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Earth Day: Magnolias and Memories

Friday, April 22, 2016

This year, on Earth day, I encourage you not to look at trees from a purely scientific view, but to incorporate that view with one that includes your broader experiences and memories.One of my favorite memories as a child was climbing the magnolia tree that sat off to the side of my father’s house in the U.S. state of Georgia. Its limbs long and reaching, buds and blossoms interspersed...

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Combatting Biothreats At Home and Abroad

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In an article released April 11th, officials claim that Zika virus is scarier than predicted, and more funding is needed to adequately fight it. The CDC is requesting $1.9 billion in order to understand and combat the virus effectively. Looking at the issue through a domestic (U.S. lens), we can see that the Zika virus, using the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a vector for transmission, now threatens...

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Can Science Win Over Philanthropy?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The philanthropic sector is changing, and those changes represent challenges for institutions interested in expanding philanthropic commitments to science and research.Private philanthropy in the United States now totals over $350 billion per year.  So, how much is that?  It is about the equivalent of private Americans spending the GDP of South Africa every year on public social problem...

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