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Metro Moxie

Metro Moxie

Des Moines Gets Things Done

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Making Sense of Science and Ourselves

Making Sense of Science and Ourselves

A veteran journalist navigates facts and fears and shares her journey of survival. When my dad read the first piece I ever wrote for a national publication—an article on planning children’s parties—he asked, incredulously, “They pay you for this?” His comment has stuck with me for nearly four decades because it foreshadowed my career as […]

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The Drake Formula: An Equation for Tomorrow

The Drake Formula: An Equation for Tomorrow

Bent over a lab table in Olin Hall, Hannah Moses attaches plastic t-shaped tubes full of minuscule fruit flies to an even larger tangle of tubes. With dials set and switches flipped, air and vaporized ethanol begin to fill the fruit flies’ chamber, and Moses observes how the insects behave “under the influence.” She hopes […]

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Recalculating Science: Culture and Competency in America

Recalculating Science: Culture and Competency in America

Rockets roared, shooting powerful jets of fire toward the ground and lifting astronaut heroes into orbit, propelling them to the Moon. The space race of the 1950s and ’60s led to a boom in science on television and the silver screen and helped mint a new generation of scientists and engineers. In 2013 the glamorous Apollo moonshots are decades behind us. So why is science surging onto our TV and movie screens and into our classrooms once again?

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What Does It Mean To Win?

What Does It Mean To Win?

Big-time TV contracts, roaring crowds, and $100 million annual revenues are appealing to universities and their student-athletes. But are athletics programs still fulfilling the mission of higher education? By Aaron W. Jaco, JO’07, AS’07 For centuries, colleges and universities have been beacons for young people to learn, find their passion, hone a craft, and mature […]

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Changing The Game

Changing The Game

Creating a new model for athletics in higher education By Tim Schmitt, GR’08, ’10 It’s no secret that some student-athletes pursue higher education primarily as a means to “study” their sport. While college sports provide a great opportunity for the vast majority of participants to grow both academically and athletically, some students don’t always make […]

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