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Spice of Life

March 30, 2016 - 2:10pm
If variety is the spice of life, then many of my days are like a piping hot curry or a giant bowl of jalapenos. I don't really have a "typical" workday. I've noticed when co-workers are giving tours to new interns they usually get stuck trying to describe what I do. Most usually end up with something like, "She's the editor of MSUToday, but she does a lot of other stuff too." Not a bad description. Officially, I'm an editor and the integration manager. Unofficially, I'm kind of like a utility player. I've got my hands in a lot of different things and I'm usually juggling a bunch of different projects at once. Some days I've got a lot of balls in the air - and then someone tosses me another. I don't mind. Like any good Spartan, I love a good challenge and I'm bored with monotony. I love being able to work with writers, graphic designers, web developers, video producers, data analysts and photographers. There's so much to learn from seasoned professionals and from brand-new interns. It's a blast to break away from writing and editing and work on a project outside of my basic skillset. Meeting new people and being exposed to new ideas give my life flavor - and I like it spicy.
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MSU professor lands prestigious award for photosynthesis research

March 30, 2016 - 1:01pm
David Kramer, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor in photosynthesis and bioenergetics, is the recipient of the American Society of Plant Biologists 2016 Charles F. Kettering Award. This award was established in 1962 by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis.
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Song writing project promotes literacy

March 30, 2016 - 11:58am
The Marshall Mathers Foundation and Carhartt have funded a literacy program through Community Music School-Detroit. Last fall, CMS-Detroit was the beneficiary of an international online auction of 10 pairs of Eminem limited edition Air Jordan shoes. All proceeds from the auction - held by Eminem's Marshall Mathers Foundation and the Dearborn-based Carhartt - will go to fund the new program.
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Flint's 'water hero' to speak at MSU commencement

March 30, 2016 - 11:22am
Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics at MSU's College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint - whose study exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children - will speak at MSU's undergraduate convocation on May 6.
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Glenn Chambers: A Broader Understanding of Africa

March 30, 2016 - 11:18am
Michigan State University is one of the key places in the United States, if not the world, in which to study Africa. There's a long tradition of the Diaspora here, as well as tremendous resources for study and research. Whether it's the library, established faculty, invited scholar-lecturers, or the various centers, Africa and its Diaspora are highly prominent at MSU.
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Gold star: Seeking the origin of gold in the universe

March 30, 2016 - 9:27am
So you think the gold in your ring or watch came from a mine in Africa or Australia? Well, think farther away. Much, much farther.
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Bethany Laursen: Sense Making

March 30, 2016 - 9:18am
At MSU, I have the freedom to sit in two colleges and have committees that work across disciplines. There are so many different options for me that I can continue to explore. That, hands down, shows I picked the right place.
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Spring study session

March 30, 2016 - 8:18am
A student takes advantage of the warmer weather on campus and gets some studying done at the same time. Photo by Derrick L. Turner
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More than meets the eye

March 28, 2016 - 6:59pm
By using one of the most advanced imaging systems in the world - the 7 Tesla, three times more powerful than a standard MRI - Erik Shapiro and his team are unlocking the mysteries of diseases like cancer, liver disease and neurodegenerative disease.
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Ashley Green named ISP assistant dean of administration

March 28, 2016 - 2:57pm
International Studies and Programs at MSU has appointed Ashley Green as assistant dean for administration, effective April 4.
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MSU awarded $4.4 million for food security work in Mali

March 28, 2016 - 1:01pm
Michigan State University has been awarded $4.4 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development in Mali to strengthen the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy and its efforts to battle hunger, reduce poverty and improve nutrition through better food policy in Mali. The grant supports USAID's work under Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative.
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What's in a name? In some cases, longer life

March 28, 2016 - 11:15am
Black men with historically distinctive black names such as Elijah and Moses lived a year longer, on average, than other black men, according to new research by MSU economist Lisa D. Cook.
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Widespread sexual harassment persists in India

March 28, 2016 - 10:49am
Sexual harassment remains a pervasive problem in India despite tougher laws enacted more than three years ago after a woman was gang raped on a bus and later died of her injuries, indicates new research by an MSU criminologist.
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Celebrating the work of C'esar E. Ch'avez

March 25, 2016 - 12:05pm
The sixth annual C'esar E. Ch'avez Commemorative Celebration will take place on April 1.
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Chemists lay groundwork for new, cleaner uses of methane

March 24, 2016 - 3:00pm
Methane is the world's most abundant hydrocarbon. It's the major component of natural gas and shale gas and, when burned, is an effective fuel. But it's also a major contributor to climate change, with 24 times greater potency as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
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SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service takes place April 16

March 24, 2016 - 2:35pm
The fourth annual SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service takes place April 16 and will feature thousands of Spartans volunteering their time in local communities across the globe.
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Newly discovered organic nanowires leave manmade technologies in their dust

March 24, 2016 - 9:04am
A microbial protein fiber discovered by a Michigan State University scientist transports charges at rates high enough to be applied in manmade nanotechnologies.
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You Win Some, You Lose Some

March 23, 2016 - 2:37pm
Ouch. I mean OUCH. That really hurt. Last Friday afternoon there were a lot of hurting and stunned Spartans out there - and a lot of busted basketball brackets. It seemed inconceivable that the men's basketball team, who many picked to go all the way, found themselves on the losing side in the very first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. As I listened to final seconds at my desk, I couldn't believe it. I was shocked, sad and angry - and I may have expressed a few choice words. Loudly. I certainly wasn't the only one. All around me, I could hear colleagues voicing their disappointment. It was the upset of all upsets. Tom Izzo and his incredibly talented team were out. Done. Going home long before March was over. A great sadness took over campus, the city of East Lansing and anywhere you find Spartans. Of course I was upset, but I couldn't even imagine how those young student athletes felt. They'd worked so hard and accomplished so much, yet fell way short of the ultimate prize they were seeking. It broke my heart to look at their faces and see their tears. At the end of the day, I stumbled blindly out to my car, barely even noticing the majestic Beaumont Tower that I'm lucky enough to see every day. I had been texting with my daughter during the game and at this point was telling her how awful it felt that the Spartans lost. And then, in all her wisdom (when did she get so smart) she texted me back this photo she happened across in a magazine at the moment I texted her. She said, "Hey, would your rather the Spartans win basketball, or have one featured in national publications for trying to solve one of the hugest problems to hit the state?"
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Rhonda Conner-Warren: You Can Trust that I Will

March 23, 2016 - 12:32pm
My grandmother use to say, "You never miss the water until the well runs dry." The phrases I often heard about the Flint water crisis and the donated water include:
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MSU/China opera collaboration comes to campus

March 23, 2016 - 12:03pm
This week, students from the China Conservatory of Music and the MSU College of Music will perform "The Savage Land" and "Bernstein Sings America" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MSU/China Vocal Arts Collaboration.
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