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MSU’s Zipkin Takes Key Role in Large-Scale Seabird Study

Friday, January 5, 2018
With a length of 35 to 45 inches, the Magnificent Frigatebird is the largest species of frigatebird. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters off America, between northern Mexico and Ecuador on the Pacific coast, and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast. Photo courtesy of Elise Zipkin.

Flying 200 feet above the oceanic waters of the Gulf of Mexico, scientific observers peer out a small plane’s windows in search of seabirds. Sometimes they see a…

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MSU Physicist Gets NSF Early CAREER and DOE Awards

Friday, January 5, 2018
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Huey-Wen Lin, assistant professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural Science (NatSci), was recently awarded a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF)…

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Streams ‘Sense’ Changes in Land Use, Indicate Health of Areas

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
“The manipulation of phosphorous and nitrogen in the landscape is one of the greatest threats to the fate of humanity and the rest of life on this planet,” said Jay Zarnetske, MSU earth and environmental scientist. Courtesy of MSU

Scientists at Michigan State University have shown that streams can be key health indicators of a region’s landscape, but the way they’re being monitored can be improved. New…

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MSU’s Adami to Develop New Brains for Tiny NASA Spacecraft

Friday, December 15, 2017
Chris Adami

A Michigan State University scientist will help create artificial “brains” for tiny spacecraft that will mine asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, as part of NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology…

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MSU Faculty Members Among World’s Most Highly Cited

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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Six Michigan State University faculty members have earned a spot on the Clarivate Analytics highly cited researchers list for 2017. This year’s list honors approximately 3,400 scientists from…

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High Temperatures Weaken Plants’ Defenses Against Bacteria

Monday, November 27, 2017

An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop…

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Two MSU Plant Scientists Among Most Highly Cited

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe

For the third year in a row, Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe have been named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics (formerly done by Thomson Reuters). According to Clarivate Analytics, this…

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MSU Doctoral Student Gets National Fellowship for Computational Studies

Friday, November 17, 2017
Jessica Micallef, a Michigan State University physics and computational science doctoral student

Jessica Micallef, a Michigan State University physics and computational science doctoral student, is the recipient of the 2017 Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on High Performance…

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Observatory Sheds Light on Origin of Excess Anti-Matter

Friday, November 17, 2017
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A mountaintop observatory in Mexico, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning…

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New MSU Grad Training to Address Shortage of Accelerator Scientists

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Training at MSU's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Michigan State University is establishing an Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship program to address a national shortage in accelerator scientists and engineers. The AS&E program will bring together MSU’s strengths to…

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