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NatSci to conduct collegewide survey to inform culture change efforts
February 18, 2019
NatSci to conduct collegewide survey to inform culture change efforts

In its continuing effort to create long-term, meaningful culture change post-Nassar, the MSU College of Natural Science will launch a collegewide survey on Feb. 20 to solicit feedback from faculty, staff and students about their experiences with and perspectives about the NatSci community.

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NatSci students nominated for prestigious national scholarship
February 14, 2019
NatSci students nominated for prestigious national scholarship

Three College of Natural Science students were nominated by MSU for the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The honor provides up to two years of undergraduate tuition for outstanding students pursuing research careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

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Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets
February 13, 2019
Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets

Plants are master chemists, and MSU researchers, including plant computational biologist Shin-Han Shiu, have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. The research appears in the Feb. 12 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Periodic Table still influencing today's research
February 7, 2019
Periodic Table still influencing today's research

In a special issue of Science, which celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Periodic Table, MSU chemist James McCusker highlights some of the current research around the globe driven by Mendeleev’s influence.

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Four NatSci faculty members to be honored at MSU Awards Convocation
January 29, 2019
Four NatSci faculty members to be honored at MSU Awards Convocation

Four College of Natural Science faculty members will be honored at the 2018–2019 MSU All-University Awards ceremony on February 5 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to education and research.

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Undergraduate conference empowers female physicists
January 28, 2019
Undergraduate conference empowers female physicists

Hundreds of women who are enrolled in physics programs across the United States recently attended the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. More than 150 of them gathered on the MSU campus to attend the Midwest regional session—one of 12 regional conferences held simultaneously across the country Jan. 18-20.

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Cleft palate gene mutations now linked to spina bifida
January 25, 2019
Cleft palate gene mutations now linked to spina bifida

MSU and Children's National Health System researchers, including NatSci's Brian Schutte, are the first to link mutations in a gene known as “interferon regulatory factor 6,” or IRF6—which cause cleft palates—to spina bifida and other neural tube defects.

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Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed
January 23, 2019
Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed

New collaborative research led by researchers from several institutions including MSU showed that when galaxies assemble extremely rapidly – and sometimes violently – it can lead to the formation of very massive black holes. In these rare galaxies, normal star formation is disrupted and black hole formation takes over.

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Research on new approach to treating myeloma continues with grant award
January 22, 2019
Research on new approach to treating myeloma continues with grant award

MSU chemist Jetze Tepe is the recipient of a highly competitive 2019 Brian D. Novis Senior Research Grant from the International Myeloma Foundation. The award will support his ongoing work on the development of a new approach to treating multiple myeloma.

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Keeping astronauts healthy during deep space missions
January 22, 2019
Keeping astronauts healthy during deep space missions

MSU’s George Mias recently received a grant from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health in partnership with NASA look at molecular signatures from previous space missions – thousands of body signals ranging from genes, proteins, heart rate, saliva, blood pressure and more – to detect illnesses before they happen.

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