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SILICON VALLEY HATCHED FROM A UNIQUE MIX OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FORCES. COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN?

131129 SVAL ARPANET.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeUCLA's Interface Message Processor (IMP), seen here in storage. UCLA professor LEONARD KLEINROCK (2010 laureate and "Father of the Internet") and his team used the IMP to send the first message over a proto-Internet to Stanford on Oct. 29, 1969.

"The many weirdos who helped established Silicon Valley from the 1930s to the 1980s—not the slick VCs who try to control it now—would have a harder time getting their feet in the door now.....

This long pattern of subtle growth arose from a combination of enthusiastic and obsessive people, a surfeit of funding, a tolerance and even encouragement of risk-taking and failure, and one of the most dynamic technology sectors the world has ever seen."

See Slate article By David Auerbach, December 2, 2013

Science Connections: An interview with Robert Gallo, 2009 Laureate

gallo 7A personal interview with Dr. Robert C. Gallo, 2009 Dan David  Prize laureate for Global Public Health - what makes him happy, what makes him sad, his dreams, his goals of getting rid of HIV and returning to Cancer research. 

He has recently been named First Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor In Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine for his pioneering research in the field of human retroviruses with his discoveries of, Il-2, HTLV-1 and HTLV-2, his co-discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS, and his development of the HIV blood test.

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AP Interview: Wieseltier fears for Israel's future

Leon WieseltierTEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Leon Wieseltier has long maintained a close relationship with the state of Israel. But the Jewish-American author now fears the country's survival may be in jeopardy — and says much of the blame lies with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Sommer, former Hopkins dean, to accept prize in Israel

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Alfred Sommer, a former Johns Hopkins University dean who discovered the importance of vitamin A in preventing child blindness, will accept an award Sunday in Israel honoring his contributions to preventive medicine.

Sommer was chosen as a laureate of the Dan David Prize, bestowed in various fields by Tel Aviv University. He shares the $1 million prize with Esther Duflo, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist being honored for her work on poverty.

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Israel sees prestigious academic prize as tool to engage increasingly hostile academic world

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The Dan David Prize has been awarded to some of those in the top echelons of academia, a community that includes many backers of the movement to isolate Israel for its occupation.

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The Man Whose Slides Caught Fire: One-to-One with Alfred Sommer

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Public speaking to even small crowds prompts sweat and tremors for many — never mind speaking to a crowd of thousands, comprised of so many peers and leaders in your field that almost all possible future bosses may be listening. That was the task Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, faced, one October morning in Dallas, a few weeks into his second year of residency. It was also the day his slides caught fire.

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