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Act boldly

August 9, 2017 - 1:12pm
Aug. 9, 2017 "Wait, let me just try this." "Hold on, I think this might work." "I can probably figure it out if you give me a second." "Whoops." If you're anything at all like me, those are commonly used phrases in your vocabulary. I've hardly met a challenge I didn't want to tackle (well, maybe removing the snake from my garage). I don't always succeed, but that's not the point. The point is that I'm willing to try. This week, like most, has been filled with moments of trying something new, figuring out a different approach and making some mistakes. Heck, even walking to my office has been challenging lately. Because of construction, the path from the parking ramp changes daily, lined by wire fences and tarps. It's kind of interesting to see what configuration they'll come up with next. Apparently, not everyone has been able to navigate successfully - yesterday a lone shoe sat abandoned on the path. (How does that happen? Who continues on with just one shoe?) At work, I've been loading content into a really cool site that we'll be sharing soon that ties together a ton of great stuff my colleagues gathered on the #MSURoadTrip. It's not a particularly difficult task, but it can get a little dizzying. At one point, I had three browsers and twenty-four windows open - pulling stuff from everywhere. It's not normally how I spend my day.
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John Taylor: Impacting student well-being

August 9, 2017 - 1:11pm
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine CARE Team is a new initiative which promotes preventative help-seeking and using available mental health services. The goal is for students to develop career-lasting strategies for managing stress and boosting resiliency.
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Panashe Mayangamutse: Spanning beyond imagination

August 9, 2017 - 12:33pm
Growing up in Zimbabwe, MasterCard Foundation Scholar Panashe Mayangamutse dreamed of becoming an engineer. Now, she is looking forward to returning to Africa to apply what she's learned at Michigan State - to positively affect the engineering profession, her community and the world.
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A new chloroplast role for making biofuels

August 9, 2017 - 12:04pm
Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars.
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Thomas D. Jeitschko recommended as associate provost, dean of the Graduate School

August 9, 2017 - 10:35am
Thomas D. Jeitschko has been recommended to serve as associate provost for graduate education and as the new dean of Michigan State University's Graduate School.
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MSU Baseball hosting fall prospect camps

August 9, 2017 - 10:14am
MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss and the Spartan staff will host a pair of prospect camps this fall for high school players; the camps will take place Sept. 24 and Oct. 14 at McLane Baseball Stadium.
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MSU's Sierakowski named to 2017 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

August 9, 2017 - 10:08am
MSU men's soccer junior forward Ryan Sierakowski was named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List on Tuesday.
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Sharp shooters: MSU's shotgun team standouts

August 8, 2017 - 11:21am
MSU Shooting Sports Club Shotgun Team concluded a banner inaugural season, thanks to the efforts of Nicholas Ostrander and Marilla Marks who have set the bar high for future seasons.
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15th annual 'Meet the Spartans' scheduled for Aug. 23

August 7, 2017 - 12:06pm
MSU football fans of all ages are invited to attend the 15th annual "Meet the Spartans," presented by Pepsi and Sparrow Health System, on Aug. 23 from 5-8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
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New director of building services joins Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

August 4, 2017 - 2:50pm
Dave Brewer will be the new director of building services for Infrastructure Planning and Facilities.
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Counseling Center and Psychiatry Clinic merge

August 4, 2017 - 2:44pm
The MSU Counseling Center and the MSU Psychiatry Clinic will move from their old locations and come together to form the MSU Counsellng and Psychiatric Services, or CAPS, this month.
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Why Facebook is so hard to resist

August 3, 2017 - 8:44am
Why is social media such a hard habit to break? Because it makes us feel good, said Michigan State University's Allison Eden, assistant professor in the Department of Communication.
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Things crop up

August 2, 2017 - 2:16pm
I was holding a baby, rolling silverware, saying hello to customers and typing a blog with one hand. That wasn't exactly how I had planned to spend last Wednesday, but things crop up. I mentioned last week that I was at my sister's restaurant writing my blog due to rain and a change of plans. What I didn't mention is that it got so busy, everyone had to hustle and that meant a lot of multi-tasking for me. Like any good Spartan, I simply adapted. Then I noticed that somehow, my computer clock switched time zones since I was so close to Lake Michigan. Not only was I multi-tasking, I was an hour behind. At least I had a delicious omelet to keep me going. Rather than run around panicking, I simply took a deep breath and got to work. Things change, plans go awry, but Spartans soldier on. The restaurant slowed down, my nephew took the baby, my sister kept people away and I started writing. By the time I finished, it was past my self-imposed deadline but I wasn't saving lives - just writing a column. Sometimes, you just have to roll with the punches. I had planned on joining my colleagues for dinner in Traverse City. By the time I finally got there, they were already done and needed to get to another shoot. They quickly offered me some delicious nachos and pasta they hadn't been able to finish so I scarfed down their absolutely delicious leftovers and we headed out. I can guarantee you that many plans have gone awry on the #MSURoadTrip.
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William Hartmann awarded Acoustical Society of America Gold Medal

August 2, 2017 - 12:57pm
William Hartmann, a Michigan State University professor of physics, was awarded the 2017 Acoustical Society of America Gold Medal for his contributions to research and education in psychological acoustics and service to the society.
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Karim Maredia: Entomologist. World-Traveler. Biotech Pioneer.

August 2, 2017 - 12:47pm
I left my parents to get an education. My aunt became like a mother to me. Mumbai was in another state which had better schools, better edu-cation and better opportunities.
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Mary Adjepong: Solving the problem of childhood stunting

August 2, 2017 - 11:42am
Mary Adjepong, a scholar with the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development program, wants to solve the problems of nutritional deficiencies and stunting in her home country of Ghana, especially for children in rural areas.
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Reagan Villet: Exploring friendships

August 2, 2017 - 11:15am
Before coming to college, I knew I wanted to study abroad. In fact, MSU's nationally ranked study abroad program was one of the major reasons that I chose to become a Spartan.
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Puzzling pockets of rock deep in Earth's mantle

August 2, 2017 - 6:00am
MSU and Arizona State University geoscientists have used computer modeling to find an explanation for how pockets of mushy rock have accumulated at the boundary between Earth's core and mantle.
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First recipients of Grand Hotel Scholarship announced

August 2, 2017 - 12:54am
At this year's Arts Weekend at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island held in late June, the Grand Hotel Endowed Scholarship for Arts & Letters were presented for the first time to six deserving students.
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Public registry aims to connect Flint residents to needed care

August 1, 2017 - 1:24pm
Flint residents will soon be able to participate in a voluntary registry that will help connect them to programs designed to minimize the effects of lead on their health.
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