Puerto Rico Relief Effort – NYU

Puerto Rico Relief Effort – NYU

We are a group of NYU Environmental Conservation Education Students and Alumni who are spearheading a relief effort to Puerto Rico along with support from NYU’s Department of Teaching and Learning faculty and staff. We are launching this effort to help alleviate the crisis in some of Puerto Rico’s most remote and hard-hit communities, while promoting sustainability and building resilience. The aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico has resulted in loss of power to the entire island, leaving 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the dark, without electric power or drinking water and no effective means of communication. As environmental educators, we recognize the importance of fostering human health, environmental protection, and resiliency. Our relief effort will focus on providing high-need communities with solar charging devices and water purification kits. You can support our effort by purchasing any of the items on our Amazon registry. We are working with the following local community organizations identified by our Puerto Rican student body to insure these relief items are distributed in the targeted areas in an equitable manner.

By clicking on the link and buying from the product selection in the registry, you will help us reach our goal of providing urgently needed solar power and clean drinking water to these communities. The items will be shipped to NYU, where we will consolidate them into boxes to be shipped to Puerto Rico.

Relief effort committee members:

Mónica Rivera-Rosado (MA’17), Geovani Caldero (MA’17). Our partners at NYU include the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, the Environmental Conservation Education Master’s Program, and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

We hope you will support our effort. To join the relief committee or for more information, contact Mónica at mrr501@nyu.edu.

Dr. Mary J. Leou
Director, Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education
Director, Environmental Conservation Education Program
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

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“Be the change you want to see in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi

CRISPR Genome Editing in Humans

While genetically modified organisms (GMOs: animals, fungi, and plants) are a frequent topic of discussion in this class, scientists are beginning to literally change what it means to be human and are already able to create people who qualify as genetically modified organisms.

Blade Runner 2049 opens this coming Friday and the concept of engineering humans is seems even more relevant.

Increased understanding of biomedical engineering, epigenetics, genomics, progress in DARPA’s neural implant initiativesynthetic biology, and continuing advances in stem cell applications and research, are blurring the borders between science fiction and reality.

The ethical and legal discussions surrounding the concepts of man-made genetically modified humans (homo superior?) are interesting.  We stand at the frontier of a new distinction in classes; where the elite will pursue eugenic superiority while a different branch of humanity will be relegated to specific types of labor literally best suited by their breeding.  In this brave new world it is also not difficult to imagine a sub-class of human who would be optimized as an organ donor.

Given the stakes of supremacy and survival the well-intended attempts at regulating this type of experimentation and research are naive.