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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Summer nights mean summer constellations, but if you slept through your astronomy class, it might be hard to figure out what exactly you are looking for. Current State’s Emanuele Berry joined John French, interim Director of the Abrams Planetarium for a tour of the summer sky.
Michigan State University is offering adventurous members of its alumni association another chance to visit Cuba later this year. MSU Alumni Association (MSUAA) has announced its plans to return to the Caribbean island in November. The excursion follows an earlier visit in March that included chances to meet the Cuban people and explore museums, factories and other interesting places.
With springtime finally arriving in mid-Michigan, the sounds of the season have also emerged again. The song of the northern cardinal is one of hundreds recorded by Dr. Pamela Rasmussen. She's an assistant professor of zoology at Michigan State University and assistant curator at the MSU Museum.
Today on Current State: Lansing native Maureen Abood explores her Lebanese culture through writing and food; a researcher penetrates the murky world of organ trafficking; and MSU Library's world renowned comic book collection.
From Chinese prisoners to peasants in Bangladesh to prisoners of war in the Balkans, victims of organ trafficking span the globe. Some are enticed by promises of cash payments for their kidneys and other organs, others are forced against their will. Few of them ever receive proper medical care or the money they were promised.
The first-ever Michigan State UniversityScience Festival is underway. It’s a chance for learners of all ages to explore the science that touches our everyday lives. Hiram Fitzgerald, the associate provost of Outreach and Engagement at MSU, and Renee Leone, the coordinator of the MSU Science Festival, joined WKAR’s Melissa Benmark to unveil more details about the festival.
Renowned author David Shields will be on the MSU campus at Wells Hall today (Wednesday, April 17) for a lecture on his latest book How Literature Saved My Life. The author of 14 books and the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Shields discusses his work and his take on current literary storytelling.
Adjusting to the demands of college life can be difficult for any student. For many student-mothers, however, balancing the responsibilities of school, a job and being a parent can be overwhelming.
Sara Embaye graduated last year while raising her daughter. She shares her story, and is joined by Lori Strom, coordinator of MSU's Family Resource Center, which provides support to student-parents. This Saturday, the Center is hosting a carnival and resource fair for families at the Breslin Center.
Dr. Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University Bloomington (Ph.D). Her current work focuses on Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs.
MSU’s G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is now home to the largest collection of of interviews with people in the Americas who survived the bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The interviews provide insight into the global network of survivors and the issues which they continue to face. Dr. Naoko Wake has a joint appointment in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History. Naoko, who helped bring the collection to the library, discusses the interviews and what she’s learned from listening.
Matt Ludtke continues the discussion on NCAA upsets, and also brings up the recent head coach firings from UCLA and Minnesota. He also discusses the possibility of Tom Izzo coaching the USA Olympic team. The Miami Heat are continuing their dominance, and MSU continues their tournament run. Matt and Alex cover it all on the air, and have open lines all show.