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Seminar on how does the importance of different species change when economists consider gender concerns?(Gender Concerns When Noah Prioritizes Biodiversity)Speaker David W.Martin PhD,Professor of Economics,Davidson College,Davidson,USA

A seminar was held on how does the importance of different species change when economists consider gender concerns?(Gender Concerns When Noah Prioritizes Biodiversity) in Dhaka University,Dhaka,Bangladesh  on 25 May 2013.The speaker of the seminar was David W.Martin PhD,Professor of Economics,Davidson College,Davidson,USA who is also a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar at Institute of Economic Growth,University of Delhi,Delhi,India.

The seminar was jointly organized by The Zoological Society of Bangladesh(ZSB) and The Department of Zoology,Dhaka University,Dhaka,Bangladesh.The seminar was chaired by Dr.Manjur A.Chowdhury,President,ZSB and it was graced by Mr.Sayed Marghub Murshed,former Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh as the chief guest.They presented valuable speech citing various aspects of biodiversity.The seminar began by the welcome address of Professor Dr.M.A.Bashar.General Secretary,ZSB ,Dr.M.Niamul Naser introduced the speaker, David W.Martin PhD,Professor of Economics,Davidson College,Davidson,USA.Vote of thanks was offered by Dr.Moksed Ali Howlader,Chairman,Department of Zoology,Dhaka University.

The abstract of the seminar has been presented below for the information of interested persons.

Because the financial commitments to preserve biodiversity fall short of what is needed,the elements of biodiversity must be prioritized so that limited funds can be used most effectively.The key issue I address here is the weaknesses of species prioritization mechanisms with respect to gender concerns. I begin by defining biodiversity,gender,and economic development.Finally,I conclude by demonstrating that the net impacts of those biases could lead to either a deflation or an inflation of the ranking for species valued by women and by discussing the implications of that complexity.

 

Rachel Carson:The Mother of Modern Environmental Movement – By Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

Rachel Carson was born and raised in a farmhouse of Springdale in the state of Pennsylvania of USA on May27,1907.
She received her primary education in Springdale and secondary education in Parnassus.Her college education started with English and later switched to biology at the Pennsylvania College for Women(transformed to Chatham University now).
She earned masters in zoology from John Hopkins University.
She started her career as a aquatic biologist in the U.S.Bureau of Fisheries in 1935.She had to forsake the aspiration of doing PhD due to financial difficulties.She also looked after her ageing mother after the sudden death of her father in 1935.There were many sad incidents in her family.But Rachel Carson was indomitable and contributed throughout her life in research and motivation for the safety and conservation of environment and nature.She was called as The Mother of Modern Environmental Movement for her great contributions for the outstanding achievements in many aspects of nature including marine life and hazards of pesticides.

Rachel Carson will be remembered for the masterpiece book, Silent Spring which influenced U.S. President Kennedy to call for testing the chemicals that were mentioned in her book as harmful for nature,environment and humanity.This resulted to the banning of the controversial pesticide,DDT which is reported to be carcinogen and have many adverse effects on life and environment.
Some of her other works were:Under the Sea Wind,Fishes of the Middle West,The Sea Around Us and The Edge of the Sea.
Rachel Carson died on April 14,1964 at the age of 56.

Rachel Carson had an illustrious life.This is impossible to portray her in a small article like this.But,I feel a kind of indebtedness and respect for her concern,courage,passion,knowledge and farsightedness which seeded the ongoing environmental movement for the safety of humanity.Hence I dedicate this article to honour her around the month of April and May whick mark her death and birth respectively.
I present a video on Rachel Carson which will enlighten the readers about the great naturalist,environmentalist,ecologist,scientist and humanist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aycQKk4qn_Y&feature=related

Melinda Gates Blooms With Her Own Identity: Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

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I was wondering why Melinda,wife of Bill Gates was projected frequently in the Media.Was it for her Marriage with the founder of Microsoft or for the Money her husband owned?I also thought whether Melinda Gates has any identity of her own.
I became curious about Melinda and tried to find relationship of the initial word of her name, ‘M’ with other words starting with ‘M’.The readers might already understood the words in question-Media,Marriage,Microsoft and Money.There are Many words starting with M,but Ilike to limit my unfunded research with these common four words.
My Method of study included literature review of Melinda Gates through Google search.The result of search was astounding- 16,400,000 at 0815am on 04-03-12.This figure is really an envious one and may cause jealousy in some people.I felt like conferring instantly that Melinda deserved such acclaim through her work and personality.But ,I restrained to make such inference so soon and went for step by step exploration of her life story.

1.Melinda from her parents family
I found the following links on Melinda quite resourceful which contained lots of information about her life
http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/04/news/newsmakers/gates.fortune/index.htm.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melinda_Gates
Melinda Was born on August 15, 1964 as Melinda Ann French in Dallas in Texas,USA.

Melinda’s father, Raymond Joseph French, Jr., was an engineer while her mother, Elaine Agnes Amerland was a home maker.Their family wanted to make their children educated and dignified.
Hence the family sent all four children to colleges for education.
Though Melinda was born and raised in Dallas ,the world famous place of TV soap opera ,Dallas(1978-1991)she was not tempted by the magical world of TV serial rather she sought career in amazing world of computer science. Melinda earned a bachelor degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987.

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2.Melinda in Microsoft
Melinda had worked as a summer intern in IBM.This assignment was the ladder of her access to the Microsoft.She joined Microsoft in 1987 as a marketing manager.
Melinda joined Microsoft in 1987.She participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Cinemania, Encarta, Expedia, Microsoft Bob and Publisher.

She served Microsoft until 1994. She held the position of General Manager of Information Products of of Microsoft.
3.Marriage
Marriage of Melinda with Bill Gates was not comparable to that of Diana with Prince Charles in terms of pomp and publicity.But,I can’t restrain to note that the marriage life of this couple was no less happy and sustaining than that of the Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. The couple got married in 1994 in a private ceremony held in Lanai,Hawaii.

This happy family has three children now. They are Jennifer Katharine Gates (born 1996) and Phoebe Adele Gates (born 2002), and Rory John Gates (born 1999).
It is another pleasure for all mothers and children that Melinda is very attentive about caring and raising her children.

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4.Media
I found an unending number of pages of youtube videos with Melinda when I searched the network.
I already mentioned that there are large number of results from Google search on Melinda.There are
Great numbers of news and reports in print and electronic media which mention Melinda for her involvement with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Co-founder.
I have examined some of the videos and felt they demonstrated the unique quality,talent and vision of
Melinda.Her presentation and eloquent oratory coupled with her beauty can naturally attract the peoples towards the charitable programs and activities of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Here is the link of one youtube video that reflects the views of Melinda Gates.Please enjoy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzS1ySQCimU
I like to invite you to watch more videos of Melinda and see how passionate and affectionate
is she about the philanthropic program of their organization.Here is one link,Please visit and watch the youtube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-_wbABOpwk&feature=related
5.Money
To some money is honey and to the others money is the root of all evils. Whatever is said in the proverbs , money is indispensible for the mankind.Men and women must seek to earn money for their living and survival.Exceptions are the misers and greedy peoples who claim superiority over others.
Most of the greedy and misers never change.They always strive to get more money without considering its utilization.
In case of Melinda and her husband,Bill Gates, I don’t know the motivation why they accumulated so much money to become the richest couple of the world.But,themost inspiring thing of this couple is that they have dedicated their savings for the wellbeing of the humanity through the sweet worded
Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.So,the couple has become the custodian of the money earned and reserved by their efforts for the betterment of the world and its peoples.
Conclusion:
Melinda is being considered in association with her husband ,Bill Gates.Yet Melinda blooms with her own identity through her talent and dedication.We wish her greater success in her life.

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Update on Melinda-1

I found a number of videos that might be worth sharing.Following video presents Melinda as an extraordinary public speaker.I think that her speech was well received here as conceived by the reaction of the audience who frequently applauded her.Her poetic and lucid presentation impressed me.Her declaration of the principle or belief of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “every life has equal value” sounded like a divine revealation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qBzBdco61k&feature=related

Melinda Visited ICDDR,B in Bangladesh

Update on 16 May 2012

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) is an international health research centre located in Dhaka,the capital of Bangladesh.The centre has achieved commendable success in various programmes.

ICDDR,B has worked closely with the Gates Foundation for over a decade. In 2001, ICDDR,B received the first ever Gates Award for Global Health in recognition of the institution’s discovery and development of Oral Rehydration Solution. It is now the only institution involved in all the major Gates Foundation’s research projects focused on pneumonia and diarrhoeal and enteric diseases.
Melinda visited ICDDR,B in January 2012.Over the course of her three-day visit, Melinda toured the Dhaka Hospital, met with the scientists and travelled to field sites in Dhaka’s densely populated suburbs.
In Mirpur, to the north-west of the city, Melinda visited the foundation-funded ICVB (Introduction of Cholera Vaccine in Bangladesh) project, where 240,000 people are enrolled in a feasibility study to assess the effectiveness of mass cholera vaccination, combined with behaviour change education and tools.
She also visited the Mirpur field office of the foundation-funded, multi-country MAL-ED (malnutrition and enteric disease) project, which is investigating the relationship between malnutrition and intestinal infections and the consequences of these conditions on various aspects of child development.
The following day, she travelled to the south of Dhaka, to the Kamalapur field site where ICDDR,B is participating in the PERCH (Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health) project, a seven-country study investigating the current and likely future causes of childhood pneumonia in some of the world’s hardest hit populations.
Shortly after her visit Melinda wrote series of on-line columns in the New York Times.She mentioned that she had the chance to visit the world-class research centres at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. She also discussed the impact of its family planning work in Matlab, and highlighted the innovative approach to behaviour change interventions that she had seen in the ICVB project in Mirpur.

Please visit the following link to see the activities of Melinda with ICDDR,B:

http://www.icddrb.org/media-centre/news/3979-melinda-gates-visits-icddrb

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