Piotr Piecuch, University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and adjunct professor of physics and astronomy in the MSU College of Natural Science, was selected as the 2017 Lawrence J. Schaad Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry by Vanderbilt University.
"She's creative." Was that just a nice way for my teacher to describe my chattiness, boredom and high activity level in elementary school? Or did it really all boil down to creativity? When I was in fifth grade, the teachers approached my parents with a proposal that I attend a school for creative kids two days a week. So, off I went, with other "creative" kids. I didn't really get it. I was pretty much a horrible artist and to my 10-year-old self, that's what I thought creative meant. So why me? What did creativity really mean? And why was I singled out?
Maya Angelou once said, ""I think that each one of us is born with creativity." I'm going to go ahead and agree with her. At that special school, there was simply no cookie-cutter creative kid. With every lesson we studied, with every project we did, our individual creativity was explored in countless ways. Some kids were incredible artists. Others, could weave a tale with their words. A bunch of budding McGuyvers could make a working machine out of things like rubber bands and popsicle sticks. A few were so smart I'm sure by now they're working on curing cancer.
But this class wasn't about top grades or even being smart - it was about looking at things differently and trying something new. It meant having the courage to color outside the lines and take a path less traveled. It taught us to challenge preconceived notions and pursue crazy ideas. In the words of Pablo Picasso, "The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense." Every day that group of diverse, mismatched fifth graders dared to defeat that enemy by throwing "good" sense out the window.
Michigan State's Student-Athlete Support Services hosted the 20th annual Spartan Academic Excellence Gala on Monday evening at the Breslin Center. In all, 315 student-athletes were honored.
Growing up in India, I experienced the scarcity of water during my childhood and teen years. Monsoons were irregular, as they still are, and insufficient rains in the catchment areas led to frequent droughts.
On April 28, MSU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to escape for a brief "recess" from their daily grind and participate in MSU's first Day of Play event.
Danton Cole was introduced as the seventh head coach in Spartan hockey history in a press conference on Tuesday at Munn Ice Arena.
The MSU College of Music presents the "Piano Monster" concert at 3 p.m. April 15 at the MSU Auditorium Fairchild Theater. The concert will feature four pianos on one stage for a wall of sounds and is the final installment in this year's MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series.
The new Citizen Scholars Program at MSU's College of Arts & Letters is designed to prepare students to succeed academically as they gain experience through high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research and internships.
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine will recognize three distinguished leaders with its highest honor, The Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service, in a May 8 ceremony at the University Club.
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Board Room of the Hannah Administration Building.
'The Rock: Layered in MSU Tradition' explores the campus landmark situated outside the Auditorium, where Spartans have converged over the years to share ideas and add their own coats of paint. Currently available for preorder, the book is expected to be released this summer.
Michigan State's midweek game against in-state rival Michigan, originally scheduled for Wednesday at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, has been rescheduled to Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State baseball will wrap up its five-game non-conference stretch by playing at Notre Dame on Tuesday, April 11.
Greer Clausen is having extraordinary experiences that make it clear to see the upward trajectory of her career.
North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to growing development and exposure to road salt, according to a new, large-scale study involving MSU.
A five-year, $13 million collaboration between MSU and The MasterCard Foundation will help 15,000 young people access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the fast-growing horticulture, aquaculture, poultry, cassava and oilseed sectors in Tanzania and Nigeria.
Michigan State held its first home event in 2017, welcoming Wisconsin and Minnesota for a Big Ten Double Dual on Saturday.
MSU is back on track after picking up a 6-1 win to close out the weekend and improve to 15-5.
Michigan State baseball completed its weekend sweep over Fresno State with an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon at a sunbathed Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.
Michigan State took the rubber match of its three-game series with Penn State on Sunday, taking down the Nittany Lions by a 6-4 score. The Spartans have won six of their last seven games and improve to 21-12 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play.