MSU Today with Russ White

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MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White. 

Job market for college graduates remains strong

Oct 22, 2018
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Employers will continue to face tough competition for talent in the 2018/19 job market thanks to an eight-year growth streak in the college labor market. That's according to Michigan State University's Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation. "This year's graduates will enter one of the longest sustained periods of growth, which puts them at an advantage," says the survey's author, MSU researcher, Phil Gardner.


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Michigan State University celebrated its ongoing successful capital campaign with a set of donor and public events October 19. Dubbed “Empower Extraordinary,” the campaign raised more than $79 million in just the past three months, adding significant momentum to the effort. To date, nearly 250,000 donors have made more than a million gifts, adding up to more than $1.7 billion in support for the campaign that was publicly launched in October 2014. Gifts received through Dec. 31, 2018 will still count toward the campaign’s final tally. 


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"We're a little bit like jazz musicians," says MSU researcher Erik Shapiro. "We are wandering in scientific space centered around one or two themes, generally involved in molecular imaging. Our themes are regenerative medicine and cancer detection. MSU has given this space to become scientific jazz musicians and we're very appreciative. We hope to make some clinical contributions within the next few years."


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Aitor Aguirre is an assistant professor at MSU's Department of Biomedical Engineering. He's part of Chris Contag's team at IQ. He works on understanding how human tissues respond to injury and how they regenerate when they are injured, and he identifies molecules that can be helpful for activating those processes in humans so that new clinical therapeutic strategies for treating humans can be created. And he studies human diseases in vitro using stem cells.


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If you've lived in the Great Lakes state for more than a minute, you've likely heard the saying, as Detroit goes, so goes Michigan. With a population base of more than 700,000, Detroit is also home to nearly 560,000 high-tech jobs, 70,000 of which are in the auto industry.

Over the last decade, investors and businesses have put a lot of money into Detroit to help with the city's resurgence. While these investments have made a big difference downtown, few have focused on the neighborhoods where people live and work. 


MSU Extension: Managing Farm Stress

Oct 11, 2018
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Money and mental health, those topics are off limits in polite conversation. There's almost a taboo about asking someone about either subject, but that's exactly what we're going to talk about today. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Sadly, they had seen an uptick in the number of farmers who took their own lives. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 out of every 100,000 farmers complete suicide. That is six times higher than the national rate for nonfarm related occupations.  


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You've probably seen the four leaf clover with the letter H imprinted on each leaf at some point and had one of two reactions: a warm fuzzy feeling because it reminded you of some of the best times of your youth or a quizzical look followed by, "What is that?" 


MSU Extension is battling the opioid crisis

Oct 10, 2018
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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day more than 115 people in the United States die of an opioid overdose. That includes addiction to prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. The cost of this epidemic goes beyond its death toll. It goes beyond the economic burden which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is nearly an $80 billion expense annually in the United States. 


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Michigan is home to more than 630,000 military veterans. When you count those who serve with them, their spouses, their partners, their children, their parents, that means that more than one in four Michiganders is a veteran or closely connected to a veteran. We rank number 11 in terms of overall veteran populations per state. Veterans have made great sacrifices for our country and as they transition back to civilian life, they often have unique needs that deserve our attention. 


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Shannon Lynn Burton is Michigan State University's ombudsperson. October 11 is Ombuds Day.

The office assists students in resolving conflicts or disputes within the university. They help staff members, instructors, and administrators sort through university rules and regulations that might apply to specific student issues and concerns. 


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A new DNA tool created by Michigan State University can accurately predict people’s height, and more importantly, could potentially assess their risk for serious illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer. For the first time, the tool, or algorithm, builds predictors for human traits such as height, bone density and even the level of education a person might achieve, purely based on one’s genome. But the applications may not stop there.


Michigan State University Interim President John Engler and Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman assess the state of Michigan State and future challenges and opportunities facing MSU in this MSU Today conversation with Russ White.


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Jens Schmidt is a professor of OBGYN in MSU's acclaimed College of Human Medicine, and he's also a part of Chris Contag's IQ team. IQ is the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. 

At MSU, Schmidt’s laboratory uses a combination of cell biological and biophysical approaches to explain how human cells maintain their genomic integrity, which is an important barrier for cancer formation. 


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Natural and farmlands are under increasing pressure from commercial, industrial, and residential development, but some Michigan municipalities have implemented wise, long-term land protection strategies, which are good for the environment, for agriculture, and for quality of life. Ingham County is one of those municipalities, having a decade ago passed an open space and farmland preservation millage that has protected over 5,000 acres and counting. 


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Kevin Frank joins Russ White to talk about what you can do now to prepare your lawn for 2019. Frank is an associate professor in MSU's Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and a MSU Extension turf specialist.  


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