Mann was a famous education reformer. He was made secretary of the newly created state board of education at a time when the public school system was in bad condition. Within his 12-year period of service, school problems were addressed, training for teachers was established, and teaching equipment was improved. Mann later became the 1st president of Antioch College, where he achieved considerable success demonstrating the practicality of coeducation. How was he related to Nathaniel Hawthorne?
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The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit open-access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of scientific journals and other scientific literature under an open content license. All of the content of PLoS journals is published under the Creative Commons "by-attribution" license. What Nobel prize winner in Physiology or Medicine helped found PLoS?
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The first female Prime Minister of Great Britain, Thatcher served longer than any other British PM in the 20th century. She was noted for policies which dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state and privatized many state-run industries. By 1990, interest rates had risen to 15%, undermining her core voting base and contributing, along with internal party disputes over the poll tax and European integration, to her 1992 retirement. Why was she called the "Iron Lady?"