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One of those days

July 8, 2015 - 3:30pm
Ever have one of those days? Today has certainly been one for me. It started out with my dog waking me up just early enough to be too early, and just late enough to go back to sleep. To top it off, my arm was completely asleep - I might as well been trying to open the door with a wet noodle. Though it was too late to go back to sleep, that didn't stop me from turning off my alarm and dozing back off, only to wake with a start realizing that now I was actually late. I jumped into the shower to find only a trace amount of shampoo left. How does that happen? I swear there was more in the bottle yesterday. Are bandits sneaking into my house while I'm gone to shower and use my shampoo? Is it evaporating? While I was rinsing out the minuscule amount, an alarm on my phone went off, causing me to drip all over the floor in a mad scramble to shut it off. As I pulled on my skirt, I put my toe into the hem, ripping a good section so I chose something else to wear - and promptly tore the strap on the shirt. I moved onto outfit number three very carefully and eventually got dressed. I jammed my toothbrush into my gum, poked myself in the eye with my eyeliner and turned on my blow dryer to find it groaning like it's on its last leg.
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Zhiyong Xi: A Dream of Wiping Out Dengue Fever

July 8, 2015 - 2:30pm
My long-term goal is to develop control strategies to block dengue virus transmission in mosquitoes.
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Joseph Breck: Developing an Artistic Identity

July 8, 2015 - 11:31am
Joseph Breck, who is now a senior studio art major, only applied to one school when he was looking at colleges: Michigan State University. And when he arrived on MSU's campus, he found that the Studio Art program's emphasis on conceptual foundations was the perfect fit.
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Spartan basketball to host Florida in December

July 8, 2015 - 11:20am
MSU announced that the Spartan men's basketball team will play Florida at Breslin Center on Dec. 12.
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Community's dreams realized with new facility

July 8, 2015 - 11:16am
In 2012, a journey began for Kurt Dunckel and his wife Debbie. What started with a cash gift of $250,000 to MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine has resulted in the opening of a state-of-the-art critical care facility that will serve more than 5,000 patients per year.
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Abrams Planetarium show looks at animals in the sky

July 8, 2015 - 10:08am
A one-day show at MSU's Abrams Planetarium will allow visitors to learn about the animals in the zoo and the star formations that represent them.
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Make way for ducklings

July 8, 2015 - 9:31am
A mother duck defends her ducklings beside a pond in the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden. According to Best Colleges Online, MSU's W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Hidden Lake Gardens are ranked among the "50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S."
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Childhood stress fuels weight gain in women

July 7, 2015 - 11:59am
When it comes to weight gain for women, childhood stress appears to be a bigger culprit than stress during adulthood, finds a national study led by an MSU sociologist. Interestingly, though, neither childhood nor adult stress was associated with weight gain for men.
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Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

July 6, 2015 - 2:25pm
Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater.
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MSU Sailing Center breaks ground on new structures

July 6, 2015 - 12:05pm
After two decades, the Michigan State University Sailing Center is getting brand new facilities.
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MSU scientists uncover a 'funky cofactor'

July 2, 2015 - 2:05pm
While examining the chemical reactions of bacterial cells in a lab at MSU, researchers found an unusually complex molecule in a protein that completes a simple process. Their ensuing investigation discovered a link between the field of inorganic chemistry and that of the organic chemistry occurring all around us in nature. It was the first evidence of a new cofactor, the non-protein chemical compound that may be essential to several enzymes.
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MSU High 5: July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015 - 7:20am
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 MSU.
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The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus come to Wharton Center

July 1, 2015 - 12:51pm
The Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 8 at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall.
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We're not alone - but the universe may be less crowded than we think

July 1, 2015 - 10:35am
There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe then might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University.
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Mark Hollis announces coaching succession plan for wrestling

July 1, 2015 - 10:30am
Tom Minkel, who has directed the program since 1991, will retire following his 25th season at Michigan State in 2015-16.
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2015 Olympic Day at Demmer Center

July 1, 2015 - 10:07am
Opening ceremonies for Olympic Day start at 9:30 a.m. on July 18 at Demmer Center. After the lighting of the torch, activities for adults and children will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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You've got a friend

July 1, 2015 - 8:44am
I can't get Randy Newman out of my head. Over and over the last week I've been singing "You've Got a Friend in Me" from "Toy Story" in my head. I wake up singing it, I fall asleep humming it and it tiptoes into my thoughts throughout the day. I haven't seen the movie in forever and I haven't heard the song in probably years, yet, there it is, out of the recesses of my memories front and center today. Our brains are crazy, wonderful, unpredictable things, aren't they? I think I first started singing it when I was thinking about friendship. "Toy Story" is one of my favorite movies about friendship (not to mention one of my favorites overall) and I've been thinking about friends a lot lately. I am very, very lucky. I have some pretty incredible friends. Sure, friends are wonderful to hang out with while having fun, but they're even more important when things get rough. I had a bit of a rough patch recently and without even stumbling, my friends were there. No questions asked, no assumptions made, no second-guesses, no hesitation - they were there when I needed them and I am eternally grateful. I have friends who I've known since I was three months old (hi, Shannon), friends I met just a few months ago (waves to Aimee), even a few weird Internet friends I've never met in person (that's totally a term of endearment and they know it) and I cherish every single one. I cherish even those who I've lost touch with or had a falling out with.
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Gary Willyerd: Showing students a world of healing

July 1, 2015 - 7:44am
I developed a love and appreciation for travel, international study and service when I had the chance to study in Austria after completing my bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan. A Michigan native, I returned to the state and attended MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, after which I embarked on a career in emergency medicine and administration.
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Andrew Chegwidden: The view is amazing

July 1, 2015 - 6:44am
At some point in your life you will be confronted with diverging paths in the woods. As you're standing there contemplating your decision, you might notice that each path seems just as fair as the other. Which one should you take? My suggestion? Take the one less traveled by; it makes all the difference. Trust me, I'm a doctor. Well, almost ...
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Gerald Rhead appointed interim director of MSU Global

June 30, 2015 - 3:09pm
Gerald Rhead, director of academic entrepreneurship and co-director of MSU's Food Knowledge Cloud, has as been appointed interim director of MSU Global, effective July 1.
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