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Region 8

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Agriculture and Natural Resources - 42

Arts and Letters - 42

Business - 34

Communication Arts and Sciences - 38

Education - 48

Engineering - 34

Human Ecology - 38

Human Medicine - 46

James Madison - 14

Justin Morrill College - 12

Lyman Briggs College - 14

Music - 26

Natural Science - 42

Nursing - 38

Osteopathic Medicine - 28

Residential College in Arts & Humanities - 6

Social Science - 42

Urban Affairs Programs - 8

Veterinary Medicine - 46









*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 this region:

New McLaren hospital will be great for Greater Lansing

Health-care consumers, now and in the future, are the real winners in the $450 million McLaren Greater Lansing hospital project announced this past week. McLaren’s partnership with Michigan State University is integral to the project. It takes the current McLaren and MSU collaboration to a “wildly different level,” said Tom Mee, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing. “And the deepest and most robust portion [of the project] is research.” (Read More)

Video games, screen time helps MSU researchers understand what works for kids

Tablets loaded with educational games featuring characters from PBS shows were distributed to around 40 kindergartners at Lansing's Kendon Elementary School on Monday as part of a new research project at Michigan State University. The idea is simple: Lansing kindergartners get access to video games focused on developing math and reading skills and researchers learn more about how those activities contribute to learning. (Read More)

Michigan State uses $1.3m NSF grant to improve college and workforce readiness

MSU will use a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help more low-income and minority high school students enroll in college. The two-year grant will allow the College Ambition Program to expand on and improve how students are prepared for college and the workforce. The CAP program, created in 2011, is a Michigan high school-based model that combines multiple strategies – including course counseling, mentoring and financial aid advising – to help students achieve postsecondary success. The program focuses primarily on juniors and seniors in 11 high schools in the Detroit and Lansing areas. (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)

Scientific discovery at MSU: FRIB and IQ

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at Michigan State University bring endless possibilities for scientific discovery. Thomas Glasmacher is the director of FRIB, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national user facility under construction now that will be the world’s most powerful rare isotope accelerator when it is completed in 2022, attracting scientists from around the globe. IQ’s mission is to foster collaboration among the sciences on campus and beyond to transform patient care with new biomedical discoveries, according to Christopher Contag, IQ director, Hannah Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering and microbiology and molecular genetics, and biomedical engineering chair. (See 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)

Investors are bringing their millions to Lansing. Here's why

Three multi-million-dollar venture capital firms have opened in Greater Lansing in the past six months. Investors from Ann Arbor and New York have come to invest in businesses started at Michigan State University and even local fashion designers. The number of early stage investment firms in Greater Lansing now stands at six, on par with the Grand Rapids region. The question is: Why? "We're really excited for what MSU has been doing in spinning off companies from the university," said Chris Rizik, CEO of Ann Arbor-based Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, which opened an office in East Lansing last week. "It's a real promising place to be." (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)

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)

Medical students receive scholarships to help underserved patients

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students Sarah Robbins and Rohit Abraham share a passion for helping underserved patients and both recently learned they will receive awards to help them realize that goal. Robbins, a fourth-year student who will graduate in May, will receive a $120,000 Students to Service Scholarship from the National Health Service Corps for her commitment to work in an underserved community for three years. Abraham, a third-year student, has been awarded a full-ride Zuckerman Fellowship to attend Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy, a major step toward his ultimate goal of helping large numbers of patients by directing public health policy. (Read more)

Construction begins on MSU solar array project

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 Michigan State University. “The obvious advantage of this project for our students, faculty and staff is cleaner air due to the emissions-free generation of electricity,” said Wolfgang Bauer, a University Distinguished Professor in physics who is assisting with the project. “However, there are significant other benefits such as reducing the university’s utility costs over time. This, in the end, will have a direct effect on keeping tuition rates as low as possible.” Arrays are a collection of solar panels that are linked together and can act as an additional energy source. (Read More)

MSU faculty recognized as Community Champions

Every year, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau recognizes individuals in the community who support its mission of “positively impacting the area’s economy by marketing the region as a travel destination.” This year the Greater Lansing CVB recognized several Michigan State faculty members as Community Champions for advocating on behalf of the GLCVB and bringing convention and event business to the Greater Lansing area. Those honored from MSU include: Huey-Wen Lin, Alexei Bazavov, Andrea Shindler, Shannon Schmoll and James Tiedje. (Read more)



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Extension Information

MSU Extension District 8

50 E. Sprague Rd. 
Ionia, MI 48846
Contact: Donald Lehman
Toll Free: (877) 643-9884 
Office (616) 527-5358