• The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is soliciting expert guidance on the identification of grand challenges for the developing world, and how science can be used to help resolve these challenges. During a conference held on 13-14 July, science and technology based development challenges were discussed in the areas of biodiversity, conservation, climate change, and water; health, nutrition, and population; agriculture and poverty; energy; and conflicts and disasters. Participants offered many possible solutions, including developing capacity in developing nations to produce vaccines and other materials, encouraging private sector ventures, and investing in irrigation systems. Dr. Rajiv Shah, Director of USAID, is expected to pick a final list of grand challenges in the coming months.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new online community resource for those involved in the development, evaluation, and application of environmental models. The Integrated Environmental Modeling Hub "is designed to facilitate knowledge sharing, discussion and collaboration on models and tools that support multimedia and multidisciplinary analysis," according to the program's website (http://iemhub.org/).


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