The MSU Board of Trustees today adopted budget guidelines for the 2016-17 academic year that will ensure the university maintains its status as one of the world's top 100 universities and continues to provide students with a globally competitive education.
Let me set the scene for you. It was a lovely summer day a few years ago. Families in my neighborhood were celebrating Father's Day with outside barbeques and picnics. It was an idyllic suburban scene - well, until I kind of ruined it. I had decided to mow the lawn. There I was, looking especially snappy in a mismatched outfit of old shorts, a torn t-shirt and paisley rain boots. No, it wasn't raining. I was just afraid of what I might step on in the backyard. I also had earbuds in to listen to music while I mowed.
And then it happened. Just as I was almost done, a snake literally came flying at me through the air. I, in all my demure, ladylike behavior, let loose with language that would make a sailor blush. At the top of my lungs. While flailing about like a madwoman. In front of all the neighbors. With my music on, I had no idea just how loudly I had screamed, but suddenly the barbeque banter stopped and everyone was staring at me. But...but...it was a snake. I hate snakes. I know they're important to the environment and circle of life and all that but...shudder. Please just stay where I can't see you. Please.
I knew it wasn't venomous and couldn't really hurt me because it wasn't rattling, and the only venomous snake we have in Michigan is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. But that didn't stop me from an absolute public freak out in suburbia. I have no idea how people in areas with really dangerous snakes ever go into their backyards knowing what's out there.
Scientists are often interested in the performance capabilities of animals, measuring how fast they can run or how hard they can bite. To test our new approach estimating maximum animal performance, we measured the adhesive capabilities of a gecko lizard.
Elephant riding is a popular tourist attraction in India and Thailand, but it comes at a cost for the animals. Understanding and preventing the abuse elephants suffer to satisfy tourists is the goal of MSU student Jessica Bell Rizzolo.
New insights into the reproductive secrets of one of the world's tiniest and most destructive parasites - the Varroa mite - has scientists edging closer to regulating them.
"If you know your enemies better, you can come up with new ways of controlling them," said Michigan State University entomologist Zachary Huang, whose research explores the fertility of the notorious mite, a pest that is devastating honeybee populations worldwide. The mite sucks the blood of honeybees and transmits deadly viruses.
Helping your co-workers too often can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion and hurt your job performance, indicates a new study co-authored by an MSU business scholar.
An anticipated 2,000 participants will bike through scenic West Michigan on June 25 for the fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The non-competitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine's skin cancer awareness, prevention and research.
Making campus universally accessible is a long-term, dream-big goal that the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is able to work toward thanks to donors like alumnus Greg Fowler.
Ron Mason, the second-winningest coach in college hockey history, passed away Monday. He was 76.
The Michigan State baseball program had three players chosen on day two of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Friday, June 10.
The MSU Board of Trustees will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Board Room of the Hannah Administration Building.
A group of MSU engineering students is among 17 teams taking part in a national drone competition June 15-19 in Maryland.
Ask any athletic coach from MSU and they will tell you that building an exceptional team isn't just about recruiting and training strong individual players. That's just the beginning. Building a winning team takes strategy, trust, continual collaboration and feedback, and development and execution of smart decisions. It starts at the top, but involves an "all in" approach to chasing the same goals, supporting one another, and communicating constantly about progress. The same goes for building winning business teams in business.
This year will mark the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and with it comes several public health concerns for athletes and spectators alike.
For the first time ever, astronomers are watching a black hole, located in the center of a galaxy cluster 1 billion light years from Earth, feast on billowy clouds of cold, clumpy gas.
How can scientists better understand summer monarch butterfly populations in the Midwest? Check spring weather in Texas.
Last week my husband invited me to lunch at the Peanut Barrel in downtown East Lansing. If you've ever sat outside at the PB on a lovely summer day, you know you don't turn that down. (Fun fact: I had a creative writing final there when I was a student. We acted out plays we had written.) Little did I know just how fantastic lunch would be.
While we were perusing the menu, all of a sudden, my brilliant daughter appeared. What the what? She was supposed to be on set in New York City. Yet there she was, hugging me and wishing me a happy birthday. It's tough to get a surprise over on me, but they pulled it off so I could celebrate with my proudest and most precious accomplishment. It was an incredible surprise.
Surprises. They come in all forms. Sometimes they're really special - like my daughter appearing. Sometimes they're not great - like the wind out of nowhere that threatened the wrap dress I was wearing yesterday. Sometimes they're just plain strange - like the appearance of a semi-truck in my backyard when I got home. (My neighbor is building a basketball court.) Sometimes surprises turn into major discoveries - like penicillin, x-rays, pacemakers and chocolate chip cookies.
A while back, my colleague, Doug Landis, was searching the web for pictures of flowers for a project about native plants, and noticed that some pictures of flowers he looked at frequently captured insect visits. He got to wondering- do the bees we occasionally observe in this sort of photo have...meaning?
MSU teamed up with Mid-Michigan Honor Flight to house 63 veterans visiting Washington D.C. to see the national war memorials dedicated to their service.
MSU's Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, or iCER, is set to introduce its newest supercomputing resource for campus use at a Cluster Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. June 10. At the event, iCER will celebrate the launch of three new hybrid clusters in the High Performance Computing Center's supercomputing system.