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Cancer research at MSU: The house that cisplatin built
June 19, 2019

In the 1960s, MSU biophysicist Barnett Rosenberg and his team discovered the cancer-fighting properties of platinum—a discovery that led to the development of two life-saving cancer therapy drugs—cisplatin and carboplatin. This legacy and the royalties earned from these two drugs are now helping to support the next generation of cancer research at MSU.

Doing the "Samba": NatSci's Kristin Parent awarded MSU's first PATH grant
June 12, 2019

Kristin Parent, J.K. Billman, Jr. M.D. Endowed Research Professor, received a 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infections Disease award, which includes a 5-year grant totaling $500,000 to support research investigating an enormous virus known as the Samba virus.

Seed microbiome may hold uncommon ability to benefit next generation of plants
June 10, 2019

MSU microbial ecologist Ashley Shade and her team have been awarded a three-year, $750,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant to investigate the seed microbiome of the common bean.

Shifting landscape: Native plant species may be at greater risk from climate change than non-natives
May 31, 2019

A new study led by researchers at Michigan State University and Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute has revealed that warming temperatures affect native and non-native flowering plants differently, which could change the look of local landscapes over time.

MSU researcher nets grant to investigate imperiled Chinook salmon in California's Central Valley
May 31, 2019

MSU researcher Mariah Meek recently received a two-year, $633,000 grant from the Delta Stewardship Council and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to study the declining Chinook salmon in the California Central Valley using an improved genomics tool to characterize life history diversity and promote resilience.

NatSci's Program in Mathematics Education, Ph.D. student receive MSU graduate program, student mentor awards
May 30, 2019

A graduate program and a doctoral student in the MSU College of Natural Science were recently honored by MSU with an Outstanding Graduate Program Community Award and an MSU Graduate School Outstanding Doctoral Student Mentor Award, respectively.

Third annual Fascination of Plants Day@MSU: "Arts Go Green" increases community reach
May 20, 2019

Plant science met the arts in a unique collaboration involving Michigan State University plant scientists, the MSU Broad Museum and the East Lansing Art Festival during the third annual Fascination of Plants (FoP) Day@MSU on May 18.

Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth's deep carbon
May 20, 2019

Two years ago, a team of scientists, including MSU geomicrobiologist Matt Schrenk, visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone to find out if microbes can affect the cycle of carbon moving from Earth’s surface into the deep interior. According to their new study recently published in Nature, the answer is yes, they can.

Three NatSci professors chosen to hone leadership skills with Big Ten colleagues
May 19, 2019

Three outstanding professors from the MSU College of Natural Science--Charles "Lee" Cox, David Hyndman and Angela Wilson--were among six selected to be part of an elite cohort of Academic Leadership Program Fellows for 2019-2020 selected by the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Ashley Shade elected Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow
May 19, 2019

Ashley Shade, MSU microbial ecologist, was selected as a 2019-2023 Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow for her pioneering work into how microorganisms—the smallest life forms—have large and critical roles in maintaining the health of entire ecosystems.