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.…

100 Years. 100 Million Lives.

A very thoughtful piece in The Harvard Crimson on 11/20/2017 by Laura M. Nicolae, Harvard ’20, whose parents both experienced Communism in Romania and escaped to the United States of America. 100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice. By LAURA M. NICOLAE November 20, 2017 In 1988, my twenty-six-year-old father jumped off a train in the middle of…

Prof. Cliff Mass on Extreme Weather Events

Professor Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, presented the slide deck below today (Friday 12/1/2017). In his presentation, he explores extreme weather events (hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves) and wild fires, and their relationship (if any) with climate change: Explaining Extreme Weather Events — Challenges in Climate Communication — Prof. Cliff Mass, UW, 2017-12-01 (PDF, 9.2MB)…

WSJ: How Cashews Explain Globalization

This profile by Bill Spindle and Vibhuti Agarwal appeared in the Wall Street Journal this morning (Friday, December 1st, 2017). They examine the history of the international trade in cashews, starting with large farms in Kollam, Kerala, India employing vast hordes of low-cost workers in the late 1920s, and continuing to the present, where automated factories in…