1. Hans Rosling 'Epidemiology for the bottom billion' - Pumphandle lecture 2011


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    http://www.johnsnowsociety.org Professor Hans Rosling trained in statistics and then medicine at Uppsala University in Sweden, receiving his medical degree in 1974. After further training in public health at St Johns Medical College in Bangalore, India, and in international aid and disaster relief, and in nutrition and tropical medicine in Sweden, he worked as a District Medical Officer in northern Mozambique from 1979 to 1981. While in Mozambique he came across a new disease, called "konzo" by local people, to which he devoted ten years of research, tracking outbreaks of the disease in poor rural areas of five countries of Africa. His collaborations ranged from economics to plant genetics, and traced the causes of the disease to a combination of malnutrition and high dietary intake of cyanide from natural toxins in bitter cassava roots. He taught postgraduate courses at Uppsala from 1983 to 1996, and then moved to a professorship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where he was Head of the Division of International Health from 2001 to 2006. Over this period he developed a unique method of presenting data on complex patterns and trends, for which he has become internationally famous, and which he has presented to many audiences, including at the UN, the Davos World Economic Forum and TED lectures. He now divides his time between the Karolinska and the Gapminder Foundation which he set up with his son and daughter-in-law, developing the gapminder.org website which is visited by more than 2 million people annually. He was listed as one of 100 leading global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2010.

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    • From Coal Towns to Ghost Towns


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      West Virginia is the leading producer of coal in Appalachia, but it’s the second-poorest state in the nation. What’s going on? CREDITS Animation and design by Adrienne Wollman Camera by Catherine Orr and Catherine Spangler Research by Jeff Mittelstadt, Hely Olivares and Catherine Orr Narration by Catherine Orr SOURCES Oil prices Energy Information Administration Coal prices Energy Information Administration Per capita income U.S. Census Bureau Poverty U.S. Census Bureau Hendryx, Michael. Education and Jobs, Jobs and Education: A Proposal for funding economic redevelopment in Central Appalachia. Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University. Coal production Energy Information Administration (1) Energy Information Administration (2) Energy Information Administration (PDF 3) Contributions to West Virginia economy State of West Virginia (PDF 1) State of West Virginia (PDF 2) The economic contributions of U.S. mining in 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers for the National Mining Association (PDF) Epstein, Paul R., et al. "Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal." Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1219 (2011), 73-98. Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (1) Bureau of Labor Statistics (2) Impacts of mono-economy in Appalachia Wood, Lawrence E. Trends in National and Regional Economic Distress: 1960-2000. College of Communication, Ohio University. Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission. April, 2005.

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