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Just One Patch of Land

Just One Patch of Land

The local benefit of clean energy fuels global change It’s been called the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced, and the trouble zone is not where you might expect. The Midwest is responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than most countries across the globe, with the exception of China, India, Russia, and Japan.Illinois, Indiana, […]

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The Vaccine Runners

The Vaccine Runners

A neighborly approach improves global health In 2006, intrepid polio vaccination teams blanketed India, traversing open sewers teeming with refuse to blanket every tightly packed shanty and immunize every child. Progress was being made. But volunteers, working through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and Rotary […]

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The Challenge of Two Small Drops

The Challenge of Two Small Drops

How can a vaccine-preventable disease continue to be an international public health emergency? Welcome to the complex world of disease prevention. World Health Organization polio spokeswoman Sona Bari explains why eradicating polio is so challenging, and talks about the creative ways teams are overcoming these barriers. Drake Blue: Smallpox was eradicated in the United States […]

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World Piece

World Piece

International Strategies Fit Today’s Global Puzzles By Jill Brimeyer At the turn of the new millennium in Madhya Pradesh, India, officials in the poor, rural district of Dhar placed 38 networked computers—the Gyandoot system—in market areas in an effort to make government services more accessible to villagers. Unfortunately, spotty electricity and poor connectivity took all […]

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Toppling Hedges, Tapping Synergy

Toppling Hedges, Tapping Synergy

How a Plan, a Chain Saw, and an Incredible City Made Drake Even Better By Jill Brimeyer There have been many pivotal moments in the 133-year relationship between Drake University and Des Moines but perhaps none quite as telling as the day the shrubbery came down. “When I arrived at Drake in 1999, there was a row of […]

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‘We’ll Do It Together’

‘We’ll Do It Together’

Iowa’s capital city has garnered much national attention in the past several years, ranking at or near the top in best-of lists. If Greater Des Moines has not quite yet arrived, it certainly seems to be well on its way. Martha Willits, FA’69, GR’72, GR’97, and Gene Meyer, GR’81, have two distinct vantage points from which to assess success […]

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