Complexity: Out of the Box Thinking Touching Tomorrow's Science - About 2012

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Sana Fe Institute:


The Santa Fe Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center founded in 1984, for transdisciplinary collaborations in the physical, biological, computational, and social sciences. Understanding of complex adaptive systems is critical to addressing key environmental, technological, biological, economic, and political challenges. Renowned scientists and researchers come to Santa Fe Institute from universities, government agencies, research institutes, and private industry to collaborate in attempts to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the deep simplicity present in our complex world. The Santa Fe Institute was founded by George Cowan, who at the time was a Senior Fellow at Los Alamos Laboratory, he used to get together with other Senior Fellows for lunch every now and then. During these lunches, the idea of starting an institution where scientists could pursue problem-driven science (versus the usual imperatives of paradigm or funding-driven science) directed at the "hard" problems was hatched. Organization: SFI has a steady state of about thirty-five researchers in residence year round, with around twice that number during the summer months. SFI is an institute without walls, and we host around two-dozen workshops per year (with around thirty people in each workshop), an external faculty of sixty, annual summer schools with one hundred and fifty students, and numerous other activities. Thus, our actual scientific impact goes well beyond the usual measures. An administrative staff of about twenty-five support the activities of SFI both in Santa Fe and other locations, as necessary.

School for Advanced Research:


The School for Advanced Research (SAR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists. SAR realizes its mission through an array of programs, including the Indian Arts Research Center; fellowships for scholars-in-residence; week-long gatherings of scholars in advanced seminars; the annual J. I. Staley Prize for excellence in anthropological writing; residential fellowships for Native American artists; and SAR Press, which publishes scholarly books arising from SAR’s programs as well as general-interest books on the Southwest and Native American arts.

Puye Cliff Dwellings:


The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblo, located in Santa Clara Canyon on Santa Clara Pueblo land in New Mexico near Española, New Mexico. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. Puye Cliffs' inhabitants then moved into the Rio Grande River valley. They became the ancestors of today's Santa Clara people, who now live at Santa Clara Pueblo, 10 miles east of Puye.

The City of Santa Fe


Santa Fe is located in northern New Mexico at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of over 70,000 people, it is well known for its art, culture, dining, and year-round outdoor activities. September weather is usually warm and sunny during the day (occasionally there is rain and wind) and cool in the evening. There are often thundershowers in the afternoon. Dress is casual. Be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat with you. Hiking boots are also recommended.

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