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Cameron Conaway
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Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, an award-winning author and the Social Justice Editor at The Good Men Project, where he has published work based on his international investigations into topics such as child labor and human trafficking. Conaway has received a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, an IPPY and is a two-time recipient of the Richard Russo Prize. He served as Poet-in-Residence at the University of Arizona and most recently with the Mahidol Oxford Research Unit in Thailand. His work has appeared in publications such as the The Guardian, The Australian, The Huffington Post and ESPN. For more info check out

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An Open Letter to My Student Loans

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Dear Student Loans,

I tend to you like a precious garden.

Except I'm waiting for you to die, not thrive.

To that part of you goes $109, and that part $192. And this part $294. For 6 years, steady as the farmer, I've given you all I could. But no...

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The Vulnerability Box: An Interview With Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 6:23 PM

Phaik Yeong

Pregnant women with malaria are not given the most effective drugs during their first trimester. Why? It's contraindicated.

"We need to ask 'why?' again to get to a deeper answer," insists Dr. Phaik...

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Empowered Ethiopian Mothers Create Ripple Effect of Social Good

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 11:55 AM


Through the Ethiopia Speed School initiative, over 45,000 mothers across the country are keeping their kids in school, saving money and starting businesses.


Despite a vast history--it's home...

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Of Stones & Schools

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Ethiopia Education

Ethiopia may solve the world's most pressing educational challenge, if the world will be its student.


Beyond the stone there is more stone, then, after a 2-hour drive...

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How Being More Average Can Increase Productivity

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 1:00 AM

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Dissecting the average daily grind can lead to more efficient workflows.


In our personal quest to achieve more with less, we often learn from two primary sources:

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Meet the 17-Year-Old Founder of Malaria Free World

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Kritika Singh

Kritika Singh is a force. Of all the people I've met in the anti-malaria sector she is the one that most inspires me. At just 17-years-old she's the founder of Malaria Free World, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting...

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Burma's Other Silent Struggle: Malaria

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:48 PM


Drug-resistant malaria has researchers scrambling for a new drug, but what's being done to stave off the deadly disease until that drug becomes widely available? 


A Google search for "Burma" brings...

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The Woman Determined to End Drug-Resistant Malaria

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Dr. Sara Canavati wakes each morning determined to end malaria.


Malaria is bad enough. It kills nearly 600,000 people each year and brings potentially booming economies to a grinding halt. But drug-resistant...

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The Knowledge Gap of Research Ethics

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 4:26 AM


Vulnerable populations should be protected through research rather than from research.


It seems an obvious thing to do, right? I mean why shouldn't research be used to help alleviate the struggles of some...

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Resisting Resistance: What's Next in the Fight Against Malaria?

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:06 PM


The end may be near for what has long been the current front-line malaria treatment. What's next?


It's been described as a crisis in the anti-malaria community. Resistance to ACTs (artemisinin-based combination therapies), the...

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An Open Letter From Your Adjunct Professor

(16) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 8:25 PM

To my students at Penn State Brandywine:

We meditated together, cried together, struggled together, learned together. Thank you for cultivating your curiosity as, class after class, we dove into The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Thank you for your willingness to...

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Saving the Ganges River Is Saving Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 3:27 PM


One year into his tenure, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shifts his Ganges River rhetoric from "he" to "we."

The challenging task of stopping the infamous pollution of the Ganges River is only possible...
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May We #ReclaimMLK With Mindfulness

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:56 PM


Dear Philadelphia,

On Jan. 19, as our collective energy buzzes at 1:30 p.m. on 440N Broad St., as we begin marching at 2 p.m. and finish symbolically on Independence Mall at 3:30 p.m., may we hold close the humble...

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Mindfulness for Educators

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:16 PM


"Before we can share mindfulness with our students we need an experiential understanding of mindfulness from our own practice." -Meena Srinivasan

As readers widely shared "More Mindfulness, Please" (thank you for that!) I...
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More Mindfulness, Please: On Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

(5) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 2:26 PM


"When we look at low performing schools it's not that these children are unable to learn, it's that very often they are unavailable to learn." --Jean-Gabrielle Larochette, elementary school teacher

Remember those Ovaltine...
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#TropMed14 and a Shining Example of How Collaboration Saves Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:54 PM

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As I type I am surrounded by thousands of people working to fight against the myriad diseases that plague mankind. This is the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) and for...

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WATCH: The State of Our World in a 1-Second Clip

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:48 PM


The term "wealth inequality" is thrown around in a lot of abstract ways. Here's to making it concrete:

Imagine the makers of one of humanity's highest-grossing entertainment films shooting footage for the sequel at one of the world's most brutal...

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One College's Quest to Deconstruct the Man Box

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:19 AM


The space inside the Man Box burns bright when the light from the Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story bounces off the wallpaper of glossy Maxim magazine covers. There's a walk-in closet of locked-up emotions all...

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1 In 7 of Us Are Carrying the Malaria Parasite

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:39 PM


"Investments from richer (and now unaffected) countries dwindled, save for a spike of interest during the Vietnam War. The best minds in the field left for fresher challenges. Malaria, now a tropical disease of poor people, became unfashionable." --...

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Meet the 14-Year-Old Who Is Determined to Crush Malaria

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:33 PM


Alessandro Lauria had malaria three times before his 5th birthday. Perhaps just as traumatic is that he had to helplessly watch as his friends suffered from it as well. He was living in Ghana at the time, but the images...

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