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ComArtSci and WKAR collaboration encourages STEM careers among young students

MSU News - January 26, 2017 - 10:14am
A new collaborative research project between WKAR Public Media and the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences is exploring how children are encouraged to think of science, technology, engineering and math disciplines as potential career paths.
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Experience architecture students making virtual reality accessible to all

MSU News - January 26, 2017 - 9:40am
Walking the Great Wall of China or exploring the Parthenon without leaving the classroom may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie; however, senior Tommy Truong and junior Eric Martin, both experience architecture majors, are researching new ways to use virtual reality.
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NIH awards MSU researcher $8.4 million to develop first malaria treatments

MSU News - January 26, 2017 - 9:33am
While the world waits for a vaccine against the ancient disease malaria, Terrie E. Taylor is working to save the lives of children who are currently afflicted by the deadliest form of the disease. Taylor, MSU University Distinguished Professor of internal medicine and an osteopathic physician, will use an $8.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health to build on her groundbreaking research that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015.
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You never know

MSU News - January 25, 2017 - 12:23pm
We have millions of conversations throughout our life. We do millions of things. But we never really know when we're in the middle of them what reactions or implications could come of them down the road. For instance, I had no idea that a conversation four years ago over margaritas could play a role in fighting the Zika virus. But yet, in a roundabout way, I like to think it actually did. Let me back up to that day almost exactly four years ago. A small group of us were in Merida, Mexico covering a story about an MSU health project run by Jake Rowan, one of MSU's talented doctors. Jake was incredibly hospitable and insisted we join him for a lovely relaxing dinner after a grueling day of work at the hospital. And what's a dinner in Mexico without a margarita? My colleagues and I had just come from covering some stories in China, including one about MSU researcher Zhiyong Xi, who was working on combatting dengue fever using a natural bacteria in mosquitoes that renders them sterile.
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Layne Cameron: The reluctant traveler

MSU News - January 25, 2017 - 11:23am
I'm sitting in a courtyard outside of a kindergarten, a reluctant traveler covering a story for MSU. It's recess, and I'm basking in the blend of joyous voices and the warm breeze rustling the trees of Shazai Island, just outside of Guanzhou, China.
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MSU lands nearly $2M USAID grant to help feed Haiti

MSU News - January 25, 2017 - 10:48am
Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean before moving north to the southeastern United States in October 2016, leaving a path of devastation.
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Melissa Gutwein: Decreasing our water footprint

MSU News - January 25, 2017 - 10:22am
We hear it all the time: Save water! Ever since elementary school we have been encouraged to turn off the water while we brush our teeth and to take shorter showers. But are these the most effective ways to conserve water?
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MSU 'rethinks hydropower' with $2.6M National Science Foundation grant

MSU News - January 25, 2017 - 5:39am
An interdisciplinary team of MSU scientists will use a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant to investigate new ways of producing hydropower, increasing food production and lessening the environmental damage caused by dams.
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Minney named Big Ten Second Star of the Week

MSU News - January 24, 2017 - 11:15am
MSU junior goaltender Ed Minney has been named the Big Ten's Second Star of the Week, it was announced by the conference Jan. 24.
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Spartans return home to face No. 20 Purdue

MSU News - January 24, 2017 - 11:12am
MSU looks to snap a two-game losing streak as it hosts Purdue Jan. 24. The Boilermakers enter the contest having won their last two games and four of their last five.
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Sequencing poisonous mushrooms to potentially create medicine

MSU News - January 24, 2017 - 8:20am
A team of MSU scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly line. This may open the door to efficiently tackling some lethal diseases.
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Michigan's research universities responsible for $2.15B in R&D, contribute $16.5B to Michigan economy

MSU News - January 24, 2017 - 7:28am
The University Research Corridor's 10th annual Economic Impact & Benchmark Report puts the URC's contribution to Michigan's economy at $16.5 billion, up $3.7 billion since 2007, when the group began benchmarking its impact. MSU's individual impact on the state's economy totaled $5.1 billion, with $900 million in spending with local businesses.
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Civil Rights lecture series to feature astronaut, journalist and public servant

MSU News - January 23, 2017 - 2:45pm
For the past 16 years, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has brought a number of thought-provoking speakers to East Lansing each February as part of its William G. Anderson Lecture Series Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey.
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Residency-inspired installation opens

MSU News - January 20, 2017 - 1:39pm
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum presents an exhibition by Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy, opening Saturday as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series.
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MSU nets $1M NSF grant to recruit, prepare students for STEM careers

MSU News - January 20, 2017 - 9:23am
A team of MSU researchers has landed a $1 million National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant to recruit, nurture and graduate students who are prepared for these careers.
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Spartans and Wolverines to meet in home-and-home series

MSU News - January 19, 2017 - 3:48pm
The Spartans and Wolverines resume the most-played rivalry in college hockey this weekend as the two teams meet in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Ann Arbor.
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MSU Museum presents Darwin Discovery Day

MSU News - January 19, 2017 - 11:35am
The MSU Museum presents its 13th annual Darwin Discovery Day, an afternoon of science, exploration and discovery, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 12.
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We are the same

MSU News - January 18, 2017 - 2:01pm
I, with my pale skin and blonde hair, stood there in stark contrast among a crowd of children with beautiful brown skin and dark eyes. I was in Naitolia, Tanzania four years ago working on a story about an MSU partner project with a community to make clean water accessible to its residents. One young boy kept rubbing my arm, and then his own, with a confused look on his face. Finally, he looked up at me with a smile and said, "But, they feel the same. They feel exactly the same. We are the same." To this day I still tear up remembering that moment. I love the memory of a purely innocent child realizing that though our skin looked very different, we were very much the same. I only wish that everyone had the same outlook as my young friend in Naitolia. Certainly the world has made strides, but there is much more progress to be made. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This past Monday, we celebrated MLK Jr. Day to help us all remember the work that still needs to be done to ensure equality. Here on campus, we held a student leadership conference, a march for justice, scholarship dinner, a museum exhibit, performance and a variety of service projects. As MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon says, "We believe that service and involvement in the community are gateways to meaningful engagement with the world."
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Prabu David: The gift of listening

MSU News - January 18, 2017 - 12:32pm
When the ComArtSci communications team informed me that the theme of this year's holiday greeting was Joy to the World, I gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Then when they asked me to explain how I had brought joy to the world, I had to scratch my head. I said I would get back to them.
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Kaylah Jetton: From local to global

MSU News - January 18, 2017 - 12:01pm
Kaylah Jetton has been focused on going global since kindergarten and has no plans of stopping. From attending a language intensive grade school to majoring in global studies and studying abroad in Japan, the MSU senior has found her passion in helping others at home in Detroit and around the world.
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