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Socialization may slow cognitive decline

Socialization may slow cognitive decline
September 17, 2020

Sparking up a conversation with friends and family also sparks connections in the brain. And these connections are proving to impact brain function, especially in aging adults. As more Americans are...

COVID-19 lays bare climate change

Only 19 months after the Camp fire in Pulga, Calif., PG&E Corp., the power utility behind the deadliest conflagration in the state's history, is poised to emerge from bankruptcy with its safety still in question. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
September 17, 2020

Air and water pollution, as well as other environmental harm, have been greatly reduced since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but most experts warn against thinking of this as a ‘silver lining.’ “As...

Monkeys model human addictive behaviors

A pair of snow monkeys huddled together in their enclosure at the Minnesota Zoo.
September 10, 2020

In the United States drug addiction has been stigmatized for quite some time as a lack of self-control or personal responsibility. But many scientists and researchers are working to change the tides of...

Environmental issues reveal social injustices

Environmental issues reveal social injustices
September 3, 2020

In a time of the fight for equal rights, environmental justice is no exception. In fact, it is at the forefront of the minds of many protesters and lawmakers alike. “I can’t breathe” protests across...

WFU research investigates NC deer overpopulation

WFU research investigates NC deer overpopulation
September 3, 2020

North Carolina is known for its beautiful state and national parks, and especially for the wildlife that exists in those spaces. Protection of land and animals is valued in the state, but that preservation...

How to safely exercise outside during a pandemic

How to safely exercise outside during a pandemic
August 27, 2020

As if cardiovascular exercise wasn’t hard enough already, now we’re being asked to wear masks while doing it anywhere on campus.  While this requirement might seem stringent, there is significant...

Do What Works: Criminal Justice Reform Should Be Guided by What Science Has to Say About Substance Use Disorders

Do What Works: Criminal Justice Reform Should Be Guided by What Science Has to Say About Substance Use Disorders
April 22, 2020

Nothing reflects a “broken system” like the federal mandatory sentencing requirement that slammed 28-year-old Nebraskan, Leo Guthmiller — two years sober, fully employed and on his way to a GED and...

Keeping Up with the Coronavirus: Developments in Searching for a Therapeutic Drug

Keeping Up with the Coronavirus: Developments in Searching for a Therapeutic Drug
April 21, 2020

When she first joined Dr. Mark Denison’s lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in November 2017, Dr. Andrea Pruijssers never would have anticipated the outpouring of public and private funds and...

Exercise May Treat Drug Addiction, Research Shows

Exercise May Treat Drug Addiction, Research Shows
April 13, 2020

As a result of the massive drug issue in the United States, users seeking treatment often find themselves running away from their problem. Literally. While more than 3 million drug users struggle with...

Keeping Up With The Coronavirus: Understanding the Basics

Keeping Up With The Coronavirus: Understanding the Basics
April 6, 2020

Across the globe, researchers and healthcare professionals alike have been scrambling to contain and treat the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, many of us find ourselves quarantined at home, wondering how...

Campus Sustainability Through the Eyes of the Susty Kids

Campus Sustainability Through the Eyes of the Susty Kids
April 6, 2020

At 1157 Polo Road, there stands a relatively unassuming house. Inside, however, the house is home to 11 students who are bonded together by their mission to live a sustainable lifestyle.  The Sustainability...

Your Tuition Dollars Should Be Making The World A Better Place

Your Tuition Dollars Should Be Making The World A Better Place
April 6, 2020

Wake up and smell the global warming. As the planet heats up, major organizations like our very own university, are springing into action to take part in the fight against climate change. By implementing...

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