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How much does “innovation” cost? Many people would guess well into the millions — or even billions — of dollars. And much of the time, they’d be right. But sometimes it costs little more than the spare change you can dig out of your couch cushions or the floorboards of your car.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the pink ribbons (and shirts, and stickers) are out in force. And the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC) is commemorating the month by highlighting innovative and important work the universities of the conference are doing year-round to fight this terrible disease.
Carissa Raymond’s discovery was the paleontological equivalent of a rookie baseball player hitting a grand slam on the first pitch of his major league career.
It’s a moment in life that no one forgets — the moment they’re handed the keys to their first home. And for Nereyda Garza, that moment was extra special.
The University of Iowa’s acclaimed Writers’ Workshop is associated with some of the biggest names in modern literature. Philip Roth, John Cheever and Robert Penn Warren served as faculty members here. And Pulitzer Prize winner and legendary African-American author James Alan McPherson, who’s been part of the faculty for decades, is practically an Iowa City institution in his own right.
Most aspiring journalists cut their teeth reporting small-time stories at their high school papers. Typical headlines may include things like “Exposed! What’s Really in the Cafeteria Meatloaf” or “New Student Body Prez Wins Campaign on Pledge to Add Parking Spaces to School Lot.”
At Purdue University, there are all kinds of clubs and organizations for students, ranging from bass fishing to hip-hop dance. But what if you’re interested in, say, building a robot that mines moon rocks?
Kandis Elliot has devoted her career to making science more beautiful — and accessible. As emerita senior artist at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Botany, she spent decades illustrating plants and animals to educate and delight the public.
When it comes to innovation, sometimes there’s a breakthrough idea right around the corner. And other times, you find it 6,500 miles away.
One of the hardest things for children with autism to do is something most of us take for granted: clearly communicate thoughts and feelings. And Dr. Nimisha Muttiah, a speech pathologist, advocate, teacher and Penn State graduate, has traveled the world to give these kids the ability and confidence to express themselves.
Students at The Ohio State University are flocking to a course that requires them to get “grilled” on the finer points of preparing mouth-watering steaks, pork loin and whole chickens on open fires. Just in time for tailgating season!
Wildcats football is off to its best start in a few years. Northwestern’s team, which hosts Minnesota today, is undefeated, at the top of the Big Ten West division, and ranked 16th and 17th in the AP and Coaches Polls, respectively.
Last year, 13-year-old Christina Blumstein had just returned home with her parents to their home in Old Bridge, N.J., following a summer trip to Long Island when something went horribly wrong. Though she’d felt fine moments before, she was hit with a sudden, intense pain.
Purdue’s Steven Collicott can’t help but laugh as he considers one of comedian W.C. Fields’ most well-known quotes: “Never work with animals or children.”