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In the biochemical game of genetics, it was thought that the proteins controlling gene regulation in animals were either spectators or players. But in research appearing in the current issue of eLife, Michigan State University researchers found that spectator proteins are actually practicing up for the big game. They discovered that the proteins are biochemically interacting with thousands of regions of the genome to change the structure of chromosomal material, although only few of them actually are able to change gene expression.
Michelle Kvalsund, a clinical instructor and clinical neurophysiology fellow at MSU, has been named a Fulbright Scholar, receiving the Fulbright Africa Regional Research Program award.
The MSU Mara Hyena Project in Kenya, which has been monitoring the behavioral ecology of spotted hyenas and other large carnivores since 1988, suffered a major setback on June 13 when the Talek River jumped its banks and inundated the camp, ruining several thousand dollars worth of supplies and scientific equipment.
For the last 30 years, David Juckett has dedicated himself to biomedical research at MSU.
Here's today's MSU High 5 - a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at Michigan State University.
I love Amy Poehler. I mean, I don't actually know her, but what I do know about her, I love. She's a hysterically funny comedian and actress and her Smart Girls organization that supports teen girls channeling their intelligence, imagination and curiosity is fantastic. Though I am far from being a teen girl, the Smart Girls Twitter account inspires me on a daily basis. Poehler started the organization with her best friend, Meredith Walker. The collective power of the two of them started something pretty amazing.
While I enjoy watching her pretty much anytime, she's an even better entertainer when she's performing with Tina Fey. Both are incredible, but together they become a force to be reckoned with.
Poehler once said, "As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."
I couldn't agree more. No matter how good you are on your own, there is always strength in numbers.
Developing effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, is one of the greatest medical challenges of the 21st century.
Sending signals to the opposite sex isn't always a trait that's passed on to animals' offspring, according to new research conducted at MSU.
A record crowd of 17,000 MSU fans attended the 13th annual "Meet the Spartans" Aug. 18 at Spartan Stadium.
It's that time of year. As students start moving back to campus, the sounds of the MSU Drumline will soon be heard resonating through the air near Demonstration Hall.
Summer foliage explodes in the sunshine in the courtyard of the Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building. The building, which opened in 2002, is the heart of the university's science enterprise, a complex that includes the Chemistry and Biochemistry buildings, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and the Plant Biology and Food Safety and Toxicology buildings. Photo by Jordan Jennings
He may be a recent arrival in East Lansing by way of Ann Arbor, but Suresh Mukherji, who became professor and Department of Radiology chairperson in 2013, is so appreciative of the opportunities that the MSU has offered him that he has established an endowed scholarship at the university.
MSU has earned gold status in the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency's Veteran-Friendly School program.
The MSU women's soccer team pulled off a 4-0 win in an exhibition game against the University of Detroit Mercy on Sunday.
A 29-ton sample of iron ore, a gift from the city of Ishpeming, Mich., was placed outside the north entrance of the Natural Science Building, which houses the geological sciences department.
Bryan Stevenson, The New York Times bestselling author of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," will kick off the 2015 One Book, One Community program with a special visit to the East Lansing-Michigan State University community Aug. 30-31.
Gang slayings move in a systematic pattern over time, spreading from one vulnerable area to the next like a disease, finds a groundbreaking study by MSU criminologists and public health researchers.
Southeast Michigan's growing Latino population boasts the state's highest labor force participation rate, a measurement of the number of people employed or actively looking for work. But the community struggles in other areas that measure well-being and quality of life, finds a report released by the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) at Michigan State University.
In the words of my youngest nephew, "Wait, what?" How is it already Aug. 12? How is it that they're already testing the speakers in Spartan Stadium, some students are already moving things into the neighborhoods, store aisles are filled with back-to-school supplies and we're planning for campus move-in day? There is no way that summer is almost over-where the heck did it go?
I do take consolation in the fact that we still have a few weeks to cling to. Summer construction is still pounding away outside my building, the elevator is still down, the weather is still hot, the parking lots aren't as full and I have 23 mosquito bites on my feet and ankles. Yes-23. And they all itch at the same time-usually in the middle of the night or at work when I'm trying to carry on a conversation. Backyard volleyball in my bare feet? Never again.
I have done some fun things this summer. I've been camping and to the beach. I've ridden my bike and hung out at the pool. I've enjoyed my new deck (even if I do have to fight the mosquitos...what is with this year?). My daughter and her boyfriend came to visit and we crammed a lot of fun into a few days. I've tried to stop and smell the flowers as often as I can, because I know that too soon they'll get hit with a freeze.
A team of researchers, including astronomers from MSU, has uncovered a process that may explain how the universe's largest elliptical galaxies continue making stars long after their peak years of star birth.