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News & Events | 4 March 2013 | Breakthrough Innovations in Science, Adventures in STEM and School Reform

March 4, 2013

Breakthrough Innovations in Science

Image source: The Guardian

US doctors cure child born with HIV: A two-year-old child no longer needs medical treatment for the HIV virus, thanks to a “functional cure” from a team of doctors at the University of Mississippi medical center. Watch the video here. (See also: Q&A with Genevieve Edwards, director of health improvement at the Terrence Higgins Trust.)

Tech titans create $3 million ‘Breakthrough Prize’ for scientists: Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with tech heavyweights like Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, and Apple board Chairman, Art Levinson, to launch the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Last week, an inaugural class received the prizes for their work in research “aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life.” Listen to an NPR interview with Zuckerberg here.

After Measles Success, Rwanda to Get Rubella Vaccine: Vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and rubella continue to cause significant suffering, death, and disability for children throughout the developing world. Despite the proven effectiveness of basic childhood vaccines and their low cost—less than $1 for vaccine and delivery—many children do not receive them. In recent years, efforts such as the Measles & Rubella Initiative have successfully broken down barriers to accessing the measles vaccine leading to a more than 70% drop in measles deaths since 2000. Rwanda has been particularly successful in getting measles vaccines to its children with over 90% of children receiving the recommended two doses. Now, with government commitment and international partners, Rwanda will add the rubella vaccine which will address another preventable disease in children that causes birth defects such as blindness, deafness, and mental disabilities.

Adventures in STEM and School Reform

Image source: Education Week

State Councils Propel STEM Education: Last week’s article on the formation and functions of state and regional STEM networks mentions the work of various 100Kin10 partners, including Change the Equation, the California STEM Learning Network, Intel Corp, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and the Museum of Science in Boston.

A look at a scary walk by students: Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. walked the perilous route that the closing of Pierce Elementary School would entail, along with the newest member of the School Reform Commission (SRC), Sylvia Simms, who is not only a Philly school parent and grandparent, but also lives in the neighborhood.

School reform finds a home: This article highlights an interesting and very non-traditional approach to education reform—a commercial development to house both teachers and education-related organizations.

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