Faith: Empowering and Uniting to Fight Health Disparities

Lines are painted, soccer nets are set, and kids convene on the dewy grass of Pingree Park in Southeast Detroit. One comes with fingers wrapped around his grandfather’s hand, nervous for his game. Six come out of a mini-van giggling, while their mom juggles the newly adopted infant, water bottles, and lawn chairs. As diverse […]

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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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The Next Generation Science Standards: The Effort to Unite a Polarized Nation through Science

In the last few minutes of class, Ronni Marron’s tenth-grade Earth Science class is quiet. Only the sounds of shuffling papers, the faint scribble of pencils, and the clicking of computers– signaling the students’ progress through an ice core lab fill the room. The classroom however, wasn’t always so quiet. At the top of the […]

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Zoos devote expertise to helping animals in the wild

At the Detroit Zoo’s penguin exhibit that opened last year, guests marvel at penguins as they swim by in streamlined circles, from inside a 360-degree glass tunnel. Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) named this exhibit its 2017 exhibit award winner, the top honor that recognizes exemplary habitat and educational spaces. But that award failed […]

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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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Pregnant inmates find hope in doula support groups

Rio White, a 25-year-old inmate in Boone County Jail, Indiana, recalls layering her hands over the bump swelling from her belly. In May, 2016, she was convicted for possession of heroin and paraphernalia.  Six weeks pregnant with her first child, she wept alone in the corner of a 5’ by 12’ cell; her echoes bickering […]

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Student Marijuana Use Rises on University of Michigan’s Campus

As the bars close their doors to the public and the police shut down house parties on a Saturday night at the University of Michigan, Raveena Jagarnauth, a twenty-year-old senior, is among the crowd looking to make this night memorable. Standing in the middle of the packed block party on John Street, Jagarnauth sees fellow […]

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