“I usually say we have three tenure-track, full-time specialists in Tibet, and that’s three more faculty specializing in Tibet than you find at most universities,” Carole McGranahan says. “It’s not a huge group … but it’s an incredible opportunity (for research) and also for students.”
At 5 a.m., Professor Herbert Covert sits silently in the Vietnamese jungle, waiting for the morning calls of the endangered yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, an endangered primate. In three other “listening posts” two kilometers apart, pairs of Covert’s Vietnamese colleagues also wait and listen. Their goal is to count the tree-dwelling gibbons in this protected forest, then ultimately to establish and implement a conservation plan.
“The brain’s sickness response is evolutionarily terrific,” says Linda R. Watkins. “It runs a fever so viruses and bacteria don’t replicate, it stimulates white blood cells, takes away nutrients from bacteria.”
This is a collection that initially grew from a man’s passion to document the falsehoods spread by Holocaust deniers, and it has been used in court for just that purpose.
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