Guatemalan beans, goals from a dean and a three-legged lion showed up in my inbox this week. Nope - this isn't the start of some joke; it's just my life. My job, like everyone's, has its challenges. For me, one can be coming up with a way to tie some very dissimilar things together into something that makes sense. It's a blessing and a curse, really.
I absolutely love that MSU is filled with so many diverse people, research projects, classes, students and opinions. But coming up with a way to talk about them all in a short note often gives me pause. I can't decide if this week is harder, or the one that had me writing about math, jellybeans, medicine and a nun. No worries though, I do love a challenge. Doesn't every Spartan?
It has been a bit of an interesting week all around - and it's only Wednesday. I started the week embarrassing myself at the gym. I not only fell off the exercise ball and skinned my knee on the carpet; I also ran into one of campuses coolest celebrities while I was at my sweatiest, grossest self. A colleague told me the person would appreciate the hustle - except I was between reps so I couldn't even pretend to be some kick butt workout queen. I was just the sweaty woman resting in an awkward leg position while he nodded and walked by like a rock star.
A new species of bird has been discovered in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the U.S., India and Russia.
At a recent staff meeting, our staff teased me for my penchant for the number five when I listed five items on my agenda. I seem to have become fixated with the number five. They have a point. It should come as no surprise, then, that we started off this year with five goals. Here's a quick update.
As Sophia, my long-term field assistant, and I pull up to the River Nile in our 4x4 truck I feel my heart pounding in my chest. It has been five months since my eyes have last seen the incredible landscape that is Murchison Falls National Park; since my nose has smelled the splash of this great river gouging out its earthen banks; since my ears have heard these mixed sounds of birds, boat motors and car engines.
The MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo was recently named one of the "must-ride" U.S. Gran Fondos of 2016 by Gran Fondo Guide.
More than 15 teams of MSU undergraduates are ready and waiting to help mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits solve their digital problems. As part of the final course in their Information Technology minor, the students are required to work in cross-functional teams on a real-world IT project. They just need more "clients."
MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
MSU hosts Nebraska as the Spartans look to snap a two-game losing streak.
Aerial Powers scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and No. 21 MSU closed the game on a 19-4 run to beat Rutgers 59-48 on Tuesday night.
MSU scientists are examining the biochemistry of plants in research that could lead to advancements in the production of plants that are less susceptible to insect pests.
When Asgi Fazleabas came to MSU in 2009, the Center for Women's Health was only a dream. There was no building and only a small staff of researchers. But what began with a vision has grown exponentially.
Mykala Ford has been nominated by MSU for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program after studying Arabic abroad in Morocco, Oman and Tunisia and completing two degrees at the university.
The research and creative works of seven MSU students has earned them the Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award. The award builds the body of work authored by students that supports the ideals of inclusive excellence through topics of inclusion, diversity and marginalized populations.
As part of the annual commemorative concert celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 17 MSU's Jazz Orchestra I performed the world premiere of "Do You Know My Name?" the first major jazz work to address human trafficking.
Kurt Hankenson, an MSU veterinary scientist and expert in bone regeneration, is finding ways to improve the healing process when it comes to fractured bones.
There are a variety of upcoming events happening at Wharton Center.
MSU's Abrams Planetarium is now featuring "Skywatchers of Africa," a new show that examines African cultural uses of the sky that developed throughout history.
MSU is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit April 4-5, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Michigan State University has been accredited by the Commission since 1915. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.
MSU and Hurley Children's Hospital have announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community's population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong.
We all have them. You know, those guilty pleasures - those things that we know are mindless or trite yet we still enjoy? If I'm being honest, I probably have more than I should admit, so in the hopes of not embarrassing myself publicly, I'll keep some to myself. But I will own up to loving to watch awards shows. Golden Globes, Emmys, Oscars...I rarely miss them. I love the formality, the gowns, the entertainment, the gaffes, the heartfelt acceptance speeches, and the horrible ones that are played off with music. For me, it's a great escape.
Last Sunday I sat down to watch the Golden Globes. I have to say, it was a little boring this year. First of all, I'm apparently completely out of the loop because there were so many television shows up for awards that I had never heard of, let alone watched. It was boring, and yet I still didn't turn it off. (Also, can I be Helen Mirren when I grow up?)
Though I love the shows, and the red carpet beforehand, it has always bugged me how ridiculously stupid some of the interviews are. Not so much on the part of the star, but based on the dumb questions they get asked. It's all about looks, designers, diets and Spanx and not a whole lot about talent, craft, inspiration or thoughtful discussion.