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MSU’s Lenski Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, February 12, 2021
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During his ground-breaking E. coli Long-Term Evolution Project (LTEE), Michigan State University experimental evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski has witnessed the beginning and end of more than one lifetime—73,000 bacterial lifetimes and counting,…

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Septic Science is Key to Cleaner Water

Friday, January 15, 2021
View of a waters edge from the water point of view.

There are an estimated 1.3 million septic systems in Michigan state and at least 10 percent of them are failing, leaking contaminants into Michigan’s ground and surface waters,…

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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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Montgomery Selected as Science Defender by Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
College of Natural Science

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
College of Natural Science

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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Our Immune System And COVID-19

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Women adjusting her face mask while wearing pull PPE.

One of the keys to combating COVID-19 and the flu is to understand how our immune system responds to different viruses. Yasser Aldhamen, assistant professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics,…

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Using Probiotics Tto Treat Bone Loss

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Tray of white test tubes.

Dr. Laura McCabe has a better solution than drinking milk to get strong bones. McCabe, a professor in the Department of Physiology at Michigan State University, studies the…

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Awakening Immune Forces To Fight Virus-Driven Cancer

Monday, November 9, 2020
colorful fluorescence microscopy image of tumor environment

As scientists continue technological advances into the largely unexplored genomic terrain of bacteria and viruses, our understanding of how they operate inside cells increases dramatically, delivering better answers…

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Putting MSU On The “Geopath” To Diversity In The Earth Sciences

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Image of Tourists taking in Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland, Canada where geoscientist Matt Schrenk conducts research.

With support from a two-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation GeoPAths grant, Matt Schrenk, assistant professor, and Julie Libarkin, professor, both from MSU’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) in the College of Natural…

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Scientists Focus On Fundamental Virology And Therapeutics In Covid-19 Fight

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Corona virus

Two Michigan State University scientists—Yong-Hui Zheng and Dohun Pyeon—are leading fundamental COVID-19 research at MSU. “In our lab, we are working on the fundamental biology of the virus,” said Zheng,…

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