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NatSci's Marcos Dantus receives Technology Transfer Award at MSU Innovation Celebration
April 23, 2019
NatSci's Marcos Dantus receives Technology Transfer Award at MSU Innovation Celebration

Marcos Dantus, MSU professor of chemistry and physics, received the MSU Innovation Center's  2019 Technology Transfer Award for his work with ultrafast lasers—an innovation that takes a low intensity, long pulse and compresses it to increase its energy.

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MSU scientists team up to study bovine microbiome role in antibiotic resistant bacteria
April 16, 2019
MSU scientists team up to study bovine microbiome role in antibiotic resistant bacteria

A highly multi-disciplinary team of MSU scientists, led by molecular epidemiologist Shannon Manning, have designed a study to probe how the intestinal microbiome of dairy cattle affects antibiotic resistance, a problem plaguing farms across the country.

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NatSci neuroscientist Gina Leinninger receives new investigator award
April 5, 2019
NatSci neuroscientist Gina Leinninger receives new investigator award

Gina Leinninger, MSU assistant professor of physiology in the College of Natural Science, is the 2019-20 recipient of the prestigious American Physiology Society’s Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award.

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Physicists examine the antimatter puzzle
April 5, 2019
Physicists examine the antimatter puzzle

MSU experimental physicist Jaideep Taggart Singh is part of a team of scientists examining why the observable universe contains virtually no antimatter, despite its relatively abundant existence in the early history of the universe. Their findings were recently published in the journal Reviews of Modern Physics.

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Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system
April 3, 2019
Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system

Researchers at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, led by University Distinguished Professor Thomas Sharkey, shed more light on one of the backup systems that support photosynthesis through difficult conditions. The study is published in Plant Physiology.

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NatSci investiture ceremony honors four endowed faculty members
March 26, 2019
NatSci investiture ceremony honors four endowed faculty members

Four Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) faculty members—Jeffrey Freymueller, Dalton Hardisty, Allen McNamara and Songqiao “Shawn” Wei—were formally invested as endowed faculty members at a ceremony held March 21 at MSU’s Wharton Center.

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When it comes to monarchs, fall migration matters
March 18, 2019
When it comes to monarchs, fall migration matters

New research conducted by MSU and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals a wider, more-accurate spectrum of threats that have contributed to the monarch population’s downward trend beyond the traditional indicators of winter habitat loss and fewer milkweed plants.

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Understanding and controlling the molecule that made the universe
March 13, 2019
Understanding and controlling the molecule that made the universe

In recent issues of Nature Communications and the Journal of Chemical Physics, MSU researchers employed high-speed lasers to shine a spotlight on the mechanisms that are key in trihydrogen (H3+) creation and its unusual chemistry to better understand what is acknowledged by scientists as the molecule that made the universe.

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For hyenas, there’s no ‘I’ in clan
March 12, 2019
For hyenas, there’s no ‘I’ in clan

In a new study published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, MSU scientists show that hyenas that form strong coalitions can gain social status, which can have lasting benefits over many generations.

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MSU mathematician Kristen Hendricks awarded prestigious fellowship
March 11, 2019
MSU mathematician Kristen Hendricks awarded prestigious fellowship

Kristen Hendricks, an MSU assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Natural Science, is one of 20 researchers who received a prestigious 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in mathematics.

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