To many, the image of a scientist is that of a white-coat, alone in the lab peering into a microscope or computer monitor, interested in nothing but the facts. But is that true? MSU's Robert Pennock and colleagues will be using a $1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the topic.
College of Music students are thriving as not only musicians but also as budding entrepreneurs thanks to the new Withrow Career Building Endowment in the College of Music, created by long time donors and supporters Jack and Dottie Withrow.
Get a fan. That was the first piece of advice I found myself offering new freshmen as I helped them move into Campbell Hall last Sunday. There isn't any air conditioning in the hall and the forecast for the week ahead looked downright steamy. I lived on the third floor of Campbell and I remember just how warm it can get.
I tried to chat with all of the students as I helped them find the check-in table or lug boxes up the stairwells. Some were more than happy to chatter away, ask advice and offer their thoughts. Others seemed too nervous to do much talking. One young lady came right out and said, "Oh, I'm so nervous. Well, not bad nervous-good nervous. This is all so crazy that I'm here. Do you have any advice?"
Ask any Spartan alumnus for advice and I guarantee you'll get plenty.
Get a fan. Go to class. Study hard. Make friends. Join a club. Get to know your professors. Find a tutor. Be open to new experiences. Form study groups. Get a bike. Do the Izzone campout. Go on a study abroad.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded two grants to MSU's Center for Regional Food Systems to help more Michiganders access "good food" - food that is healthy, green and affordable.
Some normal weekday operations at Michigan State University will change Friday when the MSU football team opens its season with a night game against Jacksonville State University.
Looking back on my busy week, I realized that my itinerary to some degree illustrates why I do what I do to protect the biodiversity of Madagascar. I've had the good fortune to collaborate with Malagasy civil society group Alliance Voahary Gasy on a participatory risk-mapping workshop in Manopana, Madagascar, held a press conference with 40 Malagasy journalists, given an anti-corruption workshop in the capital city of Antananarivo, and met with the president, faculty, and students at the University of Toamasina.
Graduation and everything surrounding it has been a momentous time for me, one that prompts some reflection and introspection on the experiences of my past four years here at MSU, among other things. As a result, I realized there were four lessons I learned made a difference for me, while working towards my degree.
The MSU Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Board Room of the Hannah Administration Building.
MSU officially dedicated the $24.5 million North End Zone Complex, a 50,000-square-foot addition to Spartan Stadium, on Aug. 25.
Mid-Michigan is in for a treat this fall as the MSU College of Music presents an extraordinary season with the added bonus of hosting events in Cook Recital Hall and Fairchild Theatre - both recently reinvented to augment sound quality, comfort and views.
Two MSU neuroscience researchers have received a $165,000 grant from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation to help develop new therapeutic treatments for this chronic, progressive brain disorder. The disease affects nearly one million people in the United States and seven to 10 million people worldwide.
Today's MSU High 5 includes the beginning of the fall 2014 semester and a top-30 ranking for MSU.
The MSU men's basketball schedule was recently announced.
MSU is one of the top 30 universities in the nation according to Washington Monthly's annual ranking that measures what schools "are doing for the country."
As students prepare to return to class, CATA will implement numerous schedule changes on Aug. 25.
This year, the One Book, One Community program, co-sponsored by the city of East Lansing and MSU, is not only offering students and community members a menu of literary work, but cinematic work as well.
Young adult women who read "Fifty Shades of Grey" are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, finds a new study led by an MSU researcher.
Nursing, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy graduate students at MSU and Ferris State University will be learning about each other's specialties in an effort to expand their knowledge and bring better care to a rapidly growing patient population.
Recent torrential rainfall across the United States has led to flash flooding, filling basements with water and sewage that can contain hundreds of pathogens. Joan Rose, MSU's Homer Nowlin Chair in water research, advises that residents should assume floodwaters are contaminated and that exposure to these waters may raise the risk of diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis, skin and eye infections, and respiratory disorders.
Yep, the school year is just around the corner. I've already helped my first student with directions on campus. I was walking to my building when I saw her-young, alone, looking nervous and studying a map and her surroundings. I approached her and asked if I could help. In broken English, she asked me where Bessey was. I was happy to assist and pointed her toward the building, smiled and wished her luck.
As I walked on, I thought about how brave she was to come to a foreign country at such a young age to study. I've been to China so I know how very different this country must seem to her. Tackling the language, campus, weather, diversity, culture, food and more-I thought about how much she'll have to learn before even stepping foot in a class.
I remember the day my daughter decided to attend college overseas. Of course I was nervous about sending my baby across the ocean, but more than anything I was incredibly proud of her passion, independence and fearlessness. She did have it a bit easier as she was in Scotland where they speak English, but there were plenty of differences for her to get used to.