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Bacterial spore formation revelation opens door to potential advances in human health, disease
February 16, 2018
Bacterial spore formation revelation opens door to potential advances in human health, disease

Research by a team of MSU scientists has shed light on how a particular type of enzyme functions during spore formation, offering the opportunity for advances in the areas of human health and disease.

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Student View - William Yakah: Connecting the dots
February 15, 2018
Student View - William Yakah: Connecting the dots

When Willam Yakah was in high school, he always imagined being at a place where his curiosity knew no boundaries—a big university where he could major in anything and switch between different majors without limitation. Coming to MSU was that dream come true.

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George Garrity, Beronda Montgomery elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology
February 14, 2018
George Garrity, Beronda Montgomery elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Professors George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery of MSU's College of Natural Science were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.

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How plants 'muscle up' against bacteria in the cold
February 13, 2018
How plants 'muscle up' against bacteria in the cold

MSU scientists have furthered our understanding about how a plant protein, called CAMTA, helps plants strengthen themselves as they anticipate long periods of cold.

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Know-Care-Do: Future science teachers become agents of change
February 12, 2018
Know-Care-Do: Future science teachers become agents of change

If a recent competition is any indication, MSU’s future science teachers are well on their way to becoming agents of change to ensure minimal human impact on our environment.

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NatSci faculty members honored at 2018 MSU Awards Convocation
February 9, 2018
NatSci faculty members honored at 2018 MSU Awards Convocation

Nine College of Natural Science faculty members were honored at the 2018 MSU Awards Convocation on Feb. 6.

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"Solid" evidence: Oganesson noble, but not a gas
February 8, 2018
"Solid" evidence: Oganesson noble, but not a gas

Scientists at MSU and Massey University have calculated the structure of oganesson, a relatively new element which has proved elusive to study.

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NatSci undergraduates nominated for prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
February 2, 2018
NatSci undergraduates nominated for prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Three College of Natural Science undergraduate students were among four nominated by Michigan State University for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

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Open Letter to the College
January 26, 2018
Open Letter to the College
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Protecting piping plovers
January 23, 2018
Protecting piping plovers

Research by a team of MSU integrative biologists shows that the endangered piping plover population could decline over the next 10 years without changes in management strategies that address growing predator populations. 

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