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Archive for June 2011

Students came to Nassau from all over the world to board the MV Explorer. It's a day of questions that quickly begins the transition into a voyage of new experiences. Students talk about how the adaptation process is made easier because it's something that they all want to do together.

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If the MV Explorer is at sea, the students are in class. So it was no surprise to anyone when the first day of classes on the Summer 2011 voyage fell on a Sunday. And as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic, the shipboard community continues to lose an hour with each timezone, which makes an 8AM class feel more like a 7AM class.

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Candice Shoemaker, a professor of horticulture and human health at Kansas State University, talks about the three big reasons why the millennium development goals of reducing hunger and poverty by half before 2013 won't happen. She's teaching a course on food security and production during the inaugural Mamester voyage with Semester at Sea.

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Luis Ferriera, official spokesman for the Panama Canal Expansion Project joined us to talk about the opportunity he's had through professor Ed Berger to speak with students aboard the Maymester voyage about the legal, historical and operational aspects of the expansion project.

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Tim Lattimer is the State Department Regional Environmental Officer for Central America and the Caribbean. He's based at the embassy in Costa Rica and for this podcast, he joined us to talk about the biggest challenge that he's working on in the region: how Panama and other countries manage the development goals in an effort to lift people out of poverty and still manage the natural resources of the area.

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