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Agriculture and Natural Resources - 436

Arts and Letters - 412

Asst Prov For Univ Outreach & Engagement - 2

Business - 380

Communication Arts and Sciences - 366

Education - 524

Engineering - 360

Human Ecology - 364

Human Medicine - 410

James Madison - 146

Justin Morrill College - 104

Lyman Briggs College - 140

Music - 190

Natural Science - 418

Nursing - 328

Osteopathic Medicine - 242

Residential College in Arts & Humanities - 66

Social Science - 434

Urban Affairs Programs - 42

Veterinary Medicine - 382









*Data is from an independent study by the Anderson Economic Group


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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:

Innovation is a Spartan state of mind

For Michigan State University Spartans, entrepreneurship is more than a skill or discipline—it’s a mindset. It’s a way of thinking and working that opens doors, creates connections and accelerates innovation across disciplines. Spartan innovators imagine a better world, then work to make it a reality. MSU supports them by connecting them to experienced business leaders and start-up funding opportunities and by cultivating university-wide entrepreneurship programs and community collaborations. (Read More)

New discovery, more bees mark Michigan’s first, full bee census

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates. Identifying potential pollinators, including the 38 new bees recorded in the state, is crucial, especially in the face of declining honey bee populations. All pollinators make an estimated $14 billion annual contribution to U.S. agriculture, so it’s imperative to understand wild bee populations and their benefits to crops and the environment. (Read More)

Michigan State researchers aim to help self-driving cars handle Michigan weather

It's one thing for a self-driving car to navigate the sunny Southwest. Michigan presents other challenges. Think icy roads, sudden blizzards and foggy mornings. Enter Michigan State University and Hayder Radha, director of the CANVAS project – Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety. Radha and his fellow researchers are looking into ways to get cars to recognize and respond to inclement weather. (Read More)

The Great State Road Trip!

From East Lansing to Escanaba, see how MSU Spartans make Michigan a place of opportunity, innovation, and prosperity. (Read More)

‘The Great State Road Trip’ to showcase MSU impact in Michigan

This summer, MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy is taking a road trip throughout Michigan, highlighting the ways Spartans are making the state a place of opportunity, imagination and innovation. Titled “The Great State Road Trip: Exploring MSU’s Impact Across Michigan,” the journey spans three weeks and seven cities showcasing Spartan doctors, scientists, creators and educators, and the transformative work they do every day. (Read More)

MSU AgBioResearch announces field day schedule for summer 2017

Members of the community and Michigan’s agriculture industry are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities. (Read More)

Michigan ArtShare and Michigan State University Extension announce a “Call for Art” program

Michigan ArtShare is creating a “Looking-At-Art-Images” education program named ArtShare, utilizing a ‘critical thinking practice’ called Visual Thinking Strategies. The project goal is to use narrative images created exclusively by Michigan artists for the students to view using the VTS method, instead of using images from art history or other states or countries. This enables Michigan’s children to become more visually literate and creative problem solvers, and they will do so by looking at professional Michigan artist’s images and becoming more familiar with their work. (Read More)

4-H ‘true leaders’ across Michigan assist in rangeland wildfire disaster relief

Early in March, regions of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas were devastated by high winds and uncontrollable wildfires. With vast areas of grassland for grazing cattle destroyed, ranchers in that region struggled to feed and care for their livestock. Seeing a critical need, Michigan 4-H’ers across the state stepped up to show their support and provide relief. (Read More)

MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

Michigan State University will use a $1.4 million federal grant to expand a work-related social skills training program for youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. While efforts are growing to help youth with autism improve social skills, few programs focus specifically on teaching the skills needed to get and keep jobs. A pilot program created by MSU researcher Connie Sung has shown promising results for the population when they most need help preparing for the workplace: the transition from high school to adulthood. (Read More)

MSU study: Well-kept vacant lots can be crime-fighters

Urban geographer Richard Sadler assigned a “greening score” to each neighborhood based on how the vacant lots were kept up. “Generally speaking, I found that greening was more prevalent where violent crime, property crime and victimless crime were going down,” said Sadler, an assistant professor of public health in the College of Human Medicine. The study is based upon the Clean and Green program in the Genesee County Land Bank Authority that began 13 years ago. That group found that over the years, the neighborhoods where vacant lots were maintained saw a decrease in crime. (Read More)

Michigan Researchers Pool Resources for Water Initiative

Michigan’s University Research Corridor – an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University – has launched a collaborative project focused on water infrastructure on a state and national level. The initiative, known as Infrastructure Network for Water, or IN-Water, aims to connect researchers and practitioners through the exchange of ideas about advanced technologies, creative solutions, and barriers to implementing best practices. Michigan State University’s key researcher on the project is Joan Rose, the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, an internationally recognized expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health and safety. She was the 2016 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious water award. (Read More)

MSU study finds potential for new, sustainable economic sector in Michigan

There may be potential for establishing a “deconstruction economy” in West Michigan that collects and repurposes waste generated by more than 250,000 abandoned structures in the Great Lakes region. According to a study conducted by the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, in partnership with the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, structural abandonment and blight create economic hardships on already distressed Midwest regions and subject residents to potentially significant health and safety hazards. (Read more)

Pres. Simon’s testimony to the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee

On March 23rd, President Lou Anna K. Simon testified before the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee and made her case for MSU. "By supporting public higher education, you support Michigan residents’ ability to compete in a global knowledge economy. By supporting Michigan State, you are supporting our three-dimensional mission of education, research and service to Michigan communities. Michigan citizens deserve to have high expectations, together with the actual means to achieve them. With your support, MSU is committed to doing just that. (Read More)

2017 MSU Science Festival for April 7-23

The fifth annual MSU Science Festival will highlight the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math in 15-plus cities across Michigan April 7-23. With more than 50 new presentations, the festival will feature talks, demonstrations, tours, open houses and guest speakers. Events and activities are presented by members of the MSU scientific community, science professionals and educators from across the state. The schedule of events can be found here. (Read more)

Can meat save the world? Scientist at Lake City Research Center hopes so

Help slow global warming. Reverse desertification. Can an MSU experimental pasture for grass-fed beef at the Lake City Research Center achieve such audacious goals? Scientist Jason Rowntree is finding out. Conventional beef farming, though massively productive, is one of the most resource-intensive forms of agriculture, often stretching the limits of water-starved landscapes and producing huge quantities of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. So if Rowntree wanted the world to start thinking about things differently, it would have to start with people like him. (Read more)

Today’s young leaders: Ganna Omar – Part 1

Every time I hear someone use the phrase “Youth are the leaders of tomorrow,” I grit my teeth. As a community-based educator with a focus on helping young people to develop leadership, civic engagement and citizenship skills, I frequently hear adults—and occasionally some youth—use this seemingly common phrase. I grit my teeth because the stories of people like Ganna Omar, a 15-year old from Michigan’s Houghton County, are apparently not known by very many people. (Read more)

Improving genetic selection may hold key to peaceful pig grouping

Growing concern over the welfare of agricultural animals has led many states to pass legislation that mandates a fresh set of care practices. In 2009, the Michigan Legislature passed an amendment to the Animal Industry Act introducing a series of new standards for gestating sows, laying hens and veal calves. Included is the requirement of additional living space for gestating sows. By April 1, 2020, all producers will need to house pregnant pigs in stalls where they can turn about freely, something typically not found in most current operations. (Read more)

Michigan 4-H alum Izzy showcases her passion for fashion on this season’s Project Runway: Junior

A Michigan 4-H’er is living out her childhood dream at the young age of 16. Even though she’s still in high school, Isabella (Izzy) Kostrzewa is following her passion for fashion and design. She was a contestant on season two of the reality show “Project Runway: Junior,” currently airing on Lifetime TV. (Read more)

Tapping century-old Spartan barley

MSU’s agricultural roots are infusing Michigan’s robust beer industry with the revival of Spartan barley. The variety, boasting superior qualities and well suited to Michigan’s climate, was developed 100 years ago at MSU and made its way into fields across the country. Recently, an MSU AgBioResearch agronomist and his team revived the barley from heirloom seed and partnered with New Holland Brewing Co. to create a limited-edition beer. Brewing with this storied grain is a toast to Spartans’ significant contributions to Michigan agriculture and economic prosperity. Cheers! (See more)

MSU lands nearly $1 million in grants to fight invasive species

Three Michigan State University researchers received nearly $1 million in grants to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan. The grants are part of the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the state’s departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development. The researchers receiving the grants are Deb McCullough, professor of forest entomology; Monique Sakalidis, assistant professor of forest pathology; and Amos Ziegler, biogeographer. (Read more)

Worried about February warmup to fruit crops?

When perennial plants go dormant in winter, they track the hours just above freezing (between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit) to avoid winter cold. This is the chilling requirement. Temperatures below freezing do not matter. During winter dormancy, the trees can acclimate to very cold temperatures. Once the chilling requirement is met, then the plants can grow with warmer weather. (Read more)

The newest economic realities for your dairy farm

There is no question that Michigan dairy farms have been experiencing tough economic conditions over the past two years. Some drivers of these conditions are new, or at least greater in scale than have been experienced previously. The response by individual farms is critical to their ability to survive and thrive. MSU Extension is offering a program called Newest Economic Realities in Agriculture: Building Your Farm’s Plan. This program is designed to help everyone, from a novice to an advanced farmer, to understand your business’ numbers. (Read more)

Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future?

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)

MSU to host 102nd ANR Week from March 4-11

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)

Two grants help Michigan's elderly with in-home care

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)

MSU to train local officials in med-mar licensing laws

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)

New ComArtSci and WKAR Research encourages STEM careers

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)

WKAR to launch free 24/7 multiplatform PBS Kids services

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 and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and tablets. (Read more)

MSU’s Organic Farmer Training Program will become more robust and accessible

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 year in review 2016: BTN LiveBIG

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)

College of Human Medicine honored nationally for community service

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)

MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems putting their preach to practice

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)

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state’s life sciences industry

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)

The impact of veterinary medicine in Michigan

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)

MSU, local partners leverage medical research dollars for regional growth

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)

MSU Bio Engineering Facility promotes cross-campus research

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)

Local business turns Greek roots into recipes

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) 

Nurse turns family recipes into family business with help of MSU Product Center

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)

$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

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)

MSU project helps school officials find most effective programs

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)

‘Build habitat and they will come’: MSU research aims to bring bees back to Midwest farms

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)

Michigan 4-H helps youth build Developmental Assets

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)

MSU and Van Andel Research Institute on cusp of slowing progression of Parkinson's

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)

MSU brings better data to plant research

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)

Cherries and Beer Hops Growing Like Crazy in Michigan

Michigan State University research is leading to bumper crops of tart cherries and the resurgence of the state’s hops production. (Read More)

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams sneak peek draws in hundreds

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 attendees learn about FRIB

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)

Hundreds pack into FRIB during open house

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)