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Rosin up that bow, maestro. And thank your genes

June 26, 2014 - 9:24am
Mom or dad may have driven you to cello rehearsal all those years, but you can also thank your genes for pushing you to practice, according to new research led by an MSU psychology professor.
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Demmer Center to celebrate Olympic Day

June 25, 2014 - 4:57pm
On June 28, the spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Lansing, as the Demmer Center at MSU hosts a fun family event in celebration of Olympic Day.
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Smell of success

June 25, 2014 - 4:07pm
Sniff...take a deep breath. Campus is finally in full bloom-you can smell it in the air. Roses in the garden, wet dew on a summer morning, cut grass in the fields, flowering trees in the woodlots, waffle cones wafting out of the Dairy Store, sunscreen at the pool and, wait, what's that? Death? Rotting meat? Stinky cheese mixed with dirty socks? If that's the case, then you must be in MSU's plant biology greenhouse. This week the greenhouse at Wilson and Farm Lane has been home to something more rare than a teenager up before noon on summer vacation and a whole lot stinkier-the corpse flower. Its technical name is the Amorphophallus titanum and its native habit is Indonesia, but MSU is home to one of these smelly flowers. The plants rarely bloom, going years, even decades between showings. (Honestly, how often would you want to go out if all anyone talked about was how awful you smelled?) According to MSU's experts, only a handful of these giant flowers bloom outside their native habitat in any given decade. And yet, there it was-in all its malodorous glory. I hurried up to take my family to check it out since once it blooms it only lasts 24 to 48 hours. (Again, how long would you stick around if everyone who got near you gagged and held his nose?) It's a huge plant, towering over visitors who were eager to take a sniff, snap a selfie and then head outside for some fresh air.
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Peter Carrington: A rare and spectacular event

June 25, 2014 - 1:07pm
I always wanted see a corpse flower in bloom because it is the 'giant sequoia' of the philodendron family. I first dealt with this family of plants when I was instructed that one could eat skunk cabbage, a woodland plant in this group that we have here in Michigan.
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MSU Extension enhances reading for young learners

June 25, 2014 - 10:34am
As a way to improve the school readiness of the state's youngest learners, MSU Extension's MI Stronger Families program is now offering family book sheets to libraries, schools, day care centers and families throughout the state.
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Katy Meyers: Bones Abroad

June 25, 2014 - 10:31am
Over the past week, I've been visiting a variety of museums in order to collect primary data for my Ph.D. dissertation. My first stop was the Museum of Winchester to collect data and information from the Worthy Park Anglo-Saxon cemetery, and then I was off to Chester to meet with Professor Howard Williams, who is sitting on my dissertation committee.
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Pollination detail

June 25, 2014 - 10:21am
A closeup of a section of MSU's Amorphophallus titanum, aka corpse flower, shows the result of hand pollination by MSU plant biologists on June 24, 2014. Photo by Kurt Stepntiz
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MSU professor recognized with achievement award in Greece

June 25, 2014 - 10:15am
MSU professor James Kelly received the Legume Innovation Lab's Meritorious Achievement Award last month at the lab's 2014 Global Meeting, "Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes," in Athens, Greece. Presented by the chair of the Legume Innovation Lab's Technical Management Advisory Committee Julia Kornegay, the award is the highest honor given to Legume Innovation Lab researchers.
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Demmer Scholars head to Washington, D.C.

June 25, 2014 - 9:36am
A select group of students from MSU and other universities are studying the intricacies of federal policymaking while working in Washington, D.C.
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MSU alumna named Michigan's top teacher

June 24, 2014 - 4:51pm
An MSU alumna, who teaches third grade in the Walled Lake Consolidate School District, has been named the 2014-2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year. The recognition is accompanied by a seat on the State Board of Education.
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Spartan trio eagerly anticipates NBA draft

June 24, 2014 - 4:26pm
The 2014 NBA Draft will be held on June 26. Keith Appling, Gary Harris, and Adreian Payne are each hoping to be selected and make their childhood dreams of playing in the NBA a reality.
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JT Gasso joins Spartan softball staff

June 24, 2014 - 2:56pm
MSU softball coach Jacquie Joseph has announced the addition of JT Gasso to the Spartan coaching staff.
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RFP next step for new MSU biomedical research center in Grand Rapids

June 24, 2014 - 1:24pm
Michigan State University has released a request for proposal (RFP) for its planned biomedical research center in Grand Rapids to three public-private partnership (P3) firms identified through a previous selection process.
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Strider-like water sensor will help detect contaminants in water

June 24, 2014 - 12:21pm
A team of researchers from MSU is creating a kind of robotic sensor that could eventually be used to collect environmental pollution data from rivers, streams and lakes.
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Spider-like water sensor will help detect contaminants in water

June 24, 2014 - 12:21pm
A team of researchers from MSU is creating a kind of robotic sensor that could eventually be used to collect environmental pollution data from rivers, streams and lakes.
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Opening doors to cultures in Detroit

June 24, 2014 - 10:08am
MSU's seven 2013-14 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants ventured recently with CeLTA Language School Director Angelika Kraemer and other faculty members on a language-and culture-sharing journey to Detroit.
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A disease of mistaken identity

June 23, 2014 - 3:28pm
The symptoms of Cushing disease are unmistakable to those who suffer from it - excessive weight gain, acne, distinct colored stretch marks on the abdomen, thighs and armpits, and a lump, or fat deposit, on the back of the neck. Yet the disorder often goes misdiagnosed.
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MSU Board of Trustees roundup

June 20, 2014 - 1:31pm
At its June 20 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees adopted the 2014-15 budget development guidelines, which included a composite 2.8 percent tuition increase for in-state, undergraduate students.
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MSU board adopts $1.2 billion general fund budget, sets tuition

June 20, 2014 - 9:24am
The MSU Board of Trustees today approved next year's spending plan and voted to increase tuition a composite 2.8 percent for in-state, undergraduate students for the 2014-15 academic year.
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MSU joins Generation Study Abroad

June 19, 2014 - 12:52pm
Michigan State University has committed to a national effort to increase study abroad participation by 2020 through a new five-year initiative called Generation Study Abroad.
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