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Summit Seeks to Spark Call to Action on Facing World's Biggest Challenges
Date:3/5/2010

On April 8 and 9 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, experts will explore critical needs to develop new medicines, make solar energy economical, find better ways to manage and recycle waste materials, and transform education to prepare the next generations for facing these and other challenges.

Also among the NAE's 14 Grand Challenges are ensuring access to clean water around the world, preventing nuclear terror, reducing vulnerability to natural disasters, improving health-care information systems and making cyberspace more secure, among others.  

"The past century has seen technological advancements that have improved life for many on the planet," says ASU President Michael Crow. "But as remarkable as these achievements have been, we are challenged to now find even better and more sustainable solutions to our problems and to extend opportunities to more people to better their lives."

Deirdre Meldrum, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, says progress depends on fostering collaborations of engineers wit
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