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You may recall this plot: Strange incidents on the fictional Isla Nublar spook the investors of a “biological preserve” named Jurassic Park. Ian Malcolm, a consultant and chaos theorist, emphatically foreshadows the park’s collapse. Why? “…It is an unsustainable simple structure bluntly forced upon a complex system.” (Crichton). Cue the corporate espionage, tropical storm, and dinosaurs that “have somehow been breeding against the park geneticists' design!” (Wikipedia) Mayhem, murder, and Hollywood millions ensue. Those crazy T-Rex clones. You can’t turn your back for a second....or can you? That’s the question David Lee, MIM ‘97 confronted when reading the Crichton novel. Read the full story here.
Early morning, Amman. As the sounds of morning prayer fade into sunrise, a father of two pays neighborhood children to collect empty plastic drink bottles strewn mindlessly on Zahran Street. His purpose? To bind and mold those discarded bottles until they form infrastructure that will embrace human weight. Covered in fabrics and other attractive wrappings, they morph into ottomans, chairs and other marketable – and beautiful – furniture pieces. Items that, in turn, help sustain his own family, prosper his community and even help sustain the environment. In 2017, a group of Thunderbirds including David Roman (EMGM '16), Evan Mackie (EMGM '16), Stan Duvall (EMBA '12), and Ashraf Halawani (EMBA '13) met to explore: How much entrepreneurship can bloom in this oft-stigmatized desert region? Read the full story.
Most researchers argue that Millennials are born between 1980 and 1996. Yet, the Pew Research Center, perhaps the most authoritative perspective, puts Millennials between 1977 and 1992. With it being 2017 now, there are 40 year-old Millennials. A group of men and women nearing their middle ages, and this group continues to be referred to as entitled, worthless, killing industries, and many more. This myth has been spread by gurus and accepted by the masses: Millennials are unmanageable in corporations because they are impatient, lazy and entitled as a result of bad parenting, addiction to cellphones and Facebook depression. Richie Norton, '13 asks, do you accept this myth? Read the full story here.
Spacefaring - surprisingly, it’s not all rocket science. International political risk matters to space programs just like its terrestrial counterpart, global trade. Your first impression of the International Space Station (ISS) may be a complex, orbiting laboratory, but it is also a collaborative effort of several nations with a common goal. The next collaborative effort needed in space is inhabiting Mars. Eric Johnson, '92, helps answer the question, what would it take to reach and sustain human life on Mars? Read the full story here.
When Hugo Chavezwas elected, you could sense the seismic shifts about to occur. In May 1999, his boss at ADL called Jess Dods, '75. into her office. She had been the Minister of Finance under the previous president, Rafael Caldera, and she understood the political storm approaching. She told Jess that Chavez, upon hearing that a North American had an office at PDVSA, grew very angry and said in no uncertain terms, “Get that American out of my country”... What does one do after receiving a direct mandate from the country's supreme leader to leave? Read the full story here.