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"Stimulating Multi-Disciplinary Research: Experiences of the Santa Fe Institute"

Vice President, Santa Fe Institute

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2007
4:00 pm
Billings North Lounge

Dr. C. C. Wood The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) was founded in 1984 with the goal of creating a new scientific and intellectual environment that would transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and encourage the formulation and investigation of the "big questions" frequently neglected by conventional disciplines.

In this talk, Wood will summarize SFI's experiences in stimulating transformative, multi-disciplinary research, emphasizing the important roles of "bottom-up" scientist-to-scientist collaborations, the posing of provocative and productive questions, and a strong grounding in traditional disciplines as a base for transcending them.

Speaker Bio
Dr. C. C. Wood received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1973. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, he returned to Yale as a faculty member with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. Dr. Wood left Yale in 1989 to lead the Biophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a position he held until becoming the Santa Fe Institute's Vice President in 2005.

At Los Alamos, Dr. Wood's group was responsible for a wide range of biophysical and physical research, including protein crystallography, quantum information, and human brain imaging. During 2000-2001, he served as interim director of the National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging, a collaboration involving Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Minnesota, and a number of academic and research institutions in New Mexico devoted to the development and application of advanced functional imaging techniques to mental disorders. Dr. Wood's research interests include imaging and modeling the human brain, computational neuroscience, and biological computation.

Sponsoring Organizations
This lecture is sponsored by: CEMS and the UVM Department of Physics.

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