Texas A&M University

Texas A&M is the state’s oldest public university and largest university, and one of the largest in the nation: a research-intensive, land-grant institution with 68,400 students, including 14,900 in graduate or professional school. Students choose from more than 130 undergraduate and 240 graduate degree programs in 16 colleges and schools, and participate in more than 1,100 student-run organizations and activities (including the Big Event, the largest one-day, student-run service project in the United States).

Texas A&M ranks sixteenth nationally in research expenditures, with more than $892 in FY2016 (National Science Foundation), and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Texas A&M ranks at or near the top among universities nationally in the areas of academic excellence, value, and affordability; on-time student graduation rates (both overall and for minorities); student engagement and happiness; and students who graduate with less college-related debt and become the nation’s highest-earning graduates. Texas A&M also is tied for having the most graduates serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

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The flood damage from Hurricane Harvey, including this Friendswood, Texas, house, will take years to repair. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Want to help after a disaster? Consider waiting a bit

The urge to provide disaster aid is borne out of the best characteristics of humanity. But it's important to consider when to donate to disaster survivors, along with what and to whom to give.
Healthy aging is a new norm, researchers say, with older adults having a new name and attitude. By YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock.com

As life expectancies rise, so are expectations for healthy aging

The age of the US is increasing, and with it, new expectations of health and happiness. Is the US prepared for the wave of baby boomers who will live long and want to be as healthy as they do?
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Before the fall: How oldsters can avoid one of old age’s most dangerous events

Saturday isn't just the first day of fall. It's also the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are a major cause of disability in seniors. Experts explain ways to prevent them.
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Big game days in college football linked with sexual assault

Reports of sexual assault increase by as much as 41 percent when the local college football team plays, according to researchers who say the increase is related to the drinking culture on campus.
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Is apple cider vinegar good for you? A doctor weighs in

Does it seem like everyone you know drinks apple cider vinegar, mainly in hopes of losing weight? Vinegar has a long history of high hopes attached to it. A doctor who loves vinegar explains.
Su olfato percibe lo que va a pasar. Lucy Chian/Unsplash, CC BY

¿Por qué sentimos el olor de la lluvia?

Un experto en meteorología explica de dónde proviene el 'petricor', ese agradable olor a tierra que acompaña a las primeras gotas de lluvia.
Anak laki-laki dengan luka akibat tergores kertas. Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock.com

Mengapa tergores kertas rasanya sakit sekali?

Aduh! Semua orang pasti pernah tergores kertas dan merasa sakit luar biasa. Mengapa bisa perih sekali? Ini penjelasan dosen kedokteran keluarga.
Sending text-message reminders and tips to parents can help boost their children’s reading skills. ESB Professional/www.shutterstock.com

Text messages to parents can help boost children’s reading skills

Providing text-message tips to parents on how to make their children stronger readers can make a difference, but only if parents don't get too many or too few text messages, researchers find.
Electronic medical records could be shared between health systems, allowing doctors to share information and possibly improve care. Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock.com

It’s 2018. Do you know where your medical records are?

What if you never had to pick up a medical record or image from one doctor to take to another? That capability already exists, but it's not being well-utilized. Here's a look at why.
Your nose knows what’s on the way. Lucy Chian/Unsplash

Why you can smell rain

A weather expert explains where petrichor – that pleasant, earthy scent that accompanies a storm's first raindrops – comes from.
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Michael Cohen’s guilty plea? ‘Nothing to see here’

Trump's surrogates have deployed tried and true rhetorical techniques to defend the president.
After the Civil War, Texas’s sugar cane plantations were still farmed by unpaid black laborers – prisoners forced to work for free in a system called ‘convict leasing.’

A Texas city discovered a mass grave of prison laborers. What should it do with the bodies?

An African-American burial ground uncovered at a construction site in Texas has ignited debate on how to protect black history as suburban sprawl overtakes rural areas once farmed by enslaved workers.
Un niño que sufrió una cortada con papel. Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock.com

¿Por qué duelen tanto las cortadas con papel?

Todos hemos sufrido una cortada con papel por lo menos una vez en la vida. ¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado por qué duelen tanto estas lesiones menores? Un médico de familia explica las razones.

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