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This season, the highly ranked Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s basketball teams are generating a lot of excitement in College Park and beyond. But there’s another basketball program out of Maryland that’s making a big impact, even though it isn’t ranked and doesn’t have thousands of spectators.
Name one living American poet. Take a few seconds to think about it — we’ll wait.
To inspire his work in providing educational opportunities to young Latinos, Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama doesn’t need to look any further than to the memory of his late mother.
Someone who’d just earned a “Professor of the Year” award from a national teaching organization would be justified in feeling a swelled sense of pride and accomplishment. But University of Illinois professor Mats Selen, who received just such an honor, definitely hasn’t let it go to his head.
It’s an all-out burn down the straightaway. University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering students pit vehicle vs. vehicle, vying for glory on a length of track that’s seen vanquished competitors literally fall to pieces.
It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses.
With each passing day, it seems there’s an announcement of some new application for aerial drones. Major retailers have experimented with using these machines for high-speed delivery. And consumers can readily access a variety of remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft for their own purposes, ranging from land surveying to photographing homes for sale.
If you look at the NCAA Division I rankings for any collegiate sport, chances are you’re going to see multiple Big Ten universities in the mix. They’re also well-represented in another ranking: the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American awards.
At the University of Wisconsin, everybody plays.
Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Alec Gioseffi always had a passion for both food and the outdoors. He started working in restaurants at 15, but also traveled as a competitive snowboarder when he was young and continued to globetrot while enrolled at Rutgers University.
What kind of cookies will you leave for Santa Claus this Christmas? Chocolate chip? Sugar? How about a Kernza cookie?
Space: The Final Frontier.
With water shortages in California and other western states threatening the viability of wineries there, it was probably just a matter of time before an enterprising team devised a system to better manage grape-growing operations amid those changing conditions.
In science fiction, the presence of machines that can learn and adapt like their human creators generally indicates something bad is going to happen. Think of Skynet from the Terminator films, the Replicants from Blade Runner or HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players,” as Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. And some of those players have learning and cognitive differences that make it difficult to sit through things like, say, a Shakespeare play.
On Thanksgiving Day, minds turn to thoughts of a big meal, a big game and maybe a big nap. But Thanksgiving can be more than an annual celebration of feasting, football and nodding off in a comfy recliner.