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MSU Gets NSF Grant to Improve College, Workforce Readiness

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Barbara Schneider

Michigan State University will use a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help more low-income and minority high school students enroll in college. Led by…

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Can Open and Honest Scientists Win Public Trust?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Kevin Elliott

With the increased politicization of science, more and more people continue to be skeptical of research, especially when it comes to hot-button topics such as climate change and…

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Preserving Healthy Water Ecoystems

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
water on plant

Michigan, in many ways, is defined by water. The state boasts 11,037 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, providing at least one…

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Marriage May Protect Transgender Couples

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Cathy Hiu-Liu

Transgender people who are married are less likely to experience discrimination than their unmarried counterparts, indicates a national study led by a Michigan State University sociologist. The findings,…

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Does Religion Protect Against Suicide?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Nigh Hsieh, assistant professor of Sociology, poses near Berkey Hall on Thursday June 15, 2017.

Religious participation is linked to lower suicide rates in many parts of the world, including the United States and Russia, but does not protect against the risk of…

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Is Sex in Later Years Good for Your Health?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Cathy Hiu-Liu

Having sex frequently – and enjoying it – puts older men at higher risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. For older women, however, good sex may…

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Adolescent Exposure to Drugs, Alcohol Fuels Use in Adulthood

Friday, July 29, 2016
Cliff Broman

Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That’s according…

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Blacks at Higher Risk for Cognitive Impairment in Later Life

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Zhenmei Zhang, associate professor of sociology, poses in her office on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

Social and economic disadvantages play a significant role in why blacks face a much higher risk than whites of developing cognitive impairment later in life, indicates a national…

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Human Behavior Influences Effective Policies on Energy, Climate Change

Monday, May 9, 2016
global climate change map

As governments and researchers race to develop policies and technologies to make energy production more sustainable and mitigate climate change, they need to remember that the most-sophisticated endeavors…

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What’s Holding Black Entrepreneurs Back?

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Steven Gold and Berkey Hall

Only 5 percent of blacks are self-employed, compared with 11 percent of whites, and black-owned companies tend to be smaller, have fewer employees and make less money than…

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