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MSU integrative biology professor honored as fellow of the Ecological Society of America

Gary G. Mittelbach, Michigan State University professor of integrative biology, has been named a 2015 fellow of the Ecological Society of America.  

Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

A recent study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and published in Environmental Research Letters looks at how efficiently “second generation” biofuel crops – perennial, non-food crops such as switchgrass or native grasses – use rainwater and how these crops affect overall water balance.

We're not alone – but the universe may be less crowded than we think

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe then might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University's Brian O'Shea.

NatSci Dean R. James Kirkpatrick recipient of prestigious Clay Minerals Society honor

R. James Kirkpatrick, Michigan State University professor of geological sciences and chemistry, and College of Natural Science (NatSci) dean, has received the 2015 Marilyn and Sturges W. Bailey Award–the highest honor of The Clay Minerals Society. 

Making a better semiconductor

Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors.

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