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Amazon farmers adapt to life as conservationists

By Joe Leahy in São Paulo Financial Times May 31, 2014
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With his caipira accent from Brazil’s interior, Wilson Wittman, a dairy farmer originally from Brazil’s south, may seem an unlikely saviour for the Amazon.

But the work at his property near the town of Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso state, is part of efforts to make farming in the Amazon more ...

$215 million fund to protect Brazilian Amazon rainforest launched

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The Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund, and their partners have announced the launch of a $215 million fund that aims to ensure the long-term protection of a hundred and fifty million acres of the Amazon rainforest.

Designed to provide a "transition fund" for the Brazilian government's Amazon Region Protected ...

Sallie “Penny” Chisholm receives MIT’s Killian Award

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office May 22, 2014
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Sallie “Penny” Chisholm thought she was just going to a regular faculty meeting on Wednesday afternoon, but there was a surprise in store for the much-lauded scientist: At the meeting, she was named as the 2014 recipient of MIT’s highest honor for full-time faculty members, the James R. Killian Jr. ...

Brazil, WWF and partners announce deal to secure world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas

WWF May 21, 2014
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In a historic move, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners today announced the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world’s largest network of protected areas – 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. 

The innovative plan for sustainable funding of ...

It's a jungle out there

By Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF Foreign Affairs May 21, 2014
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Brazil-watchers preoccupied with the rocky run-up to the World Cup may have missed a recent move as smart and graceful as any you’ll see on a soccer pitch -- one that sealed a huge win not just for Brazilians but for everyone on Earth.

On May 21, the Brazilian government ...
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

UC Davis nursing leader tapped for White House advisory group

May 19, 2014
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Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The group, which includes hospital CEOs, health-care leaders, physicians and ...

Patient and Family Engagement

The patient's role in achieving value

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We can't do it without them. To improve health outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, patients must be actively engaged in monitoring their health status and making decisions about their care.

For some healthcare leaders, actively involving patients in their care has always been a priority. But as health systems seek ...

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Christopher Golden named 2014 National Geographic “Emerging Explorer”

May 15, 2014
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NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is proud to announce that Dr. Christopher Golden, who for more than a decade has been conducting groundbreaking research on ecology and public health in Madagascar, has been named a 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and ...

Brazil’s ranchers shun chainsaws in renewed effort to boost yields

By Joseph Leahy Financial Times May 15, 2014
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Rancher Francisco Militão Matheus Brito shows off a herd of cattle, their brilliantine coats a sign of their health as they feast on an Amazonian pasture.

Alta Floresta, a municipality in the north of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, whose ranches border the remainder of the untouched Amazon forest, is a ...

Reimagining the chemistry set for the 21st Century

By Kumar Garg and Cristin Dorgelo White House OSTP May 7, 2014
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Inspiration and preparation are critical themes at the forefront of the Obama Administration’s ambitious national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education agenda. The Administration has made it a priority to ensure that all young people are prepared with a strong foundation in STEM that they can use in both ...