Story posted March 23, 2009
Inspired by President Barack Obama's order, on his second day in office, to close the Guantanamo prison in Cuba by 2010, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel Wheelwright had an idea: convert part of the base into an international biological research station "where U.S. and Cuban scientists work together to tackle critical environmental issues."
Wheelwright organized his thoughts on the matter into the op-ed piece, "Putting Guantanamo to Good Use," which appears in the March 23, 2009, edition of The Boston Globe.
Wheelwright, who last summer taught a field ecology course to 30 Cuban biology professors, graduate students and government scientists in Santiago de Cuba, near Guantanamo, writes of Cuba's intellectual isolation and says a joint U.S.-Cuban research station would benefit both countries.
"It will take decades to repair the damage caused by the Guantanamo prison," writes Wheelwright. "We should start the healing process now."