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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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Metro Moxie

Metro Moxie

Des Moines Gets Things Done

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Making Sense of Science and Ourselves

Making Sense of Science and Ourselves

A veteran journalist navigates facts and fears and shares her journey of survival. When my dad read the first piece I ever wrote for a national publication—an article on planning children’s parties—he asked, incredulously, “They pay you for this?” His comment has stuck with me for nearly four decades because it foreshadowed my career as […]

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The Drake Formula: An Equation for Tomorrow

The Drake Formula: An Equation for Tomorrow

Bent over a lab table in Olin Hall, Hannah Moses attaches plastic t-shaped tubes full of minuscule fruit flies to an even larger tangle of tubes. With dials set and switches flipped, air and vaporized ethanol begin to fill the fruit flies’ chamber, and Moses observes how the insects behave “under the influence.” She hopes […]

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