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Could this be the Key to Successful Aid in Times of Crisis?

  "Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy." — Max Mayfield, Director National Hurricane Center   Whether or not you were impacted by the destruction caused by any of the recent natural disasters, it’s easy to be left feeling hopeless and thinking, “What can I possibly do to help?” My intention in [...]

2017-09-16T14:22:41+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Blog, Philanthropy, Research, Sustainability|0 Comments

Seed Saving in the Great Lakes

The earth’s environment is constantly changing. Extreme weather patterns, over-exploited ecosystems, lost habitats, and human carelessness constantly threaten the stability of plant biodiversity. As data becomes more widely available to understand and address global climate issues, many innovators are focusing on conservation and sustainability practices. Conservation techniques, like the creation of seed banks and exchange [...]

Can Tech Save the Honeybees?

Since the 1990s, the disappearance and the decline of the global honey bee population has been a crucial concern for beekeepers, environmentalists, scientists, and the food industry. In the United States alone, beekeepers lost 33% of their colonies in the year ending April 2017. An extinction of honey bees would be catastrophic, destabilizing important ecosystems [...]

Can Robots Save Our Planet? Yes, and Here’s How.

Once the stuff of science fiction, robots are helping humans do nearly everything better and faster. Since the Industrial Revolution, automation has reshaped the manufacturing industry in places all over the world, doing repetitive jobs that free up humans for more creative endeavors. Factories are investing in automated technology. The use of drones has reshaped [...]

Hunting with Titan

My favorite time of year, without a doubt, is bird season in Upper Michigan. Though I enjoy many different outdoor activities, such as walking, kayaking and camping, nothing beats an afternoon in the field alongside my pointing dog, Titan. Altogether fun and incredibly rewarding, bird hunting with my dog is more than a mere pastime [...]

2017-06-19T15:24:39+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Blog, Conservation, David Kinnear|0 Comments

Smart Tech Developments in Chicago

Recently ranked as one of the top innovative tech hubs in the world, Chicago’s prowess in the industry is on the rise. The Windy City is embedding smart tech into its infrastructure allowing residents, businesses, and governments to become more digitally-engaged through the application of big data, the internet of things, machine learning and data [...]

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Global climate change is already taking visible tolls on our environment. From melting ice caps to superstorms, its severe implications for our environment are changing our everyday world. Every region will be affected by the crisis differently. In the Great Lakes region, climate change will have profound short and long-term effects not only on the [...]

A Spotlight on Urban Pollinators

Shortly before the holiday season, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery launched “Nectar: War Upon the Bees,” a visual exhibit which explores the destructive impact that our food production industry has on these important insects. The show examines the disruptive effect of current food industry practices which are threatening the valuable role of pollinators in our agricultural [...]

2017-06-19T15:24:39+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Bees, Biodiversity, Blog, Conservation, Sustainability|0 Comments

David Kinnear: Doctors Are Divided Over Data Sharing

In California, pathologists at a dozen hospitals throughout the state are part of an ongoing pilot project — the first of its kind in the United States — in which they are reporting cancer diagnoses in real time to the California Cancer Registry. To ensure the information being collected is accurate and compiled in a [...]

David Kinnear: Giving Tuesday: A Social Media Campaign To Support Cancer Research

Albert Einstein was 26 years old when he derived the equation E = mc2. Niels Bohr was 28 when he proposed his theory of the atom. Barbara McClintlock was 29 when she discovered that chromosomes form the basis of genetics. Ten years ago, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued a report highlighting the obstacles that [...]