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Monday, January 24, 2011
New Paradigms on Innovation and Access to Medical Technologies: Delinking R&D Costs from Product Prices
4:00 PM -  5:30 AM

The current system to finance drug development based on strong intellectual property rights is failing many in both developing and developed countries. The system promotes monopolies that make products unaffordable, and fails to provide incentives for urgently needed diagnostics and treatments for neglected diseases. In the last 5 years, developing countries and civil society organizations have encouraged discussions at the World Health Organization on new incentive mechanisms that are not based on monopolies and that de-link the cost of research and development from the prices of final products. Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has been active in these discussions and in promoting the use of innovation inducement prizes for health technologies. The presentation will describe the WHO negotiations, introducing the concept of de-linkage and some of the proposals that are currently under discussion.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Program in the Environment Speaker Series and LSA Water Theme Semester present Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Emission Blue
7:30 PM -  8:30 PM

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, and the Founder of Mission Blue. She is also the 2011 Goldring Family Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. Her talk is titled 'The World is Blue.' Her presentation will consider new technologies and a new era of ocean exploration vital to understand changes in ocean chemistry, biodiversity and the composition and structure of marine ecosystems, with special reference to the present and future consequences to humankind.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Global Policy Perspectives Symposium
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Understanding International Terrorism: Root Causes and Policy Responses

Terrorism is an inherently social phenomenon. While it is commonly assumed that terrorists kill and die for a cause, they are motivated and strengthened by social connections. This colloquium brings together researchers in this area to discuss terrorism's root causes in the interpersonal relationships between terrorists, competition between terrorist groups within societies, and strategic alliances between organizations.

Monday, January 31, 2011
Does Size Matter? The Role of Small High Schools in Reforming Public Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Over the past two decades, many urban school districts have restructured large, traditional high schools into smaller learning communities. The idea behind this movement is that small schools provide a more personalized learning environment that allows teachers to more effectively address the multi-faceted needs of disadvantaged students. Despite mixed evidence on the efficacy of such reforms in practice, Detroit and other high-poverty districts have pressed forward with the creation of smaller high schools. A recent study of small high schools in NYC shows positive results, but also raises additional questions about small schools. In this panel, speakers will discuss the new results of the NYC study as well as the ongoing efforts among the small school community in the Detroit area.