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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain

The current center piece of Dr. Natalie Phillips' research is the exploration how the brain responds when people read certain types of literature with different levels of attention.
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Dr. Natalie Phillips, the co-director and lead faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind at the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab, integrates the humanities and sciences in her research.

 

Through literature and brain scans, she analyzes the developmental impact of reading on complex processes in the brain. Dr. Phillips joins us to discuss her research and findings.

 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Oct. 28 | 'S Wonderful | MSU Faculty Recital Series

7:30pm Monday Oct. 28 LIVE on 90.5 FM | Both wonderful and marvelous -- the music of George Gershwin runs the gamut from the folk opera Porgy and Bess to the classic Rhapsody in Blue. Live from the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre at Michigan State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Comic book writer Geoff Johns graduated from MSU. He's known for revamping the image of the Aquaman character.
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Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

After Penn affair, MSU considers classroom transparency

English professor William Penn’s remarks on Republicans went viral, such as a comment that he considers Republicans to be 'cheap'.
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At the beginning of the academic semester this fall, a Michigan State University professor became the focus of controversy over a video recorded in his classroom.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Local entrepreneur seeks to grow online Chinese language game


Have you ever considered learning all about another country?  Say, China? A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Go Blue' jab sparks MSU fundraiser

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Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.

 

Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium.  And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

MSU production explores widows anguish and hope

Ariel Dorfman's 'Widows,' was influenced by the “disappearing” of Chilean men during the Pinochet regime. In his play, a village of women band together to defy the nation's military.
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The MSU Department of Theatre is presenting the play “Widows” through this weekend.

The director of the play is Ann Folino White, Assistant Professor of Theatre at MSU. She joined us to discuss the play based on Chilean author Ariel Drofman's work.

Sports
5:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Youngstown St. vs. MSU 9/14

After sleepwalking through the first two weeks, the Michigan State Spartans' offense woke up in a big way, scoring 35 first half points en route to a 55-17 victory over Youngstown State. Connor Cook got the start and effectively ended the quarterback competition, completing 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Jeremy Langford added two scores on the ground and Nick Hill took a draw play 35 yards for another to bolster the Spartan running game.  The MSU defense turned in another strong effort, holding Youngstown State to 172 total yards and forcing three turnovers, including defensive end Shilique Calhoun's third fumble recovery of the season.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Current State #160 | September 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Architect-futurist anticipates global demoralization; Detroit's Water Renaissance series on the Rouge River; filmmaking staying relevant in Michigan despite changes; and MSU Museum photos capture modern workers in new exhibits.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

'Imported from China' highlights rapid growth of Chinese international students

In 2006, only 96 Chinese international students attended MSU for their undergraduate studies. This fall over 4,000 Chinese students are expected to enrolled at MSU. 'Imported From China' premieres tonight at 6 p.m. in the Communication Arts and Sciences building.
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  Over 200,000 Chinese international students study in the United States each year, drastically altering the makeup of universities across the country. The film “Imported from China” features the personal stories of several Chinese international college students at Michigan State, as they navigate life in America. The film's Co-Director's, MSU Academic Specialist Troy Hale and Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, joined us to discuss the film.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Spartan offense awakens in win over Youngstown State

Current Sports host Al Martin shares his thoughts on the MSU football team's victory over Youngstown State this past weekend. 


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Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

MSU Community Music School celebrates 20 years of music education

The Michigan State University Community Music School celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
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The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month.  We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.

And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute). 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

MSU jazz artist Etienne Charles does some 'Creole Soul' searching

Etienne Charles' new album, 'Creole Soul' is a mix of folk, jazz, calypso, reggae, Haitian voodoo music and more.
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 This summer, MSU assistant professor Etienne Charles debuted his fourth album, called "Creole Soul." It’s received favorable reviews from The New York Times and NPR, and spent some time high up on the jazz charts. Charles, who is also one of the MSU Professors of Jazz, will be playing some of his music at the Broad Art Museum on Thursday night.

 

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Sports
7:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Current Sports - MSU at USF Wrap Up

The Michigan State football team may have topped the University of South Florida, 21 to 6, but there are still many unanswered questions concerning the Spartan offense. WKAR's Al Martin explores the offensive confusion after the game.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

MSU board candidate reacts to Penn saga

MSU trustee candidate Melanie Foster says the Professor Penn saga has nothing to do with politics, but about bullying in classroom.
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Melanie Foster has served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees on two separate occasions.  Last week, the former business owner announced she wants to serve again.

 

We spoke with Foster about her candidacy and her reaction to the recent removal of MSU professor William Penn.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

MSU professor stresses importance of due process in Penn affair

The John A. Hannah Administration Building at Michigan State University.
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Highly controversial comments made recently by a Michigan State University professor continue to be a topic of discussion both locally and beyond.  

Last week, creative writing professor William Penn sparked an intense backlash after a video surfaced of him suggesting Republicans had “raped the country” and included many closet racists.  A student attending the lecture told MLive.com that Penn also denigrated Christians and athletes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Evidence of sequestration effects appears in MSU research labs

Recent reports indicate federal spending cuts are forcing some U.S. researchers to consider moving their projects overseas.
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Last March, the federal government enacted an $85 billion spending cut known as the "sequester."  It's taken some time to assess the effects of these cuts, but as the federal fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, new budgets are reflecting spending decreases.

The cuts are having an effect on scientific research.  Reports have documented laboratory closings and layoffs, and one significant study showed one-fifth of U.S. scientists have contemplated moving overseas because of the decline in funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

MSU offense struggles to get going against South Florida

The season is still young, but so far, the Spartan defense is outperforming its offense when it comes to putting points on the scoreboard.
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The Michigan State University Spartans clinched a 21 to 6 victory over the University of South Florida in East Lansing Saturday.  The MSU offense scored only one drive in the game; the rest of the scoring was handled by the defensive squad.  Mark Bashore talks with Current Sports host Al Martin about the game, which saw three different MSU quarterbacks turn in lackluster performances.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MSU student features Rube Goldberg machines on America's Got Talent

 

 

Michigan native and MSU student, Steve Price, showed his unique abilities on this season of "America’s Got Talent." Steve builds Rube Goldberg machines, complicated contraptions that use dominos, tubes, ping pong balls and various materials to complete a simple task. The America’s Got Talent judges were impressed. Price’s invention took him all the way to the quarterfinals. Price explains why he decided to share his talent on national television.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Children with HIV benefit from trained caregivers

A new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers is showing some remarkable benefits for both groups. MSU researcher Michael Boivin and colleagues recently published the findings in The Journal of Pediatrics. 

Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds'

The name of the book -- 'The Yellow Birds' -- is derived from a traditional U.S. Army marching cadence or call-and-response marching song sung by military personnel when preparing for combat.
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The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Study abroad programs bring MSU students to Mali

Mali is about the size of Texas and California combined. It has a population of 14 million, and its economy is struggling.
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The West African nation of Mali is well known for its spectacular art and musical traditions, as well as its famed historical city of Timbuktu.  Until March 2012, it was also known as the most stable democracy in  Africa. That image was shattered, however, when a military coup threw the country into chaos, leading to the displacement of nearly half a million people, a surge in Islamist rebel fighters in the north, and an influx of French troops and UN peacekeepers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

MSU weather balloon set to film from the edge of space

Five small HD cameras like the one above will document the weather balloon's assent to nearly 100,000 feet above Michigan.
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This Sunday, a team of MSU undergraduate students from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, along with engineering graduate students, will launch a weather balloon affixed with five HD cameras and a GPS device.

The launch, led by MSU instructor and filmmaker Troy Hale, will attempt to obtain video footage from the edge of space, as the balloon is expected to rise nearly 100,000 feet, where the curvature of the earth can be seen.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

MSU breaks ground on new $60 million bioengineering facility

The new bioengineering facility, pictured here in an artist's rendering, will be located on the south end of campus between the Life Science building and the Clinical Center.
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MSU has long strived to be a leader in the realm of global health, and hopes to do just that after completion of a 130,000 square-foot bioengineering facility set to be finished in 2015.

Dr. Manooch Koochesfahani, Associate Dean of the MSU College of Engineering,  and Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer, Sr. Associate Dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine discuss what this new development means for the college.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Summer construction reveals long buried artifacts under MSU campus

An axe head was one of the artifacts MSU Archeologist Katy Meyers brought to the Current State studios.
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Summer is a busy time for archeologists at Michigan State University. Construction projects on campus give them the opportunity to explore what’s long been buried under the surface of the MSU campus.

Lynne Goldstein, MSU professor of anthropology, and Katy Meyers, an MSU graduate student who is serving as campus archeologist this summer, tell us what they've found. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

MSU studying ways to keep astronauts fit in deep space

While astronauts are receiving fitness training for their space mission, Dr. Feltz's research focuses on how to motivate them to exercise through the long journey of space exploration.
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In the coming decades, if NASA has its way, the long, harrowing trip to Mars will be more than just a bad Hollywood movie directed by the likes of Michael Bay.

The space agency has said it plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet by the early 2030's.  While 20 years is a long way off, NASA has already begun the planning and research, and MSU scientists are part of these early stages.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

MSU President Simon highlights URC and entrepreneurship

President Simon predicts the demand in education will involve a blend of vocational training and high-end jobs such as engineering.
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Today is the first of two day-long sessions at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.  Much of this year’s agenda focuses on the connection between public education and the health of Michigan’s economy.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon plays a noticeable role in this year’s gathering.  She’s leading a key panel discussion today on the importance of corporate investment in education and efforts to close Michigan’s much publicized “skills gap.”   

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Practice makes perfect, perhaps not

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Uncovering the secrets of the Stradivarius with technology

The Stradivarius Violin sits on the CT bed, waiting for scan.
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For centuries,  the Stradivarius Violins have been acknowledged as fine instruments, whose work is set as a standard by all violin makers.  The instrument was made by Antonio Stradivarius at Cremona, Italy, in 1690s.

Now with radiology technology, members from MSU Radiology department and Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc.,  are able to scan and look at the inside of the instrument without opening it.  Current State's Peter Whorf take us to see how art and science come together.

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