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NatSci undergrad nominated for prestigious Churchill Scholarship
November 19, 2018

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Carbon goes with the flow
November 13, 2018

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.

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

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.

Pioneering chemistry professor recognized for excellence by colleagues, students
November 9, 2018

Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education, is the recipient of the 2018 MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Teaching Award.

Organisms with small genomes, cells found thriving in hot soils
November 5, 2018

As our planet warms, what life will survive and thrive? If the coal fire-fueled soils around Centralia, Pennsylvania, are any indication, organisms with smaller genomes and cells may do well in the future.

Be thankful for sweet potatoes
November 2, 2018

An international team, including MSU's Robin Buell, generated genome sequences for sweet potato wild relatives, providing genomic resources for sweet potato improvement that can be shared with breeders and farmers.

Simon Lecture connects actuarial science students, faculty and industry professionals
October 31, 2018

The sixth Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Actuarial Science Lecture was held Oct. 25 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University.

Tool time: Evaluating 3D learning success in gateway science courses
October 24, 2018

There are many ongoing efforts to transform STEM education, but few tools to measure change, particularly in curricular materials such as assessments. To address this issue, a team of MSU-led researchers are developing and using tools to measure 3DL instructional change and student learning.