Agriculture and Sustainability in the State of Mato Grosso

Mar 07, 2009
The issues of global climate change, environmental preservation, as well as land use and food security have emerged as dominant themes on the international agenda. Nowhere is the convergence of these issues more apparent than in Brazil—a major food supplier and owner of more than 65 percent of the Amazon rain forest—and, especially, in the state of Mato Grosso. The third largest Brazilian state, Mato Grosso ,borders the southern stretches of the Amazon biome. As Brazil's leading producer of various foodstuffs, the state is at the center of a broader debate about economic development and environmental sustainability. To advance dialogue and promote effective policy that addresses these interlinked issues, the Brazil Institute convened a seminar on December 4, 2008, focused on "Agriculture and Sustainability" with the principal stakeholders. more

Вестник 15 (Весна 2009)

Mar 01, 2009
Бесспорно, наиболее животрепещущей темой, которая интересует всех специалистов в области общественных наук, является мировой финансово-экономический кризис – его природа и последствия. О кризисе уже многое сказано, как в нашей стране, так и за рубежом, однако мы надеемся, что публикуемые в «Вестнике» статьи дадут читателю возможность ознакомиться с новыми подходами к анализу рассматриваемой проблемы. more

Волгоградский исторический семинар. История края как поле конструирования региональной идентичности.

Feb 10, 2009
Материалы семинара, открывающего серию "Волгоградский исторический семинар", включают статьи ученых из Волгограда, Москвы, Астрахани, Ростова-на-Дону, Краснодара, Элисты. more

Агора, випуск 8: Україна і Росія: політичні, економічні і культурні аспекти взаємодії

Feb 01, 2009
Україна і Росія пройшли складний шлях, мають спільні здобутки і численні втрати, справжні й уявні образи та кривди. І лише від громадян обох держав, політиків, журналістів, науковців залежить, будемо жити минулим чи будуватимемо майбутнє, пам’ятаючи, що не держава, а людина і її життя є головною цінністю. more

Новітнє право на українське місто

Feb 01, 2009
Утвердження новітнього права на місто для людей, котрі є несхожими на традиційних жителів – це засіб, за допомогою якого Україна почала б відкривати шлях тим благам, що їх несуть найбільш динамічні й домінантні сили сучасного світу – глобалізація, міграція та урбанізація. more

PEN 16 - Nanotechnology: The Social and Ethical Issues

Jan 29, 2009
View Recent action in Congress to reauthorize the U.S. federal nanotechnology research program offers the chance to address the social and ethical issues concerning the emerging scientific field, experts say. “It is crucial to address social and ethical issues now as we consider both the substantial potential risks of nanotechnology and its possible significant contributions to our well-being and environmental sustainability,” says Ronald Sandler, Northeastern University philosophy professor and author of a new report funded by the Project and the National Science Foundation. The report emphasizes ways in which such topics intersect with governmental functions and responsibilities, including science and technology policy, as well as research funding, regulation and work on public engagement. more

Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology

Jan 24, 2009
Synthetic biology will allow scientists and engineers to create biological systems that do not occur naturally as well as to re-engineer existing biological systems to perform novel and beneficial tasks. This 2009 report presents a framework for addressing the social and ethical issues surrounding the field. more

PEN 17 - A Hard Pill to Swallow

Jan 14, 2009
View WASHINGTON - Historically, the regulation of dietary supplements has been a significant challenge for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the fact that some of these products are now being manufactured using nanotechnology creates an additional layer of complexity. This new report asks the question: Is FDA equipped to meet the emerging regulatory challenge of dietary supplements that use engineered nanomaterials? The short answer is no. more

2009-2010 Report of Activities

Jan 07, 2009
Learn more about our past events, publications, and initiatives. more



The Future of Higher Education

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Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.