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Partnerships & Programs
Michigan State University partners with communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Here are just some of the many ways MSU is working in Michigan:
Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric. The stretchable smart fabric developed in the lab of Chuan Wang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, can potentially be applied as a stretchable iPad, wrist monitor, or even wallpaper. And because the material can be produced on a standard printer, it has a major potential cost advantage over current technologies that are expensive to manufacture. (Read more)
On March 4-11, 2017, Michigan State University will host its 102nd ANR Week. Several organizations related to Michigan agriculture and natural resources industries are hosting conferences and meetings throughout the week. “ANR Week is really an opportunity for the agriculture and natural resources communities in Michigan to celebrate, learn and anticipate what issues we might be facing together,” said Ron Hendrick, dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch jointly sponsor the week-long event, which is marked by an awards luncheon on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (Read more)
As Michigan’s population ages, an increasing number of residents will need better health care to remain in their homes, maintain the quality of their lives and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. Yet many don’t get it. Two Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researchers, supported by grants from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, hope to change that. (Read more)
Michigan State University will soon provide training to local governments to help them navigate a new state law concerning medical marijuana operations. The program is designed to help municipal officials better understand the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, which was signed last September. (Read more)
A new research project asks how children can be encouraged to think of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as possible careers. A collaboration between WKAR Public Media and the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci), the research explores the impact of a science program designed for elementary and middle-school students on their perceptions of science and a possible career in STEM. (Read more)
On Jan. 16, WKAR Public Media will launch new, free, localized 24/7 children’s services – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. WKAR will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel called WKAR PBS KIDS, making it easy for local children to watch their favorite series during primetime and after-school hours when viewing among families is high. Viewers will also be able to watch the WKAR-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and tablets. (Read more)
The Organic Farmer Training Program, housed at Michigan State University’s Student Organic Farm, has announced a new curriculum format which is intended to increase accessibility, focus on high-impact program components and decrease participant cost. The re-designed program will be a more robust learning platform for those who are committed to owning their own farm business, managing farm operations or working with others on their paths to food production and sustainable agriculture. The changes incorporate feedback received from alumni and prospective students since the program was established in 2010. (Read more)
Michigan State University is a college of firsts. A founding land-grant institution, MSU was the first school in the nation to teach agriculture from a scientific perspective. The progressive university was also among the first in the nation to admit women in 1870. That vanguard spirit continues to this day. Michigan State is an established research leader that excels in the art of the innovative approach. From the campus community to the global stage, the idea that “Spartans Will” permeates every endeavor, minute or monumental. Join us as we shine a spotlight on our favorite Michigan State vignettes of 2016. (Read more)
The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, honored the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for its outstanding contributions to medicine and community service on Sunday, Nov. 13, during the AAMC's annual meeting, Learn Serve Lead 2016. The medical college received the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service recognizing its diverse partnerships in Flint and in rural Michigan areas that focus on improving health care across the state. (Read more)
Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems have a mission of engaging the people of Michigan, the United States, and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. One way they put this mission into practice is through their Cultivate Michigan campaign, where they strive to get Michigan institutions to source 20% of their food from their home state by 2020. (Read more)
A part of MSU’s College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering aims to elevate the university’s role in supporting the biotech industry in Michigan and spin out new technologies into startup companies that commercialize research and innovation. (Read more)
Veterinarians contribute greatly to the economic and non-economic welfare of the state, with a total impact of $1.447 billion in Michigan alone! MSU plays a role in this impact by being the primary employer of the 6% of veterinarians who work for universities in particular. Whether it be through farm animals, livestock, or companion animals, veterinarians are making a difference in our lives and the environment. They’re work goes beyond numbers as well, with their influential care, maintenance of the natural resources and wildlife, and their concern for the public health by ensuring animal to human diseases are not a concern. The demand for vet’s will increase in the future, and we can be confident that those practicing veterinary medicine in Michigan will have a positive impact on our state. (Read more)
Over the course of four years, Michigan State University researchers managed to take about $300,000 and turn it into more than $4.5 million. Using seven grants received from the Saint Mary’s Foundation, MSU’s College of Human Medicine hired junior researchers to conduct basic research that generated the data needed to land funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations to do broader studies. (Read more)
While Michigan State University’s newly opened Bio Engineering Facility will bring together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, their mission will be the same: To conduct futuristic, cutting-edge research that will improve or even save the lives of millions of people around the globe. “The Bio Engineering facility is more than just a building,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It represents the enormous opportunity for discovery and the vast potential for knowledge advancement that can be unlocked through scientific collaboration.” (Read More)
Esther Koukios grew up cooking Greek cuisine. In 2009, Koukios and a couple friends decided to take their passion and share it with local businesses, friends and family by catering fresh homemade Greek dishes, soon to be known as Greek to Go. Four years later, Esther took over the business herself with big plans and a little help from Michigan State University’s Product Center. (Read more)
Lauren Yacteen is a registered nurse at Beaumont Hospital by day, and homemade chef by night. While Yacteen was working in Maternal Child Health at the hospital, she would bring homemade Mediterranean food made from old family recipes into nourish her co-workers through their long shifts. Once her fellow nurses tried her homemade hummus and fattoush salad, they knew she would have tremendous success selling it to the public, and that is when Bekka Valley began. (Read more)
A $4.8 million grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health will help Michigan’s top three research universities, a leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents. Ten hospitals and 20 clinics throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will participate in the study. (Read More)
One-third of Michigan’s public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to help students deal with bullying and managing their emotions or building healthy relationships, according to a recent study by the Michigan School Program Information Project. As schools face mounting pressure to address student needs with evidence-based solutions, the project – funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institutes of Health – aims to understand the challenges principals and superintendents face in trying to find the most effective instructional and social skills programs. (Read More)
The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on. Dr. Rufus Isaacs, a bee researcher, and professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to talk about the work he’s doing to bring bees back to the Midwest farms and gardens. (Read More)
A three-year study shows Michigan 4-H youth are building Developmental Assets through positive relationships with leaders, empowering youth to be creators of their own development and helping others through service. (Read More)
A few years ago, Caryl Sortwell, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Parkinson's researcher, was asked by Jeff MacKeigan, a scientist at Van Andel Research Institute, or VARI, to collaborate on research that could significantly slow the progression of Parkinson's. The primary focus of the research? Take an existing drug used in Japan for treating a blood vessel condition and see if it’s just as effective in fighting Parkinson's. (Read More)
A new technology in plant research that is exclusive to MSU can be used to bolster production yield in crops or to breed plants that are heartier and able to withstand factors such as drought. (Read More)
Michigan State University research is leading to bumper crops of tart cherries and the resurgence of the state’s hops production. (Read More)
More than 1800 people came out to get a sneak peek of this up and coming facility and excited would be an understatement. 6 News spoke with a couple scientific geniuses who say FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) will not only benefit the greater Lansing area, but will help with unlimited amounts of research for the future. (See More)
Nearly 4,000 members of the public attended the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory open house on Aug. 20. The "Rare Access” event included activities, demonstrations, presentations and tours that allowed attendees to learn more about a world-leading science facility in operation (NSCL) and one in the making (FRIB). (Read More)
Nine-year-old Johanna Glinz of Montcalm Township was busy Saturday afternoon keeping a model molecule between two lines on a 10-foot-high clear cylinder. Using a handheld dial to control a fan at the base of the tube, the 4th-grader learned her task was similar to that of FRIB scientists, who will have to carefully monitor unstable molecules. "The scientists will also use electron microscopes to look at the particles," she said when her mother Jennifer Glinz prodded her to share what she'd learned. (Read More)
MSU Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Mark Burnham joins Andy Johnston Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce on iHeart Media West Michigan Weekend radio show with Phil Tower. The group discusses the role higher education plays in making Michigan a Top 10 state.
Cosponsored by MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in the College of Social Science and MSU Extension, MSU's Legislative Leadership Program builds on the university’s long-standing tradition of providing leadership training to state and county officials, community leaders, and aspiring public officials.
Administered by MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research within the College of Social Science, MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program annually recruits, trains, and inspires 24 of tomorrow’s public-policy leaders.