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Podcast of the Week: “The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy” by NPR’s Planet Money

Podcast of the Week: “The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy” by NPR’s Planet Money

Interesting, Podcast
National Public Radio's Planet Money is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to and I recommend it to anyone with a few minutes to spare in their day. The podcasts that Planet Money produces are only 15-20 minutes long on average and cover a range of current and interesting topics, from Greece's bailout to unique businesses around the world. One podcast that I listened to yesterday discussed a seemingly common item in the global economy: the shipping container. Sometimes taken for granted, the shipping container has allowed large volumes of items to be shipped worldwide by making the loading, transportation, and unloading of goods more efficient. The original inspiration? A trucking company owner wanted to avoid traffic on the east coast. Find fun facts like that and more in this…
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A Path Full of Crossroads to a Future with Wonderful Possibilities

A Path Full of Crossroads to a Future with Wonderful Possibilities

Adventures, Life
Featured on the Door of Clubs blog Last week, UF President Kent Fuchs was featured in the student-run university  newspaper, The Alligator, with an insightful opinion column entitled “From President Fuchs: A new path may lead to wonderful possibilities.” President Fuchs didn’t always see himself becoming an engineer, let alone a professor or University administrator. He changed his major to engineering while in school at Duke University, pursued a master’s degree in divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, preached, pursued graduate degrees in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, became a professor, department chair, dean, provost at Cornell University, and eventually President at the University of Florida. Looking at his impressive list of titles and accomplishments, it’s easy to think that he must have planned ahead to…
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