Tag Archives: Mexico City

“Simming” a mile in others’ shoes

Scott Magelssen has had more lives than an accident-prone cat. He’s been a waiter in a logging camp. An anthrax victim. A Mexican migrant trying to cross into the U.S. A slave seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad. An observer during an attack on an Iraqi village.

It’s all in a day’s work for Magelssen, a UW associate professor of drama, who has participated in a variety of interactive simulations for his upcoming book, Simming to be published in June by University of Michigan Press. The book explores the impact of simulations and the potential of such immersive environments to promote social change. (more…)

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Now Online: A Century of Women’s Entrepreneurialism

Microsoft partners with the U.S. National Women’s History Museum to launch an exhibit examining the journey of American women who have started businesses over the last century.

REDMOND, Wash. – March 28, 2013 – At Microsoft, advocating for women in business is rooted in the corporate conscience, along with the belief in women’s power to blaze trails and shape their own destinies through entrepreneurship. In recognition of March commemorating both International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month in the United States, Microsoft is shining a light on the stories of women entrepreneurs around the world and showcasing how technology has played a transformative role in enabling entrepreneurship. (more…)

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Economics of Public Health: Study Finds Price for Reducing HIV Risk

With a goal to reduce HIV risk behaviors, researchers investigated whether gay men and male sex workers in Mexico City would participate in a conditional cash transfer program that encourages HIV prevention education and regular testing. A new study in the European Journal of Health Economics reports the price that would get more than 75-percent participation: $288 a year.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Studies have found that conditional cash transfer programs, in which governments pay citizens if they consistently practice societally beneficial behaviors, have improved pediatric health care and education in Mexico, increased HIV testing in Malawi, and reduced sexually transmitted infections in Tanzania. Public health researchers therefore investigated whether the idea could be applied to HIV risk behaviors among gay men and male sex workers in Mexico City. A new study reports not only that some members of those populations would change behavior for conditional cash payments, but the exact prices they would accept. (more…)

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El Zotz Masks Yield Insights into Maya beliefs

A team of archaeologists led by Stephen Houston has made a new discovery at the Maya archaeological site in El Zotz, Guatemala, uncovering a pyramid believed to celebrate the Maya sun god. The structure’s outer walls depict the god in an unprecedented set of images done in painted stucco. In 2010, the team uncovered a royal tomb filled with artifacts and human remains at the same site. Researchers believe the pyramid was built to link the deceased lord to the eternal sun.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A team of archaeologists led by Brown University’s Stephen Houston has uncovered a pyramid, part of the Maya archaeological site at El Zotz, Guatemala. The ornately decorated structure is topped by a temple covered in a series of masks depicting different phases of the sun, as well as deeply modeled and vibrantly painted stucco throughout.

The team began uncovering the temple, called the Temple of the Night Sun, in 2009. Dating to about 350 to 400 A.D., the temple sits just behind the previously discovered royal tomb, atop the Diablo Pyramid. The structure was likely built after the tomb to venerate the leader buried there. (more…)

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Microsoft at CES 2012: Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox Take Center Stage

*“Metro will drive the magic,” says Steve Ballmer as Microsoft shows off Windows 8, announces Kinect for Windows and more.*

LAS VEGAS – From ultra-thin Windows PCs to the latest Windows Phones from Nokia, there’s a sense of anticipation for the latest Microsoft tech, and nowhere is that excitement more palpable than at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.

At the Microsoft keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined host Ryan Seacrest on stage to look at the latest from Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox teams. Windows Phone’s Derek Snyder showed off the Local Scout on Windows Phone, among other features. Chief Marketing Officer, Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller played a game of “Cut the Rope” and previewed Windows 8, including the Windows Store, and Metro-inspired design features. The Xbox team demoed the latest Xbox 360 experience, including the “You Say It, Xbox Finds It” Bing integration, as well as voice and gesture recognition via Kinect. The Xbox team also showed off the two-way interactive television experience available via Kinect by playing a game with Grover on “Sesame Street.” Microsoft also announced that the Kinect for Windows SDK will be available Feb. 1. See a quick recap of all the keynote news on the Official Microsoft Blog. (more…)

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IBM Global Parking Survey: Drivers Share Worldwide Parking Woes

ARMONK, N.Y., – 28 Sep 2011:

• 8,042 commuters in 20 cities on six continents surveyed

• Parking elusive worldwide; Over half report abandoning search for parking spot

• Chicago reports the least amount of tickets for illegal parking; Bangalore tops the list

• Drivers in New Delhi, Bangalore, Nairobi and Milan argue most over parking spaces

IBM’s first parking survey released today found that drivers in 20 international cities face a daily struggle in finding a parking space. In the past year, nearly six out of 10 drivers have abandoned their search for a space at least once, and more than a quarter have gotten into an argument with a fellow motorist over a parking space (more…)

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