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MSU mathematician Kristen Hendricks awarded prestigious fellowship
March 11, 2019

Kristen Hendricks, an MSU assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Natural Science, is one of 20 researchers who received a prestigious 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in mathematics.

Building mathematical programs that could discover the drugs of the future
March 7, 2019

Guowei Wei, professor of mathematics and biochemistry and molecular biology in the Michigan State University College of Natural Science, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public.

NatSci seniors champions of community service
March 6, 2019

Three MSU College of Natural Science seniors were recently honored at the 3rd Annual MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony for outstanding community service.

Gemma Reguera elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
March 5, 2019

MSU microbiologist Gemma Reguera has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. Reguera was recognized specifically by AAM as a “scholar, educator and communicator of distinction and accomplishment.”

More humans always mean fewer African carnivores, right? Nope.
March 1, 2019

New research led by MSU researchers and published in the current issue of Ecological Applications shows that the level of human activity/disturbance in carnivore communities has varied effects--some species decrease while others increase, which reveals how varying conservation and management policies can impact carnivores. 

MSU biochemistry graduate students advocate for science on Capitol Hill
February 21, 2019

Four graduate students from MSU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Science met with staff at the offices of Senator Peters, Senator Stabenow, Representative Slotkin and four other representatives Feb. 5-7 to advocate for science funding.

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

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

Machine learning used to calculate nuclear landscape's limits
February 15, 2019

A collaboration between the College of Natural Science’s Department of Statistics and Probability and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University has estimated the boundaries of nuclear existence by applying statistical analysis to nuclear models and assessed the impact of current and future FRIB experiments.

NatSci students nominated for prestigious national scholarship
February 14, 2019

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.

Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets
February 13, 2019

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.