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ASU will launch a new, joint center with the renowned Santa Fe Institute, an independent research and education center where leading scientists from universities across the globe grapple with some of the most compelling and complex problems of our time. The ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems further establishes ASU as a leader in developing the complex adaptive systems approach that is transforming interdisciplinary science.

You are invited to attend and learn more about this exciting new venture that will be launched with ASU’s President Crow and Provost Page,  SFI’s President Jeremy Sabloff and President-elect David Krakauer, California Institute of Technology President Thomas Rosenbaum, guest lecturer Nina Federoff and numerous other distinguished guests.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Memorial Union (MU) Turquoise 220, Tempe campus [map]
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The event is open to everyone.

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9–9:15 a.m.
Coffee and doughnuts

9:30–9:45 a.m.
Welcome (Manfred Laubichler and Sander van der Leeuw)

9:45–10 a.m.
Vision and Mission of the Center (Robert Page)

10–11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion “The role of Complex Adaptive Systems in 21st century science: Perspective from different disciplines” with Luis Bettencourt (SFI), Samuel Bowles (SFI), Jennifer Dunne (SFI), Michael Barton (ASU), Carlos Castillo-Chavez (ASU), Xin Wei Sha (ASU), Anna Barker (ASU)

Official opening of the Center (Michael Crow and Jeremy Sabloff)

Noon–12:45 p.m.
Mediated discussion “Academia as a Complex Innovation System” with Michael Crow (President, ASU), Thomas Rosenbaum (President, California Institute of Technology), Jeremy Sabloff  (President, Santa Fe Institute), David Krakauer (President elect, Santa Fe Institute),

12:45–2 p.m.
Buffet lunch

2–3:30 p.m.
Lecture “Food and Civilization” by Nina Fedoroff (see bio attached)

3:30–3:45 p.m.
Closing remarks (Sander van der Leeuw and Manfred Laubichler)

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