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March 2015
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Prof. Staudinger Shares Tools to Cope with Aging in Chile

In January, Ursula M. Staudinger, director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, visited Chile and met with local authorities and experts on aging. They included Jeanette Vega, Director of the National Health Fund, the state health insurer which is used by around three-quarters of all Chileans, and Rodrigo Pérez-Mackenna, President of the Association of Pension Fund Administrators. Professor Staudinger was also invited to address the Presidential Advisory Commission on Pensions, led by David Bravo, which is currently reviewing Chile's pension system. She participated in two seminars organized by the Santiago Center in conjunction with Universidad Diego Portales. 

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Local Prospects for Solar Energy Development

Columbia's Vasilis M. Fthenakis, founder and director of the Center for Life Cycle Analysis, visited Chile in January to participate in meetings with government officials, policy-makers and local researchers to discuss the latest trends and technologies on solar energy development. During his trip, the Santiago Center hosted a business workshop entitled "New Developments in the Renewable Energy Markets: A Solar Grand Plan for Chile", in conjunction with the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) and Chile's National Council on Innovation for Competitiveness (CNIC).

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Symposium & Workshop on Mechanobiology

In December, Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago) hosted a unique symposium and workshop on mechanobiology that was partly financed by the Columbia-Chile Fund, created by Columbia and Chile's National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (Conicyt). The project, led by Professor Julio M. Fernández of Columbia's Department of Biological Sciences, was co-sponsored by Chile's Fundación Ciencia y Vida. Columbia University's Professor Michael Sheetz and postdoctoral researcher Andrés Rivas also participated in the lecture and the workshops that followed the event
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