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Neglected Tropical Diseases in the American South
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) effect one billion people globally and, although they are largely considered a problem of the developing world, work by Dr. Peter Hotez and his team has challenged this assumption. Dr. Hotez estimates that there are roughly 12 million Americans living with at least one NTD, most of whom are concentrated in the South. The Neglected Tropical Disease in the American South project at The Bush School of Government and Public Service is led by Dr. Christine Crudo Blackburn and includes collaborators from Baylor College of Medicine. The purpose of the project is to examine the social and environmental risk factors for NTD infection in communities throughout the Southern United States. The project aims to raise awareness of the threat, work with communities on prevention and intervention programs, and to reduce the amount of NTDs in the environment.

The Boom and Bust Economics of Ebola
In spring 2019 a team led by the Scowcroft Institute’s Leslie Ruyle was awarded the Innovation X Grant through the Texas A&M University School of Innovation. This project seeks to better understand the boom and bust economics of disaster response in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where entrepreneurship is already on fragile footing. The grant allows the research team to measure the post-Ebola economic response using faculty expertise from the College of Architecture, The Bush School, Mays Business School, the School of Public Health, and AgriLife. Research will be conducted by developing and administering a survey for entrepreneurs in the DRC. Additionally, the project provides a real-world, high-impact learning opportunity for 4 masters/doctoral students and 12 undergraduate students.

Dr. Ruyle and the students on the project talk about their experiences.

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