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Jerry Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He previously worked as president and CEO of the New England Aquarium. From 1974 to 1994, he was dean of Stony Brook University’s Marine Sciences Research Center, and for three of those years he also served as the university’s provost. Before 1994, he served an adjunct professor, research scientist and associate director of The Johns Hopkins University's Chesapeake Bay Institute. Dr.

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Mary M. Lee is associate director of PolicyLink, a national advocacy organization based in Oakland. Ms. Lee is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience working in communities throughout California, with special emphasis on issues of housing, land use and community economic development. A former L.A. Transportation Commissioner, she now serves on the L.A. Food Policy Task Force charged with making recommendations to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about food system reform strategies. Ms.

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Shuka Kalantari interviews artist Victor Zaballa about his experience with organ donation and its impact on the Latino community.

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This traditional and culturally-linked cuisine remains popular to many but is moving to more healthy dishes and styles.

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California's Central Valley, once called "the richest agricultural region in the history of the world," is a 400-mile-long swath of some of the world's most productive agricultural land. About one-fourth of the produce consumed in the United States is grown in the Central Valley -- and nearly half of all pesticides used in this country are sprayed on crops in the region.

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I was a bit torn when trying to figure out how to approach this piece. A reader emailed me about an article in the Huffington Post, and there is so much wrong with it that I felt overwhelmed. My solution is to focus on a few of the problems that can help illuminate broader points.

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Investigative journalist-turned-GIS expert Ann Moss Joyner has made some pretty persuasive maps in her time. There was the map showing how an Ohio community’s water plant just couldn’t seem to serve a historically black neighborhood just hundreds of feet away, even as the plant’s water lines snaked miles to other, white neighborhoods.

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