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Catie Bargerstock

Earlier this year, we spoke briefly with Donna Kaplowitz about the workshop “The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence.” The workshop encouraged young girls to explore their understanding of beauty and boost self esteem through selfies.

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Jan 20, 2014


How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

The battles are the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan member GZA.

Shooter captures hoops across America

Jan 14, 2014
Robin Layton


  A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book  “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.

Award season kicked off last week with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees. This is also the time of year where some Michigan critics vote on their favorite films and performances. The Detroit Film Critics Society revealed the winners of their annual contest last Friday. John Serba, entertainment reporter for Grand Rapids Press and a founding member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, assess this year’s Golden Globe nominations and reveals the big winners from the Detroit Film Critics Society's awards.

MSU professor captures a 'different' Cuba

Nov 4, 2013
Mark Sullivan


When many people think of Cuba, they look to the past. Images of Fidel Castro, revolution and the Cuban Missile Crisis are what most associate with the island republic.  On a recent trip, an MSU professor captured a different picture of the Cuba. Mark Sullivan is an associate professor of music composition at Michigan State University. His photo exhibit “Cuba: First Times Never Come Again,” opens tonight. The photos will be on display in the innovation space at MSUglobal Knowledge and Learning Innovations, Nisbet Building. 



Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.




Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line

Aug 20, 2013


Credit Courtesy of Jones SodaMichigan was one of the strongest markets for Jones Soda after its founding.Edit | Remove

Broad exhibit features Michigan artist

Jul 29, 2013
Courtesy/Broad Art Museum

Another new exhibition has opened at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. It features two works by Michigan-based artist Lisa Walcott.

The Bard Owls talk new album and folk music

Jul 22, 2013
Emanuele Berry

The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band The Bard Owls is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”



Practice makes perfect, perhaps not

May 28, 2013

A new study finds that practice is not enough to explain gaps in skill levels. The study, led by Michigan State University associate professor of psychology Zach Hambrick, focused on skill levels in chess and music. Hambrick explains that while practice is highly important, it may not be enough.