10:38 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Industry funded research poses ethical dilemmas

Kevin Elliot

Federal funding for scientific research, in everything from energy to biomedical science, has flatlined in recent years. Some scientists worry that means the U.S. will fall behind other countries in scientific and technological advancements. But it also means an increasing share of the nation’s research is done by industry.

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10:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Key Michigan universities adjust to dwindling research funds

Michigan State University is currently building a 130,000 square foot bioengineering facility. It's scheduled to open in 2015. Scientists across the U.S. are competing harder for tight federal grant funding, particularly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Bioengineering facility is planned at MSU.
Credit MSU Office of Planning and Budgets

Universities across the U-S are settling into the fall semester. Here in Michigan, a large amount of their research focuses on biomedicine and life sciences. The bulk of federal funding for these pursuits comes from the NIH, the National Institutes of Health. But the NIH has had its budget squeezed in recent years, and times are tough for scientists facing intense competition for dwindling dollars.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Mon January 27, 2014

New study: Sleep may activate brain's 'cleaning crew'

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Why do we sleep? Some new research indicates that sleep may actually be what enables the brain’s cleaning crew to keep things chemically tidy in there. A Danish study, published this fall in the journal Science, has implications both for our daily mental well-being and possibly for longer-term concerns like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:56 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Are academic journals for hire?

Dr. Jim Pivarnik

The role of the academic journal in advancing research findings is changing rapidly. A New York Times article earlier this year looked at the problem of pseudo-academic journals which had names similar to well-established ones, and which charged hefty fees for publication.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:56 am
Wed December 4, 2013

At MSU, it's goodbye NY minute, hello femtosecond

Dr. Chong-Yu Ruan is leading an MSU team developing new ultra-fast microscope technology.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

The self-destruction of the comet ISON captured the public imagination last week, as it passed between our planet and the sun.  The mystery of outer space has enthralled humanity for centuries.  Now, Michigan State University is taking a giant leap into inner space.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research

Dr. Sally Rockey of the National Institutes of Health says NIH funding is important to American universities.

Among the many federal government agencies and programs affected by the across the board spends cuts known as the sequestration, which took effect last March, is the National Institutes of Health.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:45 am
Mon November 18, 2013

MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa

MSU researcher Sieg Snapp. Her work has the potential to alleviate chronic malnutrition in certain parts of Africa.

Hunger and malnourishment have plagued parts of Africa for generations. And nearly as long as the problem has existed, scientists have been looking for solutions to the vexing complexities surrounding mass hunger.

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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
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
1:48 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.
Credit Courtesy of NASA

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
4:31 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Measuring Great Lakes water quality today and a century ago

In addition to Dr. Rose's study, Great Lakes Echo also serves to protect the quality of the Great Lakes through information distribution via journalism.
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It’s been 100 years since the International Joint Commission conducted a Great Lakes-wide bacteriological study.  Scientists are now looking to recreate the 1913 research; the 100 years study will assess how water quality in the Basin has changed over time.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture

Dancer Nic Gareiss. His MA thesis is called 'Queering the Feis: An Examination of the Expression of Alternative Sexual Identity in Competitive Irish Step Dance in Ireland.'
Credit Con Kelliher

  Nic Gareiss has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.

Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.  

Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As Great Lakes show, plastic pollution not just an oceanic problem

The microplasitcs the team found in the Great Lakes were small, measuring between 330 micrometers and 1 millimeter in size.
Credit Courtesy of Dr. Sherri Mason

Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.

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11:30 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Females and Younger Athletes Take Longer to Recover From Concussions

MSU Assistant Professor Tracey Covassin studied concussions in female and young athletes.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University.

It isn't only football and hockey players who suffer from concussions.  Any athlete is at risk, including females.   Studies show girls are reporting nearly twice as many concussions as boys in sports played by both.  Now, new research out of Michigan State University shows that females and younger athletes who suffered concussions took longer to recover than males and older athletes.

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