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March 3, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Molly Brown, Senior Research Scientist, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. at NASA, will speak on Farming, Food Security, and Climate.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress

Mar 5, 13, 27

Music & the Brain
Presentations that highlight the explosion of new research on music and the brain.

Patrons who do not attend the concert are welcome to attend the lectures.

Accompanying Concert Series schedule and information

April 22, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Edward F. Guinan, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Villanova University, will present Our Sun: Its Influence on Life and Climate.

Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress

June 2, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Daniel (Danny) Glavin, Astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will speak on Astrobiology: Life in Space.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Sept 16, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tracking Severe Storms
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Oct 13, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Richard Mushotzky will present on Dark Matter, using the Uniview astrological visualization platform.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Nov 17, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Update on Polar Ice conditions.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress


Wed, June 4, 2008
Peter Hildebrand
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Earth’s Water Cycle in a Changing Climate. A presentation by Peter Hildebrand, chief of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Tues., May 6
Tom Sever
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Avoiding the Fate of the Mayans. NASA presentation series. The Maya civilization, at its peak, was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. But after flourishing for a thousand years, it abruptly disappeared. Thanks to Landsat satellite data and climate models, NASA archaeologist Tom Sever has gained insights into the event known as the Maya Collapse. His findings can inform our lives today.

Tues., Mar 4th, 2008
Alan I. Leshner, PhD

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"The New Science of Addiction and What It Means for Society," presented by Alan I. Leshner, PhD. Dr. Leshner is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Executive Publisher of the journal, Science. Cosponsored by the Science, Technology, and Business Division and the Library of Congress Employee's Assistant Program. Contact: Tomoko Y. Steen or Susan Diamond

Related Guide: The Science of Addiction: A Guide to Selected Resources

An article on Dr. Leshner's work posted on the Dana Foundation Web site:

Tues., Jan. 15, 2008
Shannon McDonald

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Shannon McDonald, A.I.A., is a Senior Architect at the architectural firm of Shannon Sanders McDonald. She spoke about movement issues as related to parking, transportation, environment, architecture, and urban planning.
Wed., Nov. 28, 2007
Timothy J. Barger & Thomas W. Lippman
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Timothy J. Barger, who established the first Saudi video and cable TV operations company in Jeddah, and Thomas W. Lippman, Adjunct Scholar at the Public Policy Center at The Middle East Institute, discussed Wallace Stegner’s lost classic, Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil.

Mon., Nov. 5, 2007
Judith Jones
Judith Jones is a Senior Editor and Vice President of Alfred A. Knopf and the 2006 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. In her nearly 50-year career as a cookbook editor, Jones has worked with a long list of esteemed food writers, including Julia Child and James Beard. She spoke on her upcoming book, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food.
Wed., Oct. 24, 2007
Tom Crouch

Tom D. Crouch is the senior curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. His topic was Aeronautics at the Library of Congress: Forty Years of One User's Experience.
Wed, Oct. 17, 2007
Compton Tucker
Compton Tucker, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA GSFC spoke on “Observing, Fighting, and Mitigating Damage from Fires.”
October, 2007
Constance Carter

Multimedia presentation, "School Gardens with Constance Carter," Head of the Science Research Section at the Library of Congress. Part of the Journeys and Crossings series at the Library of Congress.
Thurs, Aug. 2, 2007
Dr. Pamela Peeke

Dr. Pamela Peeke, physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress, and fitness, spoke on her newest book, "Fit to Live."
Craig Mello & John Mather
Thurs, July 26, 2007
Craig Mello and John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize winners, spoke on "The Origins of Life and the Universe" in a program co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and the John W. Kluge Center.
Thurs, May 24, 2007
Tim Cook & Michael Hockaday

Lecture and panel discussion, “Commercializing university research - Threats and opportunities - The Oxford University model." Experts comment on remarks given by Tim Cook and Michael Hockaday of Oxford University.

Participants included David Billington, Professor, civil and environmental engineering, Princeton University; Baruch S. Blumberg, President, American Philosophical Society and Member of the Kluge Center Advisory Council; Michael Cleare, Executive Director, Columbia Innovation Enterprise, Columbia University’s technology transfer organization; and Raymond Dwek, Head of the Glycobiology Department at Oxford University and holder of the Chair of Technology and Society.

Sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center and Science, Technology & Business Division, together with the American Philosophical Society with support from the University of Oxford (UK).

Wed, May 23, 2007
Jim Crawford & Sam Fromartz

Jim Crawford, of New Morning Farm, and Sam Fromartz, author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew, spoke on sustainable organic agriculture, family farming, direct marketing of foods.
Dining Room A, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Wed, Apr. 18, 2007
Dr. Marion Nestle
Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor, author and food industry critic, spoke on her books Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat.
Tues, April 3, 2007
Wayne Esaias

Wayne Esaias, Ocean Sciences Branch, NASA GSFC, presented on “Honey Bees, Satellites, and Climate Change.”
Wed, Mar. 21, 2007
Mark Nash

Mark Nash, realtor and author, will speak on his book, 1001 Tips for Buying & Selling a Home.
Mon,, Feb. 26, 2007
Paul Orfalea

Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's, spoke on the book he co-authored with Ann Marsh, Copy This: Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea into One of America's Best Companies.
Mon, Feb. 5, 2007
Tim Harford

Tim Harford, columnist, of Financial Times and Slate, spoke about his book, The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor -- and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car. The book is part field guide to economics and part expose of how economic forces shape our lives, often without our knowing it.
Wed, Jan. 24, 2007
Bob Bindschadler
Bob Bindschadler, Chief Scientist, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), presented on "Who Left the Freezer Door Open? What the Poles Are Telling Us about Climate Change."
Wed., Dec. 6, 2006
Dr. Robert Shiller

Dr. Shiller is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21st Century and Irrational Exuberance. He spoke on "What to Do about Worsening Economic Inequality? The Rising Tide Tax System and Other Proposals"
Wed, Nov. 15, 2006
Bob Ryan
Bob Ryan, the Chief Meteorologist at NBC4 since 1980, spoke about weather forecasting.
Mon., Nov. 6, 2006
Joan Nathan
Award-winning author of numerous cookery books spoke on her latest book, The New American Cooking. To complement her lecture, three area chefs provided dishes for the audience to sample. They were chef Cliff Wharton of TenPenh Restaurant, pastry chef Ann Amernick of Palena Restaurant and baker Mark Furstenberg of Bread Line.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2006
Barbara Haber
Barbara Haber, distinguished women's history librarian and culinary historian, spoke on "Women's History and Food History: New Ways of Seeing American Life."
Booklists from the display: Women's History and Food History: New Ways of Seeing American Life, and Gastronomy: Rare Books
Thurs, July 20, 2006
Peter Morville

Peter Morville spoke about his book, Ambient Findability, a history of how people search for information, and how they now find their way through a world of information overload.
Thurs, July 13, 2006
Dr. Yukio Sato
Dr. Yukio Sato, Advisor and former Executive Director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, spoke on "Science and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activities." Co-sponsored with the Asian Division and the Kluge Center.
Tues, May 23, 2006
M. Evans & H. Shimizu

Matthew Evans, Senior Landscape Architect of the United States Capitol, Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, and Carl Morgan, Gardener Supervisor at the Library of Congress speaking about the new plantings in front of the James Madison Building at the Library of Congress.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Dr. Albert Greco

Dr. Albert Greco spoke on recent and predicted book industry trends. Dr. Greco is a Professor of Marketing, and of Communications and Media Management at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business. He is the author of The Book Industry, (2d ed., 2005,) and coordinator of the annual statistics gathering for the Book Industry Study Group. This event is cosponsored with the Office of Technical Policy of Library Services.
Fri, May 12, 2006
Peter Orszag

401(k) and IRA retirement plans. Peter R. Orszag is the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is also a research professor at Georgetown University and a co director of the Tax Policy Center. He served as special assistant to the president for economic policy during the Clinton administration.
Fri, April 21, 2006
Kathleen Ameche
Kathleen Ameche, author of The Woman Road Warrior, will speak on tips for women business travelers.
Wed, Mar. 8, 2006
Jonathan Tucker
Jonathan Tucker spoke on his new book, War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from
World War I to Al-Qaeda.
See also:

Chemical and Biological Warfare (CBW) Tracer Bullet

Chemical and Biological Warfare - Selected Internet Resources

Wed, Dec 7, 2005
Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, discussed her latest book, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
Tues, Oct. 25, 2005
Robert Slater
Robert Slater, author of No Such Thing as Overexposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump and Jack Welch and the GE Way, spoke on writing about business CEO's. He described what it was like to work with Donald Trump during the writing of his most recent book.
Thurs, Oct. 13, 2005
John Beck

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John Beck spoke on his book, Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever. It offers groundbreaking insights into how the skills and abilities of the under-34 gamer generation can help enterprises across all disciplines adapt and enable best performance.
Tues, Sep. 13,
Jonathan McDowell
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Dr. Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University. He spoke on The Dawn of the Space Age.
Wed, July 13, 2005
Marie Savard
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The author of Apples & Pears: the Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness spoke about her book. Co-sponsored with Health Services.
Wed, July 27, 2005
Eric Grissell
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Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology. Dr. Grissell is a Research Entomologist for the USDA at the US National Museum of Natural History, a Research Associate of the Smithsonian, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. He has gardened since he was eight years old, and his field work has taken him throughout most of the world. He has published two popular works on gardening and many scientific papers. His work, Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology, combines his lifelong interests of gardening and entomology.
Mon, July 18, 2005
Robert O'Harrow

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Robert O'Harrow, reporter for the Washington Post, will speak about his recent book No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society.
Fri, June 24, 2005
Steven Raichlen

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Mr. Raichlen, author of the best-selling Barbecue! Bible gave a lecture on Barbecue: A History of the World's Oldest Culinary Art.
Tues, June 7, 2005
Dr. Lillian Beard

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Dr. Lillian Beard, child physician, spoke on "Home Remedies from a Physician's Perspective." She then signed copies of "Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-And-True Home Remedies." Co-sponsored with the Health Services Office and the Library of Congress Childcare Association.
Tues, May 17, 2005
Alan Cutler
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The Seashell on the Mountaintop. Dr. Cutler is a geologist and writer affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. He spoke about his recent book, which tells the story of Nicholaus Steno, a 17th century priest and scientist who is considered to be the founder of geology.
Wed, May 11, 2005
Holly Shimizu
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"Herbs in the Garden" Holly H. Shimizu, the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, spoke about the most ornamental herbs to grow in this area, ways to grow them, and a bit about how to use them. NOTE: This presentation was interrupted by an evacuation of the Capitol Hill area. It is rescheduled -- see Wed, Sept. 28, 2005, above.
Wed, April 20, 2005
Laura Schenone
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A Thousand Years over a Hot Stove. Lecture on the history of women and cooking and book signing by Laura Schenone, food writer. See Ms. Schenone's Web site for more information at
Mon, Dec. 13, 2004
Alden Almquist
Albert Lokasola
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"Preserving Africa's Threatened Wildlife: Forest Peoples and Indigenous Knowledge." Alden Almquist, anthropologist, 2003-2004 Kluge Staff Fellow, and Albert Lokasola, President, Vie Sauvage, Democratic Republic of the Congo discuss the wildlife conservation programs in Congo's Lac Tumba and Maringa-Wamba-Lopori landscapes.
Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division and the Science, Technology and Business Division.
Mon, Feb. 7, 2005
Dr. Marc Lipsitch

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"The Transmission of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.) and Influenza: Lessons from the Past and How We Should be Preparing for the Future." Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health. His talk is partially based on his most recent publication in Nature, Vol. 432, 16 December, 2004, p. 904-906.
Wed, July 21, 2004
Paul Krugman

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A presentation by Paul Krugman, economist and professor at Princeton University, and regular economics columnist for The New York Times.
Tues, May 25, 2004
Dr. Marilyn Kern-Foxworth
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Dr. Foxworth, author and professor, speaking on "Blacks in Advertising Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."
Fri, March 19, 2004
Science Safari
Einstein Fellows
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Science and math teachers from across the country will guide participants through hands-on experiments and activities in celebration of ESTME Week (Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education). This event is designed to excite students about math and science and to highlight the importance of science education. The "Science Safari" is jointly sponsored by the Science, Technology & Business Division and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. ESTME Week is sponsored by the Department of Education along with the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies and scientific societies.
Mon, Nov. 3, 2003
Dr. Michael Fox
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"Animal Emotions." .Dr. Michael Fox writes the Animal Doctor column for the Washington Post. He is a veterinarian and author of many books on animal care, welfare and rights
Mon, Oct. 20, 2003
Kenneth Wright
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"Mesa Verde Prehistoric Public Works." A lecture and slide show by Kenneth Wright, President of Wright Water Engineers, Inc., Denver, CO. Cosponsored with the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.
Tues, May 27, 2003
Dr. Eve Higginbotham
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"Clinical Trials in Glaucoma: What Have We Learned," presented by Dr. Higginbotham, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Maryland.
Thurs, April 3, 2003
Dr. Lucy H. Spelman
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"Renewing the National Zoo." Dr. Spelman is the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
March 18, 2003
Science Safari

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Top science teachers from across the country will perform science experiments and demonstrations as part of ESTME Week (Excellence in Science, Technology, and Math Education). ESTME Week's purpose is to help parents and teachers foster student interest in science, mathematics, and technology. The "Science Safari" is jointly sponsored by the Science, Technology & Business Division, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President.
Wed, Jan. 29, 2003
Jim Adams
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"Color in the Herb Garden." Jim Adams, curator of the National Herb Garden at the National Arboretum. Cosponsored with the Gardening Information Forum of the Library of Congress Professional Association.
Jan. 14, 2003
Dr. Stephen Straus

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine. A lecture by Dr. Stephen Straus, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.
Mon, June 11, 2001
Dr. James A. Duke
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"A Tale of Two Gardens" A slide show and lecture by Dr. Duke, noted ethnobotanist, expert on medicinal plants, and author.
Tues, June 5, 2001
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr.

"Einstein's Dream at the New Millennium" Dr. Gates, John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, presenting a lecture on Superstring Theory: .


Oct. 30, 2008
6:15 p.m.
Music and the Brain Series - Dangerous Music. A presentation by Jessica Krash, George Washington University, and Norman Middleton, Music Division of the Library of Congress. They explore the psychological and social issues of censorship, musical expression, "suicide-by-music," and crimes that have been connected to musical genres.
Wed., Sept 10, 2008
Jim Smith
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Space-Based Ornithology: on the Wings of Migration and Biophysics. NASA presentation series.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Tues., April 8
Anne Douglass and Jeannie Allen
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gardening for Ozone Air Quality. NASA presentation series.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Monday, Sep. 17, 2007
Jonathan Knee
Jonathan Knee, professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, will speak on his book The Accidental Investment Banker, a glimpse behind the scenes of the most powerful companies on Wall Street.
Craig Mello & John Mather
Thurs, July 26, 2007
Craig Mello and John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize winners, present a talk on "The Origins of Life and the Universe" in a program co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and the John W. Kluge Center.
Contact: (202) 707-2692
Wed, June 27, 2007
Marc Imhoff
Marc Imhoff, Terra Project Scientist, NASA GSFC, will present on “City Lights, Spy Satellites, and Urban Sprawl,"
Thurs, June 7, 2007
Jane MacLeish
Lecture and Slide show on urban landscape design by Jane MacLeish, a Garden Landscape Architect based in Washington D.C.
Wed, Feb. 14, 2007
Abbie Grotke

Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress staff member, spoke on her book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage: Classic Advice for Contemporary Dilemmas.
Mon, Feb. 5, 2007
Tim Harford

Tim Harford, columnist, of Financial Times and Slate, spoke on his book, The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor -- and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car. The book is part field guide to economics and part expose of how economic forces shape our lives, often without our knowing it.
Thurs., Nov. 2, 2006
Dr. David Cutler
Please note: This presentation is not open to the public.
Dr. Cutler spoke about his book, Your Money or Your Life: Understanding the American Medical Care System.
Tues., Oct. 17, 2006
James Kakalios
James Kakalios spoke on his book, The Physics of Superheroes.
Tues, Sept. 19, 2006
Thomas B. Grooms
Thomas B. Grooms spoke on the architecture of Capitol Hill.
Tues, June 13, 2006
Richard G. Weingardt
Richard G. Weingardt spoke on his book, Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers. The work includes "32 Profiles of Inspiration and Achievement."
Tues, May 16, 2006
Peter Hatch
Peter Hatch spoke on the Gardens of Monticello.
Wed & Thurs, Apr. 19 & 20, 2006 Symposium on Depression at the John W. Kluge Center, Thomas Jefferson Building.
Tues, April 18, 2006 "Standards Make the Web and Will Remake the Library." Margery M.K. Hlava, president of Action Innovations/Data Harmony/NICEM will speak. Co-sponsored with FLICC.
Mon, April 10, 2006
John Perkins
John Perkins will speak on his book, The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
Wed, Nov. 9, 2005
Sir Harold Evans
Sir Harold Evans is the author of many bestsellers including, They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine. Published in 2004, it was adapted as a four-part PBS television miniseries which was aired in November of the same year.
Wed, Sept. 28, 2005
Holly Shimizu
"Gardening for Fragrance"  Holly H. Shimizu, the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, returns.
Wed, Aug 24, 2005
Rick Mikula
Rick Mikula, the "Butterfly Guy," presented a lecture on Butterflies.
Fri, May 20, 2005
C.K. Prahalad
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits. C.K. Prahalad, a Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business at the University of Michigan Business School, spoke on his latest book. Dr. Prahalad described the opportunities and rewards of innovative corporations when they successfully enhance their profits and improve the lives of the world's four to five billion poor who live on less than $2 a day.

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