I don’t often brag about our own centers on Advanced Studies, but can’t resist a pointer to the new web site of our Center for Social Complexity, here. And while I’m going there, I might as well jump the shark and offer a pointer to our Department of Computational Social science, here. The faculty of the center and the department overlap to a large extent and represent the Institute’s scientific program in the area of social cognition. Over the years, the Institute’s existing strength in neuroscience has led perhaps to the wrong notion that Krasnow is a pure brain research institute. In fact, we are very much an institute for advanced study and the waterfront of Krasnow research stretches from theoretical physics to poppy farming in Afghanistan…
Just a reminder for local folks, that our Spring semester series kicks off today with a talk by Claudio Cioffi, who heads up the Institute’s Center for Social Complexity. Please join us if you are in the area.
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.
We had an excellent meeting last week on the Phase III expansion project at Krasnow. Phase III of the Institute will bring all of our satellite programs into our current 55,000 square foot facility by adding an additional 20,000 square feet to the south end of the current Institute. The new wing will house our Center for Social Complexity plus two additional new centers, both of our academic departments and a medium-size auditorium.
When completed, the facility will serve as a magnificent home to the scientific program envisioned by our founders, pretty much exactly two decades after the seminal conference that got us started in 1993.