MSU Alumni Magazine - Winter 2017

News And Current Events

Kim Ward 2017-01-24 01:08:08

INTRODUCING THE NEW BIO ENGINEERING BUILDING The highly anticipated Bio Engineering Facility opened its doors for the first time in October, welcoming a fresh class of biomedical engineering graduate students and a new chairperson. Christopher H. Contag will join MSU as the inaugural director of the Institute for fluantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. The Department of Biomedical Engineering was established in January 2015 and began accepting students into the graduate program last fall. The department is housed in the new Bio Engineering facility. This facility will bring together engineers and basic science researchers with medical researchers to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. “At MSU, the most pressing biomedical questions will direct the science, and if we don’t have the tools we need to answer those questions, we’ll build them,” Contag said. “Our goal is to understand complex biological processes in the context of living organs and tissues for the purpose of developing and engineering the most effective therapies to restore normal function. We have a real opportunity to drive the convergence of disciplines through biomedical engineering, and make fundamental discoveries that change paradigms in biomedicine.” GILBERTS’ $15 MILLION GIFT SUPPORTS BASKETBALL, STUDENTS AND DETROIT By Matt Larson, MSU Michigan State University alumni Dan and Jennifer Gilbert announced a $15 million donation from their family foundation to impact and elevate student success and one of the nation’s elite basketball programs. The Gilberts’ gift will support a new addition and renovation of the Breslin Center at MSU that will enhance the fan experience for the more than 500,000 people who attend basketball games and other events there each year. The gift also will support two MSU programs; the Detroit Scholars Program (DSP) and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). The DSP provides academic support and scholarships for Detroit-based students attending MSU, including those who are the first in their families to attend college or who have come from academically disadvantaged backgrounds. The RCPD makes campus accessible to those who are visually impaired or deaf, have mobility challenges, learning disabilities, chronic health or mental health conditions or are on the autism spectrum.“Michigan State has played a large role in both of our lives and we are honored to support the university. Coach Izzo and Mark Hollis have built Spartan basketball into one of the nation’s premier programs,” said Dan Gilbert. “Additionally, it is important that students of all backgrounds, including young Detroiters, realize their maximum potential and are exposed to the opportunities that higher education provides.” The donation is one of the largest in MSU’s Empower Extraordinary campaign, which has raised more than $1.26 billion since 2011 to support global problemsolving research, endowed faculty positions, enhanced facilities, and student opportunities. Dan Gilbert is a 1983 graduate from the College of Communications Arts and Sciences and Jennifer Gilbert is a 1990 graduate from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. J SCHOOL CHRISTENS NEWSROOM ON ELECTION NIGHT By Tom Oswald, MSU Students from all across the School of Journalism got a taste of professional level breaking news in a new top notch facility. On Nov. 8, more than 250 students worked as reporters, editors, photographers, designers, and social media experts to cover Election Day. The project is known as “MI First Election,” during which students cover nearly every aspect of the election, from township boards to ballot proposals all the way up to the presidential race. But when student journalists from Michigan State University covered this past election, it marked a pair of firsts. For many of the students, it was the first election they participated in. But the students also inaugurated a newly created space designed to cover a news story of that magnitude. The Newsroom, located on the fist floor of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, covers nearly 5,000 square feet and includes all of the technology that real-world journalists employ, and then some. Among the new technologies are motioncapture, virtual reality, animation and, augmentedcontent equipment, all of which help news consumers literally be a part of the story. The Newsroom provides one large space for students to work together to produce news stories, and its state-of the- art equipment will further highlight MSU’s School of Journalism as an international, cutting-edge program. MSU BRINGS MBA PROGRAM TO DETROIT By Kim Ward, MSU In its latest chapter of investing in Detroit’s resurgence, Michigan State University will take its Eli Broad College of Business Executive MBA program to the city. This will be the first MBA program of this kind in Detroit. Eli Broad, a Detroit native and renowned business leader, graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1954 with a degree in accounting. In 1991, Broad made what was at the time the largest gift commitment ever made to a public business school. “I credit my education at MSU as the foundation for my business success, and Broad College has become one of the country’s leading business schools,” Broad said. “I expect aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs in Detroit will jump at the opportunity to earn an executive MBA from MSU, which will build the talent to help the city continue its economic resurgence.” For decades, MSU has been working with partners in Detroit to support economic development, advance the arts, transform schools, improve health and sustain the environment, said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “Bringing our EMBA program to the people who live and work in the city is an important part of the continued revitalization of this great city. We are proud to work alongside Detroiters.” MSU’s engagement in Detroit is an intentional result of our land-grant mission to work with stakeholders where they live as partners in empowering people for better lives and as co-creators of solutions to their most pressing problems.

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