WSJ: The Truth About Income Inequality

“The average top-quintile household pays on average $109,125 in taxes and is left, after taxes and transfer payments, with only 3.8 times as much as the bottom quintile: $194,906 compared with $50,901.” The census fails to account for taxes and most welfare payments, painting a distorted picture. By Phil Gramm and John F. Early Nov. 3, 2019 3:43…

Learning about Biology

I’ve always been curious about biology, genetics, evolution, biochemistry — the “life sciences” — but I believed the field was so large and complex that I could not hope to understand it. When I was asked to chair the Campaign Council for the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington in the fall…

School, Work and Beyond (3/10/2011)

[ See my 29 slide 3/10/2011 presentation: PPT version and PDF version ] I was invited by Professors Katherine Faber and Prem Kumar to join them and ~35 undergraduate Murphy Scholars for dinner on March 10th, 2011, at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. The faculty of McCormick select about a dozen incoming freshmen…

UW: Making and Breaking The Rules (2018)

[From the Spring 2018 University of Washington Medicine magazine, reflecting my volunteer efforts on behalf of the UW Institute for Protein Design.] Benjamin W. Slivka, formerly of Microsoft and Amazon.com, is a member of the Promise of Protein Design Campaign Council and trustee of the Wissner-Slivka Foundation. See the online version or the print version…

My College Essay (2/12/1978)

I filled out my Northwestern University application using a ballpoint pen, except for these first two questions, for which I typed out three pages of text. A. How did you become interested in Northwestern? Please explain what, or who, led you to apply? B. 1. To what activities or organizations in school or community have…

ACANTO

ACANTO: Asociación de Centro América Norte de Transporte Oceánico Vision We envision a future where ocean transport to and from North Central American countries is faster, more reliable, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive. Mission Promote the development of physical infrastructure, international associations, and local government regulations that improve ocean transport for North Central American countries.…