Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

MSU botanist aids murder investigation

After analyzing a dirt sample containing hints about the suspect's whereabouts when the crime occurred, researchers plan to recruit volunteers this summer to further the investigation in Ludington's forests.
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A Michigan State University plant biology professor is playing a unique role in piecing together a tragic West Michigan crime.  Dr. Frank Telewski is part of an effort to locate a Ludington infant who was abducted and likely killed by her father in 2011.  


Telewski and other professionals have analyzed bits of plant material from the suspect’s shoes in an attempt to find the location of four-month-old’s remains. Using the findings, investigators plan to narrow the search this summer.  

Radio Made in Michigan
4:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Current State #49 | March 21, 2013

Today on Current State: budget cuts for Lansing police; dancer Nic Gareiss; Dr. Shannon Manning on drug-resistant bacteria; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and CAFOs for livestock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Superbugs: MSU molecular biologist on drug-resistant bacteria

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times.
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MSU molecular biologist Dr. Shannon Manning played a crucial role in helping to solve the

mystery behind one of the most deadly E. coli outbreaks ever, which killed more than 50 people and sickened nearly 4,000 in Germany in 2011.

Dr. Manning is also a featured lecturer in MSU’s Classes Without Quizzes hosted by the College of Natural Science. She joins us to discuss the rise in drug-resistant bacteria.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
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Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."

The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:43 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame features modern women in science and technology

Despite graduation rates exceeding that of American men, women in this country are still underrepresented in the science and technology fields.
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More than half of all college graduates are women, yet there's a shortage of women in many science and technology professions.  The trend inspired the new exhibit “STEMinists -- Michigan women in science, technology, engineering and math," which opens this week at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing.  The exhibit profiles women who have been successful in various STEM fields.  

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12:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern

Studies conducted by MSU professors found cyberbullying is just as detrimental to youths as physical bullying.

Bullying isn't just happening the the schoolyard anymore. In the age of technology, online aggression is everywhere.

Two recent reports by MSU professors focus on the world of cyberbullying.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Current State #4 | January 17, 2013

'Current State' host Mark Bashore (left) discusses Governor Snyder's 'State of the State' speech live in studio with 'Off the Record's' Tim Skubick and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer.
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On today's Current State: Off the Record's  Tim Skubick analyzes Gov. Snyder's "State of the State" speech, and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer offers a response. Also, a new discovery in Antarctica and a preview of the BackStage Pass season premiere with the metal band, Silent Lapse.

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12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

MSU Develops Flu Fighting Protein

MSU's Tim Whitehead.
Kurt Stepnitz

A Michigan State University scientist is the lead author of a paper that outlines MSU's work in manufacturing a protein that's showing promise as an effective agent against serious flu viruses.  MSU performed the study in partnership with the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Wilson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute. 

Tim Whitehead is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as Biosystems Engineering at MSU.  He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the research.

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