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MSU to use $3.6M NSF grant to unveil plants' gates and signaling secrets

July 26, 2016 - 9:34am
Michigan State University has landed a $3.6 million National Science Foundation grant to learn more about how plants' molecular gates close and alert defenses for battling diseases.
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Making an investment in botany

July 25, 2016 - 4:32pm
When James Rodman was a student, he worked in the MSU Herbarium, which was initially housed in the hallways of the Natural Science Building. At the time, he had little inkling of how much this job would influence the arc of his life.
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Former All-American Mike Sadler passes away

July 24, 2016 - 7:43pm
Former Michigan State All-America punter Mike Sadler was tragically killed in a car accident Saturday night in Wisconsin. He was 24. Sadler was working a kicking camp near Waukesha, Wisconsin; current Nebraska punter Sam Foltz was in the same car as Sadler and was also killed in the crash. Details about the incident will be forthcoming from law enforcement officials in Waukesha.
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MSU opens second institute for children with autism

July 22, 2016 - 1:59pm
MSU will launch the second branch of an educational program designed to help young children with autism spectrum disorder.
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology celebrates 50 years

July 22, 2016 - 1:06pm
The MSU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall with a weekend of special events.
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Undergraduate researchers present at annual symposium

July 22, 2016 - 12:12pm
More than 300 MSU undergraduate students, visiting students participating in MSU summer research programs and students from select institutions will showcase their research at the 2016 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences from 1 to 4 p.m. July 27 at the Huntington Club.
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MSU engineering grant helps smooth ride for atomic nuclei through FRIB

July 22, 2016 - 10:10am
Researchers from MSU's College of Engineering will use a $1.1 million grant to try to make a nucleus's journey through the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams a little more fast and efficient.
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Why do consumers participate in 'green' programs?

July 22, 2016 - 9:53am
From recycling to reusing hotel towels, consumers who participate in a company's "green" program are more satisfied with its service, finds a new study co-led by a MSU researcher.
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Does social status affect generosity?

July 21, 2016 - 2:12pm
High-ranking people don't always turn out to be selfish jerks. It all depends on whether they feel worthy of their prominent social position, an MSU business scholar finds in a new study.
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MSU fares well in latest Money Magazine college rankings

July 20, 2016 - 3:14pm
MSU is ranked No. 54 in the latest Money Magazine rankings of the nation's best colleges.
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Lights, camera, Spartans!

July 20, 2016 - 10:07am
As the main educational sponsor of the Traverse City Film Festival, MSU is contributing to the international film fest in more ways than one.
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Stress relief makes for healthier corn crops

July 19, 2016 - 2:47pm
MSU researchers are partners in a collaborative research project that could provide some well-deserved relief to stressed-out corn crops. The group is studying how corn responds to environmental stresses, and examining ways of increasing stress resistance through genetics.
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McCusker named Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

July 19, 2016 - 1:22pm
James K. McCusker, professor of chemistry in MSU's College of Natural Science and director of MSU's Center of Research Excellence in Complex Materials, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Out of the office

July 18, 2016 - 1:39pm
On vacation. Out of the office. Taking a break. Gone fishin'. However you say it, everyone needs to pause occasionally - even Spartans. Spartans are filled with incredible determination and resolve, but we're also smart enough to know the value of hitting reset and rejuvenating our minds and bodies. That's why this Spartan is taking a couple of days off to enjoy the incredible summer beauty Michigan has to offer. By this time tomorrow I hope to have sand between my toes, a good book in my hands and a view to rival any tropical paradise. Rather than try to write my editor's note from the beach (sand is really bad for a keyboard) I thought I do a bit of "Wayback Wednesday" and share a couple of my summer blogs from the past. Maybe you missed them the first time, or maybe you just want to revisit. Or maybe you just want to skip over them, but you'll be missing out on some links to some cool stories and research that's still relevant today. So, kick back, put your away message on and enjoy some Spartan oldies, but hopefully goodies.
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MSU names 2016-17 Homecoming Court

July 15, 2016 - 10:32am
Ten exceptional senior students have been named to the 2016-17 Homecoming Court.
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Five scientists selected as FRIB Fellows

July 14, 2016 - 10:42am
Five scientists have been selected as the first Facility for Rare Isotope Beams-Chinese Scholarship Council research fellows.
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Dads play key role in child development

July 14, 2016 - 10:30am
Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children's development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from MSU scholars.
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2016 Spartan Hockey Women's Clinic to take place Aug. 15

July 14, 2016 - 10:24am
Registration is now open for the fifth annual Spartan Hockey Women's Clinic, hosted by MSU head coach Tom Anastos and his wife, Lisa. This year's clinic will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15 at Munn Ice Arena.
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2016 Spartan Hockey Women's Clinic to take place Aug. 16

July 14, 2016 - 10:24am
The popular event has sold out each of the last four years.
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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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