Current State #88 | May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013

Today on Current State:  Entrepreneurship's expanding in Michigan; life on Mars;  Neighbors in Action features the LCC Foundation; and author, and Lansing native, Edward McClelland discusses his new book.

Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan

May 15, 2013

Economic developers in Michigan suggest there may be a silver lining to the Great Recession and the state’s well-documented decline in manufacturing.  Some point to a greater awareness of entrepreneurialism and to more interest in small business start-ups around the state. 


In order to find out more about the potential for life on Mars, some scientists aren’t looking up, but down. A team of researchers are examining meteorites to help determine if conditions on Mars were ever able to sustain life.

MSU geological sciences professor Michael Velbel is part of the research team. He joins Current State from Washington D.C, where he is currently serving as a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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This week, Neighbors In Action features the Lansing Community College Foundation, which offers more than 300 scholarships to students in need.

Dan McKean, LCC Foundation executive director, and George Garza, an LCC student and scholarship recipient, discuss LCC’s need-based scholarships and the merits of a community college education.

Courtesy of Edward McClelland

Author Edward McClelland got his start as a writer working on the Lookout, the campus newspaper at Lansing Community College. His new book “Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland,” recounts the Midwest’s industrial growth and decline in the second half of the 20th century. He will be at Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing on Saturday.