Washington, DC - “Why do humans continue to engage in polluting activities when the consequences are so great?” Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Palau

The above question asked by Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong during her presentation at the Eleventh Annual Psychology Day at the U.N. this past April 12, 2018, captured a human behavior conundrum for climate change.

Madison, Wisconsin - The Neighborhood Atlas (link is external), a new tool to help researchers visualize socioeconomic data at the community level is now available. This online platform allows for easily ranking and mapping neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage. Seeing a neighborhood’s socioeconomic measures, such as income, education, employment and housing quality, may provide clues to the effects of those factors on overall health, and could inform health resources policy and social interventions.

Washington, DC - Vice President Mike Pence met Thursday at the White House with Ivan Duque, President-elect of Colombia, to discuss the strong bilateral relationship between Colombia and the United States in advance of Mr. Duque’s inauguration next month.

Washington, DC - The United States government sanctioned three individuals from Nicaragua who have been involved in serious human rights abuse or engaged in corruption. As a result of today’s actions, any property, or interest in property, of those designated within U.S. jurisdiction is blocked. Additionally, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities owned or controlled by designated persons.

Washington, DC - Twenty-eight teenage girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls exchange program from July 8–August 1, 2018. During their three weeks in the United States, participants will strengthen and develop technical skills, form invaluable networks, and establish relationships with mentors that will influence their future tech careers.

Washington, DC - Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, M.D., on the ongoing risk of salmonella in kratom products: