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Newly discovered organic nanowires leave manmade technologies in their dust

March 24, 2016 - 9:04am
A microbial protein fiber discovered by a Michigan State University scientist transports charges at rates high enough to be applied in manmade nanotechnologies.
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You Win Some, You Lose Some

March 23, 2016 - 2:37pm
Ouch. I mean OUCH. That really hurt. Last Friday afternoon there were a lot of hurting and stunned Spartans out there - and a lot of busted basketball brackets. It seemed inconceivable that the men's basketball team, who many picked to go all the way, found themselves on the losing side in the very first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. As I listened to final seconds at my desk, I couldn't believe it. I was shocked, sad and angry - and I may have expressed a few choice words. Loudly. I certainly wasn't the only one. All around me, I could hear colleagues voicing their disappointment. It was the upset of all upsets. Tom Izzo and his incredibly talented team were out. Done. Going home long before March was over. A great sadness took over campus, the city of East Lansing and anywhere you find Spartans. Of course I was upset, but I couldn't even imagine how those young student athletes felt. They'd worked so hard and accomplished so much, yet fell way short of the ultimate prize they were seeking. It broke my heart to look at their faces and see their tears. At the end of the day, I stumbled blindly out to my car, barely even noticing the majestic Beaumont Tower that I'm lucky enough to see every day. I had been texting with my daughter during the game and at this point was telling her how awful it felt that the Spartans lost. And then, in all her wisdom (when did she get so smart) she texted me back this photo she happened across in a magazine at the moment I texted her. She said, "Hey, would your rather the Spartans win basketball, or have one featured in national publications for trying to solve one of the hugest problems to hit the state?"
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Rhonda Conner-Warren: You Can Trust that I Will

March 23, 2016 - 12:32pm
My grandmother use to say, "You never miss the water until the well runs dry." The phrases I often heard about the Flint water crisis and the donated water include:
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MSU/China opera collaboration comes to campus

March 23, 2016 - 12:03pm
This week, students from the China Conservatory of Music and the MSU College of Music will perform "The Savage Land" and "Bernstein Sings America" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MSU/China Vocal Arts Collaboration.
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Hendrick approved as dean of CANR

March 23, 2016 - 11:07am
Ronald Hendrick was approved dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources by the MSU Board of Trustees. His appointment will be effective July 1.
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Brad Pitt's and fruit flies' cowlicks controlled by cancer protein

March 23, 2016 - 9:36am
What does Brad Pitt have in common with a fruit fly? His Hollywood hairstyles cover a prominent cowlick - the swirl of hair that that is caused by a patterning mechanism also active in our two-winged friends - that similarly feature "polarized" hair patterns.
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Grace Noyola: Pursuing Your Passions

March 23, 2016 - 9:32am
I came to MSU with one goal: to learn how to make an impact on the environment with my writing. I wasn't sure how, but nonetheless I wanted my experience here to prepare me for a future in both the arts and the sciences. As a transfer student pursuing a career in writing and communication, already a full academic year ahead in school, I was fearful it was even possible to fulfill my hopes in only two years. Thankfully, MSU did not share my doubts.
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Department of Theatre announces 56th annual Summer Circle season

March 22, 2016 - 10:40am
The MSU Department of Theatre's 56th annual Summer Circle season has a variety of performances lined up for 2016.
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Gymnastics headed to NCAA Athens Regional

March 22, 2016 - 10:31am
The MSU women's gymnastics team is making its second-straight NCAA regional appearance.
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MSU global water scientist awarded world's top water prize

March 22, 2016 - 9:10am
MSU professor Joan Rose is the 2016 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, announced today at the United Nation's World Water Day celebration in Geneva. The Stockholm Water Prize is the world's most-prestigious water award.
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Blacks believe police view them as 'suspects first, civilians second'

March 22, 2016 - 7:37am
A new study by MSU criminologist Jennifer Cobbina indicates that black people believe police view them as worthless thugs and that this perception, true or not, affects police-community relations in an era of persistent racial strife.
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Police view blacks as 'suspects first, civilians second'

March 22, 2016 - 7:37am
A new study by MSU criminologist Jennifer Cobbina indicates that black people believe police view them as worthless thugs and that this perception, true or not, affects police-community relations in an era of persistent racial strife.
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Trustee gives $1 million to help future lawyers

March 21, 2016 - 10:03am
A $1 million gift from MSU College of Law Trustee Mike Morris and his wife, Linda, has created a charitable lead trust to provide scholarships and a fund for initiatives identified by the dean.
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China's efforts to restore forests are working

March 18, 2016 - 3:00pm
China's sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working.
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MSU renews commitment to civic action with signing of Campus Compact Statement

March 18, 2016 - 12:32pm
President Lou Anna K. Simon has signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Civic Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors, a declaration that emphasizes a renewed commitment to prepare students for democratic citizenship, builds partnerships for change and reinvigorates higher education for the public good.
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Spartans open NCAA Tournament vs. Middle Tennessee

March 17, 2016 - 8:48am
Michigan State is making its 19th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
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MSU uses Mott grant to help improve education in Flint

March 17, 2016 - 7:44am
MSU will use a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to help Flint Community Schools improve the quality of education for children in Flint.
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Successfully moving giraffes

March 16, 2016 - 4:59pm
For Arthur Muneza, taking a trip to Africa isn't that big of a deal - it's his home. Recently, however, he made a trip to Africa that was a big deal, one that may be the biggest of his young career.
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Don't put it off

March 16, 2016 - 3:55pm
How can I be so completely exhausted yet so anxious to get moving all at the same time? Yet, here I am, on a ridiculously early flight back to Detroit from Austin, Texas feeling exactly that. I'm working on less than four hours of sleep after spending the last five days at my first South By Southwest, or SXSW, Interactive conference with thousands of other people. I went to 23 different sessions, walked about a million miles, filled my brain with knowledge and barely slowed down to eat. (I also managed to take a header on a crowded sidewalk in front of crowd, fall into my seat twice and have a slight wardrobe malfunction. No, I wasn't drinking. I'm just clumsy that way.) Now I'm just itching to get back in the office and put it all to use. (Well, maybe after a good night's sleep.) During one of my last sessions, public radio personality Ira Glass talked about doing creative work. He said, "It's so hard to make anything, so just do it. Don't put it off." There are days I think I'm the queen of putting things off. (After all, I am on a plane writing something I probably should have written last night.) This quote goes far beyond just about making things. We all put things off that we probably shouldn't. Life isn't always easy. When we come up against a problem, it feels easier to quit. At an earlier session, another presenter said, "Problems don't stop the work, problems are the work." I hadn't ever really thought about work that way, but he is absolutely right. Honestly, that's pretty much the way Spartans look at work.
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Amy Ralston: Lessons from the Mouse Embryo

March 16, 2016 - 12:39pm
When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, a tail or a vital organ. However, the cells of mammalian embryos get to make a different first choice - to become the protective placenta or to commit to forming the baby. These events happen during the first four or five days of human pregnancy.
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