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Democrat/Republican Divide is Worst It’s Ever Been

Monday, October 1, 2018
Zachary Neal

Party polarization is even worse than most people think, according to a new Michigan State University study. And neither party can shoulder the blame, as it doesn’t matter which…

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Research Suggests Michigan Raise Jail-Time Age

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Row Jail Cells

Youth, families and communities across Michigan could benefit if the state changes the age for juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 to 18, finds new research from Michigan State…

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Dr. Jennifer Carrera Awarded Prestigious NIEHS Grant

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Jessica Carrera with NIH Logo

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Carrera who was recently awarded the prestigious KO1 mentoring grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Dr. Carrera uses water as…

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African Immigrants: Race and Gender Impact Economic Success

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Stephanie Nawyn

Africans represent one of the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the United States, but women far outpace men for securing high-skilled jobs and earnings growth, indicates a new study…

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MSU Gets NSF Grant to Improve College, Workforce Readiness

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Barbara Schneider

Michigan State University will use a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help more low-income and minority high school students enroll in college. Led by…

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Can Open and Honest Scientists Win Public Trust?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Kevin Elliott

With the increased politicization of science, more and more people continue to be skeptical of research, especially when it comes to hot-button topics such as climate change and…

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Preserving Healthy Water Ecoystems

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
water on plant

Michigan, in many ways, is defined by water. The state boasts 11,037 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, providing at least one…

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Marriage May Protect Transgender Couples

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Cathy Hiu-Liu

Transgender people who are married are less likely to experience discrimination than their unmarried counterparts, indicates a national study led by a Michigan State University sociologist. The findings,…

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Does Religion Protect Against Suicide?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Nigh Hsieh, assistant professor of Sociology, poses near Berkey Hall on Thursday June 15, 2017.

Religious participation is linked to lower suicide rates in many parts of the world, including the United States and Russia, but does not protect against the risk of…

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Is Sex in Later Years Good for Your Health?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Cathy Hiu-Liu

Having sex frequently – and enjoying it – puts older men at higher risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. For older women, however, good sex may…

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