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Grand Challenges

Moonshots - A Call to Action to Meet the World's Greatest Challenges

Jack Hidary | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Jack Hidary

As a species, we face a range of challenges that pose threats to our survival. When we analyze the fall of major civilizations of the past it was not war but more often environmental and resource implosion which did them in.

Engineering for the Future

Linda Katehi | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Linda Katehi

With the world's population rapidly expanding and our ecosystems under extreme stress, the field of engineering must focus like never before on sustainability and environmental repair.

Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

Over the last decade the Grand Challenges family of programs has fostered innovation and partnership to address some of the world's most difficult global health and development challenges for the poor and marginalized.

How to Thrive in a Hotter Los Angeles

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities and face the same urban environmental concerns currently present in the L.A. region. UCLA aims to transform L.A. into a global model with natural ecosystems.

UCLA's Grand Challenge: Transforming LA into a Global Model for Urban Sustainability

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

By Alison Hewitt UCLA will unveil plans on Nov. 15 designed to turn Los Angeles into a global model for urban sustainability. The project is the fi...

UCLA Goes Green for Environmental Grand Challenge

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

By Alison Hewitt A strange green glow illuminates UCLA's iconic Royce Hall and Powell Library this week. The green sheen - provided by environm...

The Singularitarian: Exponential Ad Astra!

Ayodele Faiyetole | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Ayodele Faiyetole

I once argued, in an article published in South Africa back in 2005 and entitled, "ISU: Space Education For The Next Generation", that with the contin...

SEEDing Sustainability Beyond the Millennium Development Goals

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

We live in exciting times in higher education. New institutions of higher education are springing all over the developing world. With a large portion of society falling in the college-going age group in many countries across the globe, the demand for higher education is immense.

Jam Sessions for Global Progress

XPRIZE | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Quincy Jones Quincy Jones is a record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, trumpeter, educational philanthropist, and XPR...

Student Source the Grand Challenges

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

The ecosystem of an educational institution has the capacity to create change, provided we give a platform where ideas can nourish and flourish. By student sourcing global development, we will match the toughest problems with our most prized resource of all: creativity.

Business and the Grand Challenges

Judith Samuelson | Posted 12.01.2012 | Business
Judith Samuelson

In an era where the private sector seems like a better bet than government, what more can business do to move from company initiative to systemic change? Here are two avenues to pursue.

Engaging Engineers to Save Lives at Birth

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

While engineers' impact in improving our health is unquestionable in the developed world, the same can not be said yet about their role in solving the grand challenges in health in the developing world.