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Finding the light

July 13, 2016 - 3:48pm
"The power is out." That's never what one wants to hear after a quick and ferocious storm but that's exactly what my husband told me when I called him after the rain had stopped last Friday. I had waited it out in my office, watching trees come down all around campus, including an old pine outside my window. At first, we were told the power would be on in a few hours, but then the estimate was changed to Sunday. Whelp...there went the weekend. Or so I thought. But, instead of wallowing in our darkness and lack of air conditioning, we made peace with the fact that we'd be throwing out all our food and decided to find our light elsewhere. We hopped in the car on Saturday and headed to Detroit for the day. Our first stop was the Detroit Institute of Arts - a true crown jewel of the city. The light there doesn't just come from the painter's brush or the architect's design but the abundance of beauty, hope and peace I always feel when wandering through the collections. After a few hours there, we drove around the city checking out new construction, recently opened businesses and a vibrancy that shone and excited me. Our first stop was the Detroit Institute of Arts - a true crown jewel of the city.
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New invention: impact-sensing headbands

July 13, 2016 - 1:53pm
Gary Blanchard and Marcos Dantus, with MSU's Department of Chemistry, have invented a headband that records the severity and location of impacts on the head. This inexpensive detector allows coaches, parents and doctors to quickly decide to initiate concussion protocols at sporting events, such as football or soccer.
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Amanda Toler Woodward: We need to talk about aging

July 13, 2016 - 11:48am
Birds do it, bees do it, and I hate to break it to you, we do it, too. I'm aging as I type this. You're aging as you read it. If we're both lucky we'll keep aging until we are . . . gasp . . . . old! More and more of us are doing just that and more and more of us are not happy about it.
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Student participates in national discussion on racial justice in education

July 13, 2016 - 11:03am
MSU criminal justice junior and College Assistance Migrant Program scholar Esbeydy Villegas recently participated in a panel discussion on racial justice in education at the 2016 National Education Association's Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women in Washington, D.C.
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$4.5 million gift from alumnus Robert Burgess supports entrepreneurship at MSU

July 13, 2016 - 10:12am
MSU has announced a $4.5 million gift to the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Eli Broad College of Business from alumnus Robert "Bob" K. Burgess, an accomplished business leader and longtime university advisor.
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Jon Benton: Taking medical training back to his roots

July 13, 2016 - 9:48am
Some people get an adrenaline rush from jumping out of planes, others take a fast ride on a roller coaster. Then there are people like third-year MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine student Jon Benton. Having worked as an emergency medical technician since his junior year of high school, Benton gets a rush from helping others.
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MSU builds high-tech test track to improve crop performance

July 12, 2016 - 11:54am
Automakers torture test their cars on special tracks that simulate real driving conditions. Germany's automakers have their fabled Nurburgring track. GM has its Desert Proving Ground in California. Now Michigan State University has DEPI - Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging - to test-drive plants so scientists and plant breeders can make them work better and produce more.
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Aerial Powers Named to 2016 USA Basketball Select Team

July 12, 2016 - 10:46am
Former Michigan State All-American Aerial Powers was named to the USA Basketball Women's Select Team. She is one of 11 members chosen to the team along with former Big Ten rival Kahleah Copper.
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Are brain changes fueling overeating in the obese?

July 12, 2016 - 9:34am
Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain, finds a new study by an MSU neuroscientist.
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Common additive may be why you have food allergies

July 11, 2016 - 11:11am
A Michigan State University researcher has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies.
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MSU among leaders in vehicle charging stations

July 11, 2016 - 11:10am
MSU is taking part in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge, a national partnership program that aims to increase the number of employers offering workplace vehicle charging to 500 by 2018.
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MSU named first innovation hub in state

July 8, 2016 - 3:29pm
The Michigan Strategic Fund has named MSU the first innovation hub in the state.
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An American, a Libyan, a Spartan, an Olympian

July 8, 2016 - 11:27am
MSU MBA student Mohamed Hrezi will represent Libya in the Olympic marathon.
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Spartans help employ Detroit's youth

July 8, 2016 - 11:22am
Twenty-seven Spartan students spent two Saturdays, June 18 and June 25, at the Brenda Scott Academy in Detroit volunteering for Grow Detroit's Young Talent, which provides summer job training for Detroit youth.
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Why Clinton and Trump backers don't mix

July 8, 2016 - 9:28am
Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives - and may even change your personality, finds a national study led by an MSU scholar.
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USATF Olympic Trials update: Five Spartans make finals

July 7, 2016 - 11:58am
Five of six Spartans that have competed thus far have made finals at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.
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$2 million gift to fund bridge research at MSU

July 7, 2016 - 11:56am
The largest single donation ever given to MSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will enhance research focused on the nation's strained transportation infrastructure.
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Seventy-eight Spartans named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

July 7, 2016 - 11:53am
Letterwinners earned a minimum grade point average of 3.7 for the 2015-16 academic year.
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College of Music offers program for pre-college students with autism

July 7, 2016 - 11:08am
A first-of-its kind summer piano festival through the MSU College of Music will provide advanced music students on the autism spectrum a chance to preview life as a collegiate musician.
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Areas in need get a food market on wheels

July 7, 2016 - 10:41am
A Michigan State University researcher is using his mapping expertise to help a farmers market and other local food sources go mobile in Flint, bringing healthier options closer to those most in need.
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