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Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn’s founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

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Workers attempt to repair a water main break in Jackson, Miss. Joshua Lott/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The South’s aging water infrastructure is getting pounded by climate change – fixing it is also a struggle

Extreme downpours and droughts, both fueled by rising global temperatures, are taking a toll on water infrastructure. Communities trying to manage the threats face three big challenges.
An increased disconnect from your body can make it easier to harm yourself, whether by disordered eating or suicide. Maskot/Maskot via Getty Images

Eating disorders are the most lethal mental health conditions – reconnecting with internal body sensations can help reduce self-harm

Many people with eating disorders die from suicide. Improving perception of internal body states, or interoception, can help everyone better care for their own bodies.
Dealing with customers every day can put significant stress on hospitality workers. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Bad managers, burnout and health fears: Why record numbers of hospitality workers are quitting the industry for good

New research shines light on what is driving hospitality workers – like waiters and hotel workers – to abandon the industry as part of the ‘great resignation.’
A helicopter drops water on a forest fire in Alaska. Michael Risinger/U.S. Army National Guard

As extreme fires transform Alaska’s boreal forest, deciduous trees put a brake on carbon loss and how fast the forest burns

A new study finds more deciduous trees like aspen are growing in after severe fires in the region, and that has some unexpected impacts.
The authors didn’t examine diners’ perceptions of polka-dot masks specifically. AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

Yes, customers do like it when waiters and hairdressers wear a mask – especially if it’s black

The positive reaction to service workers wearing masks varied by region, with those in the West on the high end and people in the Midwest at the low end.

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