Xavier University’s New African American and African Diasporic Cultures Studies Degree Program

Xavier University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, has announced that it will establish an African American and African Diasporic Cultures Studies degree program. The new program will allow the university’s students to delve fully into the lived experiences of Black Americans and people of the African diaspora while empowering them to consider…

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Free food lures wildlife to suburban backyards

Wild animals may hang out in suburban yards rather than in the woods because people feed them—sometimes accidentally—and to a lesser degree, provide them with shelter, a new study shows. “They’re using the gardens a little bit, they’re using the brush piles a little bit, and they’re using the water features, but feeding has the…

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TB kills 1.6M annually. Stem cells play a role

A new study finds it’s possible to target stem cells for protective vaccination from tuberculosis, but that a pathogen can also hijack them to increase TB virulence. Since Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)—the causative agent of tuberculosis—in the 19th century, TB has defied efforts by scientists to end this old pandemic that still kills…

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More vitamin D in first year may cut later obesity risk

Higher vitamin D levels in first year of life could protect against obesity in adolescence, researchers report. Low levels of vitamin D during the first year of life are inversely associated with metabolic syndrome in adolescence, which is closely linked to obesity, according to their new study. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions such…

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Grambling State University Teams Up With Louisiana Tech to Boost Diversity in Accounting

Grambling State University, the historically Black educational institution in Louisiana, has entered into an agreement with Louisiana Tech Univerity in Ruston. The partnership will offer undergraduate accounting students at Grambling State University to take advantage of an accelerated path into the master of accountancy program at Louisiana Tech. Under the agreement, accounting majors at Grambling…

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