Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician and Stanford professor, is the first female Fields Medal winner since the award was established in 1936.
(Photo: Stanford University/Handout/EPA)
Well – it’s a little overdue, but here is our final update from our service in Cameroon.
We are planning on still using this blog to write about development, our lives as grad students, and whatever else may strike our fancy.
Thanks to all of our loyal readers out there!
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF
Refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) wait in Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon, to be transferred to transit camps in Mbogorné. They are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but haven’t received any shelter, food or water. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who have reached Cameroon arrived exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2