How the Frisbee Took Flight

From Salon: There’s an old saying among Frisbee enthusiasts: “When a ball dreams, it dreams it’s a Frisbee.” What other object has been embraced by athletes, dads on the beach, hippies in the quad, wannabe golfers and dogs? With a little practice and the flick of the wrist, we can make a Frisbee sail a hundred feet and curve according to our flight plan. It stirs the same part of our imagination that wishes we could fly, and has inspired games from Ultimate to Disc Golf to freestyle competitions in which contestants spin discs on their fingers, around their backs, and through their legs, while tumbling. More…

As Girls Become Women, Sports Pay Dividends

From The New York Times: Almost four decades after the federal education law called Title IX opened the door for girls to participate in high school and college athletics, a crucial question has remained unanswered: Do sports make a long-term difference in a woman’s life? Two studies now provide the strongest evidence yet that team sports can result in lifelong improvements to educational, work, and health prospects. More…

Dr. Shelley Hearne ’83: Are Farm Animal Antibotics a Threat to Human Health?

Dr. Shelley Hearne ’83, managing director of the Pew Health Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts and a visiting professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, appeared on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric February 9, 2010. The segment investigates whether feeding antibiotics to healthy farm animals creates new drug-resistant bacteria that ultimately threaten human health. Watch online…

Popular Science: Study Says Sneakers Are Harmful

All the latest footwear engineering in your running sneakers might not mean a thing when it comes to preventing injuries. The latest barefoot running study in the journal Nature deployed 3-D infrared tracking to gauge the difference in foot strike between shod and shoeless runners, Scientific American reports. Here’s a modern-day meme summation of the findings: “Shoes? You’re doing it wrong.” More…