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Introduced by her friends as “the ocean person,” Katherine Ball has spent much of her life near the water. When she was 10 years old, her grandmother gave her “Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion,” a book about oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer and his marine debris study. It was then that Ball knew she wanted a career...
Arizona State University alumna Tiffany Schwartz believes countries should become more interconnected with each other rather than isolated. Creating a career path toward this goal has kept her open-minded, determined and moving forward. From a young age, Schwartz moved around the country living in places such as Tacoma, Washington, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, made her fall in love with the...
After graduating with the 2015 cohort, McCain Institute for International Leadership Next Generation Leader (NGL) Mohammed Al Tarawneh returned to his home country of Jordan with goals to promote democratic engagement and create a safe space for Jordanian youth in political and social expression while preserving the national identity of the country. Using the McCain Institute leadership development model, Al...
“We seem to have lost sight of the deeper drivers of an accelerating risk of infectious disease transmission to the world,” wrote Leah Gerber , professor of conservation science and director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University, in a recent piece for Issues in Science and Technology, referring to the root causes of the coronavirus pandemic...
The 2020 Next Generation Leader Cohort has completed its nine-month intensive leadership training program through the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Speaking at their virtual graduation, an institute first, Board Chair Cindy McCain recognized the cohort’s perseverance in “a moment when you can almost feel history swinging on its hinge.” Executive Director Ambassador Mark Green emphasized...
Want to know what a future with robots and artificial intelligence looks like? Let’s just say that if the "2001: A Space Odyssey" author Arthur C. Clarke were still alive, he might be stunned — or perhaps even a little frightened — by today’s challenges. “We are seeing a change in the human role relative to our machines," said Peter...
As economies begin to reopen, businesses are thinking about how to adapt and move forward. The private sector has already been collaborating with governments to respond to COVID-19 in unprecedented ways, from vaccine and ventilator production to enforcing social distancing protocols. At the same moment, businesses themselves are on life support as they try to survive the economic downturn. This...
Scott Goldner is a second-year JD student in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. And for 15 weeks last fall, he was also the public affairs officer in the U.S. Embassy in Hungary. Goldner spent the fall 2019 semester as a member of the Policy Design Studio at ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership in...
The proliferation of advanced technology has created many obvious benefits. But it has also raised new questions about privacy, data collection and data monitoring. Debating the trade-offs has inspired books, documentaries, movies, podcasts and TV shows, and it has made its way into political scandals and congressional hearings. As the world faces an unprecedented pandemic, how will technology help us...

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