Zika, polluted water, missing athletes, crime, bad lodging, doping scandals...yikes, that really doesn't sound good. With the entire world tuning in to watch the 2016 Olympic Games this Friday, the host city of Rio de Janeiro has its hands full. While every host city has dealt with problems, it seems that Rio has an over abundance. No question about it - this year's Games could be a disaster.
Yet there is also no question of whether I'll be watching. I'm a bit of an Olympics junkie. I was never an athlete, no one in my family has ever competed for a medal, but ever since I was a kid I've been enthralled with the entire spectacle. I won't be watching to see what problems arise in Brazil, but to see the spirit of competition, the camaraderie of athletes from around the world, the tears of joy on the podiums and the display of incredible skill.
The very idea that diverse nations can come together in sport always gives me hope for more peaceful tomorrows. While I cheer for Americans, I also cheer for the inevitable lone athlete carrying their flag for some small country and the underdog who finishes last but to cheers from spectators. This year, I'll be cheering for the team made up of refugees who've faced more heartache than I can imagine but will compete just the same.
Many industries are connected to the Olympic Games on numerous scales. The Olympic Partners Programme is a group of companies from around the world that agree to high-level sponsorship contracts with the International Olympic Committee.
When I heard that there would be an opportunity to study abroad in Paris and Rome and learn about sports journalism, I knew that I had to figure out a way to make myself part of the program.
Renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the second recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service, will be the featured speaker at the Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum on Sept. 23 at MSU.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Research Initiative has awarded a team of Michigan State University researchers $1.47 million to test the effectiveness of a canopy delivery system for fruit trees.
New research at MSU and published in the current issue of Nature Communications shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity - a process that's ready to be scaled up to industrial levels.
If Paul Simon were to write a song about the bacteria in Richard Lenski's long-term evolution experiment, or LTEE, it could be titled, "Still Changing After All These Years."
The State Room Restaurant, inside of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, is a recipient of Wine Spectator magazine's "Best of Award of Excellence" for the 11th consecutive year.
According to a new study published by MSU, Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector is rapidly changing and can be a key driver of youth employment and economic transformation.
Michigan State University will use a three-year $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to lead a multi-university research project to improve the teaching of less commonly taught languages, or LCTLs.
Richard Lunt has been appointed to the Johansen Crosby Professorship of Chemical Engineering at MSU.
In the first comprehensive work of its kind, a Michigan State University criminologist has completed a study on the implementation and outcomes of public safety consolidation - the merging of a city's police and fire departments.
In honor of the late Mike Sadler and through the cooperation of the Sadler Family, Michigan State Athletics has established the Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund to honor the former Spartan football student-athlete (2011-2014) who earned first-team All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a punter and was the only four-time Academic All-American in school history.
My heart seemed to stop and I got a pit in my stomach. I checked my finger again. Yep, there was the rough, poking prongs of my ring holding absolutely nothing. My diamond was gone. In that moment, diamonds were not this girl's best friend - they were a source of major anxiety and despair. Somehow, the stone had fallen out of my ring.
I was at a party at a friend's house years ago and was sure it was gone for good. After all, my husband has lost not one, but two wedding bands in the lakes of Michigan never to be seen again. Sure, I could get it replaced, but it wouldn't be "that" diamond, the one I'd had since getting engaged many years ago.
Once she realized what happened, the hostess made everyone stop and drop to the floor to look for it. As I said, I was certain it was gone. While I was combing the floor of her dining room, the thought popped into my head. Maybe? Could it be? I was almost afraid to check for fear of disappointment.
Last month, when the MSU Police Department approached professor Anil Jain to see if he could access a fingerprint-locked deceased man's smartphone to aid in a police investigation, Jain accepted the scientific challenge. On Monday, July 25, it was mission accomplished - Jain and his team unlocked the phone.
We tend to assume that all botanists have green thumbs. But friends and colleagues stopped giving Federica Brandizzi plants long ago.
Caitlin Farenger, MSU kinesiology junior and martial arts champion, will be traveling abroad for the first time this fall to compete in the World Karate Championships after winning both a bronze and a gold medal in the World Karate and Kickboxing Nationals in June.
Michigan State University has landed a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to learn more about how plants' molecular gates close and alert defenses for battling diseases.
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.
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.