Milk, Manure, & Methane: Farming in the 21st Century

  By: Lexie Waltz “I know it’s gross, but just stick your fingers right down in there and feel how warm that is,” says Tammy Jagyur as she digs her fingers a few inches deep into a pile of straw and espresso-bean-sized goat poop pellets. On a 20-degree day on her goat farm outside of Ann […]

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Challenging the Gluten Challenge: Improving the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

By Danielle DeMarco “Every night my stomach was so distended, kind of like when you see a child that’s malnourished in Africa. I was in excruciating pain every night.” Following numerous trips to the doctor’s office, rounds of blood testing, and diet changes, eliminating gluten from Cassidy Pont’s life ended years of physical, mental and […]

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Fashionably Forward: College students lead the way toward an environmentally minded industry

  On a blustery afternoon in mid-March, The Getup Vintage of Ann Arbor, Michigan is a sight for sore, wintery eyes. Bright pops of color pepper the plethora of pieces that greet customers upon stepping through the purple threshold. From EPA quotes in their dressing rooms about textile waste, to cleaning their garments using house-made […]

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Zero Waste Movement’s Growing Popularity

                      Stefan Johnson is holding the trash he has produced over the course of three weeks. To Sam McMullen, student, age twenty two, the Ann Arbor Food Coop is one of the only places he can shop. He swiftly weaves through the snack aisle carrying […]

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Microbiome Manipulation as a Life-Saving Tool

The human body is populated by trillions of bacteria and other microbes, the vast majority beneficial or harmless. Photo by Jordan McKaig “My infectious disease doctor, my colorectal surgeon, and my gastroenterologist came together in the hospital and said, ‘We don’t have anything else we can offer you. Your kidneys are shutting down. You need […]

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Rethinking Opioid Intervention

Rethinking Opioid Intervention By: Emilie Blair Lenardo, 53, holding a few of her prescription pill bottles   Yvette Lenardo, 56, looks down at her bright orange pill bottle, the frustration clear on her face. After struggling through addiction to Oxycontin for a year, her son finally convinced her to get help. Lenardo didn’t always struggle […]

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Environmental Concerns of Improper Opiate Disposal

Last summer Kylie Schafer, a 20 year old university of Michigan Student, laid in sticky shorts trying to tune out the sound of students enjoying the Michigan summer as she tried to beat the sun to sleep. She had to be at East Ann Arbor Medical Center on the other side of town by 6AM […]

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Unraveling The Growing Dilemma of Burnout among Physicians

During his third month of residency in obstetrics and gynecology, James Liu remembers reaching the end of an exhausting monthly rotation. Liu was doing what he loves best, delivering babies. However, Liu was in the delivery room alone, a newer experience for the young resident. “We were short staffed. We were also inexperienced” Liu said. […]

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Psychologists Usher in a New Age of Environmental Messaging

BY: REBECCA HUSKA On a pleasant day in Beijing, China, a mother took her three-year-old daughter to a park. While at the park her daughter drew a landscape and used a grey crayon to color the sky. The mother was confused and said, “No sweetie, the sky is blue.” Her daughter looked at the sky […]

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“Not the only one”: Advocates seek to make deregulation everyone’s issue

Second only perhaps to its size, the feature of the Marathon Oil refinery most noticeable to anyone setting foot on the company’s 500-acre facility in Detroit is the smell.   Residents, however, have not gotten used to it. According to Wilhemina McLemore, supervisor of the Detroit field office in the Air Quality Division of the […]

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Using Nature as a Remedy for Eco-Anxiety

BY MATT ZHAO On a given sunny day in Salt Lake City, Utah, a group of people may gather at the International Peace Gardens, sitting in a circle on the grassy lawn, and hiding from scorching rays under the shade of a tree. These people have probably congregated for a weekly meeting of the Good […]

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A collaborative approach toward sustainability efforts in the City of Detroit under Office of Sustainability Director, Joel Howrani

From one meeting to the next, a typical day for Detroit’s Director of Sustainability, Joel Howrani, is spent in four to six different interdepartmental meetings, and rarely with the same group of people. The position requires Howrani to work collaboratively alongside a multitude of city and state departments, community organizations, and internal and external groups […]

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Urban Farmers act as Cleaning Agents on Polluted Urban land in Detroit

Billy Hebron in front of his half snow-covered farm beds at Oakland Avenue Urban Farm As the snow begins to melt and exposes the farming ridges at Oakland Avenue Urban Farms (OAUF), the promise of spring bringing freshly grown produce to the North End of Detroit is becoming closer. Excitement buzzes around this farm as […]

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