As the main educational sponsor of the Traverse City Film Festival, MSU is contributing to the international film fest in more ways than one.
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.
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.
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.
Ten exceptional senior students have been named to the 2016-17 Homecoming Court.
Five scientists have been selected as the first Facility for Rare Isotope Beams-Chinese Scholarship Council research fellows.
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.
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.
The popular event has sold out each of the last four years.
"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.
Gary Blanchard and Marcos Dantus, with MSU's Department of Chemistry, have invented a headband that records the severity and location of impacts on the head. This inexpensive detector allows coaches, parents and doctors to quickly decide to initiate concussion protocols at sporting events, such as football or soccer.
Birds do it, bees do it, and I hate to break it to you, we do it, too. I'm aging as I type this. You're aging as you read it. If we're both lucky we'll keep aging until we are . . . gasp . . . . old! More and more of us are doing just that and more and more of us are not happy about it.
MSU criminal justice junior and College Assistance Migrant Program scholar Esbeydy Villegas recently participated in a panel discussion on racial justice in education at the 2016 National Education Association's Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women in Washington, D.C.
MSU has announced a $4.5 million gift to the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Eli Broad College of Business from alumnus Robert "Bob" K. Burgess, an accomplished business leader and longtime university advisor.
Some people get an adrenaline rush from jumping out of planes, others take a fast ride on a roller coaster. Then there are people like third-year MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine student Jon Benton. Having worked as an emergency medical technician since his junior year of high school, Benton gets a rush from helping others.
Automakers torture test their cars on special tracks that simulate real driving conditions. Germany's automakers have their fabled Nurburgring track. GM has its Desert Proving Ground in California. Now Michigan State University has DEPI - Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging - to test-drive plants so scientists and plant breeders can make them work better and produce more.
Former Michigan State All-American Aerial Powers was named to the USA Basketball Women's Select Team. She is one of 11 members chosen to the team along with former Big Ten rival Kahleah Copper.
Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain, finds a new study by an MSU neuroscientist.
A Michigan State University researcher has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies.
MSU is taking part in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge, a national partnership program that aims to increase the number of employers offering workplace vehicle charging to 500 by 2018.