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There's nothing like enjoying a beautiful spring night outdoors - breathing in floral smells, listening to the symphony of crickets and staring up at a sky full of twinkling stars. This is my first spring with my new deck and my husband and I are out there as often as we can. In the last few weeks, he's pulled out his telescope and started stargazing in earnest. He bought a book, subscribed to a sky calendar and even stayed up until 5 a.m. the other night studying the sky. I admire his quest for knowledge about the universe.
Me? I'll admit it. I'm perfectly content to mindlessly stare up in the night...oooh, shiny, pretty things. My husband will start to tell me things about the sky and light years and stars and black holes and how many years ago something happened that we're just seeing and I have to stop him. Not that I don't appreciate his knowledge, but honestly? Space freaks me out.
I mean, I love riding Space Mountain, I think spotting a shooting star is cool and I'm all about E.T., Close Encounters and Star Wars (well, except for Attack of the Clones). But actual real life space stuff? Like I said, it freaks me out. I had an astronomy course in college and it was all I could do to keep from hyperventilating during class. I can't explain it anymore than someone can explain an irrational fear of snakes or heights (oh wait, that's also me), but really thinking about all that's out there puts me in a panic. It's just too much to think about or comprehend. It's just too massive...it doesn't get any bigger than the universe.
Life as a faculty member is complicated and busy. As I have said many times, one doesn't become an academic because it's the easy path. One becomes an academic because it provides an extraordinary amount of professional freedom and, just as importantly, gives one a chance to work with students, whose infinite curiosity and passion are truly invigorating.
My undergraduate research journey began in 2012 during my first year at MSU. Coming in as a freshman, I was intimidated by the idea of attending a Big Ten research university, making my mark at a school of nearly 50,000 students, and finding my niche as a science major who was interested in research. Although I had heard the word thrown around before and had a brief idea of what research was, at the time I had no idea how to become involved in something I had little to no previous experience with.
A midge perches on wild grass as the sun sets at the MSU Sheep Teaching and Research Center pasture on May 23, 2015. Photo by Kurt Stepnitz
MSU men's and women's track and field programs will be well represented at the 2015 NCAA East Preliminary Round this week at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
Supernovas just might be the cleaning service of the universe. MSU-led research finds that these explosions that mark the end of a star's life work hand-in-hand with supermassive black holes to sweep out gas and shut down galaxies' star-forming factories.
Mark Voit and Megan Donahue, professors of physics and astronomy who are both internationally known for their research on galaxy formation, went to two of the most prestigious undergraduate institutions in the country (Princeton and MIT, respectively). But the couple, who met in grad school at the University of Colorado 30 years ago in March, feel a much deeper kinship with MSU than any other school.
An innovative mobile app known as You++ has earned Michigan State University computer science senior Angela Sun a national award.
MSU researcher Chris Adami, professor in the College of Natural Science, will be featured in an episode of Science Channel's Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. The episode premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 10pm.
An MSU Honors College senior, majoring in linguistics and neuroscience, has been awarded a prestigious Baggett Fellowship.
The MSU-Oregon game on Sept. 12 in Spartan Stadium will be featured on ABC's Saturday Night Football, the Big Ten Conference and ESPN announced on Thursday.
In partnership with Visa Inc., the MSU Federal Credit Union will provide MSU $250,000 in funding for the next eight years to underwrite the Financial Peer Education Program, which will be available to MSU students beginning in fall 2015.
MSU track and field standouts Leah O'Connor and Katelyn Daniels and Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth were recognized with postseason awards from the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.
Randolph Rasch, currently a professor and previous department chairperson in the School of Nursing at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is being recommended as the new dean of the MSU College of Nursing.
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When it comes to keeping online information safe from hackers and other criminals, it's up to the individual user to keep his or her data secure. The end-user is often the "weakest link" in the Internet safety chain, said Saleem Alhabash, an MSU faculty member who is part of a team that researches ways of making the Web safer for its users.
Saxophonist Jordan Lulloff, a music performance major in the MSU College of Music, has been selected as one of four winners of the VSA 2015 International Young Soloists Competition.
My first two years of college were at the University of Michigan. I thought I wanted to be a physician, but within one semester, I discovered that I just wasn't happy there and I figured medical school would be the same way.
A new medical device that will improve the way infants with jaundice are treated is one step closer to market, thanks to a partnership between a new MSU startup company and a Michigan-based medical sector investment firm.
Two MSU College of Natural Science students have been named 2015-16 Beckman Scholars -Sanna Fraleigh, a physiology sophomore from Ann Arbor and Kiera Fisher, a biomedical laboratory science junior from Kalkaska.