Complexity Explorer Santa Few Institute

Looking to 2022 – with a Warm Welcome to Leah Brennan-Magidson!

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16 Nov 2021
Complex Systems Education Open Science Humanities Nonlinear Dynamics Epidemiology

Join us in 2022!


Register now for:

Foundations & Applications of Humanities Analytics with David Kinney & Simon DeDeo • Nonlinear Dynamics with Liz Bradley • Open Science with Helena Miton

And watch for Computation in Complex Systems, Agent-Based Modeling, and Origins of Life offered later in the year. And new courses in development!

In-person at the Santa Fe Institute (and beyond)

Apply now for:

Undergraduate Complexity Research programComplex Systems Summer SchoolInternational Summer School Humanities Analytics workshop • and more

Read the Transmission project from SFI Press

From the publisher: "COVID-19 is the virus that proved the fragility of the world. It took only the simplest form of life to shake the connectivity and dependency of society. This book is a real-time record and recommendation from a community of complexity scientists reacting to the pandemic. Through nontechnical articles, interviews, and discussions spanning the early days of the pandemic through the fall of 2021, researchers seek ways to stay responsive to complexity when every force conspires toward simplicity. The Complex Alternative encompasses immunology, epidemiology, psychology, inequality, and collapse."

Paperback and ebook available:

Meet Leah Brennan-Magidson, Complexity Explorer program managerLeah Brennan-Magidson portrait

We are excited to welcome Leah to the CE team. Leah is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable voice answering your inquiries, while also leading our content development teams toward exciting new offerings. We asked her to answer a few questions in a few short sentences to introduce herself. 

What is your favorite thing about SFI?

SFI has this special quality of creating a fun and welcoming environment full of smart people thinking about fascinating things. There is always something new to learn and someone amazing to discuss it with!

What is your favorite thing about complex systems?

I find the diversity of perspectives and disciplines that are incorporated into the broad field of complex systems science to be compelling. I believe we need this kind of approach to generate transformative solutions to the problems we are currently facing. Working at SFI during the COVID-19 pandemic has really brought this point home for me.

What is your favorite organism?Leah's dog

I’m going to be unoriginal and say my favorite organism is my dog, Ella.

What do you love the most about Complexity Explorer?

I’m inspired by the mission of Complexity Explorer. I am passionate about access to education and excited to be part of the effort to make complex systems science — and the insights and techniques developed at SFI — available to everyone.

I also love the enthusiasm of the Complexity Explorer community. Your support makes this a unique and lively learning community!

What are you reading right now?

I tend to read a few books at a time to mix things up and keep it interesting. Right now I’m reading: Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su, Something Deeply Hidden by SFI Fractal Faculty Sean Carroll, and Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

Welcome, Leah! We're excited to have you as part of the CE community.

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