Our Future

The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race. - E. M. ForsterThe University of Pennsylvania has a student organization that just began an online sustainability publication called The Penn Sustainability Review (PSR). They focus on interviews around leadership, editorials, and academic papers, run by the students themselves. I had the pleasure to speak with them for an article in this review some time back.

Fortran Forward

laptop iphone ipad.jpg When I was in college, my very first program in my Fortran computer programming class was done with punched card readers. For young readers, this was a device wherein the programmer sat at the machine, typed out each line of code on a single punched paper card, assembled the many cards in their proper order, and ran them through the compiler for the computer. And, then, did it again. And, maybe again.

2011 FedEx Global Citizenship Report

bag1_v4.png We are pleased to announce that the 2011 FedEx Global Citizenship Report is now available for review and download. When we first started reporting in 2008, we envisioned an all-digital and print on demand platform. But, we were unable to do so at the time. As a result, we chose to publish our report in print, using small print runs, with a goal to transition to an all-digital and print on demand platform.

Having An “i” To The Future

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The “i’s” have it

 Well, i took the personal plunge recently. i bought a plug-in electric vehicle for my own personal use. And, my family’s. One that runs only on electrons. One that runs my errands. Around town. Around traffic. To and fro. Everyday.

Speaking of Heroes

lindbergh35.png A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful reminder of the importance of intrepid endeavors and the humanistic value they can bring. The event that had me thinking of this was The Lindbergh Foundation's 35th Anniversary celebration, which hosted former U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan - the first man to walk on the moon, the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, and the last man to walk on the moon. They were there to talk of their personal involvement with The Lindbergh Foundation. You see, Neil Armstrong helped found the Foundation as co-chair of its endowment fundraising efforts. Captain James Lovell was on its first Board. And, Captain Eugene Cernan was a recipient of the Foundation's Spirit Award in 2007. But, here's the part that really stands out to me - they didn't focus solely on this part of their involvement.