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Michigan State Named One of the Fastest Rising Research Universities in the U.S.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Michigan State recently ranked 5th among all U.S. universities, as tracked by rise in the Nature Index over three years. The Nature Index tracks contribution to primary articles…

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Montgomery Recognized as One of the 100 Most Inspiring Black Scientists in America

Monday, February 17, 2020
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Beronda Montgomery, MSU Foundation Professor, was listed as one of the 100 inspiring black scientists in America by CrossTalk, the official blog of Cell Press, a leading publisher of cutting-edge…

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Frogs to Snakes: the Consequences of Lost Biodiversity

Thursday, February 13, 2020
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A Michigan State University- and University of Maryland-led study featured on the cover of this week’s Science magazine should sound alarm bells regarding the “biodiversity crisis” or the…

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Does A Growth Mindset Matter for Success?

Thursday, February 13, 2020
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People with a “growth mindset” – those who believe their intelligence can be improved with effort – are said to seek out challenges, persist in the face of…

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Illuminating Research Reveals Genes Responsible for Healthy Gut Development in Zebrafish

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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Like a string of bonfires at night, orange, red and yellow lights connected by delicate, neon-green filaments illuminated the front cover of a recent issue of Developmental Biology. The photo…

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Scientists Use Remote Sensing Data to Help Explain Patterns of Life

Monday, February 3, 2020
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Like watching with a new set of binoculars, satellite remote sensing technology is giving Michigan State University researchers a powerful lens to view landscapes that set the stage…

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Polarization Helps Congress Pass Bills

Thursday, January 30, 2020
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While political polarization in the United States is the worst it has been in years, new research from Michigan State University and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research…

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Schenker Named American Mathematical Society Fellow

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Jeffrey Schenker, professor of mathematics in Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science, was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society for 2020 for his research into…

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Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Thursday, January 9, 2020
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A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient’s infancy would be unthinkable. Anecdotally speaking, however, that’s what Michigan State University scientists…

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Trying to Improve Bioenergy Crops with ‘Big Picture’ Math Models

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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MSU assistant professor Berkley Walker’s DNA synthesis proposal has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility,…

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