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International News from Stanford University - 2015

News Item A Natural Solution to Spread of Deadly Disease

A deadly disease may have met its match: a bug-eyed, pint-sized crustacean.

A Stanford-led study in Senegal, West Africa finds that freshwater prawns can serve as an effective natural solution in the battle against schistosomiasis, a potentially deadly parasitic disease that infects about 230 million people. The prawns prey on parasite-infected snails, while providing a source of marketable protein-rich food. Because prawns cannot support schistosomiasis’ complex lifecycle, they do not transmit the disease themselves.

News Item Groundbreaking Stanford economist Masahiko Aoki dies at 77

Stanford economist Masahiko Aoki was a pioneer and leader in the scholarly understanding of the organizational forms involved in economic life. He also was renowned for innovative research on the economies of Japan and other East Asian nations.

News Item Volcanic rocks resembling Roman concrete explain record uplift

Research by Tiziana Vanorio finds that fiber-reinforced rocks beneath Italy’s dormant Campi Flegrei supervolcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved building materials.