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Esther Ngumbi

Esther Ngumbi

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Esther Ngumbi is Assistant Professor of Entomology and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  1. Tackling America’s Racial Disparities in Science
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    Tackling America’s Racial Disparities in Science

    Jan 29, 2021 Esther Ngumbi proposes four ways to increase the representation of women and people of color in STEM fields.

  2. Is the Rebellion Against Science Over?
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    Is the Rebellion Against Science Over?

    Oct 6, 2020 Esther Ngumbi reflects on how science, its public standing, and its role in policymaking have fared during the pandemic.

  3. A Pandemic of Hunger
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    A Pandemic of Hunger

    May 12, 2020 Esther Ngumbi warns that the COVID-19 crisis is aggravating food insecurity in developing and developed countries alike.

  4. Putting a Price on Soil
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    Putting a Price on Soil

    Jan 3, 2020 Esther Ngumbi asks what we need to do to get more people to care about such a strategic asset as soils.

  5. Strengthening African Science
    Students work at a laboratory at the Catholic University of Graben in Butembo EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP/Getty Images

    Strengthening African Science

    Jun 12, 2018 Esther Ngumbi says the best way to overcome the continent’s development challenges is to increase funding for research.

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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Amid heated debates about the factors that led Russia to invade Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it helps to distinguish between deep, intermediate, and immediate causes. But while each can matter in their own ways, war need not be considered inevitable even when they are all present.

    considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.
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    Why Businesses Misbehave

    Daron Acemoglu thinks narratives about heroic entrepreneurs and villainous tycoons are a distraction from what matters most.
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.
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    Helen Clark at Investing in Health for All

    Helen Clark delivers the closing keynote address at our October 2022 virtual event, Investing in Health for All.
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    Back to the Brink in Iran

    Amin Saikal explains why the regime may no longer be able to quell popular protest with force alone.

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