This is commencement week at George Mason and marks the end of another academic year at once of the most dynamic higher education institutions in America. I continue to be amazed at the growth of this place. With the Washington DC area topping many of the human development metrics, it’s easy to imagine what we might look like in a decade or two and be filled with optimism.
Here at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, we’ll be celebrating the minting of new PhD’s, our first short-course collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute and a incredibly intense scientific year. Our final Institute seminar brought Nobel Laureate, Bert Sakmann to campus. Our PI’s work on areas ranging from molecular neuroscience to complex simulations of labor markets, all with the common themes of complexity and cognition (writ large).
Next week, we come back and head into our annual science retreat where we walk the walk of transdisciplinary scholarship. I’m really looking forward to it.
Finally, there’s the professional satisfaction of seeing some of my fine neuroscience undergraduate students stand up and be awarded their bachelors degree this Saturday. Priceless.
One of the founders of our sister institute has passed away. The Financial Times excellent obit is here.
From The Daily Beast, here. It’s a nice piece about Cormac McCarthy’s residency at our sister place, The Santa Fe Institute. Although I must confess, I’m not terribly partial to McCarthy’s novels, I think the idea of having a humanist around an institute like SFI or Krasnow is brilliant…
As we close out 2011, I’m looking forward to an incredibly exciting 2012 for the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. During the new year, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Center for Social Complexity this next year, one of the real gems in the Institute’s science portfolio. At the same time, we will be launching our unique symposium with the Santa Fe Institute on The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis. Finally, we will be welcoming a new University President, Angel Cabrera on July 1.
Next May….the initial website is here. The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis…
Among the confirmed speakers, Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.
At George Mason, Eric Smith of the Santa Fe Institute, giving, bar none, one of the best lectures on both origin of life and biochemistry ever. All part of an NSF grant to the Santa Fe Institute in collaboration with our own Harold Morowitz to teach high school teachers.