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Anctil to Research Impact of Solar Photovoltaics Industry in U.S.

Monday, February 8, 2021
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A civil and environmental engineering researcher at Michigan State University will use a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to evaluate the environmental impact of…

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Mitigating Floods in Extreme Weather

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Study finds that dams reduce global flood exposure in climate change. A collaborative worldwide study led by researchers at the National Institute for Environmental Studies-Japan, the University of…

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New Climate Change Study: Number of People Suffering Extreme Droughts Will Double

Monday, January 11, 2021
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Michigan State University is leading a global research effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the…

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Researchers To Test Wastewater Statewide For Early COVID-19 Detection

Friday, December 11, 2020
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Michigan State University researchers have received $2.1 million in grant funding to test for the novel coronavirus in wastewater, which has the potential to be an early warning…

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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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Liquid Nanofoam Could Be A Game Changer For Future Football Helmets

Thursday, October 22, 2020
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A liquid nanofoam liner undergoing testing could prolong the safe use of football helmets, says a Michigan State University researcher. When a helmet withstands an impact severe enough to cause a concussion to the player wearing it, the safety features…

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MSU Civil Engineers Help Michigan Evaluate Distracted Driving

Friday, October 9, 2020
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Civil engineers at Michigan State University are helping the State of Michigan evaluate methods for enforcing violations of distracted driving and dangerous cell phone use. In a study…

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Environmental Engineer And Team Monitor Community Health In Detroit

Monday, September 28, 2020
Underground sewer system

Associate Professor Irene Xagoraraki and her students (Brijen Miyani, Liang Zhao and Maddie Spooner) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University are working with collaborators John…

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Savolainen Wins International Transportation Safety Council Honor

Thursday, June 4, 2020
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Peter Savolainen of Michigan State University will receive the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2020 Transportation Safety Council Edmund R. Ricker Individual Award for international leadership in traffic…

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Wastewater May Help Predict the Next COVID-19 Outbreak

Monday, May 11, 2020
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The secret to predicting viral outbreaks like COVID-19 might be in our sewers. A Michigan State University researcher is spearheading a study to determine if viral outbreaks can…

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