Business Network and Board of Trustees Symposium - Agenda

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Thursday, November 2
6:30-8:30p.m. Registration and Informal Welcome Reception, Inn at Loretto

Friday, November 3
8:00-9:00a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Welcome, Geoffrey West, SFI President & Distinguished Professor and Meeting Overview, Douglas Erwin, Smithsonian Institution and SFI
9:30-10:30 Diseases in Human Evolution, Ethne Barnes, Independent Author and Researcher
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:30 p.m. From Epidemic to Pandemic
  • Abstract Modeling of Viral Infection, Luca Cardelli, Microsoft, Cambridge Research Laboratory
  • Influenza Epidemic, Catherine Macken, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • From Epidemic to Pandemic, Bruce Levin, Emory University
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:45 From Pandemic to Panic
  • Finding the Right Diffusion Model for You, brief comments by Scott Page, University of Michigan and SFI
    • Diffusion of Product Innovation, PJ Lamberson, University of Michigan
  • Diffusion in Social Movements, Sarah Soule, Cornell University
  • From Pandemic to Panic: the Emerging Threat, Norman Johnson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
(Break 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.)
3:45-4:15 Discussion
5:00-5:30 Buses depart for SFI
5:30-8:30 Author's Evening and Dinner at SFI

Saturday, November 4
8:00-9:00a.m. Buffet Breakfast, Inn at Loretto
9:00-10:00 Domesticating the ‘Wild’ Memes of Religion, Tufts University
10:00-12:30p.m. Is Technology Infectious?
  • Technology as a Vector for Infectious Ideas, Esther Dyson, Release 0.9
  • The Psychology of Virus Writers, Sarah Gordon, Symantec
  • Economics of Technology Diffusion, W. Brian Arthur, SFI
12:30-1:30 Lunch and optional film screening, "Mind in the Machine: The Discovery of Artificial Intelligence," by Dan Rockmore, SFI and Dartmouth
1:30-3:00 New Models of Infection, Contagion and Diffusion
  • Infectivity in Markets: Thoughts and Evidence, Michael Mauboussin, Legg Mason Capital Management
  • SFI as a Model of Infection in Academia, Murray Gell-Mann, SFI
3:00-5:00 Business Network Member Breakout Session
5:00-6:00 Business Network Member Cocktail Hour