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Deanna Lehrkamp, 48, of Pierre, South Dakota, works online to better her education, Mar. 18, 2010, at The Right Turn in Pierre. She is taking online college courses through Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.

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Analysis & Opinions - On Leadership at washingtonpost.com

First Newspapers, Now Universities: It's Transformation Time

| June 8, 2010

"Because talent is the core competitive differentiator of the 21st century, students seeking educational choices will have global business on their side.... Corporations are already accustomed to sourcing talent globally—in many cases from other sets of universities that no one here has ever heard of, but which are producing highly competent graduates. And they're ramping up their own programs of corporate education. As the global corporate world refines its systems to assess competencies directly, rather than relying on the often imperfect signal conveyed by the embossed letters on a college degree, the true tipping point for collegiate education will arrive."

Derry Township Police Chief William D. Smith uses a photo during a news conference, July 6, 2006, to explain the contents of several chemical tanker cars that derailed near Hershey, Pa. 14 families and several businesses were evacuated.

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Discussion Paper - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Rail Transportation of Toxic Inhalation Hazards: Policy Responses to the Safety and Security Externality

| February 2010

Toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) chemicals such as chlorine gas and anhydrous ammonia are among the most dangerous of hazardous materials. Rail transportation of TIH creates risk that is not adequately reflected in the costs, creating a TIH safety and security externality. This paper describes and evaluates policy alternatives that might effectively mitigate the dangers of TIH transportation by rail. After describing the nature of TIH risk and defining the TIH externality, general policy approaches to externalities from other arenas are examined. Potential risk reduction strategies and approaches for each segment of the supply chain are reviewed. The paper concludes by summarizing policy options and assessing some of the most promising means to reduce the risks of transportation of toxic inhalation hazards. Four policy approaches are recommended: internalizing external costs through creation of a fund for liability and claims, improving supply chain operations, enhancing emergency response and focusing regulatory authority. It is further suggested that the Department of Transportation convene a discussion among stakeholder representatives to evaluate policy alternatives.

A truck drives past rows of containers at the new Yangshan deep water port off the coast of Shanghai, China, in this April 6, 2006 file photo.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

China's Quick Fall, Slow Return to Glory

| August 11, 2008

"...China's resurgence extends to a domain in which the country has historically been weak: science and technology. Twenty years ago, China was not on the list of the top 10 exporters of high-tech products; today it is number one. The United States remains the world leader with regard to research and development investments, but in China such spending has for over a decade been growing at a remarkable 19 percent per year — more than six times the US rate...."

Journal Article - Innovations

Learning from the Future, Innovating in the Present

| Middle East 2008

"...In this special edition of Innovations journal, prepared for distribution at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East 2008, we have compiled three essays and five stories that illustrate what it means to learn from the future, and what it takes to innovate. Together, the insights in this volume trace a path from present challenges toward a future of prosperity, balance, and resilience...."

Book - Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.

Financing Entrepreneurship

| May 2008

This important collection comprises foundational papers which offer an understanding of the conceptual and historical substructure of entrepreneurial finance and more recent seminal works about entrepreneurs and the obstacles that they systematically seek to overcome. Further articles describe the variety of institutional forms that have evolved to address the challenges inherent in entrepreneurial finance and the role of government in the process of innovation, entrepreneurship and the financing of new ventures. These papers, complemented by the editors' comprehensive introduction, are essential for scholars, researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs wishing to advance their understanding of this important and expanding field of study.

Book - Cambridge University Press

Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability

| September 2006

Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response ... describes effective and sustainable approaches — both business strategies and public policies — to ensure provision of critical services in the event of disaster.