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Natural Infectious Disease Outbreaks: People’s Bravery and Hope for the Future

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

At the forefront of 2014’s Ebola outbreak that spread fear throughout Africa and the world, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) warned: “We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in a country.”  Ebola was confirmed in Guinea and Liberia and quickly spread to Sierra Leone. What was different this time compared to previous...

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8 Tips For Networking Like A Rocket Scientist

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Beloved by student affairs professionals, despised by anyone hunting for a job, networking encompasses a huge spectrum of activities ranging from formal cocktail receptions to simple handshakes, yet the concept of networking remains nebulous and even intimidating to more than just unemployed undergrads. Buried beneath embossed business cards are a concrete set of skills that are fundamental to...

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Does an ancient Siberian river hold clues to the future of climate modeling?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For the last few years, my career has largely focused on two questions: How does the flow of the Earth’s major rivers vary over centuries, and how do recent changes compare with past changes?My Ob River saga started in 2012 when Leonid Agafonov visited my lab on a Fulbright Scholarship. Leonid was studying the ecology and hydrology of Siberian river systems using tree rings. Over the years...

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