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Beronda Montgomery: Growing from adviser to mentor

MSU News - March 9, 2017 - 1:22pm
I remember the great responsibility I felt when the first graduate student decided to join my research team. In preparing for her arrival, I highlighted the list of course requirements for her doctoral program and quickly outlined the first biochemistry experiments that she would conduct.I was cautiously optimistic that we would be positioned to make significant inroads in understanding how plants perceive what is going on around them to inform which activities and behaviors best situate them for success and productivity based on the environments in which they exist, which is one focus of my scientific work. As the student began to work diligently in the laboratory, it quickly became clear that my preparation had positioned me to serve as an adviser, but not necessarily a mentor. These are two names that are often used interchangeably to describe what happens when engaging with those individuals we supervise. However, I have come to fully understand that advising does not equal mentoring. Advising at its core is offering advice or factual information that would benefit any individual on a defined course of action - and I was clearly prepared to do that valiantly. I knew exactly what classes a student seeking a doctoral degree in my student's chosen discipline needed to take.
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MSU tackles concussions by bringing new sensor to market

MSU News - March 9, 2017 - 11:10am
Two Michigan State University chemists are bringing their impact sensors to market. The effective, yet inexpensive, headband sensors can be worn by athletes in a variety of sports who could be at risk of suffering concussions.
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Elizabeth Schondelmayer: A lesson in every day

MSU News - March 9, 2017 - 12:44am
When you think of England, what comes to mind? Double-decker buses? Noel Gallagher? The Tower of London? If you had asked me this question a year ago, my mind would have wandered in a similar direction (plus or minus a few Monty Python actors or aging rock musicians). Since visiting the country over the summer, however, my answer would be totally different.
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No. 29 Spartan men's golf captures Colleton River Collegiate Title

MSU News - March 8, 2017 - 2:45pm
MSU men's golf captured its third tournament title of the 2016-17 season by winning the fifth-annual MSU-hosted Colleton River Collegiate at the Colleton River Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.
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Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more

MSU News - March 8, 2017 - 10:34am
Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that's responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there's no treatment or cure.
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Helping students plan for the future

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 5:33pm
A newly created fund will enable students in the School of Planning Design and Construction to gain firsthand knowledge of major urban planning projects through site visits around the world.
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Annual Shamrock 5K to benefit MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 2:24pm
The 16th annual Shamrock 5K Run-Walk-Roll will start at noon on March 26 behind Conrad Hall.
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New report to aid school administrators

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 2:18pm
With funding from the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, MSU assistant professors of psychology Zachary Neal and Jennifer Watling Neal, created the Michigan School Program Information Project, or MiSPI, to help alleviate the stress of identifying strong school programs and to provide access to the information needed. In their Winter 2017 report, they explain how social networks are important in this process.
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Making a difference through Alternative Spartan Breaks

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 1:58pm
Each winter break and spring break, MSU students travel across the country to participate in service projects as part of Alternative Spartan Breaks.
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Miles Bridges named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 12:57pm
MSU guard/forward Miles Bridges was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the conference's media and coaches, the Big Ten office announced March 6.
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Innocent African-Americans more likely to be wrongfully convicted

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 9:54am
African-American prisoners who were convicted of murder are about 50 percent more likely to be innocent than other convicted murderers and spend longer in prison before exoneration, according to a report released today that's co-edited by a MSU College of Law professor.
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Fly-over states matter when understanding - and saving - birds

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 9:34am
Around the world, thousands of migratory animals travel hundreds or even thousands of miles each year. The journey of migratory animals is more important than their destination. Scientists use the endangered Kirtland's warblers to show how connecting all migration's points can chart a way to sustainability.
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Fly-over states matter when understanding - and saving - migratory birds

MSU News - March 7, 2017 - 9:34am
Around the world, thousands of migratory animals travel hundreds or even thousands of miles each year. The journey of migratory animals is more important than their destination. Scientists use the endangered Kirtland's warblers to show how connecting all migration's points can chart a way to sustainability.
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MSU to upgrade Ralph Young Field

MSU News - March 6, 2017 - 12:39pm
MSU and the Spartan field hockey program are making significant upgrades to Ralph Young Field, the home of MSU field hockey, this spring.
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Spartans enter Big Ten Tournament as No. 5 seed

MSU News - March 6, 2017 - 12:22pm
MSU (18-13, 10-8 Big Ten) has earned the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will play at approximately 2:30 p.m. March 9 against the winner of No. 12 Nebraska and No. 13 Penn State.
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Two graduate students receive the annual Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship

MSU News - March 6, 2017 - 10:32am
Two MSU master's students have been awarded the annual Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship.
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Construction begins on MSU solar array project

MSU News - March 6, 2017 - 10:14am
Construction on a new solar array project - a venture that could save the university $10 million over 25 years and help keep tuition in check - has started at MSU.
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Two graduate students receive fellowships

MSU News - March 3, 2017 - 3:16pm
Two MSU master's students have been awarded the annual Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship.
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MSU hosts 'Pitchapalooza'

MSU News - March 3, 2017 - 2:31pm
MSU and the College of Arts & Letters are giving students and recent graduates an opportunity to break into the publishing industry with a chance to "pitch a book idea" at the first Pitchapalooza.
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Two MSU faculty members awarded prestigious fellowship

MSU News - March 3, 2017 - 2:06pm
Two faculty members from Michigan State University's College of Arts & Letters have been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
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