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MSU Named a Partner in $5.2M Center for Socially Impactful Research

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Research

What do potatoes, galaxy clusters and kestrels have in common? Each is studied by a Michigan State University researcher who made advancements in these areas of expertise. But…

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MSU Pioneers New Course: Digital Introduction to Biology, Evolution

Friday, October 19, 2018

Michigan State University researchers have improved an introductory biology class to make it more accessible for students not majoring in life sciences. The new course, “Integrative Biology: From…

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Tropical Frogs Found to Coexist with Deadly Fungus

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Panamanian Frog

Amphibian biologists watched in horror in 2004 as the frogs of El Copé, Panama, began dying by the thousands. The culprit: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a deadly fungus more commonly…

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MSU Biologist Sheds Light on Fog’s Role in Microbial Transport

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans, Michigan State University biologist and co-lead author of a study in the journal Science of the Total Environment, worked with a team of scientists to provide…

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New Genetics Tool Helps Answer Evolutionary Questions

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Gideon Bradburd

The age of big data is here. Thanks to innovations in genetic sequencing technology, scientists can now generate massive datasets describing the genomes of Earth’s diverse set of…

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Evolutionary Lessons from an Ancient Fish

Friday, August 31, 2018

Evolution and gars – freshwater fish with toothy snouts – are so intricately intertwined that one Michigan State University researcher created a vanity license plate, highlighting his dedication…

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Modeling the Evolutionary Emergence of Diverse Microbial Metabolisms

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier

Michigan State University Foundation Professors Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier are the recipients of a two year, $360,000 NASA Astrobiology/Exobiology grant to fund research on modeling the evolutionary origin of…

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Fish’s Use of Electricity Might Shed Light on Human Illnesses

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Jason Gallant

Deep in the night in muddy African rivers, a fish uses electrical charges to sense the world around it and to communicate with other members of its species….

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American Kestrels Boost Michigan’s Ag Economy

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Bird

A new Michigan State University study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and funded by the National Science Foundation, shows that America’s smallest raptor can boost Michigan’s…

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Leading the Way for Conservation

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Clara Lepard, B.S. Zoology 2017 MSU and Rhodes Scholar 2018, presents her current research on developing innovative conservation solutions at MSU and around the world. Presented to the…

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