February 26, 2015

NEF Monthly Newsletters – February 2015

NEF Weekly Newsletter – 27 February 2015 – Science Meets Traditional Medicine Sent Thursday, February 26, 2015 Welcome to the weekly NEF Newsletter on Science Meets Traditional Medicine. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. NEF FACT OF THE WEEK Physicians per 1,000 people. Data includes generalist and specialist medical practitioners. Data is collected from […]

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February 20, 2015

Rwanda’s Green Revolution

Rwanda is one of the African countries propelled ahead by the use of science to boost its nation’s food security. As a landlocked country in central Africa, Rwanda has confronted some challenges in the past. Farmers did not have the tools to boost production. In 2006, it was estimated that more than 80% of Rwandans […]

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February 18, 2015

Minority and Women Scientists and Engineers Honored at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting

Women and minority scientists and engineers were honored at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose. These are all PhDs and researchers in STEM fields representing Nigeria, Sudan and Vietnam. Hearing about the challenges they faced to establish labs, some conducting research in rural areas, given extremely limited resources and in places where women still […]

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February 11, 2015

Preparing for the AAAS Annual Meeting 2015

Every year, members, supporters and affiliates of the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science convene to discuss recent developments in science and technology. This year’s theme is Innovation, Information and Imaging and involves examining the changes across all disciplines of science and technology brought about by advancements made in organizing, visualizing and […]

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February 8, 2015

Why We Need More Scientists in Davos 2015

In a panel titled “A New Era in the Fight against Cancer,” Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette Dichristina talks with José Baselga, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Richard W. Vague, Professor in Immunotherapy, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. (Benedikt von Loebell/Flickr) The NEF believes that the world needs more […]

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February 6, 2015

Dr. Nkem Khumbah on the state of STEM in Africa

“Just about every African country, regional community…African leadership institution has talked about science and its role in development…but their conversation around science has not been matched with what they say they will do…we need to go from intent to practical outcome…” Dr. Nkem Khumbah, NEF’s Executive Curator Can you suggest one practical way that an […]

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February 4, 2015

Davos 2015: Some Critical Issues

The World Economic Forum held its 45th Annual Meeting for 2015 in Switzerland from January 21st to the 24th. Among the key highlights under the theme “The New Global Context,” according to Business Report, included: 1) Growth and Stability: Economic recovery after the financial crisis was discussed and solutions posed. 2) Crisis and Cooperation: How […]

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December 2, 2014

Nigerian professor Francisca Okeke Predicts Weather

Breaking the barrier of the male-dominated field of physics, Professor Francisca Okeke explains how she predicts meteorological weather and climate using satellite data. On her career goals: What other challenges did you face as you progressed in your career and have you noticed any changes since you started out in this career with regards to […]

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November 16, 2014

New Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Kenya

The NEF is excited to announce breakthroughs in scientific discoveries in Africa. A recent article highlighted that a new malaria vaccine shows promise in Kenya. The RTS vaccine prevents the malaria parasite from infecting, maturing and multiplying in the liver, from which it typically re-enters the blood and infects red blood cells. “We saw a […]

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November 10, 2014

“Africa Needs Science, Not Aid”

The claim is a bold one. Africa needs science, not aid.  While Africa continues to experience an economic boom, with Nigeria leading as the continent’s largest economy, its growth is based largely on extraction of natural resources by foreign firms rather than boosting industrial productivity. Authors Nkem Khumbah and Melvin Foote make the point that […]

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