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Rock on

August 24, 2016 - 2:00pm
My to-do list yesterday probably looked like a lot of people's lists-some writing, a bit of editing, a couple of meetings, responding to emails and working on some projects. Oh yeah, and painting a rock. I'm guessing there weren't many people with that on their list - except four of my #TeamCABS coworkers. We weren't just painting any rock. We painted The Rock. You know the one: The huge boulder on Farm Lane that is steeped in campus tradition and covered in thousands of coats of paint. We five Spartans, who all graduated some time ago (some of us much longer ago than others, ahem) broke out our brushes on a beautiful early morning and painted The Rock for our first time. Technically, two of us had kind of helped once before. But the help consisted of bringing snacks and watching the real artist do his work rather than doing any actual painting. But this time, guided by another talented artist who wisely made stencils, we channeled our inner Renoir (or maybe Warhol) and got to work. We had a video shoot planned in which The Rock had a starring role. (I can't wait to share the final video with you next week. My colleagues are uber talented so I know it's going to be great!)
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Lars Brudvig and Tammy Long: Helping students think like scientists

August 24, 2016 - 1:59pm
Many students enter college with aspirations of being scientists, only to become disillusioned with their first-year science courses. But Lars Brudvig and Tammy Long are aspiring to change that.
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Emmalee Skorich: Reigniting a passion for travel

August 24, 2016 - 1:54pm
My childhood summers were spent sharing the middle seat of the family van with my sisters as my family traveled around the country.
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Summer was fun, but back to the books

August 24, 2016 - 8:17am
It was fun while it lasted, but summer is winding down and students are packing their bags and heading back to school.
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Nearly 4,000 attendees learn about FRIB

August 23, 2016 - 5:45pm
Nearly 4,000 members of the public attended the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory open house on Aug. 20. The "Rare Access" event included activities, demonstrations, presentations and tours that allowed attendees to learn more about a world-leading science facility in operation (NSCL) and one in the making (FRIB).
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Going the distance

August 23, 2016 - 4:21pm
In rural Tanzania, the residents of the Milola and Naitolia villages face a long, hard road to move from subsistence to prosperity. But they also know that tough trips go easier with a partner.
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MSU and Van Andel Research Institute on cusp of slowing progression of Parkinson's

August 23, 2016 - 3:42pm
A few years ago, Caryl Sortwell, an MSU College of Human Medicine Parkinson's researcher, was asked by Jeff MacKeigan, a scientist at Van Andel Research Institute, or VARI, to collaborate on research that could significantly slow the progression of Parkinson's.
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Choral Union to hold auditions for upcoming season

August 23, 2016 - 3:28pm
The MSU Choral Union will hold auditions for its upcoming season at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 14.
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Melatonin boost a key to fighting breast cancer

August 23, 2016 - 12:26pm
Melatonin, a hormone produced in the human brain, appears to suppress the growth of breast cancer tumors.
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Back-to-school tips

August 22, 2016 - 3:58pm
As students gear up for the 2016-17 academic year, experts share a variety of tips and pieces of advice on topics ranging from health to personal security.
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MSU's David Kramer wins international innovation prize

August 22, 2016 - 2:41pm
David Kramer, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor in photosynthesis and bioenergetics, is the 2016 recipient of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research Innovation Award.
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MSU ready for Fall move in

August 19, 2016 - 11:34am
Summertime in East Lansing is officially coming to an end, as more than 17,000 on-campus residents settle in to their campus homes at MSU in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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Are urban black males shortchanged in classroom?

August 18, 2016 - 3:44pm
Giving special treatment to young urban black males in the high school classroom runs the risk of shortchanging these students academically once they get to college, indicates a new study by an MSU education scholar.
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FRIB open house Saturday

August 18, 2016 - 11:05am
The public is invited to visit the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, now under construction, and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory now conducting rare isotope research at MSU. FRIB and NSCL are forefront research facilities that push the boundaries of science and allow researchers to explore unknown nuclear realms.
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Knock, knock

August 17, 2016 - 2:27pm
"You know, I bet I could have been a gymnast if I had the chance to take lessons," I told my husband the other night while we watched the incredible, gravity defying routines of the U.S. gymnastics team. (Seriously, how do they do that?) "Yep, you might have mentioned that once or twice - or more," he responded. Then I got up off the couch, twisted my back, cracked my knee, tripped over the dog, slipped on the floor and almost dropped my empty gelato dish. OK, so maybe not.Maybe that wasn't a missed opportunity and I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. I might not have a gold medal, but I have had a lifetime of golden opportunities. I grew up in a great family, had a wonderful education, became a Spartan, worked for Congress, became a mother, live in a fantastic community and have traveled the world. And those are just the highlights. The trick is to take advantage of every opportunity presented, even if it's challenging. Look for them everywhere and if you can't clearly see them - look harder. You never know where a random opportunity might take you. That's the great thing about MSU - opportunity is everywhere you look. Students can study practically anything and find their passion. They can mix it up and study different disciplines. They can join countless activities and study abroad. They can be mentored by world-class researchers and perform their own research. They can work hard, have fun, volunteer, change lives and improve the world. For Spartans, success is a given because opportunities are around every corner.
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Marcos Dantus: Saying goodbye to a mentor and friend

August 17, 2016 - 1:11pm
It is difficult to say goodbye to someone who had such a significant impact in your life. For those of you who don't know Ahmed Zewail, he was known as the "Father of Femtochemistry" and won the Nobel Prize in 1999. Sadly, he passed away on Aug. 2.
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Lifting spirits with music and more

August 17, 2016 - 12:42pm
Concert pianist and MSU College of Music alumna Jennifer Heemstra was working as a music instructor in Rome a couple of years ago when her husband's job with the U.S. State Department moved them to India.
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Christopher Oakley: The best place to be

August 17, 2016 - 10:26am
After receiving his doctorate in biology from Florida State University in 2011, Christopher Oakley joined the lab of Doug Schemske, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor of plant biology, as a postdoctoral researcher because he felt it was "the best place to be."
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MSU gives back during annual day of service

August 17, 2016 - 10:24am
Aug. 22 will mark the fifth annual MSU Spartan Day of Service, a day in which hundreds of MSU REHS staff members and students come together to give back to the Greater Lansing area through volunteer work at multiple locations.
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