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Symposium Brings Together Scientists From U.S., Arab Nations
December 15 marks the end of a three-day symposium in Muscat, Oman, where young scientists from the United States and Arab League countries shared research on a range of topics -- water reuse and desalination, hydraulic fracturing, and global food security, among others. The symposium was hosted by the Research Council of Oman and is part of the Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine program, which was launched by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine in 2011. The program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the U.S. and the 21 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia where participants share their research, explore advances in their fields, and identify potential areas for collaboration. Learn more at the program's website or by watching a video about the initiative.


U.S. and Indian Science Academies Examine Challenges Posed by Emerging Infections
This week the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy are holding a three-day workshop in New Delhi to explore emerging infections, global health, and biological safety in the United States and India. In particular, the workshop will address challenges posed by infectious diseases, both within the countries and across national borders. The overall goals are to share challenges and lessons learned in these areas and to encourage collaborative partnerships between Indian and American scientists. A summary of the workshop will eventually be available from the National Academies Press.  

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Happening Now on Fox News Highlights the Risk and Resilience Idea Lab exhibit at the Koshland Museum
On April 24, 2014, the Koshland Science Museum launched a new Idea Lab that focuses on community resilience and our ability (collectively) to come together to prepare for, absorb, recover from, and adapt to adverse events. Watch the video of how Happening Now recently highlighted the exhibit and spoke with Lauren Augustine, the director of the Resilient America Roundtable.

FreemanFreeman Hrabowski on Student Success with STEM in Chronicle of Higher Education Video
Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland – Baltimore County and chair of the committee that wrote the 2011 National Academies  report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, discusses how to give students the support they need to persist in their studies in STEM fields and in all disciplines.  Watch the video here




GUIRR Webinar: BRAIN Initiative 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
1pm EST/ 10am PST

Dr. Thomas Insel will discuss the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative which spans multiple government agencies and seeks to engage a variety of other stake holders. View more information and the registration...