May, 2024 - MSU Innovation Center

MSU University Distinguished Professor of Sociology elected to the National Academy of Sciences

College of Social Science

Tom Dietz, who retired last year as a University Distinguished Professor of Sociology, was elected to the esteemed National Academy of Sciences this week. Dietz was one of only 120 members and 24 international members elected to NAS in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. “I am profoundly honored by being …


New MSU research: Are carbon-capture models effective?

MSU Today

Reforestation efforts to restock depleted forests are important for addressing climate change and for both capturing and restoring carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere. These types of solutions to mitigate carbon emissions are critical after 2023 proved to be the warmest year on record. However, some models have been found to be inaccurate. New research from …


MSU names Jun-Hyun Kim new director for the School of Planning, Design and Construction

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Jun-Hyun Kim, Ph.D., ASLA, has been named director of the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC), which is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science. His five-year appointment as director will begin on June 1, 2024. “Dr. Kim is an experienced leader, distinguished scholar and award-winning …


AgrAbility mechanical engineering capstone project designs portable swarm trap lifter for veteran beekeeper

MSU Extension

On April 19, 2024, members of the Mechanical Engineering Design capstone course at Michigan State University presented their design for a portable swarm trap lifter. The equipment was created for AgrAbility client and Heroes to Hives program instructor, Gary Brown, who has a back injury that limits his ability to climb a ladder or move heavy equipment. “We chose …


Protein ice cream company wins 2024 Rice Business Plan Competition

AP News

Ice cream company Protein Pints took home the grand prize at the 2024 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) April 6 as the best student ventures from top universities across the world competed for prizes in front of nearly 350 angel, venture capital and corporate investors and members of the business community. During his acceptance speech, Founder and …


New research explores the root cause of pain relief

College of Osteopathic Medicine

In the first of a series of studies, Zach Waarala, a third-year medical student at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, decided to dive deeper into one of the first things he learned in medical school – that, despite positive results for patients, there is a lack of basic scientific evidence behind the …


MSU Research Foundation Welcomes Five Startups to Incubator Facilities

MSU Research Foundation

EAST LANSING, MI — The Michigan State University Research Foundation welcomed five startup businesses to incubator facilities in East Lansing and Grand Rapids during the third quarter (January through March) of the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Joining the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) in East Lansing are: ADASTEC Corp, a software development company that enables public transit …


The MSU Product Center awards M&R Pickling the 2024 Value-Added Agriculture Award at the Making It In Michigan Conference

MSU Extension

On April 24, 2024, the Michigan State University Product Center recognized several food and beverage businesses for their achievements over the past year. M&R Pickling, a company founded in 2013 by Ruth Yoder, was recognized with the Value-Added Agriculture Award. From first dreaming of her business to now owning a 1224 sq. ft. facility, Ruth has shown …


Sticky Spoons Jam, LLC wins MSU Product Center’s 2024 Best Barrier Buster Award

MSU Extension

Each year the Michigan State University Product Center recognizes a client business for eliminating barriers to entrepreneurial success at the local, regional, or state level. Barriers related to financing, policy, labor, distribution, marketing, technology, and more are all considered. This year’s award was granted to Sticky Spoons Jam, LLC, based in Niles, Michigan, which specializes in …


Renaissance scientists in the Mendoza lab tackle climate change

Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research

José Luis Mendoza Cortés is working to solve some of the most important questions facing our planet. As a faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mendoza uses the laws of nature to develop computational algorithms with machine learning and artificial intelligence focused on tackling climate …


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