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and fostering the community as well as the need for a harmonious relationship with the environment. He has often been rewarded by hav ing his work ignored and his personal life sensational ized by people who know nothing about who he is and what he gives. BRUCE C.JOHNSON Grand Rapids, Michigan Voices: Edward O. Wilson Thank you for featuring Wil son as the subject of Voices. I can't begin to describe how much his writings touched me as a budding student. Reading The Future of Life in my junior year of high school gave me, a Kansas girl fasci nated with all aspects of science, the boost I needed to follow my dream of studying evolutionary biology. REA MANDERINO Chicago, Illinois Family of Man: Students While I knew part of my hus band's family had emigrated to Australia, it was an unexpected pleasure to see a "cousin" on your Family of Man page. Claire Borthwick and my husband can trace their lines back to the same Scottish laird. How's that for a true extension of the Family of Man? May Claire's Olympic dreams come true. DIANA BORTHWICK Laramie, Wyoming Photo Journal One of the most beautiful things your magazine does is connect us to a world much larger than the one we live in. I was moved by the picture and short article about Farhad, who was a teacher and now works in a salt marsh to sup port his family. I want to help Farhad. Is there a way? SYLVIE STEWART Dayton, Ohio From photographer Reza: As a refugee, Farhad has no fixed address. But you may help other refugees. The way I found to help these Azerbaijani refugees was to build a school. After that I put my humanitarian energy into creating a foundation that aims to educate children, whose fathers work for days for their survival just like Farhad. To learn more about Reza's efforts and how to help, go to ainaworld.org. It is what makes air bags, flexible bumpers and saving lives possible. It is chemistry.