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Where is everyone?

May 24, 2017 - 10:53am
Although it happens every May, it still always takes me by surprise when I drive to work and campus is empty and quiet - like eerily so. One day there are tens of thousands of students hustling to class, and then suddenly - nothing. No bikes, no mopeds, no hordes at the crosswalks - it's like some sort of apocalypse happened overnight. Most of the 50,000 students have abandoned campus for someplace else this summer. They might be at an internship in Chicago, studying abroad in Beijing, vacationing in New York, working the line in Grand Rapids, doing community service in Detroit, or simply spending time with their family wherever home may be. Throughout my career, I've often been asked if I get the summers off. Uh, nope. Even with the students gone, there is plenty of important work going on in East Lansing. Research and discovery never stops. Innovation and creativity doesn't take the summer off. Spartans never really take a break when they're working for a better tomorrow. So, my job telling those stories never quits either. But that's cool - the world is a much better place when Spartans keep on working.
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Amanda Toler Woodward: Graduation day

May 23, 2017 - 5:22pm
It's graduation weekend at my university and this morning we had our School of Social Work recognition ceremony. It's a happy day.
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College of Music presents the annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series

May 23, 2017 - 11:40am
The MSU College of Music will present the 21st Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series at 6 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesdays from June 28 through August 2 at Beaumont Tower.
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Helping students study abroad

May 23, 2017 - 1:17am
Elementary education student Selena Huapilla-Perez could have missed out on a life-changing, career-affirming experience without the help of the MSU Federal Credit Union Study Abroad endowment.
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Spartan named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

May 23, 2017 - 1:05am
MSU sophomore Alex Troop was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for last week's performance, announced Monday by the conference office.
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NCAA Championships begin Friday for Spartans

May 18, 2017 - 11:50am
For the 11th time under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll and the 13th time in program history, the Michigan State women's golf team will be competing in the NCAA National Championships.
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Looking beyond the breeding grounds

May 17, 2017 - 2:34pm
Every winter, trees on high mountains in a small area northwest of Mexico City turn orange. Close inspection reveals branches filled with brilliantly colorful monarch butterflies, rather than fiery leaves, as the eastern North American population of monarchs winters there.
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NOVA and WKAR host film screening and panel discussion at Flint Institute of Arts

May 17, 2017 - 2:26pm
A screening of "Poisoned Water" will be shown at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Flint Institute of Arts, with a panel discussion to follow.
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Spartans shut out CMU 7-0

May 17, 2017 - 11:57am
Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes broke the Michigan State baseball single-season stolen bases record with his 30th swipe of the season in the Spartans' 7-0 shutout win over Central Michigan May 16 at CMU's Theunissen Stadium.
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MSU doctor will use $8.5 million grant to help eradicate malaria in Malawi

May 17, 2017 - 9:09am
Continuing her crusade against malaria, Terrie E. Taylor is once again on the hunt to find out why this deadly disease is still going strong in the African nation of Malawi, despite ongoing malaria control efforts in the country. Taylor, MSU University Distinguished Professor of internal medicine and an osteopathic physician, will use a 7-year, $8.5 million federal grant to study why previous malaria prevention and eradication methods have been unsuccessful and how progress can be made.
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MSU's Anil Jain receives Civilian Citation

May 17, 2017 - 8:53am
For his work assisting with a murder investigation in 2016, University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain was recently honored by both the Lansing Police Department and the Michigan State University Police Department.
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Planted

May 16, 2017 - 6:12pm
"Never plant anything until after Memorial Day." I can still hear my grandmother's voice every time spring arrives and I start looking at all the beautiful plants I want in my yard. I also hear my mother's voice repeating my grandmother's advice. They were both incredible women and wonderful gardeners and I miss them both dearly, but especially this time of year. With Mother's Day, my mom's birthday, my birthday and the arrival of summer gardens, it's impossible not to stumble back into memories. While I haven't planted any annuals yet, I simply couldn't ignore the beautiful reddish orange blooms in a pot just begging me to take them home. Instantly, they made me happy. So even while shushing my grandmother's voice in my head, I bought them and put them on my deck a few weeks ago. And two days later a frost hit in the night. Lesson learned. Don't ignore those voices from the past. Or at least pay attention to the weather report. I did neither and ended up with a frostbitten plant that now just makes me sad. Call it my spring fail...or even face plant. Advice from your grandma is good, but solid scientific research is even better. Plant researcher David Kramer and his team are doing some really cool work to collaborate and connect with researchers, farmers and plant experts all over the world.
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$1.5M NSF grant to explore secrets of electric fish genome

May 16, 2017 - 12:25pm
Electric fish have been a model biology system since the 18th century. Their potential, though, has been mostly isolated to neurological studies. Thanks to the recent availability of electric fish genome sequences, Michigan State University researchers hope to harness the power of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in electric fish to make a new type of model for biology.
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Constantinos Coursaris selected to work with The University of the Aegean

May 16, 2017 - 11:33am
Constantinos Coursaris, associate chair for MSU's Department of Media and Information, was awarded a fellowship by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work with the University of the Aegean.
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How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker

May 16, 2017 - 6:34am
A paper-thin, flexible material created at MSU not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well. The discovery by Spartan engineering researchers could eventually lead to consumer products such as a foldable speaker and even a talking newspaper.
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Andre Velasquez: Plants on the defensive

May 15, 2017 - 6:23pm
Disease is one of the major issues holding back crop yield, with studies reporting annual productivity drops costing in the billions of dollars, which is why scientists are conducting large-scale studies to reduce crop losses around the world.
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Stephanie Saba: Foundations of education

May 15, 2017 - 5:25pm
Recent graduate Stephanie Saba, who is completing a one-year language intensive program in Meknes, Morocco, raised money to turn a storage room into a children's reading room at the Library of the Grand Mosque.
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MSU medical students become rural health scholars

May 15, 2017 - 2:45pm
Medical students from both the MSU College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine were honored as Rural Health Scholars at this month's annual Michigan Rural Health Conference in Mt. Pleasant.
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Spartans earn bid to inaugural NISC

May 15, 2017 - 2:44pm
The National Invitational Softball Championships has announced that Michigan State is among the 48 teams selected for the inaugural tournament. The Spartans were the automatic qualifier from the Big Ten Conference.
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College of Engineering honors distinguished alumni

May 15, 2017 - 2:41pm
The annual MSU College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet honored eight distinguished alumni.
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