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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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Title: MADNESS
Movie ID: VT1676
Movie Number: 1676
Description: Schizophrenia comprises a devastating group of disorders of the brain that afflict more than one per cent of the population. Fighting a battle between personality and perception, chronic schizophreniacs face the loss of those mental processes that are necessary for everyday functioning in society. This hour examines some of the more severe afflictions, including that of a former policeman who presents doctors with a textbook case of the illness. the illness. Gerald is delusional, suffers from marked disturbances of mood, and his behavior and thinking are disordered. He is among the one-third of schizophreniacs who show little or no progress after treatment, and-unless mayor breakthroughs occur-he will probably spend most of his life institutionalized.;;Scientists are still unsure what causes Gerald's illness, though they hypothesize that biochemical, genetic and even environmental facto
Series: THE BRAIN
Part: 7
Time: 0
Department: SS
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