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In a special issue of Science, which celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Periodic Table, MSU chemist James McCusker highlights some of the current research around the globe driven by Mendeleev’s influence.
Four College of Natural Science faculty members will be honored at the 2018–2019 MSU All-University Awards ceremony on February 5 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to education and research.
Hundreds of women who are enrolled in physics programs across the United States recently attended the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. More than 150 of them gathered on the MSU campus to attend the Midwest regional session—one of 12 regional conferences held simultaneously across the country Jan. 18-20.
MSU and Children's National Health System researchers, including NatSci's Brian Schutte, are the first to link mutations in a gene known as “interferon regulatory factor 6,” or IRF6—which cause cleft palates—to spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
New collaborative research led by researchers from several institutions including MSU showed that when galaxies assemble extremely rapidly – and sometimes violently – it can lead to the formation of very massive black holes. In these rare galaxies, normal star formation is disrupted and black hole formation takes over.
MSU chemist Jetze Tepe is the recipient of a highly competitive 2019 Brian D. Novis Senior Research Grant from the International Myeloma Foundation. The award will support his ongoing work on the development of a new approach to treating multiple myeloma.
MSU’s George Mias recently received a grant from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health in partnership with NASA look at molecular signatures from previous space missions – thousands of body signals ranging from genes, proteins, heart rate, saliva, blood pressure and more – to detect illnesses before they happen.
J. Emiliano Deustua, a MSU quantum chemistry Ph.D. student, was recently awarded the very competitive and prestigious Phase-II Molecular Sciences Software Institute Software Fellowship by the institute’s Science and Software Advisory Board.
Victor DiRita, the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in microbial pathogenesis at MSU was recently elected to the American Society for Microbiology. He will serve a one-year term as president-elect beginning July 1 and will then become president in July 2020.
Ariel Robbins, academic advisor in the MSU College of Natural Science and the Charles Drew Science Scholars Program, has been selected for the National Academic Advising Association Great Lakes Region 5 Excellence in Advising award.