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'Ash vs. Evil Dead' cast hosts campus event

MSU News - September 23, 2016 - 10:27am
Cast members from the Starz horror comedy, "Ash vs. Evil Dead" will be visiting MSU prior to the season 2 premier to host an advanced screening and Q & A panel.
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On the hunt

MSU News - September 21, 2016 - 2:17pm
Ever been on a scavenger hunt? You know, the kind of game where you run around to look for clues, find things or take photos? I absolutely love this kind of game. I'm a little bit competitive (OK, more than a bit...stop laughing) and scavenger hunts are right up my alley. I even auditioned for the Amazing Race with my daughter. (I'm still a little bitter we didn't get picked.) I created a pretty intense scavenger hunt for my colleagues a few years ago. It was so popular, I was asked to create another one this year. Here's the secret - I love putting them together as much as I love competing in them. In order to create a complex game, I've scoured the northern part of campus (it's an on-foot event) to create clues, find hidden pictures, look for trivia and more. It forces me to see things I've never seen, go to places I've never been and notice the small things about MSU that I might have passed by. I've learned things, found beautiful spots and soaked in the incredible history campus has to offer. My days are often crazy busy but planning this forces me to slow down and appreciate things. As I wander dusty halls I think of all the Spartans who have been there before me. As I read plaques or look at photos, I wonder how many lives were changed in that very spot. I appreciate being part of a history bigger than myself.
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Christopher P. Long: Finding your place, leaving a mark

MSU News - September 21, 2016 - 1:34pm
Welcome to Michigan State University! As you begin your journey in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, let me tell you a secret.
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Angela Amaniampong: Providing hope

MSU News - September 21, 2016 - 1:08pm
Spending the past three weeks in Peru on the Peru Global Outreach program was one of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever had. I was fortunate enough to help provide free medical attention to patients who had never seen doctors before and, unfortunately, could not afford proper health care.
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Identifying children and saving lives one thumbprint at a time

MSU News - September 21, 2016 - 10:17am
Anil Jain and his team of biometrics researchers demonstrated in a first-of-its-kind study that digital scans of a young child's fingerprint can be correctly recognized one year later. A child could be identified at each medical visit by a simple fingerprint scan, allowing them to get proper medical care such as life-saving immunizations or food supplements.
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Paying it forward

MSU News - September 20, 2016 - 5:35pm
As Alice Greene sat outside Yakeley Hall in June 1942, at the end of her freshman year at Michigan State College, it probably didn't occur to her that she would have an impact on future generations of MSU students.
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MSU researcher uses Mackinac Bridge to test sensor technology

MSU News - September 20, 2016 - 1:58pm
Nizar Lajnef, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at MSU, and professor Shantanu Chakrabartty from Washington University in St. Louis will place six prototype sensors beneath the iconic Mackinac Bridge.
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Nominations collected for top staff honor

MSU News - September 20, 2016 - 11:27am
The Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Awards Committee encourages nominations of deserving staff during its 40th year of the award.
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Preserving the future of museum collections

MSU News - September 19, 2016 - 4:27pm
The MSU Museum will use $50,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct general conservation surveys of its natural science and cultural collections and to implement short-term care and rehousing improvements.
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Student-authored book helps professors be better teachers

MSU News - September 19, 2016 - 3:38pm
In an effort to level that playing field, make professors more sensitive to students' needs and, ultimately, make them better teachers, an MSU journalism class has published a book in which students are able to voice their classroom concerns.
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MSU project helps school officials find most effective programs

MSU News - September 19, 2016 - 6:57am
Nearly one-third of Michigan's public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to meet student needs - from reading and math instruction to making healthy food choices, finds a study by MSU researchers.
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Global Issues in Urban Education book talk to be held

MSU News - September 16, 2016 - 3:49pm
The College of Education is hosting a book talk for faculty, staff and students to celebrate the release of the new book series: International Race and Education, published by MSU Press, on Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Erickson Kiva.
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'Dialing in the lipidome' for human health, environmental sustainability

MSU News - September 16, 2016 - 3:20pm
In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability, one of the biggest solutions might also be one of the tiniest. Decades of cutting-edge research at Michigan State University on lipids - small, naturally occurring molecules that make up oils, fats and waxes - has scientists excited about recent advancements and the untapped potential of these microscopic workhorses.
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$5.3M NSF grant will help discover new plant chemicals, find genes

MSU News - September 15, 2016 - 2:54pm
A team of Michigan State University researchers has been awarded a $5.3 million National Science Foundation grant to explore new approaches to discovering plant chemicals, and find the genes that plants use to make valuable molecules. According to MSU biochemistry and molecular biology Barnett Rosenberg Professor Robert Last, who is leading the project, the research will examine metabolites - small molecules with wide-ranging applications to human wellbeing, from food to fuels to pharmaceuticals.
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MSU Debate Team announces 2016-2017 schedule

MSU News - September 15, 2016 - 2:13pm
The MSU Debate Team will discuss the pros and cons of the United States establishing a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the country. The 2016-17 debate season begins Friday with a tournament at Georgia State University.
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College of Human Medicine launches rural health program with Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

MSU News - September 15, 2016 - 11:50am
Leaders from MSU College of Human Medicine and Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital have announced a new Rural Community Health Program site aimed at preparing future physicians with the skills necessary to practice rural medicine.
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Collaboration brings more health research to northwest Michigan

MSU News - September 15, 2016 - 11:46am
MSU College of Human Medicine and Munson Medical Center are strengthening collaboration for health research in northwest Michigan.
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Raise the bar

MSU News - September 14, 2016 - 3:34pm
Ever have those moments when you start to do one thing and get distracted by something else? That happens to me all the time. I start to write one email and another pops up and I realize much later I never finished responding to the first. Or I run into Target for toothpaste and walk out $65 poorer with things I didn't know I needed and no toothpaste. How many times have you gone down the Internet rabbit hole in some crazy direction forgetting why you logged on in the first place? This weekend I started to make cookies, opened my refrigerator and was distracted by fingerprints. I'm not a neat freak by any means, but for some reason the fingerprints on the door just had to be cleaned. Right then. That turned into cleaning fingerprints off of everything in the kitchen. It's not like I walk around with dirty hands - how can fingerprints be everywhere? Don't even get me started on the prints on my phone. I can do anything with my phone except keep fingerprints off of it. Also, what was I thinking cleaning before I made cookies? Sometimes I just shake my head at myself. (I'm literally doing that right now.) Everyone knows fingerprints are unique. Everyone also knows that fingerprints are often a way to track down criminals and solve crimes. I had never had mine taken until I traveled abroad and some countries use them at immigration points. But what if fingerprints could help keep babies healthy? What if fingerprints could be used to start kids down the path of a healthier life? A Spartan researcher is working to do just that.
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Pandas aren't out of woods yet - in fact, forest wisdom even more critical

MSU News - September 14, 2016 - 3:00pm
When it comes to understanding how giant pandas pick habitat, researchers get a much better picture by watching their whole journey, not just the potty breaks.
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Set the bar high

MSU News - September 14, 2016 - 12:14pm
I love my job. When I found academia, I found my professional home. Writing, research, teaching and service . . . well, writing, research and teaching are fun. That doesn't mean every day is all flowers, dark chocolate and puppy dogs. Some parts of academia are unfair, dysfunctional and outdated. It is, if not always an ivory tower, sometimes an echo chamber.
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