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Biking in Detroit Spins Up

  He takes off like a bat leaving a cave. He flies past the Wayne State Library, weaves around the corner, exits the campus, and cranks his way forward. The blur of safety glasses, gloves, winter jacket, ski mask, and Camaro-red-striped bike-helmet rockets around Merrick Street to Anthony Wayne Drive. JeShawn Chrite, a Detroit native […]

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Farmers in Michigan and across the nation struggle to find sufficient seasonal farm labor

Andrina Turnquist (right), pictured here with a co-worker, collects data at the Williston Research Extension Center Andrina Turnquist, a student at North Dakota State University, works farm jobs during the summer to help pay for school. “I grew up on a farm, so it’s something I know how to do. Plus farm work is too […]

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Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Treat Diseases

Undergraduate research assistant Chicky Butler works in a glove box in Dr. Tom Schmidt’s laboratory. Research in the Schmidt laboratory focuses on the gut microbiome.   University of Michigan Nursing sophomore Olivia Livernois was diagnosed with Disautonomia, a condition in which the autonomic nervous system is not working properly, in January 2017. “I was having […]

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The Responsibility Healthcare Specialists have in Changing the Narrative of Opioid use in Michigan Hospital Settings

Andrew Willard, father of three, never thought a minor surgery with a written prescription from a reputable doctor would have such a major impact on his life. The consequences of over prescription can affect any individual, including educated healthcare professionals. The United States makes up only 4% of the world population, but prescribes 80% of […]

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Low vaccination rates worry Michigan health officials, physician transparency can help with the solution

One afternoon when Rebecca Chottiner picked up her son from daycare, she noticed the infant had developed what appeared to be a bad cold, with allergies, watery eyes and a rash. Instead, the doctor diagnosed him with an illness Chottiner never expected: the measles. Still too young to be immunized against the disease at the […]

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To Change or Remain, University Officials Grapple with DeVos’ Guidance

          A sorority member at the University of Michigan. “A dark basement, and the music is super loud. Everyone is sweaty but nobody seems to care, and the room reeks of cheap vodka. People are usually dancing, sometimes up on elevated surfaces like tables, or making out against the walls.” This […]

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From Past to Present, an Emphasis on Employee Wellbeing

            Rising 1000 feet in the air with gleaming steel and concrete, the Chrysler Building is one of the most iconic structures in the New York City Skyline. As beautiful as the exterior of the building is, the interior has a host of environmental issues that can cause damage to […]

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Pending Farm Legislation and CAFO Nutrient Management

  Lynn Henning had spent the cold October morning out in her fields, hauling beans, one of the crops she grows as a family farmer in Lenawee County, Michigan. At the end of her day, Henning could barely speak, her throat raw from the air pollution coming from a factory farm’s excess land application of […]

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Stiltgrass, a Seemingly Harmless Plant, Spreads into Michigan

Not everyone looks at five acres of land as an opportunity for ecologically friendly landscape restoration, but that’s exactly what dedicated environmentalists Andrea Matthies and James Odell saw when they purchased their property in Scio Township, Michigan in 1999. Lying along a moraine above the Huron River floodplain, the parcel consisted of three acres of […]

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I Believe, Reprise

Here is a list of my five most relevant beliefs from the beginning of the semester with comments underneath. … the fourth estate is not fulfilling its role in democracy. This class has made me question this belief more than I though I would!  I think in a lot of ways the news media are […]

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