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The source of stem cells points to two proteins
December 11, 2018
The source of stem cells points to two proteins

New Michigan State University research published in the journal eLife has pinpointed two proteins that are the keys to stem cell creation.

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From duckweed to sequoias: MSU Herbarium preserves diversity of plant life
December 10, 2018
From duckweed to sequoias: MSU Herbarium preserves diversity of plant life

For more than 150 years, the MSU Herbarium has been preserving and classifying plant life ranging from the tiniest specimens to the giants of the plant kingdom. With more than 540,000 specimens, it’s considered one of the top herbaria in the United States.

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MSU plant scientist honored by AAAS
December 7, 2018
MSU plant scientist honored by AAAS

Federica Brandizzi, an MSU plant scientist who has made distinguished and varied contributions to advance the field of plant cell biology has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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NatSci professor receives prestigious honor for advances in math, mentoring students
December 3, 2018
NatSci professor receives prestigious honor for advances in math, mentoring students

Efstratia (Effie) Kalfagianni, MSU professor of mathematics, was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society for 2019.

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Annual awards ceremony honors NatSci faculty, staff and students
November 21, 2018
Annual awards ceremony honors NatSci faculty, staff and students

Twenty-five outstanding MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) faculty, staff and students were recognized for their achievements and contributions at the NatSci Annual State of the College meeting and Awards Ceremony held Nov. 16 at MSU’s Molecular Plant Sciences Building.

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NatSci undergrad nominated for prestigious Churchill Scholarship
November 19, 2018
NatSci undergrad nominated for prestigious Churchill Scholarship

Garrett King, a Michigan State University College of Natural Science senior majoring in physics, was nominated earlier this month by MSU for the Churchill Scholarship—a nationally competitive STEM scholarship that pays for graduate school in the United Kingdom.

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MSU's Richard Lenski elected to the American Philosophical Society
November 18, 2018
MSU's Richard Lenski elected to the American Philosophical Society

Michigan State University evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski was inducted into the American Philosophical Society (APS) — the oldest "learned society" in the United States — on Nov. 9 in Philadelphia.

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"PhUn" Day provides engaging physiology activities and experiments
November 15, 2018
"PhUn" Day provides engaging physiology activities and experiments

MSU's Department of Physiology held its 7th Annual Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Day on Oct. 27 at the Impression 5 Museum in Lansing, Mich., where area school children have the opportunity each year to have “PhUn” while learning about the science of the human body. The event attracted an estimated 740 visitors.

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Carbon goes with the flow
November 13, 2018
Carbon goes with the flow

New MSU research published in the current issue of Geophysical Research Letters, adds a dimension to the vertical perspective of the carbon cycle by showing how water moves massive amounts of carbon laterally through ecosystems – especially during floods.

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NatSci alum, staffer receive 2018 Grand Awards honors
November 13, 2018
NatSci alum, staffer receive 2018 Grand Awards honors

NatSci alum Roger Beachy and department staffer Marc Conlin were among the slate of 11 impressive Spartans recently honored at the 2018 Grand Awards Gala, which recognizes the best of the best MSU Spartans— those making an impact in their companies, communities, and at Michigan State University.

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