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Solar Power Offers Greater Resilience in Severe Weather


By Richard Perez, Jeffrey Freedman, and James W. Fossett
Researchers from the University at Albany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and Rockefeller Institute researchers explore the advantages of solar power as a means of mitigating long-term power outages resulting from more prevalent severe weather occurrences. This proposed solution, the authors suggest, may be particularly vital in the Northeast, a region identified by climate researchers as a “hot spot” for an increase in severe weather events.
October 2014

Let’s Stop Improvising Disaster Recovery


By James W. Fossett
James Fossett
In this insightful observation piece, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Dr. James Fossett indicates that improved disaster recovery from major natural and man-made disasters is possible through strategic planning, careful coordination between various levels of government, and the development of easily accessible response mechanisms.
July 2013

New Roles for U.S. Universities in Latin America


By Jason E. Lane
Jason E. Lane
Director of Education Studies Jason E. Lane examines the growing role that the United States is playing in the development of higher education in Latin America in a chapter of a new book from the Institute of International Education, Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher Education, Government, and International Collaboration.
March 2013

Proposed Changes Will Improve Reimbursement for HIV Testing


By Erika Martin
Erika Martin
Proposed changes by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force in HIV testing guidelines will remove financial barriers to receiving HIV tests, according to Institute Fellow Erika G. Martin and Bruce R. Schackman, Weill Cornell Medical College.
February 2013

A Bleak Outlook for Higher Education in the Northeast


By Jason E. Lane
Jason E. Lane
Colleges and universities are looking at an era of fewer high school graduates, erratic returns on endowments, and new funding patterns from state governments. Lane argues that this might lead to more closures and consolidations of institutions in the Northeast if they are not prepared to adapt to this new environment.
February 2013

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