February 16, 2001

Addressing the Digital Divide in East St. Louis

A discussion of challenges and opportunities in providing public internet services for underserved populations in the region of East St. Louis, Illinois, with Varkki George, Martin Wolske, and Paul Adams from Prairienet, the public freenet service affiliated with the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois.

January 31, 2001

University/Corporate Relations and their Effect on Biotechnology Research

Guest: Michael Hansen.

Today on Focus we'll look at the ways in which relations between corporations and universities have affected biotechnology research. The increasing attention paid to profitability in academic work, says Michael Hanson, has driven research in directions with high expected returns—and led it away from areas that might contribute to the greater good. He joins us today to explain how biotechnology has developed an emphasis on genetic engineering—profit—over agricultural ecology.

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