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The Texas butterfly effect

June 8, 2016 - 3:03pm
How can scientists better understand summer monarch butterfly populations in the Midwest? Check spring weather in Texas.
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June 8, 2016 - 2:07pm
Last week my husband invited me to lunch at the Peanut Barrel in downtown East Lansing. If you've ever sat outside at the PB on a lovely summer day, you know you don't turn that down. (Fun fact: I had a creative writing final there when I was a student. We acted out plays we had written.) Little did I know just how fantastic lunch would be. While we were perusing the menu, all of a sudden, my brilliant daughter appeared. What the what? She was supposed to be on set in New York City. Yet there she was, hugging me and wishing me a happy birthday. It's tough to get a surprise over on me, but they pulled it off so I could celebrate with my proudest and most precious accomplishment. It was an incredible surprise. Surprises. They come in all forms. Sometimes they're really special - like my daughter appearing. Sometimes they're not great - like the wind out of nowhere that threatened the wrap dress I was wearing yesterday. Sometimes they're just plain strange - like the appearance of a semi-truck in my backyard when I got home. (My neighbor is building a basketball court.) Sometimes surprises turn into major discoveries - like penicillin, x-rays, pacemakers and chocolate chip cookies.
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Christie Bahlai: Passive crowdsourcing

June 8, 2016 - 1:28pm
A while back, my colleague, Doug Landis, was searching the web for pictures of flowers for a project about native plants, and noticed that some pictures of flowers he looked at frequently captured insect visits. He got to wondering- do the bees we occasionally observe in this sort of photo have...meaning?
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MSU teams up to honor veterans

June 8, 2016 - 12:39pm
MSU teamed up with Mid-Michigan Honor Flight to house 63 veterans visiting Washington D.C. to see the national war memorials dedicated to their service.
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MSU celebrates arrival of new supercomputer

June 8, 2016 - 11:11am
MSU's Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, or iCER, is set to introduce its newest supercomputing resource for campus use at a Cluster Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. June 10. At the event, iCER will celebrate the launch of three new hybrid clusters in the High Performance Computing Center's supercomputing system.
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Energy-saving devices work - if you use them correctly

June 8, 2016 - 10:51am
A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.
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Competitive schedule awaits Spartans in 2016

June 8, 2016 - 10:49am
Florida headlines 2015 NCAA Tournament teams on MSU schedule.
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Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris named to 2016 USA Basketball Select Team

June 8, 2016 - 10:45am
Valentine is just one of five players among the 25 participants to have played college basketball last year.
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Ryan Duda: Using theatre to help kids with special needs

June 8, 2016 - 9:06am
Coming to MSU, Ryan Duda didn't know what to expect. After auditioning for the Theatre program and finding his passion there, he knew he came to the right place. Now a sophomore theatre major with arts and cultural management and musical theatre minors, he is not only making strides in his classes but delving into extracurriculars that make positive impacts on the community.
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MSU will locate Center for Urban Food Systems in Detroit

June 7, 2016 - 4:04pm
A new facility in Detroit will become Michigan State University's first center for studying and developing urban food systems.
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Study uncovers clue to deciphering schizophrenia

June 7, 2016 - 9:37am
The brains of healthy relatives of people with schizophrenia may hold a clue to better understand - and ultimately treat - the devastating illness, finds new research led by an MSU scientist.
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Michigan State announces major athletic award winners

June 7, 2016 - 9:24am
Five MSU student-athletes have been recognized for excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom, earning the school's highest athletic awards for 2015-16.
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Crosstown Showdown rescheduled for Sept. 6

June 6, 2016 - 10:49am
The game will take place at 7 p.m.
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New scene shop brings theater to life

June 6, 2016 - 10:30am
The 9,370-square-foot facility is the new home for the Department of Theatre's scene shop (or formally named the Performing Arts Teaching Laboratory) where all the sets for the department's theater productions and the College of Music Opera program performances are built.
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Fertilizer use could reduce climate benefit of cellulosic biofuels

June 2, 2016 - 2:34pm
According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp increase in emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide and a significant driver of global climate change.
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Michigan school funding, choice policies hurting local districts

June 2, 2016 - 11:02am
School districts in Michigan get into financial trouble almost entirely based on factors outside their control, finds a study led by an MSU education scholar.
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Academic All-Big Ten honors announced for the 2016 spring season

June 2, 2016 - 10:56am
In all, 96 Spartans were recognized for having a 3.0 or higher GPA.
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Michigan State officially dedicates Lasch Family Golf Center

June 2, 2016 - 10:52am
MSU dedicates $6 million facility with a ceremony on Wednesday.
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MSU and partner universities boost Detroit with research, service

June 2, 2016 - 9:13am
MSU and partner universities support Detroit's resurgence with hundreds of millions of dollars annually in research, education and outreach services, a new study finds.
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Another year gone by

June 1, 2016 - 2:28pm
Well, it's that day again. I'm another year older (along with Morgan Freeman, Heidi Klum, Alanis Morissette and Amy Schumer). Somehow, birthdays seem to sneak up more quietly and a lot more quickly as the years go by. Though I often feel like I'm still 20 years old, I am most certainly not. But, with age comes wisdom and I definitely have the wisdom to know that getting older is way better than the alternative. Fair warning...emotional birthday musings ahead. I have known too many people who would have given anything to live long enough to have a wrinkle or a gray hair. I know too many families who had to say goodbye far, far too soon. I have experienced a random cardiac event that would have robbed me of any future birthdays if not for my implanted defibrillator. I have way too much perspective on not celebrating a birthday rather than blowing out what seems like a lot of candles. So I'll blow them out with a smile on my face and a grateful heart for being granted yet another year. Rather than worry about how old I'm getting, I'll eat another brownie made by my coworker, Jen (um...puppy chow brownies are seriously delicious), read well wishes from friends and family, enjoy a lovely dinner and reflect on the gift of another year. I'll look forward to my tomorrows and wonder what I should do with them. I will never take another birthday for granted but instead revel in simply being here to celebrate it.
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