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In her studies as an environmental biologist, Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi has been tackling a problem that has sickened thousands in rural Nepal. Her search for a solution began 17 years ago when, as a master’s student, she was granted a research opportunity at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Her journey would ultimately take her more than 2,000 miles from home to a world-renowned research institute. In 2013,… [Read more]

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BRONX, NY — In a brightly lit classroom, middle school girls are chatting, tossing dice and penciling their scores on an index card. It may seem like fun and games in this playful after school program, but stick around and you will see that there’s much more to it. What these students are about to learn may well impact them far into the future. “This program helps you understand… [Read more]

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At the Gender Summit Europe, Elsevier’s CEO talks about how we are collaborating with the research community to improve gender balance in science. Since joining Elsevier, I’ve learned a lot about the important work being done by the Gender Summit in communities around the world and the efforts to forge a deeper understanding of what we all know: that inclusion in research leads to better science more likely to include… [Read more]

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Research4Life champions reveal the formula for this thriving partnership and its far-reaching impact Research4Life provides lower-income countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. In this way, the organization has been enhanceing the scholarship, teaching and research of thousands of students, faculty and scientists in the developing world. The public-private partnership was formed 18 years ago as a collaboration between the World Health Organization… [Read more]

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DataKind and the Elsevier Foundation partner to bring hackers and coders together with UK charities for a 48-hour hackathon Data scientists and developers will join UK charities at the Elsevier office in London this weekend to volunteer in a 2-day hackathon – or DataDive – organized by DataKind. DataKind is a global nonprofit organization that is harnessing the power of big data for good, working to coach nonprofits in… [Read more]

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A public health researcher is exploring ways to improve primary healthcare’s response to violence against women Nearly one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner over their lifetime, according to data from the World Health Organization. As Dr. Amira Shaheen learned, the numbers were the same in her native Palestine. But as often happens in public health and epidemiology, the numbers don’t tell the full… [Read more]

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A major event on big data and artificial intelligence in Africa – organised by TWAS, TYAN and the Elsevier Foundation – is planting the seeds for critical data-analysis expertise on the continent. Big data and artificial intelligence techniques, such as machine learning, are changing the very nature of science, making it possible for scientists to glean deep insights from massive volumes of data. But an important question remains:… [Read more]

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“Chemistry can play a key role in finding practical solutions to urgent challenges” – juror in Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. A cost-effective wastewater solution in Jordan and a plan to enhance butterfly pollination of crops: those were the winning projects in the Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. Dr Ramia Albakain of Jordan was awarded the first prize of €50,000 to for her “New green technique to… [Read more]

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Environmental biotechnologist Dr. Tabassum Mumtaz is developing methods to disintegrate plastic waste and make biodegradable plastics from bacteria It’s no secret that plastic bags have been causing problems around the world. In Bangladesh, they were clogging drain pipes and causing sewage to overflow. These disposable bags linger for decades after they are discarded, along with other non-biodegradable waste. But are they really non-biodegradable? What if these bags could… [Read more]

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Ethnobotanist Narel Paniagua-Zambrana of Bolivia turned her dream into a life’s work; then something happened to cast her into the limelight Dr. Narel Paniagua-Zambrana got a glimpse of the course her life would take when she was a child growing up in mining camps in the mountains outside La Paz, Bolivia. Her father, a geologist, worked as an engineering supervisor in a variety of tin mines. One day,… [Read more]