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June 25, 2013

Fellows in Brief, June 2013

Image courtesy of Practice Makes Perfect

Karim Abouelnaga (EG '13) in USA Today
Practice Makes Perfect for Echoing Green Fellow's Personal and Professional Life: "Abouelnaga’s non-profit, Practice Makes Perfect, which he started with five other Cornell University students in 2011, has emerged as a potential answer to the problems that plague summer schooling nationwide. In April they were recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University 2013, and the program has been rolled out each of the last two summers. This summer marks its third, and perhaps its most pivotal iteration yet." (June 24, 2013)


Claudia Horwitz (EG '95) on WUNC Radio (NPR)
Why Political Activists Burn Out: “Horwitz wanted to find a way to make activism itself more sustainable. She took up meditation and yoga, which transformed her political activism. She started traveling around the country, holding workshops at conferences about creating a spiritual practice. At these conferences, people lined up out the door to take part in the conversations.”(May 20, 2013)

Daniel Ravicher (EG '03) in The New York Times
Supreme Court Rules Patents on Naturally Occurring DNA Illegal:
The course of scientific research and medical testing in other fields will also be shaped by the court’s ruling, which drew a sharp distinction between DNA that appears in nature and synthetic DNA created in the laboratory. That distinction may alter the sort of research and development conducted by the businesses that invest in the expensive work of understanding genetic material.(June 13, 2013)

Ruth DeGolia (EG '04) in TedX Talk
Mercado Global Founder Ruth DeGolia Featured in Talk about the Cross-Pollination of Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship (Video): "I wonder what comes into your mind when you think of the word 'entrepreneur'. I think of people like Ruth DeGolia, who, after a trip to Guatemala, started selling hand-crafted jewelry to her classmates back at Yale. Today her business connects artisans across 30 communities in Guatemala to retail stores and catalogs here in the U.S.; as a result, they make 4-5 times the income they would otherwise, and it enables them, for the first time, to send hundreds of their children to school.” (May 28, 2013)

Barbara Bush (EG '09) in Al Arabiya
At the Women Deliver Global Conference, Urging Youth to Work with Their Allies: "The truth of the matter is, we always say young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but they are leading now. We see that in the Middle East, in terms of the voices that are being heard. They are young people, and it is a responsibility to take that leadership and run with it. As a non-profit organization, we see a huge opportunity around mobilizing young leaders and investing in their own talent and leadership development, and then giving them opportunities to voice their vision in a concrete way so that they have the next steps to move on." (May 30, 2013)

Alejandro Gac-Artigas (EG '12) in
Springboard Takes a Big Leap: "Earlier this year, Gac-Artigas began talking with district officials about doing a test run of his summer-reading program in a few district schools. On May 15, the School Reform Commission approved a $112,800 agreement between Springboard and the district to provide a summer-reading program over the next year. (June 18, 2013)


Eric Rosenthal (EG '93) named recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize
Eric, founder and executive director of Disability Rights International, has dedicated his life to advocating for the human rights of children and adults with disabilities.  The Charles Bronfman Prize and $100,000 is awarded to a young humanitarian each year whose work exemplifies Jewish values and has global impact. (June 3, 2013)

Lisbeth Shepherd (EG '93) recipient of first-ever NYC Innovative Nonprofit Award
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Kristin Morse announced the winners of the first ever NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards, which support pioneering local nonprofits that exhibit creative approaches and exemplary program implementation. First place was awarded to Green City Force's Clean Energy Corps, a program that propels young New York City Housing Authority residents toward employment or college by combining a national service model with job training. (May 22, 2013)

Jodie Wu (EG '10) receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
The Grand Challenges Explorations initiative grants funding to individuals who are testing bold ideas to address persistent health and development challenges. Jodie, CEO of Global Cycle Solutions, is working to enable smallholder farmers to economically thresh crops while reducing manual labor and improving productivity. (June 8, 2013)

Carrie Ferrence and Jacqueline Gjurgevich (EG '12) to open second Stockbox store location
In an effort to expand upon their work in increase access to affordable food choices throughout urban communities, Seattle entrepreneurs Ferrence and Gjurgevich will launch their second store location this summer in a neighborhood lacking access to. Stockbox is working to build a network of community-based grocery stores to increase access to fresh, affordable, and good food choices within urban areas. (May 28, 2013)

Neil Phillips (BMA '12) opens first charter school in Visible Men network
The Visible Men Academy will open its doors in August 2013 in Bradenton, Florida. In its inaugural year, the all-boys charter school plans to serve 500 students in Kindergarten through second grade. The school represents the next step in Neil's dedication to connecting black role models to young black boys. (June 7, 2013)

Krishna Ramkumar and Akshay Saxena (EG '12) celebrate Joint Entrance Examination results of inaugural class of students
Over 90% of Avanti's first class of Peer Instructed students placed in the top 10% of students in India, and 41% (7 out of 17) of the first learning centre class is headed to the IITs - placing them in the top 1% in the country. (June 22, 2013)