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SFI: Finding Cultural Holes - How Structure And Culture Diverge In Networks Of Scholarly Communication

on March 15, 2015 - 8:51am
Jevin West
University of Washington

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a colloquium with Jevin West at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at Noyce Conferance Room at the SFI in Santa Fe. 

Abstract: Divergent interests, expertise, and language form cultural barriers to communication. No formalism has been available to characterize these "cultural holes." Here we use information theory to measure cultural holes and demonstrate our formalism in the context of scientific communication using papers from JSTOR.

We extract scientific fields from the structure of citation flows and infer field-specific

PEEC Hosts Dr. Richard T. Sayre Presentation On Making Next Generation Biofuel Systems Work

on March 14, 2015 - 8:23am

Dr. Richard T. Sayre

LOS ALAMOS – The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special presentation by Dr. Richard T. Sayre of Los Alamos about next generation biofuel systems.

The presentation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Reel Deal Theater. There is no cost to attend, however donations to support PEEC are appreciated.

Among the suite of technologies being developed for sustainable energy production is the biological conversion of solar energy into chemical energy (biomass). Plants and algae use solar energy to reduce carbon dioxide to carbohydrates,

DOE Releases Wind Report, Examines Industry Future

on March 14, 2015 - 7:47am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.In support of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to diversify the nation’s power supplies, the Energy Department just released a new report looking at the future of wind power through 2050 and the economic benefits that come with a robust wind industry.
The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, confirms that with technological advancements driving projected cost reductions, in combination with continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50

SFI Presents: Young Frankenstein March 16

on March 14, 2015 - 7:20am
SFI News:
The popular Science On Screen series continues March 16 in Santa Fe with SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby returning to present Young Frankenstein.
"What hump?" Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy — ranked as one of the funniest films of all time — is introduced by Eric Libby during a national Science on Screen event March 16. Libby, a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow who presented Alien at Science on Screen in December 2014, is a biologist fascinated by how organisms change form.
The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Celebrate Pi Day At Bradbury Science Museum Saturday

on March 11, 2015 - 5:46pm
Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Learn more about Pi, the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, by visiting Los Alamos Nationl Laboratory Bradbury Science Museum and celebrating Pi Day Saturday, March 14 on Central Avenue at 15th Street, and next door at Time Out Pizzeria.

Events include talks beginning at noon by LANL mathematicians Sara Del Valle, Carrie Manore and Kyle Hickmann at Time Out Pizzeria.

Free Training Offered For Los Alamos History Tour Guides - Kickoff Meeting March 26

on March 11, 2015 - 11:30am
The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district.
Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. 
Training is free and open to the public; registration is not required.

DOE Opens EM Los Alamos Office

on March 10, 2015 - 10:36pm

DOE News:

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has launched its Environmental Management Los Alamos (EM-LA) Office.

EM’s Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Christine Gelles has been named acting manager.

“Christine has been engaged in the radioactive waste management challenges at Los Alamos and is actively involved in all aspects of transition planning,” EM’s Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said.