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Connected math: Collaborative digital classroom environments focus of NSF grants
July 16, 2019

MSU's Connected Mathematics Project (CMP), in partnership with The Concord Consortium, are using two National Science Foundation grants totaling $4.5 million to explore new possibilities for CMP classrooms in a digital environment using the Connected Mathematics middle school curriculum.

Magnetic leadership and stellar coding: NatSci's Chelsea Harris named Howes Scholar
July 12, 2019

Chelsea Harris, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci), is the recipient of a 2019 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award.

The making of a Rhodes Scholar: A cycle of success
July 8, 2019

MSU alum Clara Lepard earned her B.S. in zoology in spring 2017. In November of that year, she received word that she was the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England. Lepard began her studies at Oxford in the fall of 2018 and is currently pursuing her master of science degree in zoology.

MSU math team performs well at annual exam competition
July 2, 2019

MSU placed 25th out of more than 200 teams at this year’s Putnam Math Competition, an annual event in which teams of undergraduate students compete to solve extremely challenging math problems.

Our water cycle diagrams give a false sense of water security
July 1, 2019

A new study, published in Nature Geosciences, was carried out by a large team of experts from MSU and Brigham Young University, and the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), along with partners in the U.S., France, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden to gain a better understanding of how our water cycle works in the 21st century.

NatSci undergrads receive prestigious summer fellowships to investigate microscopic pathogens
July 1, 2019

MSU microbiology and molecular genetics undergraduates Jack Dodson and Alyssa Corpus were both selected for the prestigious and highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program from the American Society for Microbiology.

It's a FACT: MSU professors receive prestigious grant to improve animal welfare practices on family farm
June 27, 2019

To give their fledgling Michigan farm, Chinook's Acres, a boost, MSU faculty members Frederi Viens and Carolyn Johnston applied for a prestigious Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) grant. They were one of just 38 applicants across the United States in 2019 to receive one out of more than 300 applications.

Charles Drew Science Scholars program: 40 years strong
June 24, 2019

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Charles Drew Science Scholars program, which has supported the academic success and well-being of nearly 2,000 underrepresented minority students in the College of Natural Science at MSU since the 1970s.

Casey Henley receives AT&T award for online neuroscience course
June 24, 2019

Casey Henley, assistant professor and director of online programs for MSU's Neuroscience Program housed in the College of Natural Science, took first place in the “Best Fully Online” category of the 2019 AT&T Faculty-Staff Instructional Technology Awards competition.

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.