Jessi Adler 2017-07-24 00:23:10
MSU, SHEDD AQUARIUM PARTNERING TO CREATE HEALTHIER AQUATIC HOMES Viruses are the most abundant living organisms on the planet, yet we know very little about them, especially in aquatic environments. Professor Joan Rose is partnering with Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to better understand how viruses affect plants, fish, and aquatic mammals in human-built and controlled aquariums. “With greater understanding we can better protect aquatic life,” said Rose, 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Rose said researching in a controlled aquarium environment provides perfect conditions to study not only naturally occurring viruses, but also how humans transmit disease as they interact with wildlife and water. The research is part of Shedd Aquarium’s Microbiome Project, which explores the unique relationships between the fish, animals, and plants that share their home with microbes, countless unseen living organisms. JOIN THE PARTY: RCAH TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY The Residential College in Arts and Humanities will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Oct. 20 at the East Lansing campus. The occasion will offer a chance to look back and to look ahead at plans for the future of the college and its students. Highlights will include musical acts by alumni and current students, and an art exhibit featuring alumni work. The event is expected to draw faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college. WE’LL DRAW BACK THE CURTAIN ON YOUR NEW MAGAZINE In November, you’ll receive a redesigned MSU Alumni Magazine. It will have a brand new name. A new cover. A new look and feel. Keep an eye on your mailbox. WE’RE RANKED AS AN INTERNATIONAL POWERHOUSE The green and white proved it has the grit and the will to stand on par with the Ivy League. “Another validation of Michigan State’s strength and success came in a new global ranking. Times Higher Education ranked MSU among its 53 ‘international powerhouse’ universities, those whose research output is exceptional but not fully reflected in their reputational rankings. The report noted this group of institutions has the best chance of catching up with—and even overtaking—some of the world’s top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and the Ivy League,” said President Lou Anna K. Simon. SUNNY SIDE UP, PLEASE By Sarina Gleason Construction on a new solar array project—a venture that could save the university $10 million over 25 years and help keep tuition in check— has started. “The obvious advantage of this project is cleaner air due to the emissions-free generation of electricity,” said Wolfgang Bauer, a professor assisting with the project. “However, there are significant other benefits such as reducing utility costs over time. This, in the end, will have a direct effect on keeping tuition rates as low as possible.” Arrays are a collection of solar panels linked together that act as an additional energy source. Solar array carports are being constructed at five different parking lots across campus. The alternative energy structures will produce power during the daytime and generate more than 15,000 megawatt hours of power per year. DETROIT-BASED SCIENCE GALLERY OPENING By Kim Ward MSU is opening the Science Gallery Lab—the first of its kind in North America. It’s aimed at igniting a passion for science, art, technology, and innovation in Detroit’s young adults. The Science Gallery Lab Detroit, aims to reach youth who are about to be making important decisions about college and careers and show them that interesting ideas may emerge when different disciplines collaborate. The lab will work with scientists, researchers, artists, and designers to develop creative ways to tackle some of the world’s largest problems. “This research can be used to engage and catch young people at an important moment in their lives, and to shape their journey into school and careers,” said Jeff Grabill, associate provost of teaching and learning and director of MSU’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology.
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