New York Times
Nov. 17, 2015
Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the downing of a Russian passenger jet have focused the West’s attention on the Islamic State’s civilian toll outside Iraq and Syria.
But the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has a history of attacking mosques, hotels, busy city streets and other civilian targets in mostly non-Western countries. If the Islamic State is responsible for the Paris killings and the explosion of the Russian plane, as officials on both sides of the Atlantic seem to believe, the civilian death toll outside Iraq and Syria would rise to nearly 1,000 since January.
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Sensors & Systems
Written by Virginia TechPublished: 23 November 2015- See more at:
BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2015 – A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment ( www.cnre.vt.edu) is launching a new project to enable scientists to look many decades ahead and predict the effectiveness of land management practices in agriculture and forestry to mitigate climate change.
“The project is focused on predicting how forest and agriculture management can be used to meet demands for food and fiber while having positive benefits on climate,” said Quinn Thomas (www.frec.vt.edu/people/faculty/faculty_folder/q_thomas.html), assistant professor of forest dynamics and ecosystem modeling in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation ( www.frec.vt.edu).
Thomas is leading the $2.6 million, five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Research partners include geophysical and biological scientists from multiple institutions.
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Sensors & Systems
Written by Melwood GlobalPublished: 25 November 2015- See more at:
November 25, 2015 — Texas Tech University and two partner universities were honored during a reception to launch the new Mapping For Resilience University Consortium on Tuesday (Nov. 17) in the Rayburn House Building in Washington, D.C.
Launched as part of the national Geography Awareness Week, the program aims to leverage academic community involvement in development innovation through creation and use of new open spatial data through student-led, crowd-sourced activities and shared through online open platforms for further analysis and research. Ultimately, the program will offer leadership and fellowship opportunities, activities for female mappers and support for students and their faculty mentors to work in local communities to create and use spatial data to solve real-world development needs and then share that data as a public good.
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