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January 2021 North America Analysis

In the January 2021 edition of North America Analysis, we hear from Robert B Stone and Jordan M Berg, of the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division at the U.S. National Science Foundation, who explore precisely how engineering research improves people’s lives.
Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service: Caring for the land and serving people

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has suffered the effects of 2020, and here, Open Access Government examines how it is providing care and relief for both U.S. citizens and forests everywhere.
pandemic preparedness

Coordinating research on pandemic preparedness and rapid response

Dr Charu Kaushic, Chair of GloPID-R, and Dr Geneviève Boily-Larouche, CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity, provide a perspective on pandemic preparedness and response, including lessons learned for global coordination among research funders.
engineering research

Engineering research keeps America’s future competitive

Robert B Stone and Jordan M Berg, of the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division at the U.S. National Science Foundation, chart precisely how engineering research improves people’s lives.
genetically modified crops

Farming sustainably with genetically modified crops

Fourth-generation soybean and corn farmer Monte Peterson explains why he uses genetically modified crops (GMOs) to farm more sustainably and safely.
cloud seeding

Can cloud seeding partially mitigate the environmental impact of climate change?

Darrel Baumgardner, Chief Scientist at Droplet Measurement Technologies LLC asks if cloud seeding can partially mitigate the environmental impact of climate change, in this the first part of a series of special articles, starting with some basic principles.
Mechatronics education

Mechatronics education – It takes a community

Dr Gamer, Academic Dean, Integrated Technology Division, tells us all about mechatronics education at Western Technical College, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
new HIV infections

Canada: Far behind other G7 countries in eliminating new HIV infections

Gary Lacasse, Executive Director with Kelly Puddister and Patrick Wright from the Canadian AIDS Society, argue that Canada is far behind other G7 countries in eliminating new HIV infections, with a 25.3% increase in new cases reported between 2014 and 2018.
plant roots, plants

Where is the water? Trying to unveil how plant roots find water

Chang-Soo KIM, Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, discusses the importance of developing a deeper understanding about how plant roots find water.
fuel cells and hydrogen

Moving forward with fuel cells and hydrogen

Morry Markowitz, President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association underscores the importance of moving forward when it comes to fuel cells and hydrogen.
medical students

Evaluation of medical students and the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

The evaluation of Medical Students and the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) are charted here by L. Maximilian Buja, MD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
african and asian agriculture

2021: African and Asian agriculture

In this African and Asian agriculture for 2021 focus, options for managing fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in maize and sorghum are discussed by experts in the field Richard E. Goodman and Joseph E. Huesing.
sizzling solar corona

Astronomy: Mysteries of the Sizzling Solar Corona

Professor Shadia Habbal from Institute for Astronomy – University of Hawaii, explores and introduces the Mysteries of the Sizzling Solar Corona.
youth wellness

Pathways to youth resilience

Dr Christine Wekerle from McMaster University discusses youth health risks and why resilience is crucial to youth wellness.
use of medical cannabis

The use of medical cannabis in the UK

Andreas Met, COO, Compliance and Director at Halo Labs highlights how the use of medical cannabis is on the rise in the UK and could offer relief to many NHS patients.
U.S. rice farmers

U.S. rice farmers take pride in looking after the land for future generations

Lydia Holmes, Director of Sustainability USA Rice Federation argues that rice farmers in America take pride in looking after the land for future generations.
water-related extreme events, NSF

Towards resilience against water-related extreme events

Dr Anjuli S. Bamzai, NSF Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences and Ms Elizabeth Zelenski, Staff Associate, NSF Office of the Assistant Director for Geosciences, explain research on water-related extreme events that have profound implications for society.
Cellular processes

Cellular processes: Chromosome number patterns seen in ferns

Paul G. Wolf, Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, explains cellular processes and attempts to link them to the chromosome number patterns seen in a particular group of plants: ferns.
circular economy for plastic, green deal

EU Green Deal: Creating a circular economy for plastics

Jennifer Perr, Sustainability Director at Hi-Cone explains how the EU Green Deal can impact the packaging industry and transform plastic use for a more sustainable future.

Biological sciences: Determining phenotype from genotype

The NSF’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, within the Directorate for Biological Sciences, discusses how their work determining phenotype from genotype is fighting food insecurity.

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