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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 researchers set new standards and show how a new treatment helps patients with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease

MSU Today

Is it possible for nanoparticles to go through the digestive system and deliver medicine directly to the brain tissue? Researchers from Michigan State University say yes, and their latest findings are expected to benefit patients with neurodegenerative disorders like multiple sclerosis, or MS; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; and Parkinson’s disease, or PD. “Our work …


Project GREEEN backs research into new way of breeding potatoes

MSU AgBioResearch

Roughly ten years ago, Dave Douches, a professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and director of MSU’s Potato Breeding and Genetics Program, led the Solanaceae Coordinated Agricultural Project (SolCAP). The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) to advance potato …


MSU’s Timothy Grotjohn Inducted as NAI Fellow

Michigan State University’s Timothy Grotjohn, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for its 2023 class for his work on diamond process and device research and development. This prestigious recognition honors Grotjohn’s contributions to the field of diamond synthesis …


MSUT Welcomes New IP Finance Coordinator Aaron Abood

We are pleased to welcome Aaron Abood, CPA, who joined the MSU Technologies (MSUT) team in mid-February 2024 as MSUT’s IP Finance Coordinator, working under Anne Di Sante, MSUT’s Executive Director. In his role, Aaron is responsible for coordinating, managing, and overseeing the accounting and financial aspects of MSU’s intellectual property (IP) policies, specifically related …


Bile acid breakthrough: MSU, Penn State researchers team up for microbiome discoveries

College of Natural Science

Ask someone what they think of when they hear the phrase “bile acids,” and you might get a few unpleasant answers. Ask Robert Quinn, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology housed in the College of Natural Science, and you’ll kickstart a conversation about some of the most versatile and …


FRIB Project Team Recieves Secretary Of Energy’s Achievement Award

FRIB

The FRIB Project team received a U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Secretary of Energy Achievement Award—DOE’s highest form of employee recognition for achievements—at the annual Secretary’s Honor Awards ceremony held 20 February. The event included an address from U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and award presentations from Deputy Secretary David M. Turk. The …


Project GREEEN advancing research on harmful plant insects

AgBioResearch

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With vibrant and valuable forestry and plant agriculture industries in Michigan, there are a multitude of reasons forest managers and growers want to protect plants. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), forest products create roughly $22 billion in total economic output annually for the state. The Michigan Department …


3 MSU faculty named Senior Members of the 2024 National Academy of Inventors

Michigan State University researchers Evangelyn Alocilja, André Bachmann, and Richard Lunt have been named Senior Members by the National Academy of Inventors. This year’s class of NAI Senior Members is the largest to date and hails from 60 NAI member institutions across the nation. Collectively, they are named inventors on over 1,000 U.S. patents with …


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