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Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2014-Mentors

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2014



REU Program Principal Investigator (PI)

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Cristopher Moore, Santa Fe Institute, Resident Faculty


Potential Mentors and Projects

Alfred Hubler, Santa Fe Institute, External Faculty

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Projects 1 and 2: The Physics of a Thought and Why do Sand Castles Fall?

Ben Althouse, Santa Fe Institute, Omidyar Fellow

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Project 1: Identification of network structures affecting resilience to the spread of behaviors and disease in a massive social network (mentor group: Ben Althouse and Sam Scarpino)

David Wolpert, Santa Fe Institute, Resident Faculty

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Project 1: Exploring Information Exchange and Universals in Social Organization (Mentor Group: David Wolpert, Henry Wright, and Eric Rupley)

Project 2: Uncovering Hidden Structure in Microbiome (Mentor Group: David Wolpert, Eric Libby, and James O'Dwyer (from afar))


Eric Libby, Santa Fe Institute, Omidyar Fellow

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Project 1: The Evolutionary Origins of Developmental Programs

Project 2: Uncovering Hidden Structure in Microbiome (Mentor Group: David Wolpert, Eric Libby, and James O'Dwyer (from afar))


Evandro Ferrada, Santa Fe Institute, Omidyar Fellow

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Potential Projects: The evolution of the RNA molecular alphabet, The origin of non-coding RNA in bacterial genomes, and Protein structural innovations in the Escherichia lineage


Pan Zhang, Santa Fe Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow

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Project 1: Solve recommendation problem by stochastic block modeling and Message-passing

Project 2: Community detection and missing-link prediction on bi-partite networks by non-backtracking random walk matrix


Ruben Andrist, Santa Fe Institute, Omidyar Fellow

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Project 1: Emulating multi-dimensional systems with a 1D chain


Sam Scarpino, Santa Fe Institute, Omidyar Fellow

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Project 1: Identification of network structures affecting resilience to the spread of behaviors and disease in a massive social network (mentor group: Ben Althouse and Sam Scarpino)

Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Santa Fe Institute, Resident Faculty

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Projects 1 and 2: Words in languages often display polysemy and Languages change over time at various levels