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Four reasons to pursue science

I delivered the following lecture on Saturday, Nov. 10 to competitors at the Siemens science, math, and technology regional competition at the University of Notre Dame. Siemens competitors at high school students but my main points--that love of nature, sense...

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ND-GAIN Prize Winners 2012

This year's winners are Ushahidi, PING, MEDA, and Engineers Without Borders - Austin Chapter! Ushahidi | Crowd Source Technology Platform Ushahidi is a nonprofit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Ushahidi...

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Is conservation as we know it going to be enough?

Climate change will present new challenges to achieving ecosystem conservation and sound management of natural resources. Thanks to climate change, some species will increase, others will decrease, and the productivity of ecosystems will shift in ways that are difficult to...

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Nature’s clock and climate change

March in the Midwest and East US was very warm, usually so. Chicago experienced 8 days over 80 degrees, when there is usually only one day over 80 degrees in April. Unofficial reports suggested that spring flowers and leaf flush...

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Scientist profiles at LiveScience.com

LiveScience, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, is running a really interesting series that profiles scientists, what they do and why, and how they got to their position today. You can find all of the ScienceLives entries here. I think that Sally Otto…...

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2012 Annual Meeting

The 2012 Annual Meeting and Scientific Convening of the Global Adaptation Institute (fromerly GAIN) was a two-day meeting designed to provide growth and networking opportunities to enrich GAIN's mission to increase the world's understanding of the urgent need for adaptation...

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Winter warming--some like it hot, others not

A study by Caroline Williams and Brent Sinclair of the University of Western Ontario, together with the Hellmann lab, was just published in PLoS One. The paper reports our findings that winter warming negatively affects overwintering butterflies by increasing their...

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Visionary of the land to speak at Notre Dame

Wes Jackson, a visionary and pioneer in sustainable agriculture, will be speaking on campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in Jordan 101. “What is most exciting about Dr. Jackson work is how it benefits both people and nature,”...

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