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Ups and downs

December 21, 2016 - 1:56pm
This holiday season I'll be sporting the ever-so-fashionable knee brace with my festive outfits. I'll be hobbling around the Christmas tree and ringing in the New Year with a noticeable limp. Did I fall on the ice, you ask? Maybe twist it going hard to the hoop? Was I in a fight with a bobcat? Nope, those just aren't weird enough for me. Remember, I'm the person who almost broke their toe in a baking accident - but that's another story. This time, there were no cookies involved. (Though I had made some the night before.) However, I might be the only person to sprain their knee charging their phone. Yep, you read that right. I sprained my knee charging my phone. Well, technically, it wasn't charging yet. I was reaching for my cord on the floor from my bed and, well, tumbled right out, getting my leg caught in the covers and twisting my knee. Go ahead and laugh. I did - right up until I realized I couldn't walk. Oh well, I'm on the mend and it certainly could be a lot worse. At least with my injury, I really have no one but myself to blame. I could have simply gotten out of bed the normal way to get my charger. But the flannel sheets were so warm and I thought I could just stretch a little more and reach it. Clearly, I have an inflated view of my capabilities. But, like I said, I only have myself to blame.
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Rhonda Conner-Warren: Flint - a year of reflection

December 21, 2016 - 1:07pm
The Flint Water Crisis is far from over. As we provide ongoing health fairs in the community, we uncover new health concerns; injuries from carrying heavy water, lack of knowledge about home filter maintenance and communities that still do not know about free health services available to them.
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Paige Korner: Paving her own way

December 21, 2016 - 11:52am
As a self-proclaimed language enthusiast, Paige Korner has known since high school that she wanted to study Chinese in college. Since making the decision to major in Chinese, Korner - who also picked up a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) minor along the way - has studied abroad in both Korea and Taiwan.
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Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications

December 21, 2016 - 10:11am
MSU scientists have engineered "molecular Velcro" into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae's biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.
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'Watershed' discovery reveals plants' medicinal secrets

December 20, 2016 - 9:12am
Metabolons, near-mythical clusters of enzymes, have been discovered for the first time. Using fluorescent tags and microscopy - molecular movie technology - scientists have confirmed their existence, thus unlocking plants' secret medicinal toolbox.
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Seeking applications for Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize

December 19, 2016 - 3:30pm
MSU is now accepting applications for the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize, which grants an award for "future growth and development, travel, graduate study or meditation" to an outstanding graduating senior.
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Giving back in tandem

December 19, 2016 - 1:39pm
Cliff Haka, the director of the MSU Libraries, and Sue Haka, the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and former senior associate dean of the Eli Broad College of Business, have created endowments they see as opportunities to lead by example.
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MSU's Terrie Taylor honored with Ben Kean award

December 19, 2016 - 11:26am
Terrie Taylor, internationally recognized malaria expert in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, was recently awarded the Ben Kean Medal by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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Ancient Chinese malaria remedy fights TB

December 19, 2016 - 11:07am
A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow the evolution of drug resistance.
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S3 collaborative program funds new research

December 16, 2016 - 2:17pm
Science and Society at State, or S3, a research program that supports scholarship across disciplines at MSU, has awarded funding to 12 new research projects for 2016-2017.
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Nine students recognized with 2016 Board of Trustees Awards

December 16, 2016 - 10:47am
At the Dec. 16 Board of Trustees meeting, nine graduating students were recognized with Board of Trustees Awards for having the highest scholastic average at the close of his or her last semester in attendance at Michigan State University.
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New building reflects MSU's commitment to STEM-related fields

December 16, 2016 - 10:41am
MSU's newest building bolsters the university's commitment of providing interdisciplinary research space to support significant growth in STEM-related fields.
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Student-produced film earns spot in film festival

December 16, 2016 - 10:04am
A film produced by students participating in an MSU American Semester Program last summer has been accepted to the Made in Michigan Film Festival, which will run Feb. 3-5 in Frankenmuth.
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Student receives scholarship to study abroad

December 16, 2016 - 9:11am
Surayya Maultsby, a junior civil engineering and Arabic language major, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study Arabic language and culture for six months in Amman, Jordan, this spring.
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MSU Board of Trustees roundup

December 16, 2016 - 9:04am
At its Dec. 16 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees - in lieu of a salary raise - voted to give $100,000 to an academic scholarship created last year in honor of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and her spouse, Roy J. Simon.
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MSU receives $2M grant from Mott Foundation to improve future for Flint students

December 15, 2016 - 12:40pm
MSU will continue to help improve educational opportunities for students in the city of Flint, thanks to a $2.1 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
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MSU board to meet Friday

December 14, 2016 - 2:54pm
The MSU Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Board Room of the Hannah Administration Building.
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Recipe for success

December 14, 2016 - 12:04pm
It happens pretty much the same every year. On Christmas Day I'll carry presents into my dad's house, drop them by the tree, give quick hugs and make a beeline for the cookie tray. It doesn't matter what time it is or if I've already eaten. Christmas cookies are tradition and I simply can't resist them. Chocolate crinkles, coconut butterballs, holly wreaths, cutouts, almond trees, peanut kisses - the list goes on. I'm not just talking a few cookies on a plate - I'm talking a ridiculous amount of cookies. My incredible dad, who is in his 80s, makes about 20 different kinds of cookies every year. He makes up beautiful boxes and gives them out to all sorts of people in his neighborhood and at his church. Luckily, he saves plenty for me. (Well, not just for me, but I will push my sisters out of the way to get to them.) Sure, they taste delicious, but it's more than that. It's the pure love and sentimental tradition that is baked in each one that really makes them special.
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Elizabeth Hanna: Holiday weight maintenance

December 14, 2016 - 12:03pm
The holidays are upon us! This means we tend to gather around many meals, appetizers and beverages. The opportunity to make poor food/drink choices is almost daily.
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MSU hosts commencement ceremonies this weekend

December 14, 2016 - 9:19am
Michigan State University will host commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the corner of Harrison Road and Kalamazoo Street.
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