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[Trending Topic] Haiti

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries were recently taken hostage in Haiti, putting the world’s focus on the growing issues of violence, insecurity and political instability in Haiti. Mimi Sheller, Dean of the Global School, is an internationally-recognized scholar on Haitian relations. Dean Sheller is calling for a reset of U.S. policy in the Caribbean nation and can put the current developments in historical context, as well offer expert analysis and insight.

[Trending Topic] Tuberculosis

For the first time in more than a decade tuberculosis cases are on the rise according to the World Health Organization. Associate Professor Scarlett Shell’s research centers around better understanding this virus and possible treatments.

[Trending Topic] Wildfires

California is reporting another record year of wildfires, including the second largest in state history. WPI has experts studying what can be done to prevent the spread of flames and mitigate destruction.

[Trending Topic] PFAS

The EPA recently released its plan for addressing contamination by the highly toxic persistent industrial compounds known as PFAS. These dangerous chemicals, found in drinking water, are associated with a range of health problems and last indefinitely in the environment. Professor Hal Walker is a recognized authority on water treatment and helped the State of New York adopt some of the strictest water quality standards in the country.

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