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MSU’s Hamann Aims to Build More Efficient Solar Power Cells

Monday, June 26, 2017
Thomas W. Hamann with solar panels

Unless you have unlimited funds, finding solar power that is affordable and highly efficient is largely out of reach. A Michigan State University chemist is hoping to change…

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1986 Saginaw Bay Flood Website Looks at Past, Prepares for Future

Thursday, June 22, 2017
flooded home in Saginaw Bay area 1986

Extreme floods are a rare occurrence in Michigan, but when they hit, they can cause catastrophic impacts. Preparing for severe weather events is integral for the purposes of…

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Understanding Climate Change is in the Details

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Zhenci Xu and Jianguo “Jack” Liu

Scientists at Michigan State University show that examining the daily minutia of climate, not just temperature, but also sunshine, precipitation and soil moisture simultaneously all over a country…

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MSU Awarded $2M NSF Grant to Study Phytoplankton

Friday, June 9, 2017
Left, Klausmeier; right, Litchman

Michigan State University aquatic ecologist Elena Litchman (above, right) is the lead investigator of a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity grant to study how…

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MSU Key Player in New Great Lakes Research Group

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Great Lakes bathymetry map

Michigan State University is poised to play a big role in the newly formed Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). A five-year, $20 million dollar grant from…

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Decomposing Leaves Are a Source of Greenhouse Gases

Monday, June 5, 2017
Sasha Kravchenko, MSU plant, soil and microbial scientist

Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves…

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Hamilton Named Inaugural Fellow of Water Science Group

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Stephen Hamilton

Stephen K. Hamilton, a Michigan State University professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, was named an inaugural fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS). The SFS is…

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Improving Plants by Increasing Biomass, Starting from Seeds

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sang-Jin Kim (center). By Harley J Seeley

Sang-Jin Kim, assistant professor in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and his colleagues in the Brandizzi lab want to make plants more productive and resilient in the face of…

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Solving Big Problems in Agriculture and Energy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michigan State University plant researcher David Kramer has his sights set on making a measurable impact on food security and renewable energy for the future. He and his…

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MSU’s Klausner Among Judges for U.S.-Israel Research Challenge

Friday, May 12, 2017
James F. Klausner

James Klausner, chair of the Michigan State University Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been invited to be a judge for the U.S.-Israel Integrated Energy and Desalination Design Challenge…

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