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For better or worse, social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are an indelible feature of modern life. A research team of professors and students at Penn State’s College of Medicine is trying to create a tool that can help scientists determine how to prompt social media users to live a healthier lifestyle.
The 2013-14 academic year was a big one for Carly Mercer and Charles Torwudzo.
In 2008, then nine-year-old Ohio native Quinn Clarke was battling cancer for the second time in his young life. He asked his parents if he could host a kickball game to raise money for cancer research. More than 500 people came out to show their support at that first game.
When high school students with mental disabilities graduate, they all too often lack the knowledge, connections and support needed to seek full-time employment. They may have the skills to do a particular job, but they won’t know the first thing about how to search for openings, create a résumé or build up their professional network.
You enter a small, egg-shaped chamber and take a seat on a stool inside. After sitting, you put on a headset and stare into a mirror placed in front of you. As your thoughts slow down and your brain enters a meditative state, your reflection fades into nothing.
At Northwestern University, a unique spin on the Buddy System is pairing first-year medical students with people who suffer from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Ellen Anderson is living proof that answering a call for volunteers can lead to a worldwide movement.
If you’ve ever white-knuckled it through turbulence at 30,000 feet or trembled at the thought of a near-collision with another airplane, take comfort knowing that some of the world’s most innovative engineers are working diligently to make flying safer.
Today, there is more diversity in public school classrooms than ever before. This creates a rich, worldly experience for America’s youth, but it also poses a challenge to teachers who must meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds.
The human heart is one of the most incredible natural phenomena in existence. The ways in which it powers various functions of the human body is one of the great wonders of life. Yonggang Huang and John Rogers, professors at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, respectively, have spent much of their careers studying this amazing organ.
When terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of school girls in Nigeria in May of this year, it made headlines around the world and sparked a grassroots social media campaign that centered around the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. For University of Maryland student Jennifer Soba Pearse, the news hit close to home — figuratively and literally.
Despite having two veteran grandfathers, Greg Freisinger never considered the military as an option — but that changed on Sept. 11, 2001.
A group of Purdue University researchers, in conjunction with appliance manufacturing giant Whirlpool Corp., are taking up a three-year challenge transforming a 1920s home in West Lafayette, Ind., into an ultra energy-efficient, net-zero residence. The house will be retrofitted to generate as much energy as it consumes over a year.
Miami Dolphins Director of Player Development Kaleb Thornhill enjoys mentoring kids. So when he found out about the non-profit youth football and academic camp 4th and 1 and its mission to help student-athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds go to college, he knew he needed to bring it to his alma mater, Michigan State University, in his hometown, East Lansing, Mich.
When Penn State football player Scott Shirley learned his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2003, he and his family soon learned that little could be done to treat this debilitating condition.
Today is Iowa Day on BTN, and this special report detailing the personal decision of Buddy Lazier to raise awareness for a unique cause in this year’s Indianapolis 500 will air at 10 AM and 10 PM.
The Evans Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards available in the United States, and it has an influence over its scholars for not only the time they are in college but the years that follow. But the influence goes beyond the financial aid it provides the college students.
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Recently, Coldlime analysed how the top 100 U.S. universities (as ranked by Forbes) are using Twitter, utilizing Moz’s Social Authority, and the Big Ten was very well represented. Six Big Ten universities were included in Forbes’ top 100, and four of them were among Coldlime’s top 14 overall.
Over the past 25 years, a relatively unheard of corporate department – Human Resources – has become a critical cog in the success or failure of a business or enterprise.
It has been almost two years since Super Storm Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard, but the impact is still painfully apparent. Families and businesses are still trying to rebuild, and Rutgers is working to ensure that the new New Jersey is more resistent and better prepared for the next major storm.
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A celebrated American tradition – being the first in your family to attend college – is the basis of a charitable effort of stunning scope in the Chicagoland area.
In Hollywood, money makes the world go around and confidence is king. And, when the opportunity is presented for industry insiders to hang out in an atmosphere like the French Riviera, the business side of film can take over.