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Is Facebook the next frontier for online learning?

MSU News - June 29, 2015 - 10:57am
Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today's time-strapped classrooms, finds a study led by an MSU scholar.
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VIDEO: Residents mourn Charleston victims at Lansing Capitol

State News Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 2:02am

On Sunday, June 28, over 50 residents of the Lansing/East Lansing area gathered in remembrance of the tragic events that transpired recently in Charleston, VA.

Lansing resident and Michigan State Alumna Crystal Michelle was a main organizer in creating the event, “Say Her Name/Pray for Charleston,” and she said she did it as a way to bring the community together to mourn an event she felt disheartened by.

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Making a better semiconductor

MSU News - June 26, 2015 - 3:13pm
Research led by MSU could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors.
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Same-sex marriage ruling has deep resonance within E.L. community

State News Top Stories - June 26, 2015 - 1:19pm

Imagine a loved one is in the hospital and you aren’t allowed to see them, or the government threatens to take your children away just because you have different beliefs and feels than “majority."

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Intern spotlight: Terry Grieser

MSU News - June 26, 2015 - 11:33am
Dairy management sophomore Terry Grieser has been helping on his family's farm since he was able to walk to the barn.
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Muslim students reflect on Ramadan, fasting

State News Top Stories - June 26, 2015 - 10:53am

Muslim students are fasting during the holy month of the Islamic calendar, which is called Ramadan. For some international students, the difference of observing the holy month in the U.S. presents a challenge.

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'Hillary Doctrine' examines treatment of women as national-security issue

MSU News - June 24, 2015 - 12:13pm
Is the violence against women a threat to the security of the United States? According to a new book co-authored by faculty members from MSU and Texas A&M University, it is.
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New partnership introduces middle school students to osteopathic medicine

MSU News - June 24, 2015 - 9:49am
A new partnership between Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and the MSU Gifted and Talented Education - or GATE program - will give kids in middle school and first year high school students a chance to explore a career in medicine sooner.
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That's the spirit

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 1:04pm
I am a meerkat whisperer. Well, at least according to my daughter. I kind of believe her because it is true that no matter the zoo, when I start talking to the meerkats, they'll often abandon their digging, sentry duty or naps and scurry over to where I am and look at me. It never seems to matter how many other people are talking to them, I somehow have the meerkat shinin'. It's probably because the meerkat is my spirit animal. What's that? Doesn't everyone have a spirit animal? You definitely have one, you might just not know it. If you don't know, a spirit animal is one that you feel a special connection with - one that represents you and your personality. Basically, it's the animal you would be if you weren't a human. The topic came up during lunch with my colleagues a while ago. The coworker who brought it up said his was a red fox for as long as he could remember and that his entire family had them. I think he even said his room was decorated to reflect this. (Or maybe I just dreamed that...) Quickly, most people could identify theirs - a house cat, a flamingo, a horse, honey badger and, of course, the meerkat. One coworker couldn't decide on hers and relied on an online quiz - but that's just wrong. No quiz can tell you, it just has to come to you.
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Arthur Muneza: Sticking my neck out

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 10:41am
When my father first heard that I would be conducting my master's research in Tanzania, he was excited because he felt this would give me the opportunity to explain my research in "proper Kiswahili." Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, I was more used to a variation of Kiswahili, which borrows words from English and other dialects in Kenya. People in many regions of Tanzania speak a more pure Kiswahili. Thus, my time here in Ruaha has forced me to brush up on my language skills. After spending time with the staff at Ruaha Carnivore Project, I now know the Kiswahili common names of most species of animal in Ruaha and my Kiswahili vocabulary is improving greatly. This week, all of this progress was put to the test.
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Justice system chips away at women's rights

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 9:45am
Arrests of women increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars for defending themselves, an MSU criminologist argues in a new paper.
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How to capture a squirrel

MSU News - June 23, 2015 - 7:42am
A photographer captures a squirrel on the MSU campus. Photo by Derrick L. Turner
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A changing downtown and the fight against urban sprawl

State News Top Stories - June 23, 2015 - 6:27am

Gerald Scott graduated from MSU in 1980 and he still uses CDs instead of downloading music. On his day off of work, the now-Warren resident found himself in his old college town shopping around for CD’s and other things when he realized that Flat, Black & Circular as well as Curious Book Shop are the only stores left in downtown East Lansing from when he was in school.

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VIDEO: Summer Solstice Jazz Festival celebrates 19 years of music and art

State News Top Stories - June 22, 2015 - 10:26am

The 19th annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival on June 19-20 featured musicians from all over the world and provided pivotal experience to youth jazz players.

The festival was presented by the City of East Lansing, MSU College of Music and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts; with artistic direction from the director of Jazz Studies at MSU, Rodney Whitaker.

“My favorite part is really hearing everybody perform, that’s what this is all about,” said Whitaker.

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Lansing Roller Derby team aims to build community through sport

State News Top Stories - June 21, 2015 - 4:56pm

Lansing Mitten Mavens Roller Derby took an unexpected victory against the Bath City Roller Girls on Saturday night.

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Week in Review: June 19

State News Top Stories - June 19, 2015 - 3:19pm

Here are the most important stories from the week of June 19. 

The Board of Trustees raised tuition for upper and underclassmen for the sixth year in a row and banned smoking on campus effective August of 2016. 

For graduate students of most colleges, the tuition will increase 4 percent, or $26.75 per credit hour.

Another set of approvals included extending  the contracts for athletic director Mark Hollis, men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant and men’s ice hockey coach Tom Anastos by a unanimous vote. 

In city news, GrandRiver Coffee Cafe, on  515 W.

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Track and field programs finish in top 15 in USTFCCCA standings

MSU News - June 19, 2015 - 9:10am
MSU men and women's track and field teams ended the season ranked in the top 15 in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Program of the Year Standings, as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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The plight of the pollinator

MSU News - June 18, 2015 - 1:15pm
With bee populations in startling decline, the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, an effort spearheaded by Michigan State University, will work to solve many of the issues facing the state's pollinator populations.
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Generosity of local farmer creates national impact

MSU News - June 18, 2015 - 9:16am
Harold and Edythe Marshall's gift of their 300-acre farm to MSU has been a major boon to understanding the ecology of new biofuel crops, producing research results with national impact by scientists at MSU's Kellogg Biological Station.
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MSU High 5: June 18, 2015

MSU News - June 18, 2015 - 7:16am
Here's today's MSU High 5 - a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at MSU.
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