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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.

Kristin Parent named James K. Billman Jr., M.D. Endowed Research Professor
October 23, 2018

Assistant Professor Kristin Parent was installed as the first James K. Billman Jr., M.D. Endowed Research Professor in the MSU College of Natural Science's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

NatSci undergrad nominated for top graduate school scholarship
October 19, 2018

Garrett King, an MSU College of Natural Science senior majoring in physics, was nominated for the nationally competitive Marshall Scholarship by MSU.

From garbage to glasses: Helping Flint with place-based learning
October 18, 2018

Bottled water has become a way of life for the residents of Flint, Mich., ever since the Flint water crisis began in 2014. But once the water is used, what happens to all those empty plastic bottles? MSU's Jane Rice and Joyce Parker sought to answer that question with a group of 28 K-12 teachers during a sustainability workshop earlier this year.

Evolution is at work in computers as well as life sciences
October 16, 2018

Arend Hintze, MSU assistant professor of integrative biology and computer science and engineering, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public.

How well antibiotics work for cystic fibrosis patients may be affected by pH, oxygen
October 16, 2018

Recently, researchers, including MSU environmental microbiologist Robert Quinn, discovered that tweaking factors in a cystic fibrosis lung model, such as pH balance and oxygen, helped eradicate pathogenic bacteria while minimizing risks of antibiotic resistance and overgrowth of other microorganisms.

Exercise linked to a healthy gut and bones
October 15, 2018

A recent study, led by Michigan State University researcher Laura McCabe, supports findings that a high-fat diet can negatively affect the bacterial composition of your intestine and decrease bone density, while exercise can counteract these harmful changes.

Danny Ducat: Hooked on microbiology
October 11, 2018

Danny Ducat, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, works with one of the oldest species on Earth: cyanobacteria. By tweaking their DNA, Ducat forces the bacteria to release sugars that can be used in the manufacturing of plastics that will degrade naturally.

MSU earth and environmental sciences doctoral student receives prestigious scholarship
October 9, 2018

Patricia Jaimes, a doctoral student in the MSU Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is one of only 10 El Café del Futuro Scholarships in recognition of her drive to pursue secondary education and her motivation to give back in the face of adversity.

Manufacturing mosquitoes in Mexico
October 9, 2018

Zhiyong Xi, a professor in Michigan State University's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has opened an Aedes aegypti Biological Control Laboratory in Yucatan, Mexico, at the Autonomous University of Yucatan in the city of Merida, to build on his work in China.