For more than a decade, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) has been a hub of cutting-edge research. Based out of Northwestern University, NICO is a world-recognized leader in research related to the structure, dynamics, evolution, and control of complex networks. NICO’s research is multi-disciplinary and aimed at uncovering the fundamental principles that govern networks and complex systems. Ultimately, the Institute’s goal is to apply this research in science, technology, and human behavior to solve pressing societal issues.
Prisca Marilanga lives in Zambia. She is a single mother of five children who’s also a healthcare worker. Every day, Prisca would walk nearly ten miles to visit her patients, racing against the sun on her way back home. “The distance was just too long,” she says. “I was only able to visit two patients per day.” Now that World Bicycle Relief has empowered Prisca with a bicycle, she visits 15 patients per day.
Are we alone? That’s the core question the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is trying to answer. Looking up at the night sky and reflecting on the vastness of space can be a humbling experience. And yet, those stars we can see represent just a tiny fraction of what’s out there. That’s why we’re excited about working with the team at SETI. We believe if we can help customers like them find creative ways to lead the world to new worlds, we’re on the right track.
The global refugee crisis is one of the most urgent issues discussed in the news these days. For the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), though, this news cycle is hardly new. Back in 2008, Becca Heller founded IRAP as a student organization at Yale Law School. Today, they’re on the front lines providing legal representation to refugees in a challenging environment. We’re humbled to share the story of one of their clients in our short film, Resettled.
Today we’re excited to take part in the sixth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This relatively new holiday aims to spread awareness and increase access to technology for people with disabilities. It’s important to us that we make products that are easy for everyone to use, and we’ve been working to improve the accessibility of Dropbox for all of our users, regardless of context or ability. We also wanted to use this opportunity to highlight three of our customers who are leveraging Dropbox Business to do inspiring work around accessibility: Accessibility Partners, Ruh Global Communications, and SpecialEffect.
Scientists discovered Alzheimer’s disease in 1906, but despite over 100 years of dedicated research, they’re still searching for a cure for the most common form of dementia. Cures also remain elusive for other longstanding ailments, such as HIV/AIDS and heart disease. The Gladstone Institutes believes there’s only one way to conquer formidable diseases like these: bringing together experts from different fields.