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Brain Drain from the U.S.?

Brain Drain from the U.S.?

Last month Vivek Wadhwa had an interesting piece on U.S. brain drain in Yale Global Online.   Wadhwa outlines the enormous contribution made by international graduate students, faculty and researchers (as measured by patent filings) in science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines – and to the U.S. economy overall. In 2006, immigrants contributed to 72 […]

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International Education Gold Rush, Revised

International Education Gold Rush, Revised

“Because that’s where the money is” – Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks ——————————————————– The New York Times ran a story this past Sunday noting that some U.S. universities that set up operations in Dubai are having trouble attracting enough students.  Apparently, the economic downturn there has hit Michigan State and the Rochester […]

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Great Photo, Interesting Interview, Quote to Consider

Great Photo, Interesting Interview, Quote to Consider

COP15 is over and Christmas is over which means I can spend some time digesting news that I ignored in December.  Here are some of the lighter bits: While the United States begins mobilizing the Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative (“Climate REDI”), the uptake of renewable energies in developing countries is inching forward.  Kenya-based Nomadic […]

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Thugs, Drugs & Terrorism: Nothing New Under the (African) Sun

Thugs, Drugs & Terrorism: Nothing New Under the (African) Sun

The New York Times is reporting that three Malians have been arrested and charged with being part of an operation that smuggles drugs across West and North African routes into Europe.  The money then goes to groups associated with Al Qaida, so the charge goes, and also involves  “the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or […]

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Year in Review – Part 2

Year in Review – Part 2

As a follow up to James Ketterer’s 2009 Year in Review, here is my part, which focuses on U.S. engagement on climate issues. In 2009, it became clear that scientists are now observing, rather than simply forecasting, a global environmental crisis.  New data on melting snow and ice formations, rising sea levels, deforestation, and atmospheric […]

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