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In 1962, Ken Coleman arrived at the campus of The Ohio State University with a big dream: to graduate and find a job as a math teacher.
Do your memories of summer camp include toasting marshmallows over an open fire, hikes in the woods and mosquito bites? How about dissecting an animal heart?
How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer.
Reflecting on when he began tutoring young inmates over a decade ago, Donald Roden modestly says, “I certainly didn’t anticipate this in 2002.” From those humble origins came the Mountainview Program, now a successful prison-to-college pathway at Rutgers.
You’re walking to a class on a Tuesday morning, distracted as you read through last night’s text messages, when you unexpectedly trip over an object laying on the sidewalk. You get up and turn around to see what it was and are shocked to discover a human arm.
When she was younger, Anne Simon often cringed as she watched science-fiction TV shows and movies.
The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality.
When the Ebola virus — which killed or infected nearly 40,000 people in Africa — entered the United States in 2014, a public panic ensued. The collective fear eventually subsided, thanks to medical and public-health officials effectively containing and stopping the virus’ spread through action, education and vigilance.
The essence of engineering is problem-solving. And contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t mean finding solutions of intricate mathematical and technological complexity. Often, the best approach is a simple one.
It’s a major literacy crisis in the United States that’s gone largely unnoticed for several years now: In 2011, the American Printing House for the Blind reported that out of the nearly 60,000 legally blind people aged 21 years and younger, a third were non-readers.
To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Rutgers University — one of America’s oldest institutions of higher education — is getting the entire RU community involved in a new exhibit both at its Zimmerli Art Museum and online.
It was a discovery of epic proportions — so much so that the people who saw it had to pull examples from science fiction in order to describe it.
If you heard the terms “student-athletes” and “Pro Day” in the same sentence, you’d probably think of 40-yard-dash times, vertical-leap measurements and Wonderlic scores.
The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers.
It’s a strange situation: Even as football has reached the height of its popularity, there are serious doubts about its future viability. And the main reason for that is the health problems caused over time by concussions, which often go undiagnosed after they occur.
If you were to take a stroll down Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Md., circa 1896, you’d see plenty of animal-drawn carriages and carts, as well as folks on horseback. That’s not surprising. But one other striking thing you’d notice would be the number of people pedaling around on bicycles.
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, last year this terrible disease caused more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S., and nearly 13,000 new cases emerged.