West Virginia University - Teenage Radio Wave Hunters

In southern West Virginia, a gigantic telescope stands against the backdrop of the mountains. Over the last few years, several hundred students across the country have learned at the feet of the Green Bank Telescope. Some will become scientists, and others will love science while pursuing their dreams. They're all teenage radio wave hunters searching for pulsars as part of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, a program of West Virginia University and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va.

Wellesley STORIES: Art App-reciation at the Davis

What do the American Museum of Natural History, MoMa, and Wellesley College's Davis Museum have in common? Besides great art, they all have iPhone apps. With the aid of fellow students in the Wellesley College Human Computer Interaction Lab, media arts and sciences major MaCherie Edwards '11 created ArteMUSE, an iPhone app helping visitors interact with art in the Davis Museum.

Notre Dame - Fighting for Displaced People

From The University of Notre Dame

There are 60 million displaced people in the world and every day an estimated 40,000 people flee their homes in search of safety elsewhere. For many, a temporary stop in a refugee camp becomes a lifetime of dependency and desolation. 

Notre Dame anthropology professor Rahul Oka believes there is a better way to provide aid to these residents. For several years, with colleagues in the Department of Anthropology, iCeNSA and the Ford Family Program he has studied the evolution of trade and commerce, focusing on the formal and informal economies that develop within these camps. Working with the United Nations and the World Bank, his analysis suggests when refugees can be self-reliant may have significantly better long-term outcomes. Much of professor Oka's research is done in Kenya at Kakuma refugee camp, one of the largest in the world.

Majak Anyieth, currently a junior at Notre Dame, grew up at Kakuma. He knows firsthand the difficulties of relying on aid packages that contain barely enough provisions to last a month and how hunger can jeopardize opportunities for education. He's now started a non-profit, Education Bridge, to foster peace and entrepreneurship in youth. They are currently building their first school in South Sudan.