MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on 105.1 FM and AM 870 and 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR

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

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Christopher H. Contag is the James and Kathleen Cornelius Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. He is director of MSU's Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
IQ is a research collaboration among the colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science at MSU. IQ is devoted to basic and applied research at the interface of life sciences, engineering, information sciences, and other physical and mathematical sciences. Contag discusses IQ's mission, vision, and impact.

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Michigan State University Provost June Pierce Youatt talks about a variety of topics as the new school year approaches. She talks about student success, health and well being. And she provides updates on MSU's new STEM Building, Science Gallery Lab Detroit, and new additions to MSU's team of collaborative deans.

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Detroit Street Care is an outreach activity where Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine students provide medical assistance to the homeless. Through the program, medical students at the college’s Detroit Medical Center site, offer clinical care to the city's homeless population with supervision from physicians Richard Bryce and Mary Jo Voelpel.

Michigan State University and WKAR have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission to launch an experimental next generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancement and internet based connectivity.

Speaking as the Big Ten player representative, senior MSU safety and Jackson, Michigan, native Khari Willis took the stage before a crowd of more than 1,300 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on July 24 and delivered an inspirational speech calling on his fellow Big Ten players to make a difference in their communities. Courtesy of Michigan State University Athletics, here is audio of Khari's address. You can watch it here.


In the midst of an award-winning 30-year career as television news anchor and journalist at Lansing CBS affiliate WLNS-TV 6, Sheri Jones is a member of the 2018 class entering the Michigan Association Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame on August 14 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany's state and future of the Big Ten remarks include his thoughts on gambling, Friday night football, TV revenue, paying players, and college hoops' one-and-done rule.

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"The Big Ten Network has grown significantly over the years," says Mark Silverman, president of National Networks at Fox Sports and president of the Big Ten Network. "We're always looking to add more games, show some interesting stories, and do all we can to represent our schools and our conference in a way that viewers, alumni, fans and students will enjoy. The network has enjoyed growing ratings, numerous awards, and become a key part of football Saturday to Big Ten fans."

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“I think the state of Spartan Athletics is very, very strong,” new Michigan State University athletic director Bill Beekman tells me on MSU Today. “Our two marquee revenue-producing programs, football and men's basketball, are performing at a very, very high level and a level where they're competing for Big Ten and national championships. I think those two teams can go into every game during the season with the belief that they're going to win. They're very strong programs led by extraordinary individuals of great integrity.

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The College of Arts and Letters at MSU is a very special place,” says Dean Christopher Long. “We try to live out the core purpose of the land grant mission to put the liberal arts at the center of that mission and to enable the research and education that happens at the university to be more holistic, more meaningful, and oriented toward the broader commitments to create a just and meaningful world.”

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Michigan State University Director of Admissions Jim Cotter joins me on MSU Today to talk about MSU’s incoming class in the fall of 2018. “It’s absolutely historic. It’s a difference-making group,” he says.

Cotter also talks about MSU going to the Common Application and describes the declining demographic of college-age citizens in Michigan and across the county and discusses how MSU is adapting to this challenge.

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler talks about what he feels he has accomplished in his time leading MSU, what he wants alumni to know that they may not be hearing, what he hears most from faculty, students and alumni, MSU's new two-year budget, the search for a permanent president, what alumni who want to help can do, and more.

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New research into a genetic mutation’s role in breast cancer could open new treatment options for an even more deadly disease, a Michigan State University scientist said Friday June 22 at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting.

“We sequenced the whole genome of tumor samples and found a driving mutation that has previously not been recognized as important,” said Eran Andrechek, a College of Human Medicine physiology professor.

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Renowned Michigan State University journalism professor Steve Lacy is retiring. He joins me on MSU Today to talk about the state and future of this important field. Revenue is a key challenge, he says. And we all need to become more media literate in order for journalism to work better for all of us.

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David Chupak is the new Director of Youth Programs at MSU, with responsibility for overseeing over 127 MSU Youth Programs that serve over 60,000 youth each year. He joins me to talk about MSU’s many ongoing efforts to protect minors in our care through our youth programs, visits to campus and facilities, and even youth employment.