Complex Systems Summer School 2011-After Hours

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Complex Systems Summer School 2011

Use this space to organize your own after hours activities.

Bandelier Field Trip

Trip to Bandelier National Monument on Sat. June 18.

We're splitting this into two groups, unofficially dubbed the Hardcore Hikers and the Happy Campers.

We might string a visit to the Valles Caldera and Bradbury Science Museum/Los Alamos in as well.

From Stefani: I know the head archaeologist at Bandelier. I'll see if I can get him or his assistant to give us a brief talk.

Bandelier Trip Sign Up.

Bandelier and Los Alamos: These Cars Will Leave At 10:00AM

Car 1: JP's Camry (5 seats)
1. John Paul Gonzales
2. Nini Zhang
3. Raghav Chawla
4. Miles Townes

Car 3: Tom Carter's car (can fit 4 or 5)
1. Tom
2. Yangjing Long
3. Nicolas Paez
5. Shweta Singh

Car 4: Juniper (can fit 2 or 3) 1. Yasushi (driver) 2. Juniper 3.

Car: Rental car, Evelien driving - staying as long as we like in Bandelier, might skip Alamos

1. Evelien (driver)
2. Navigator: Eugenia
'Achterbank ensemble:'
3. Martin Gould
4. Ed
5. Randy C

Car: Rental car, Michael driving
1. Michael Sachs
2. Zoe Hamstead
3. Nadja Kunz
4. Alejandro Fajardo
5. Ryan James

Hardcore Hikers: THESE CARS WILL LEAVE AT 9:00AM

Stefani's Mazda only for a 13-mile hike:
1. Stefani Crabtree
2. Cali Ellis
3. Andrew Tinka
4. Anand
5. David B

Lydia's car only for a 13-mile hike
1. Lydia
2. Alexis Toda
3. Antoine
4. Anna
5. Michael J

Nora's car only for a 13-mile hike
1. Nora
2. Josh A
3. Erik

People who need rides


Present your own research

there are many others with very inspiring and ready to present research findings, so the idea would be to have a small session next Tuesday after lectures: let's say 4.30 - 6.00 (or longer, depending on how many of us want to / are ready to present) ...let's say 15 min each (so cut it down to the essentials! ...max 10 slides, if any!) and leave some room for discussion... so if you're ready and want some constructive feedback, just put here the title of your potential presentation, and we'll see if we get a critical mass that's interested:

- Aaron: Characterization of microbial promoter architectures for rational reengineering

- Cristina: "Marriage squeeze modeling" .

- Ed: "Shmoozing between enzyme kinetics and classical mechanics"

- Shweta: Role of bio-geochemical cycles in economic activities - Current inventory for US economy.

- Victor: current ideas in interdisciplinary education, as informed by case studies & interdisciplinarity philosophy

- Alexis: stuff related to maximum entropy, e.g., inductive reasoning, impossibility of scientific controversy, etc.

- ...

Week after (last week):

- Ryan: complexity

- Miles: "TCP/IP: Why the Internet is the internet." History of the early international spread of the Internet, and how the politics of the Cold War are embedded in the current network. 21 slides, 20 minutes, but it goes fast.

Yo La Tengo in Santa Fe, 17 June

For anyone interested, they're playing in town.

I might be interested in attending if others are going - Josh

Anna, Eugenia, and I just got tickets. We have 1 more seat left in the car. -Lydia

Taos Earthships, Rio Grande Gorge, High Country

Taos is a small town about 60 miles North of Santa Fe. It's known for the Taos Indian Pueblo, an artist colony, skiing, and the Taos Earthships. Depending on who's interested, we could stop by some wineries on the way up/down. The drive up alone is worth it.

Please add your car and seats if you have one

Car 1: JP's Camry (4 seats)
1. JP
2. Nini
3. Raghav
4. Stefani
5. David B

Car 2: Chris's Versa
1. Nicolas Paez
2.Ed Reznik
3. Evelien van der Hurk
4. Cristina Metgher

People who need rides:

Community Lecture, 1930, 29 June

From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Animal Behavior[1]
Presented by Ian Couzin (Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University)

Anyone interested? - Nini

Yep, we have a shuttle already scheduled and seats reserved. No need to worry about transportation. -JP

Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Labs

From website: "Los Alamos National Laboratory is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions for the nation's most crucial and complex problems. Our primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent. The Los Alamos of today emphasizes worker safety, effective operational safeguards & security, and environmental stewardship, while outstanding science remains the foundation of the Laboratory. In addition to supporting the Lab's core national security mission, our work advances bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, materials science, and physics disciplines."

Check it out at

I'd like to go, and I can rent a car if there's an interested group. -Clio

I'd like to go too! -Raghav

count me in! -ryan j

If this is 25th or 26th, I'd love to join! - Taka

Some people are going on to Los Alamos from the Bandelier/Valles Caldera trip this Saturday. - Nini

NRAO Very Large Array

National Radio Astronomy Observatory - Very Large Array

Its a bit of a hike... about a 3 hour drive... but should be totally worth it. Perhaps we could do this and los alamos together on the same day. -Raghav

Heres the description from the website(

The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 36km (22 miles) across, with the sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter.

I'd love to go and would be willing to rent a car and drive. Unfortunately Los Alamos is in a different direction (NW) than VLA by quite a lot. I suggest looking above for other trips in planning for Los Alamos.

I think this trip depends on when we go (when is Taos Earthships trip?) and whatever else people have planned for. Note that this trip is 3 hours and there's very little else besides VLA in that neighborhood of NM - this trip would be optimal if we can hook on this visit to any other attractions nearby (or in Albuquerque). Any suggestions? - Nini

If you do go to the VLA, I'd recommend combining it with a visit to Kelly Mine, an old ghost town near Magdalena which is pretty neat to poke around. There is also a great microbrewery in Socorro (called Socorro Springs). Also, the town of Magdalena is in the process of trying to make itself a mini-artists' haven, so it could be fun to poke around the galleries there. Any more questions about the region and I'll see what I can do; my mom is from Socorro, and I can ask her for further suggestions. -Nora

Mind signing up to indicate interest?
1. Nini - Can rent a car
2. Chris G - Have a car, but all depends on when we go...
3. Cali - I would go, looks cool (can rent a car, don't have one)
4. Raghav - Definitely wanna go... Can rent a car

Backpacking in the Pecos Wilderness

I've been planning a full-weekend backpacking trip with a local friend of mine. We'd probably camp Friday night at the trailhead (or his parents cabin) to get an early start, set up camp, then do a lighter hike to summit Las Truchas, the second highest peak in NM. We'd return on Sunday. At a minimum, you'd need a backpack and sleeping bag. We might be able to rustle up other gear. Cars shouldn't be an issue.

1. Chris G.
2. Kameron - I'm in!
3. Fran (also have tent and stove if needed)


I'd like to spend an evening star-gazing - maybe try to get far enough out of town to avoid major light pollution. The next new moon is July 1st, so we might look to do it towards the end of the program.

UPDATE: Given folks' schedules, let's plan for stargazing the evening of Wednesday, June 29th. Those of us working on projects will want to have the evening of the 30th free. I will work on a location and further details with JP. I will also keep an eye on the weather, in case it looks like we might be clouded out. July 1 would be our fall back date. Check back later for more details.

NB: Some people have expressed concern (perhaps hope) that I am organizing this trip as an excuse to make out in a remote location. Sadly, no; I really am nerd enough to want a quasi-scientific look at a clear night's sky. That is my full agenda, and I'm slightly embarrassed I'm not able to say otherwise. Of course, you are welcome to make out on this trip, but please be considerate of those of us who are not planning to do so.

- Miles

I'd be interested, might be able to get a telescope, and know a few locations. (JP)
Cristina M.: Count me in and keep me informed. Great idea, Miles!

Shweta S : I am also interested, but I have an early morning flight on 2nd July . So, I have to be at Peterson circle by 4 Am for the Pick up shuttle to airport. If possible, I am certainly in for Star Gazing, haven't done it for years.

I am also very interested... but may fly out on the 1st in the evening... Could we perhaps do this on a weeknight? -Raghav

count on me if it is before July 2... -----Yangjing

Early morning hiking

Would anybody would be interested in hiking the Atalaya Mountain Trail (or anywhere else) before dawn to watch the sunrise from the top?


I am kind of tempted to do it on a weekday, but I may end up doing it alone. Unless a few people are interested, we could do it, let's say, this Saturday? The sun rises at about 5h45 these days.


Anyone want to go swimming with me (Ed)? There's a pool about 2 miles away that's open till 8:30, was thinking of walking down after class.

Count me in for the drowning. When? - Nini

I'd like to join -Yangjing

Museum Trip Friday June 24th

It's $8 for admission to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. I want to go after lecture next week; sounds like a cool exhibit about the relationship between photography and contemporary art. Let's meet outside the student center at 4:30pm. The museum is open until 7pm. We can potentially grab dinner and drinks downtown afterwards. I'll drive down in my car from St. Johns; I've got space for 4 more.

1. Nora
2. David B
3. Erik
4. Lydia
5. Yangjing

Rodeo de Santa Fe, June 22

Sign up for the Rodeo! Opening night

JP's Camry
1. JP
2. Cali
3. Nini
4. Cristina M.
5. Evelien

People who need rides
1. Raghav - Can rent a car if needed
2. Fran Moore
3. Michael J (Do we need cars? Is it in town?)

After summerschool

I (Evelien van der Hurk) have got a couple of days after the summer school, and am (kind of) planning to drive around to Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, and if there is time: sky highway/Silverton. Is supposed to be pretty amazing. I will arrange to be 'back' on wednesday 6 july at 14:00h at Albuquerque airport, or before that - leaving at least 4 days for traveling, when leaving on Saturday. So, if anyone is interested to join me to drive around (I will need to rent a car), let me know (ehurk at rsm dot nl). Some links to pictures are below.

Monument Valley 1

Monument Valley 2

[ Mesa Verde]

And just google fot pictures at google : 'million dollar highway colorado'


Ok, look. I (Ed) like frisbee. By virtue of being into science, you people must at some level also like frisbee. So, let's play frisbee. There are lots of ways to do this: 1) Throwing 2) Throwing with our arms tucked in like T-Rex's 3) Imbibing beverages and throwing 4) Spinning the disc on our fingers (ooo fancy) and then throwing it 5) Playing cower (ask me for details)

Who has a disc? - Ed

I would be up for throwing, and also for a game of Ultimate. Thursday evening (the 16th) is free on our schedule. We can buy a disc. -Miles

I've got a disc. Just let me know whenever you want it. -AA

I am soo in. Cristina M.

I want to play cower! With beverages! -Kam

A Nice Dinner Out

The St. John's cafeteria is great, but Santa Fe is also the home of many unique, world-class restaurants. I would like to go out for a nice dinner some night and would love company. Any of the places below are kind of pricey and will require reservations, so please post preferences for date and location and I'll pull something together. Here are a few to get you started, with reviews and menus. - Cali (weakly prefers La Plazuela or Martín)

Epazote (Contemporary Mexican) Menu TripAdvisor Yelp

La Plazuela (New Mexican) Menu TripAdvisor Yelp

Restaurant Martín (Contemporary American) Menu TripAdvisor Yelp

The Ore House (New Mexican, Steak) Menu TripAdvisor Yelp

Other suggestions that are not necessarily New Mexican...
Shibumi Ramen (cash only but supposedly awesome) Menu Yelp

Other Options

Rafting down the Rio Grande Box.

Music on the Hill Concert Series (at St. John's)

Great Sand Dunes (in Colorado)

Sandia Peak Tram (in Albuquerque)

Rodeo de Santa Fe

Ojo Caliente hot springs Field Trip

Chaco Canyon

Soak in the Hot Springs at Pagosa Springs, CO

Mountain Biking

I am looking for people interested in mountain biking either early morning, pre-dinner or on the weekend. If you don't have a bike there are a number of shops around town that rent. -Josh A

Completed Events

SF Complex

We're planning a trip to the Santa Fe Complex on Friday June 10 towards the evening.

UPDATE: We'll be making it an official trip. Shuttles will arrive at SJC 10 June at 6:00(18:00), return 8:00 (20:00).

Soccer, Monday 13 June at 7 PM?

(I saw this from Victor on the CSSS FB wall)

"Who's down for soccer this Monday evening, at 7? Rsvp w/a comment If you have a ball, bring it--and let us know in your rsvp I think it makes sense if those of us who want to play meet up at the drop-off circle and then walk down to the athletic field cheers V"

Who already presented their own research

- Martin: the world's technological capacity to process information

- Yangjing: Relations Between Graphs

- Nadja: Coupling human-engineered systems to improve water management on mine sites

- Tomas: Chemical Organization Theory & Concept's Theory

- Stefani: Understanding prehistory through agent-based modeling and network analysis

Ten Thousand Waves

They say it's a "must-do" while here. Just put your name down here if interested. (Cristina M.)

How does Thursday after lectures sound? (JP)?
//Cristina M: Thursday after lectures is perfect! Though they have this on Friday: Thanks JP! Given the talks on Thursday, Friday (if there is time) may be better. Do we need to make a reservation (they recommend so on several places on their website) EH.

I'd be happy for Friday night. There are some fairly large private tubs available. We should look into that. (JP)

Website: Price list:

JP's Car! (hurray!)
1.John Paul Gonzales
2.Cristina M.

People Who Need Rides 1. Fran