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Latest News

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Prof. Philip Pardy on the Rise and Fall of American Farm Productivity Growth

May 10, 2021

In a paper recently published by the Journal of Economic History, Professor Philip Pardy and his co-author explore the slowing growth of agricultural productivity in the United States. The study explores technological advances that led to a surge in farm productivity in the late 20th century, then examines potential explanations for the slowdown in growth that followed. Prof. Pardy is the Director of the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center, a Consortium member center. Read the full article here.


Working Group Releases Research Brief on Solar Climate Interventions

April 30, 2021

The Climate Intervention Biology Working Group, which includes Prof. Jessica Hellmann, Director of the Institute on the Environment, recently published a research brief on the potential ecological effects of solar radiation modification (SRM). In theory, SRM technology could be used to reflect sunlight away from the earth in order to combat global warming. The paper addresses knowledge gaps pertaining to both positive and negative ecological impacts of SRM technology. Additional information is available on the Institute for the Environment website; the paper was published in the April 2021 issue of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. The Institute on the Environment is a Consortium member center.

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Masonic Cancer Center Director Douglas Yee on the “War on Cancer”

April 15, 2021

Prof. Douglas Yee, Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, recently spoke to the University of Minnesota’s Discovery magazine about progress in the fight against cancer since the National Cancer Act was signed in 1971. Dr. Yee describes research led by the Masonic Cancer Center and how the next ten years will transform cancer treatment and research. The Masonic Cancer Center is a Consortium member center. Read the article here.

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Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Celebrates Indigenous Women Chefs

April 1, 2021

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is hosting a webinar series that highlights the gastronomic knowledge of Indigenous women chefs. Webinars feature recipes, cooking demonstrations and commentary from nationally recognized chefs. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives institute is a Consortium member center. View recordings of past webinars and register for an upcoming webinar on the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives website

Annual Research Ethics Day Webinar

COVID-19 Resources: Ethical, Legal & Social Implications

The COVID-19 pandemic is posing profound ethical, legal, and social challenges. The Consortium is compiling relevant resources offered by our member centers and by other organizations to help researchers, clinicians, legal professionals, students, and communities navigate these challenges. View COVID-19 resources here

LawSeqSM Database

Use the LawSeqSM Database to search the law of genomics in the U.S. – both federal and state law. The Database also offers a Bibliography collecting relevant secondary sources. The goal of the LawSeqSM project is to map and shape the law of genomics to build a solid foundation for clinical integration. Creation of this unique resource was funded by a grant from NIH.