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Don Melnick, along with Mary Pearl (Macaulay Honors College of CUNY), and Rodrigo Medellin (National Autonomous University of Mexico), authored an op-ed in the New York Times (May 12, 2014) on threats to bats from disease (white-nose syndrome) and wind turbines. There is no cure yet for the disease, but recalibrating turbines could save many bats. Please follow this link to the headline: Protect Our Bats.

The Columbia College Annual Report includes an article on Columbia's Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya Program that was started by E3B Professor Dustin Rubenstein. Molly Priester,a senior majoring in Environmental Biology at E3B, is featured in the article.Please follow the link HERE.

Kevin Olival, alum of the E3B Ph.D. program, and E3B affiliate through the EcoHealthAlliance has just co-authored a paper in the journal Viruses. Entitled, "Filoviruses in Bats: Current Knowledge and Future Directions" the article is timely given the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea. Please follow the link

E3B Lecturer and M.A. Program advisor Josh Drew is co-author of an article about the role of Twitter in science publishing. The article has been selected as a Top 20 article published in the journal PeerJ for 2013. Please follow the link HERE.

Ruth DeFries, Chair of E3B and Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, delivered the keynote address at an international workshop on ‘Land use optimisation for coordinating regional development with the conservation of endangered species’ in Puducherry, India (Dec. 16th). The amount of land under protection has increased steadily since the 1980s. “The main focus now is to ensure that the areas that come under protection are effectively managed, so that the protection itself is successful.” Please CLICK HERE to see coverage in The Hindu.

E3B Professors Ruth DeFries and Kevin Griffin recently taught a class - Ecological and Social Systems for Sustainable Development. They challenged their students to prepare a “sustainable” meal. Click here to see how things turned out!

A new undergraduate journal of biological anthropology, Sapient, is now available online. Jill Shapiro, E3B Senior Lecturer and Major Advisor for Studies in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species in E3B has been working with the students. Please click HERE to link to the journal


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