January 2009 - Issue 002

Guest Columnist

Building an International Network of Knowledge

By Vaughan Turekian and Tom Wang from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

In the decades since the depths of the Cold War, scientists and engineers in the United States and Russia have built a special bond. As relations between their governments have shifted from acute tension to the thaw of détente to friendship and back to mutual wariness, our researchers have worked side-by-side on a range of successful projects.

This cooperation has been critical in building and enhancing relationships that, while outside of the political realm, have helped to promote understanding and trust among the our people. More…

ISTC Celebrates 15 Years of Science Cooperation

Throughout 2009, ISTC will hold a series of events to mark its 15th full year of operation, culminating in an international conference to be held in Moscow on 10 December 2009. Activities will be held that profile the work and continuing development at ISTC and promote the organization's services and new initiatives to encourage science cooperation in Russia, Georgia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The focus will be on the future and on ISTC's contribution to solving the challenges of today and tomorrow. Any events will be announced on the ISTC website, and the Center looks forward to its 15th year of service on behalf of the international scientific community and all of the governments it represents.

ISTC and IAEA Agree to Increase Collaboration
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed an agreement to increase cooperation between the two organizations. More…

Improving Tajik Public Health Through Capacity Building
Infant Mortality is a tragedy anywhere in the world, particularly so in Tajikistan where for every 1,000 children born in the country, 68 will not live to the age of five. More…

Partner News
Cleaner Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants
Particulate matter, also known as fine particles or particle pollution, emitted by coal-fired power stations are deemed a serious air pollution problem in Russia. In order to address this environmental problem and it’s impact on human health, a team of scientists built a more efficient “wet scrubber”. More…

Reducing the Impact of Aviation on Climate
The consequences of human influence on climate changes are more and more noticeable and their causes are also better understood today. The aviation industry is one that has a significant impact on the environment as it becomes ever more popular. More…

Seminar on "New Trends in Infectious Diseases"
Since the discovery of penicillin in the late 1930’s, a broad range of antibiotics has been developed that are today commonly used. However, during the last few decades only a small number of new antibiotics have been released onto the market, while some new bacterial infections are drug-resistant. More...