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Strange matter

October 25, 2017 - 12:47am
Well, it's that time of year when if I stay just the slightest bit late, the office gets a little creepy. Shadows seem more sinister; the creaky floors sound spookier and I jump at the thump of the furnace kicking on. In a building that's more than 100 years old, everything seems a little scary after dark. I've written before about the strange goings on in Olds Hall, and I'm still not convinced the place isn't haunted. I've moved into a new space this year - down to the wing where I've heard phantom footsteps and doors slamming, so that's cool. You might not know, but Olds Hall is actually a rebuild of an almost identical structure that burned down in 1916 and was rebuilt in 1917, using a private donation from Ransom E. Olds of Oldsmobile. It was originally the Engineering Building but now houses a random collection of offices and classrooms. Exactly 100 years of the day of that fire, I was at a conference out of town when a colleague back on campus texted to tell me that they had to evacuate the building when the fire alarms went off. While it wasn't a major fire, just some burned popcorn that set off the sensors, it happened in exactly the same place where the fire started a century before. Coincidence? Or maybe something strange happened that day. Whatever the case, it still sends a shiver up my spine when I look at the photo of the building burning. It makes me feel like I'm working in some weird time-travelling portal or parallel universe.
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Mark Auslander: Resonance and wonder

October 25, 2017 - 12:46am
Of all the objects on display in MSU's Museum, perhaps none so remarkably combines "resonance" and "wonder" as the great brown bear, towering over all the other taxidermy specimens in the second floor's Hall of Evolution and Adaptation. At 10 and a half feet tall, it ranks among the largest brown bear specimens on display in any museum.
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Department of Theatre: The Haunted Aud

October 25, 2017 - 12:02am
The Haunted Aud, an annual event sponsored by the Department of Theatre, is a fundraising event to help further the experiences of theater students. Money raised support the grants awarded by stART, a student organization affiliated with the Department of Theatre where, based on how many hours students work for selected stART activities, they receive grants that can be used to help them with their careers.
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Wharton Center prepares to replace seating

October 24, 2017 - 3:37pm
After 35 years, it is time for the seats in both the Cobb Great Hall and the Pasant Theatre to take their final bow.
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Two MSU administrators honored with Research Administrator Award

October 24, 2017 - 1:26pm
MSU's research administration offices of Sponsored Programs Administration, Office of Sponsored Programs and Contract and Grant Administration named Lori Bramble, research coordinator of the AgBioResearch Office of Research Support in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Teresa Thomas, research administrator of the Office of Research (Flint Campus) in MSU's College of Human Medicine, as the recipients of the Research Administrator Spotlight Award this month.
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Michigan State to host Georgia in exhibition to benefit hurricane relief

October 24, 2017 - 10:45am
The MSU men's basketball team will host the University of Georgia in a charity exhibition game at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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MSU ranks among elite global universities

October 24, 2017 - 10:32am
MSU is one of the top 100 universities in the world and boasts a variety of elite programs, ranging from plant and animal science, to economics and business, to environmental studies, a new ranking finds.
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Bradley Sherrill receives 2018 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

October 24, 2017 - 10:04am
Bradley Sherrill, director of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and scientific director at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University, was awarded the 2018 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society.
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MSU professor named first Wu-Ki Tung Professor in Particle Physics

October 23, 2017 - 2:16pm
Chien-Ping, or C.-P., Yuan, an MSU professor, was named the first Wu-Ki Tung Professor in Particle Physics in the College of Natural Science's Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

October 23, 2017 - 11:58am
See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, MSU scientists report in Nature Energy.
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Spartans earn season sweep of Maryland

October 23, 2017 - 10:50am
No. 10 MSU earned another road win on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Maryland in College Park.
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No. 18 Michigan State comes through late, beats Indiana, 17-9

October 23, 2017 - 10:39am
MSU is now bowl eligible with its sixth win of the season, including winning the last four in a row.
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College labor market remains strong

October 23, 2017 - 10:28am
Employers will face tough competition for talent in the 2017-18 job market, thanks to a seven-year growth streak in the college labor market, according to MSU's Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation.
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MSU researcher recreates evolution process of protein

October 20, 2017 - 3:08pm
In a recent study published in The Plant Journal, MSU researchers have shown how the two parts of the orange carotenoid protein, or OCP, interact by splitting the native protein into its two building blocks.
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MSU field hockey wraps up regular season

October 20, 2017 - 1:05pm
The MSU field hockey team wraps up its regular season this weekend, with Big Ten matches against No. 25 Iowa and No. 8 Northwestern.
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Men's Basketball Ranked #2 in USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll

October 20, 2017 - 1:01pm
The MSU men's basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Preseason poll, released on Thursday afternoon.
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NSF awards $1.75 million for fungal-plant research at MSU

October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
A team of MSU researchers is investigating Mucoromycota, an ancient lineage of fungi, that have been found beneficial for plants.
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It's On Us sexual assault action week features events to empower students

October 19, 2017 - 3:35pm
MSU students, faculty and community partners will participate in several empowering and educational events during the It's On Us Week of Action from Oct. 23-27.
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MSU Greeks welcome trick-or-treaters

October 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
MSU's Greek community is eager to contribute to memory making through their annual Safe Halloween event, which will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26 on M.A.C. Avenue between Burcham Dr. and Linden St. The event is free and open to the public.
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MSU Greeks welcome trick-or-treats

October 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
MSU's Greek community is eager to contribute to memory making through their annual Safe Halloween event, which will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26 on M.A.C. Avenue between Burcham Dr. and Linden St. The event is free and open to the public.
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