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Less than one year after Michigan State University added a commercial-sized anaerobic digester to its campus sustainability arsenal, the magic of bioengineering has transformed thousands of tons of organic waste from MSU and the greater Lansing area into biogas that has generated more than 1.7 million kWh of electricity.
  • Krista Greenwood, a former student who now works for Dow Chemical, pulls cell stocks out of liquid nitrogen as part of an experiment in John LaPres’ lab. Photo: Kurt Stepnitz, MSU CABS.
    The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Integrative Toxicology is directing a $14.1 million initiative to better understand how environmental contaminants called dioxins affect human health and to find new ways of removing them from the environment.
  • The Michigan State University Innovation Center recently showcased some of the new ideas developed over the 2013-14 academic year, and honored three faculty members responsible for highly successful emerging technologies.
  • Russell E. Johnson, assistant professor of management in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
    Managers who carefully monitor the fairness of workplace decisions make their employees happier and, ultimately, their companies more productive. But they may be wearing down their own emotional and mental resilience, according to new research by a Michigan State University business management professor.

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  • MSU water research aims to improve environmental health, economic health and human health.
  • MSU has awarded funding to six MSU-led teams of researchers from several universities and clinical settings to investigate new approaches to research in autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • MSU Libraries combs through individual blog posts written by members of the MSU community to find the most interesting - and sometimes challenging - entries to re-post on Spartan Ideas.
  • Switchgrass (left), a perennial warm season grass native to North America, can be made into renewable biofuel. Fermentation equipment (right) uses microorganisms to ferment glucose (complex sugars) into ethanol, one of the most common biofuels.
    Thanks to a $1.09 million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, plus matching funds from Michigan State University (MSU), several bio-based MSU research projects will be fast-tracked for commercial development over the next three years.
  • Plant sugars have been fermented into ethanol for hundreds of years. Currently, most ethanol is made from corn grain or sugar cane. Bruce Dale, professor of chemical engineering and materials science, is an expert on making ethanol from cellulose, plant stalks, grass, corn cobs and other woody plant parts.
  • Michigan State University scientists are working to make new energy storage technologies a marketplace reality.