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Annual Comics Forum returns to campus

MSU News - 1 hour 17 min ago
The annual MSU Comics Forum will host its main on-campus events Feb. 22-24.
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Those before us

MSU News - 3 hours 48 min ago
I grew up thinking my ancestry was pretty much 100 percent German. However, it seems as though maybe my long-ago relatives lived in Germany, but weren't all German. My daughter recently did a DNA test to discover her makeup. Comparing her results to my husband's sister and nephew showed us what parts of her likely came from me - definitely a fair amount of German, but also some Scandinavian, Balkan and Eastern European. Who knew? I've always been fascinated with the history of how I came to be. One missed chance meeting anywhere along the long ancestry line, and I wouldn't be me. My aunt and cousin have done a lot of family tree building and I can get lost for hours poring over it and googling. I can easily go down a complicated rabbit hole, especially when I start to try to figure out how my parents share some distant relatives or how my nephew on my husband's side shares a relative with my cousin on my mom's. I love looking at old photos and figuring out what parts have been passed along to me or other family members. It's amazing how the shape of a nose, arch of a brow, or rise of a cheekbone can be passed down generation to generation and appear like magic in the face of a newborn.
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Christoph Benning: Facilitating collaborations

MSU News - 4 hours 30 min ago
Coming from Germany as a graduate student in the 80s, I was attracted by MSU's large number of well-renowned plant scientists. A prestigious German fellowship and contacts by my former adviser in Freiburg, Germany, had opened opportunities for me to study at different U.S. institutions. Comparing annual reports and faculty bodies, I chose the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory for my doctoral studies. Thus, I ended up receiving my Ph.D. in 1991 from the genetics program at MSU under the mentorship of Chris Somerville.
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Two student roundtable sessions provide important forum

MSU News - 5 hours 14 min ago
Two separate student roundtable events will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 26 in the MSU Union Ballroom.
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Osose Oboh: On the shoulders of our ancestors, Pt. 1

MSU News - 5 hours 50 min ago
When I think of where I am today, as an African-American woman in medical school, I can't help but reflect on how unreal it is. Women like Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American women to earn an M.D. degree, paved the way for us to be here, in medical school today.
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Spartan women celebrate seniors against Wisconsin

MSU News - 5 hours 55 min ago
MSU women's basketball will conclude the regular season portion of the home schedule, hosting Wisconsin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21.
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No. 2 Michigan State tops Illinois 81-61, seals share of title on Senior Night

MSU News - 6 hours 2 min ago
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures as No. 2/1 MSU used a big second half to pull away from Illinois for an 81-61 victory, clinching at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season title.
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Spore formation model could help advance medicine

MSU News - February 20, 2018 - 3:12pm
MSU scientists have produced experimental and modeling results that shed light on how a particular type of enzyme functions during spore formation, potentially advancing human health and disease research.
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Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta joins MSU's eighth annual C'esar E. Ch'avez commemorative celebration

MSU News - February 20, 2018 - 1:54pm
MSU will host its eighth annual C'esar E. Ch'avez Commemorative Celebration on Feb. 27. The day of events honors Ch'avez's life and work as a labor leader and civil rights activist, and highlights leaders from MSU and the Metro Lansing community.
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Rain, warmer temps lead to flooding on campus

MSU News - February 20, 2018 - 1:08pm
Warmer temperatures and strong rains are leading to flooding on MSU's campus along the Red Cedar River, causing some road and parking lot closures.
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Spartans just one shot off the lead after opening round at the Allstate Sugar Bowl

MSU News - February 19, 2018 - 10:20am
The 13th-ranked MSU women's golf team shot a 4-under-par 284 in the opening round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate on Sunday at the English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Gun politics polarizing America

MSU News - February 16, 2018 - 3:40pm
As emotions around the world run high following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, people are processing what happened and how it could have been prevented. Many are looking to Congress for policy changes, but Michigan State University political science expert Matt Grossmann believes that it's more complicated, and deeper-rooted, than a vote for immediate change.
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MSU Board approves personnel changes, health care strategy, next phase of FRIB

MSU News - February 16, 2018 - 2:04pm
The MSU Board of Trustees approved a handful of key personnel changes at today's meeting.
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Studying why Cambodian rice growers adopt modern technologies

MSU News - February 16, 2018 - 12:53pm
With aid from BHEARD, Socheat Keo, a Cambodian scholar, started his doctoral studies at MSU in January 2014, seeking a Ph.D. in the Department of Community Sustainability.
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Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships coming to MSU Feb. 25

MSU News - February 15, 2018 - 4:15pm
Around 500 of Michigan's youngest robotic masters are coming to MSU in East Lansing for the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships Feb. 25.
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MSU professors elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

MSU News - February 15, 2018 - 3:20pm
George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, MSU professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology for their excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.
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Psychology junior nominated for national scholarship

MSU News - February 15, 2018 - 12:05pm
Michigan State University has nominated Grant Burton, an Honors College junior majoring in psychology in the College of Social Science, for the nationally competitive Beinecke Scholarship.
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MSU team to empower Latino farmers

MSU News - February 15, 2018 - 9:45am
Armed with a $600,000 grant, MSU researchers will work alongside Latino migrant farmers to reshape how Michigan harvests fruit - and cultivate a new workforce.
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MSU team to empower Latino famers

MSU News - February 15, 2018 - 9:45am
Armed with a $600,000 grant, MSU researchers will work alongside Latino migrant farmers to reshape how Michigan harvests fruit - and cultivate a new workforce.
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It's real

MSU News - February 14, 2018 - 12:18pm
"Here are a few things that I know to be true: 1) @michiganstateu is filled with people who care immensely about each other and the world around them. 2) #SpartansWill is real. 3) I work with some of the best, most talented people, and their integrity impresses me every day." Those were the wise, inspiring words that came across my Twitter feed from my good friend and colleague, Ellen, the other day. It had been an especially challenging day for all of us, yet her words gave me pause, lifted me up and provided hope in the dark. These are the days we live in now. The ups and downs of navigating a new reality confuse me, exhaust me and energize me all at the same time. The weight of what has happened here is still very, very heavy. The pain of survivors will not be forgotten. Yet the determination to work together and find solutions to create needed change is palpable in the Spartan community like never before. Ellen is right - #SpartansWill is real and needed now more than ever. The resolve of Spartans is astonishing and we will not rest until we find solutions. I've spent some time this week working on a tribute site for former MSU president Cecil Mackey who passed away Feb. 8. He served as president here from 1979 to 1985, long before I came to work here so I never met him. However, I did see him and his wife occasionally at campus events and always thought to myself, "What a cool couple, there's almost an aura around them."
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