About a year ago, I wrote a piece reflecting on the variable preparation and response to devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. This year, the recent Japanese earthquake begs comparison. At 9.0 Mw, last week’s quake is the largest recorded Japanese history and one of the top 5 in world history. Obviously any amount of [...]
In the United States and in most of Europe, when we think health, we think doctors–white-coated, extensively trained M.D.s.–but up to 80% of the world´s population practices medicine very differently. What are some of the characteristics of these alternative frameworks for understanding health and illness? Can multiple frameworks coexist in peace? Graduating seniors Lauren Imbornoni [...]
Introduction By the end of the century, 182 million sub-Saharan Africans could die of disease directly attributable to climate change. By 2030, more than 60 million more Africans will be exposed to malaria if temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius. One-sixth of the world’s population will face water shortages because of the retreating glaciers . Because [...]
Since the nineteenth century, the value and compatibility of science in academia has been called into question. In an age that emphasizes industrialization and technological progress, the shift towards more vocational curricula has pushed liberal education to the back burner, giving rise to the notion that students cannot undergo both kinds of learning at the [...]
In the second of a two-part series with ASU professor Jameson Wetmore, he and host Ellen DuPont cover the intersection of religion and nanotechnology, the technological ethics of GM foods in Africa, and how to keep control over your iPhone, instead of the other way around. Guest: Jameson Wetmore Listen to the Podcast (7.1 MB; [...]
What do the Amish have to teach us about the human-technology relationship? Have you ever felt the temptation to text message in class or wondered how much power you have over your technology – or vice versa? Join host Ellen DuPont for part one of a two part series with ASU professor Jameson Wetmore as they discuss Amish views of technology, the ways that technology and society interact, and what that means for policymakers, engineers, and the everyday technology user.
Since their discovery, stem cells have caused a big stir in the biomedical field for a variety of reasons. However, the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells – cells derived from embryos – is the most fervent. While their totipotency – their ability to become any kind of cell in the human body – makes them [...]
An analytical look at economic expansion in developing economies through eco-tourism
An important and analytical look at the the weaknesses surrounding post-flooding Pakistan
Is cheating through college a rational option, or something different? This article takes a deep look at a pervasive issue at institutions of higher education
Productive network analysis is often hindered by an overabundance of information, the bulk of which is frequently extraneous and of limited relevance. The question is, then, how can this profusion of information be gathered, managed and propagated in an efficient way? Assuming we can surmount some major roadblocks—such as this baffling quantity of data—the answer may be contained in the relatively new but burgeoning field of social network analysis.
What is happening to the divide between art and science in the classroom? This article provides an intriguing perspective on this decades old question