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MSU College of Natural Science honors 2018 Alumni Award winners
April 23, 2018
MSU College of Natural Science honors 2018 Alumni Award winners

More than 100 individuals attended the MSU College of Natural Science annual Awards Program on April 20 to acknowledge alumni, faculty and students for outstanding achievements and excellence.

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NatSci's Benning and Ohlrogge share 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award
April 22, 2018
NatSci's Benning and Ohlrogge share 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award

Two faculty members from the College of Natural Science (NatSci) were among the honorees recognized by the MSU Innovation Center at the 8th annual Michigan State University Innovation Celebration on April 19.

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NSF awards $2.5 million for MSU plant genome research project
April 16, 2018
NSF awards $2.5 million for MSU plant genome research project

MSU researchers received more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for plant genome research that includes outreach work to create a children’s exhibit describing genes, heredity and the process of improving plant traits for agriculture.

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'Hyena Scientist!' to feature MSU behavioral ecologist Kay Holekamp
April 15, 2018
'Hyena Scientist!' to feature MSU behavioral ecologist Kay Holekamp

On April 26 at 10:30 a.m., Kay Holekamp, one of the world’s leading behavioral ecologists, will be featured in East Lansing (Mich.) Public Library’s event, “Hyena Scientist!” as part of the critically acclaimed “Scientist in the Field” series.

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MSU doctoral student Anna Groves awarded prestigious fellowship
April 10, 2018
MSU doctoral student Anna Groves awarded prestigious fellowship

Anna Groves, a Ph.D. candidate in the MSU Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program in the College of Natural Science, is a recipient of the highly competitive 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship for this summer.

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Unexpected finding may deter disabling diabetic eye disease
April 6, 2018
Unexpected finding may deter disabling diabetic eye disease

A new MSU study, led by physiology Professor Julia Busik, is the first to find that a particular type of lipid, or fat, thought to only exist in the skin, now lives in your eye and might play a major role in deterring the eye disease.

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MSU scientist plays lead role in publishing one-of-a-kind molecular life sciences resource
April 5, 2018
MSU scientist plays lead role in publishing one-of-a-kind molecular life sciences resource

MSU Distinguished Professor Laurie S. Kaguni, internationally recognized for her expertise in the structural and mechanistic biochemistry of mitochondrial DNA replication, served as volume editor for the newly released comprehensive biochemistry encyclopedic reference, “Molecular Life Sciences.”

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Mantle minerals offer clues to deep Earth's composition
April 2, 2018
Mantle minerals offer clues to deep Earth's composition

Scientists now have a clearer picture of the Earth’s mantle, thanks to research co-led by MSU geoscientist Susannah Dorfman that was published in the current issue of Nature Communications.

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MSU Fulbright Scholar studies bees in India
March 30, 2018
MSU Fulbright Scholar studies bees in India

MSU NatSci doctoral student Allison Young will spend nine months in India as a Fulbright Scholar investigating some of the most vastly understudied and critically important species for the pollination of both agricultural and wild plants—tropical honey bees.

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Six MSU NatSci women researchers net 2018 NSF Early CAREER Awards
March 27, 2018
Six MSU NatSci women researchers net 2018 NSF Early CAREER Awards

Six MSU College of Natural Science women faculty members are the recipients of National Science Foundation Early CAREER Faculty Awards. The occasion, which marks the first time that six NSF Early CAREER Awards have been given to a single college—and to six women faculty members in the same year—is unprecedented at MSU.

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