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Little is known about the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, the reach of the disease in both geographic and population terms was barely noticeable for decades. However, new cases have rapidly increased since May 2015, starting in Brazil and spreading as far as Mexico, Puerto Rico and even the continental United States.
As a captain and guard on the Wolverines basketball team, David Merritt was the kind of selfless team player who helped others look good. And today, this 26-year-old University of Michigan alumnus is still helping others look good — and positively impacting young people’s lives in the process.
One of the most fun parts of LiveBIG is the pictures we get to see — and share — with the stories we tell. When the subject matter ranges from supernovas to woolly mammoths, the imagery can get pretty interesting.
A revolution in teacher education is taking place on the campus of the University of Iowa. And the epicenter is the not-so-humble N110 space in the College of Education’s Lindquist Center.
Iowa sophomore Megan Reaska is in the process of becoming the first female combat engineer in the state’s National Guard. And while she’s proud of this, Reaska admitted she’s something of an accidental trailblazer.
Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus is about an hour’s drive from the bright lights of Broadway. And though it’s not quite “The Great White Way,” it’s a place where some of musical theater’s stars of tomorrow can get an early glimpse of the determination and grit behind the glitter and glamour.
The ultimate aim of education shouldn’t be to teach students how to memorize information. It should also help broaden their horizons and prepare them to lead and improve human society. Based on that standard, it appears that the exchange program run by the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Civic Engagement is a success.
Recent violence and heated rhetoric across the country has led to anger and racial tension in communities all over the U.S. And one performer working at the University of Illinois made an effort to help others address those feelings in a positive, productive way.
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.