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How ‘Iron Man’ Bacteria Could Help Protect the Environment

Friday, January 8, 2021

When Michigan State University’s Gemma Reguera first proposed her new research project to the National Science Foundation, one grant reviewer responded that the idea was not “environmentally relevant.”…

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Bringing Genomics into the Fold

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
confocal microscopy image of the beautifully dynamic endoplasmic reticulum

With a five-year, $1.95 million National Institutes of Health R35 grant, the Brandizzi Lab in the College of Natural Science is expanding its exploration of protein folding within plant cells, paving the…

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MSU Foundation Professor Selected as Science Defender by Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
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Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery, an MSU Foundation Professor, was one of five individuals nominated by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a 2020 Science Defender. Montgomery, who holds…

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Learning What It Takes To Grow A Space Garden

Monday, December 21, 2020
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As the public buzz continues to build around sending a manned mission to Mars, even colonizing it someday, scientists are studying what it takes to survive such a long…

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Diet And Sunscreen: A Potentially Cancerous Combination

Thursday, December 17, 2020
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In the United States, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and many of them are unwittingly making a serious choice…

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Defying Gravity: A New Spin On Intro Physics For Life Sciences

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Fluorescent image of bacteria

A new curriculum developed and tested at MSU puts the focus on the physics that life scientists need The basic physics that a budding biologist needs to know…

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Reincarnating Plastics: Research Team Earns $2M Grant To Reduce Plastic Waste

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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“Waste not, want not” was planted firmly in John Dorgan’s ethos as a kid, watching his father pull nails out of old boards for reuse. In that spirit,…

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Two MSU Students Earn Distinguished National Scholarships

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
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Two Michigan State University students are celebrating national honors as they have been named Marshall and Mitchell scholars, respectively. Brent Strong, an Honors College senior majoring in physiology in the College…

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Lunt Receives Distinguished Young Investigator Award

Monday, December 7, 2020
Photo of multiple petri dishes.

Michigan State University’s Sophia Lunt, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) in the College of Natural Science, received the Metabolomics Association of North America (MANA) Young Investigator Award for…

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By Design: Partnering to Develop Midwest Farming Systems of the Future

Friday, December 4, 2020
Aerial view of farm fields at Kellogg Biological Station

As farmers wrap up grain harvest across the Midwest, their eyes are on their yield monitors, tracking their farms’ performance this growing season. At Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg…

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