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Helping switchgrass survive winter will boost its biofuel potential

July 30, 2014 - 10:51am
MSU has been awarded $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture program to develop hardier switchgrass, a plant native to North America that holds high potential as a biofuel source.
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Douglas Olsen: Caring Concern for Others

July 30, 2014 - 10:50am
Nursing uses science to enact values, and for me, the core professional value of nursing is caring concern for others. To enact that value to its fullest, nurses need the best science of health and disease, and rigorous ways to judge the degree to which we have maximized the potential of caring concern for others when giving nursing care.
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Josh Dargavell: Lunch with Bones

July 30, 2014 - 9:52am
My first year as a graduate student at MSU has been a wonderful experience. I know the opportunities I've been given here wouldn't be accessible at any other school. I have had the chance to study, travel and play with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world.
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Calhoun named to Big Ten Players To Watch List

July 29, 2014 - 5:02pm
MSU junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun has been named to the fourth-annual Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list, as selected by a media panel attending the conference's football media days.
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Solving the 'secrecy dilemma' for democracies

July 29, 2014 - 1:21pm
National security secrets can benefit democracies, but only if there's a strong system in place to later dig those secrets up, MSU political scientist Michael Colaresi finds in a new book.
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Local education politics 'far from dead'

July 29, 2014 - 8:49am
An effort by Teach for America to capture school board seats across the United States suggests local politics still plays an important role in shaping education, suggests a study by MSU's Rebecca Jacobsen.
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Evolutionary compromises drive diversity

July 28, 2014 - 11:28am
To paraphrase the Rolling Stones: we can't always get everything we want in life, but we get what we need. MSU researchers believe this is a powerful principle in evolution as well. Trade-offs, which are evolutionary compromises, drive the diversity of life, said Chris Adami, MSU professor of microbiology and molecular genetics.
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MSU seeks to improve Breslin Center fan experience

July 25, 2014 - 10:30am
A national search begins today as MSU seeks qualifications from architectural firms and construction managers to renovate the Jack Breslin Student Event Center.
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MSU professor tapped for USDA board position

July 24, 2014 - 12:03pm
Douglas Buhler, director of MSU's AgBioResearch, has been appointed to a national board of directors of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. The announcement was made by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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Leo Kempel recommended as MSU engineering dean

July 23, 2014 - 4:33pm
Leo Kempel, who has been acting dean of the MSU College of Engineering since 2013, has been recommended as full-time dean of the college he has served for more than 16 years.
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Bollywood dreams

July 23, 2014 - 1:53pm
I grew up in a pretty traditional American suburb upbringing. I didn't learn a different language, we traveled to Florida, Washington, D.C., Cedar Point, California and, of course, "up north" on family vacations. Ethnic food meant tacos, lasagna, or, from my own German heritage, sauerkraut and springerle cookies. It was a different time then and the world seemed a lot bigger when I was a kid. International trips were for the wealthy, restaurants served American cuisine and there was no such thing as learning about the world by surfing the Net. America may have been a melting pot, but my neighborhood and schools were still pretty homogeneous. Things like the Olympics and movies offered opportunities to see different kinds of people, cultures, foods, languages and landscapes. It was a chance to experience places that seemed exotic and exciting, but only on a screen. As a kid, I never dreamed that I might someday visit places across the world. That seemed pure fantasy.
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Amol Pavangadkar: Learning through lenses

July 23, 2014 - 12:56pm
The group had just finished their steak...yes STEAK in India, had their last round of mango ice cream, thanked their hotel staff and took their last group selfies. It was 10:15 p.m. and we were having our final group debriefing in the lobby of our temporary home in India.
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Alyssa Cleland: Study Abroad-India Part I

July 23, 2014 - 11:56am
Alyssa Cleland is a senior studying media and information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. In June, she traveled to India for a new Spartan study abroad program, "Beyond Bollywood: Taste of Indian Media."
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First structural concrete pour takes place at MSU's FRIB

July 23, 2014 - 10:55am
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 23, what's known as the first structural concrete pour took place for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.
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Rockin' it out at AOP

July 23, 2014 - 9:56am
Academic Orientation Program students gather for a photo at the Rock while touring campus. Photo by Derrick L. Turner
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MSU receives nearly $1 million for humanities projects

July 22, 2014 - 5:27pm
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nearly $1 million to MSU as part of its Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program.
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Food and ag leaders hopeful about industry, state economy

July 22, 2014 - 1:59pm
Leaders in Michigan's food and agriculture industry remain optimistic about their businesses, and their confidence in Michigan's overall economy continues to climb. Those were the results of the Michigan Agriculture and Food Index shared July 22 during the annual Ag Expo VIP breakfast.
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LGBT programs and services to expand with $1 million gift

July 22, 2014 - 11:17am
MSU's Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center has been named the beneficiary of a $1 million bequest from the estates of an MSU alumnus and his partner, who wish to remain anonymous, which will be used to improve and develop new programs and resources.
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Swimming recognized for team academic acheivements

July 22, 2014 - 9:07am
The MSU men's and women's swimming and diving teams were named Scholar All-America Teams supported by Nike Swim by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
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Jemele Hill to serve as 2014 Homecoming grand marshal

July 21, 2014 - 5:17pm
MSU alumna Jemele Hill, '97, will serve as the grand marshal for MSU's 2014 Homecoming Sept. 22-27.
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