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At various times throughout its history, Detroit has been a symbol of larger social trends playing out regionally and nationally. In the early 20th century, it represented the mobile masses seeking a better life, adding to its assembly lines hundreds of thousands of workers from places ranging from Eastern Europe to the American South. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was emblematic of a comfortable and secure middle-class life for the working man.
Food waste is a growing issue across the country. About 31 percent of all food produced in the United States is never eaten, according to the USDA. Nevertheless, one in six Americans still has difficulty finding enough to eat.
About 1,000 babies are born in the United States each year with this debilitating disease, and about 70,000 to 100,000 Americans are estimated to have it.
Millions of people around the globe suffer from Parkinson’s disease, which attacks coordination and movement. The cause is unknown. There is no cure for the disease. But a group in Indianapolis is fighting back — literally.
On the surface, Santos™ is just like any other average soldier — he works hard, strives to improve and gets tired.
Most people probably have memories from childhood of going to some kind of summer camp. And many of those memories probably involve bug bites, bad food, uncomfortable beds and various other examples of “roughing it.” But they also include friendships, laughter and fun.
The state of Florida has the third-highest number of low-income working families with children in the country, behind only California and Texas, and with the economic instability of the past few years, that statistic has grown steadily.
It all began in March 2012, when Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk wanted to cut the long, blond mane he’d started growing at Ohio State with fellow linebackers Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel to honor the late Pat Tillman.
When an announcer yells “Fumble!” or “Interception!” during a football game, the fans watching the broadcast respond with joy or frustration, depending on who they’re cheering for. But when they hear “There’s a player down,” emotions are usually more subdued and somber, no matter which uniform that player is wearing.
When David Reingold left a government job in 2004 to become an administrator at Indiana University, he wanted to find a way to integrate his former job with his new position.
Dr. Drew Sullivan knows what it means to be excited about being part of something special at the University of Illinois.
One of just 17 black transplant surgeons in the United States, Dr. Charles Modlin has spent the past 18 years working to eliminate health care disparities in minority populations. He spoke with BTN LiveBIG about the importance of his work, and being a Northwestern graduate.
Born in Sierra Leone, Maryland grad and former NFL defensive back Madieu Williams is working hard to provide opportunities to kids in his home country and the U.S.
When Maxwell Olivero started his journey at Michigan State University in 2010, he was pleasantly surprised to find his new school had made a special effort to reach out to him. The New2U program, developed by MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center (LBGTRC), helped provide him with “a very positive support system” as soon as he arrived on campus.
A team of five women took an out-of-this-world approach to their senior capstone project, designing suits for NASA instead of the runway.
Creighton Drury was part of an inspiring basketball team at Rutgers 25 years ago. Now, he’s leading a team that’s changing the lives of at-risk kids in New York.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are national champions – in this year’s EcoCAR2 Challenge.
College students face a lot of tough issues, and many don’t know where to seek help. At Indiana, the Culture of Care Program is a place where students to heal each other.
More than 3.4 million people, roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles, die each year around the world for reasons that relate back to poor water quality, according to non-profit organization Water.org. And a lack of regular access to potable water negatively affects hundreds of millions more in ways ranging from personal hygiene to education.
As the majority of Northwestern University’s undergraduates embarked on internships and took some time off from their course work this summer, a group of even younger students immersed themselves in a new and unique program — Northwestern Academy.
“You can be a foreign correspondent without leaving Lincoln.”
In January 2013, Allie Adam, a senior on the University of Iowa women’s soccer team, traveled to Haiti with a teammate on a weeklong mission trip with Community Health Initiative (CHI), an organization dedicated to providing medical care to rural communities in that country and also addressing broader health issues.
When Logan Stark returned from Afghanistan in 2011, he struggled to talk about his experience. He had served four years in the Marine Corps and was about to begin his freshman year at Michigan State University on the GI Bill.
Every November, the states of Michigan and Ohio get fired up for the annual gridiron showdown between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes. Fans of both teams often measure overall success for the season by the results of this single game.
When former University of Illinois engineering student Mallory Casperson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she got high-quality medical care. Today, she’s three years cancer-free. She gave credit to her oncologists and others who helped her overcome the disease, while noting that they didn’t provide as much emotional support as she expected. Not that they had to — after all, that’s not their job.