the spread of deadly diseases, and how we can use our knowledge of them to prevent future outbreaks. Watch the video here.

SFI to participate in unprecedented evolutionary research project
April 8, 2016 -

A collaboration of international researchers, including four SFI scientists, has been awarded $8 million to extend our understanding of evolution.

Delivering energy with tomorrow's power grid
March 30, 2016 -

An interdisciplinary workshop at SFI this week is exploring the complex nature of the North American power grid's transition to a more decentralized, better regulated, and greener version of its former self.

Video: How domesticated humans evolved
March 30, 2016 -

During a recent SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Annalee Newitz compared today's urbanization phenomenon to that of the Neolithic period, when humans first became "domesticated." Watch her talk here.

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.

This week at SFI: Is social science built on WEIRDness?
March 16, 2016 -

Psychologists and anthropologists convene at SFI this week to try to figure out what to do about what’s called the WEIRD problem (social science studies of subjects with Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic backgrounds).

Working group explores the science and art of data representation
March 11, 2016 -

Media artists, composers, and artist-programmers join SFI scientists this week to discuss new ways to represent complex data.

Ecologists meet at SFI to investigate what regulates what's living where, and in what numbers
March 11, 2016 -

This week at SFI a working group investigates an organizing principle at the heart of ecology.

Happening now at SFI: To make sense of a mountain of food web data, give it a jolt of math
Feb. 29, 2016 -

This week's working group at SFI brings together ecologists and computer scientists to develop techniques for analyzing an explosion of food web data.

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