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Innovations with Far-Reaching Potential for the Environment and Health 


The Kavli Foundation Lecture series features two prominent scientists: one in the booming area of ionic liquids, the other in medical materials. The former has made a novel compound with the potential to lower the energy it takes to capture carbon dioxide. The latter has engineered tissues and medical materials such as a stretchy glue that could transform surgery. They are presenting at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Scarcity of Elements in Products Like Smartphones Needs Addressing, Say Scientists

Many of today’s technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials — elements — that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem of dwindling critical element supplies must be addressed. That’s the conclusion of a white paper written by eminent scientists. The product of the 5th Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3), the white paper recommends focusing research on finding alternative materials and new approaches to technology development in order to prevent these elements from disappearing.

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Women Who ‘Lean in’ Often Soon Leave Engineering Careers, Study Finds

Nearly 40 percent of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

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Alum Does the Right Thing with a $5 Million Gift

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Richard Holstein ’68, a pediatric dentist with a life-long passion for the study and practice of ethical behavior, pledges $5 million to create faculty chairs and boost programs that will help Washington College students know, and do, the right thing in their careers and communities.

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U.Va. Darden School Professors’ New Marketing Analytics Book Helps Managers Predict Business Outcomes

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In the new world of “big data” marketers must sift through mountains of information to decide how they will attract customers. How can they target the best data to make the best decisions?

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Research Reveals Hispanics Leaders in Fashion

Arlesa Shephad, who teaches in the Fashion and Textile Technology Department at SUNY Buffalo State, conducted research of 450 young people in South Texas to gauge shopping behavior and the priority of fashion. Findings indicate Hispanics consumers are generally fashion conscious and spend a greater portion of their income on clothes than other races.

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Student Entrepreneur Develops Pet Pita to Handle Pet Dogs & Cats with Ease

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A desire to help pets and pet owners has inspired a Clarkson University student to develop the Pet Pita, a safe and inexpensive way to immobilize a pet cat or dog. Made of canvas and fleece, the Pet Pita allows pet owners to comfortably medicate, treat and handle their pets at home or on the go.

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Quality, Affordable Consumer Products Key to Developing World Renewables Market

Beginning with the development of smaller products, such as solar lanterns to replace kerosene lighting, the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University is expanding its efforts to produce energy alternatives with a new program to test larger scale renewable energy-powered consumer products.

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Growing Demand for Climate-Proof Financial Products among Universities

In a move that reflects a growing demand among universities to make socially responsible, sustainable investment choices, Humboldt State University’s charitable foundation has already adopted a the policy to strictly limit its holdings in companies directly or indirectly involved in fossil fuels. Now, through its “Humboldt Investment Pledge,” The HSU Advancement Foundation is urging other universities to do more to clean up their investments.

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Top Global Emerging Startups Showcase at Chicago DEMO Day June 12 as Part of ‘GIST Entrepreneurship Journey’

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On June 12, twelve of the most exciting technology entrepreneurs from Africa, the Middle East and Asia will showcase their successful startups and innovations at Chicago DEMO day, part of the Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) Initiative, a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 and will be at its offices at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, from 5-8 p.m. (CDT), June 12. The 2014 GIST Entrepreneurship Journey brings entrepreneurs from Jordan, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Indonesia and Tunisia to showcase their startups and network with investors and the tech community. CRDF Global is an independent non-profit that promotes international science and innovation collaboration.

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