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@MSU Newsletter | January 2018


All we do is win, win, win

No matter what.

Did you see the Spartans crush Washington State last week during the Holiday Bowl?

If not, stop everything and watch this recap. Even non-sports junkies can appreciate these plays.

The game marked a successful end to the football season and Coach D's 100th win with the Spartans.

And get this: All the other starting skill-position players will return next season, including Lewerke, our stellar QB, which means Spartan Nation can have high hopes while we wait for next season.

Raise your caps...

Around 1,943 undergrads and 784 advanced degree students became Spartan alumni last month. The College of Social Science came out on top with a total of 349 grads.

Welcome to the fam, Spartan alums!

Who sits at the crossroads between scientific discovery and artistic expression?

Spartans do. (Wait, that's not right.)


Spartans Will. (Ah, that's better.)


MSU is launching an initiative to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, art, and math in Detroit’s young adults.


Science Gallery Lab Detroit looks to reach out to 15-25 year olds who are exploring career options and looking for ways to tackle the world's biggest problems through art and science.


The gallery will launch exhibitions this summer, all thanks to a $1 million grant from MSUFCU (snaps for one of MSU's besties).


The funds will be distributed in $200,000 increments over the course of five years and will support exhibition development, production, community engagement efforts, and staffing needs.

Want to learn more? Check out this Spartan Podcast convo about how the Science Gallery got started, and why MSU is excited to see it boom in the future.

More sci-fi than The Last Jedi?

An MSU professor is working with NASA to build tiny robot brains capable of mining asteroids between Mars and Jupiter.


Say whaa?


The prof is Chris Adami, a professor of physics and astronomy, and microbiology and molecular genetics (we may have an overachiever on our hands). He was selected by NASA, alongside a team of other university researchers, to help program tiny artificial brains to recognize and decipher measurements of asteroids they come across in space.


The spacecraft are so small, that antenna and remote controls won’t fit, thus they need to be able to operate on their own.


Tiny robot brains are just another (super cool) way that MSU is on the cutting edge of scientific research and achievement.

Dr. Sparty will see you now

McLaren Greater Lansing is building a $450 million hospital on land acquired by the MSU Foundation.


There are soooo many reasons university admin and McLaren are doing the happy dance, but here are some of the biggies:


1. It can be hard to recruit new docs and medical care professionals to Lansing-area hospitals (maybe something about these Michigan winters?), so a major city hospital next to a Big 10 university makes MSU a cut above the rest.


2. A stronger partnership between McLaren and MSU med schools makes our grads better docs, and advances MSU’s mission to make Michigan a better place.


3. Jobs, jobs, jobs. From the large-scale construction project, to the state-of-the-art health- care services, the new hospital is guaranteed to bring more employment opportunities: good for MSU, good for Lansing.

Spartan legacy etched in time

Etched into a window on the original MSU Board of Trustees conference room is this graffitied inscription:


C.F. Baker MAC Class of 1891


Can you say rebel?


Christopher Long, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, noticed the etching and asked around campus (and Twitter), to learn more about who C.F. Baker was and what his life was like.


He discovered Charles Fuller Baker, who attended State Agricultural College (the second of six university names in MSU history) in 1891, and later went on to become a botanist and entomologist in the Philippines. Read all about his life here.


While we don't encourage anyone to try to make their literal mark on MSU through graffiti, it's important to remember that being a Spartan is about joining a legacy of world-changers. No one reminds us of this fact better than C.F. Baker.

Building the next generation of scientists in Flint

The CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU partnered with several Flint-area schools to help students think critically about their communities and public health.


They sponsored a community action project with the theme, "How can we work together to make our community healthier?”


The sixth-grade smarties developed their own scientific projects investigating all things community health, from Type 2 diabetes risk factors, to how community walking habits are impacted by neighborhood safety.


The project aimed to help the students learn how to think critically about scientific questions and develop tangible solutions to issues they see in their communities.


To read more about this innovative project, click here.  

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