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The Meaning of Malcolm X for Africana Religions: Fifty Years On

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Since his death on February 21, 1965, the man who changed his name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X and then finally to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz has stood at the symbolic center of global Africana debates about diasporic consciousness, political liberation, strategies for Black empowerment, and Black religious identity. Half a century later, the intellectual and activist legacy of Malcolm X is more important than ever for understanding the religions and the cultures of Africana people in the modern world.

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The Better to See You With

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A mechanical engineer and his team have developed a computer-controlled camera that enables their robotic ankle to see where it is going.

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Media Advisory: VICE Media Founder Shane Smith Announces $500,000 Matching Gift to Fund Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic

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On Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, HBO will air a documentary from VICE Media entitled Killing Cancer, which follows pioneering cancer researchers including those at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The broadcast will conclude with the announcement of a matching gift campaign established by the documentary’s host and producer Shane Smith to fund cancer research at Mayo Clinic.

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Crohn’s Disease Not Exempt From Racial Disparities

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A study published recently in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn’s disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn’s disease compared to white children.

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Innovative, Lower Cost Sensors and Controls Yield Better Energy Efficiency

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Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.

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WCS Statement on One-Year Ivory Ban in China

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The following statement was released by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper on China's announcement of a one-year ban on ivory imports.

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Michael Ayers Joins Sanford-Burnham at Lake Nona as Associate Director of Government Relations

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona today announced that Michael Ayers has joined the Institute as associate director of Government Relations. In this role, he will develop and execute strategies to fortify Sanford-Burnham’s leadership role within Florida’s emerging life-sciences industry. Michael’s scope of responsibilities includes working with the Florida legislature, U.S. Congress, as well as state and federal government agencies to advance the Institute’s mission at its Lake Nona campus. Ayers will report to the vice president of Public Affairs.

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For Patients with Brain Tumors, Insurance Status Linked to Differences in Patient Safety and Quality of Care

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Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured have higher rates of reportable patient safety and quality of care issues during hospitalization for brain tumors, reports a study in the March issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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URI Professors Address Contemporary Problems From Historical Perspective at Applied History Lab

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Two URI history professors are leading practitioners of the emerging discipline of applied history, using the knowledge and wisdom of the past to help identify and address present-day issues.