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The novel Coronavirus pandemic that’s scarred the country with death and disease has sparked economic recession, says Michigan State University's Charles Ballard in the latest edition of the State of the State Podcast.

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“It’s been strange, and we’re living in a virtual environment,” says Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman. “We’re trying to be responsible and staying holed up. We’re mostly communicating through technology.

“I’ve been having meetings through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and conference calls in my office in my basement. I’m mostly working the phones and trying to stay in touch with everyone.”

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. has restructured the administration of the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine, and promoted Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. to the new position of executive vice president for health sciences overseeing the colleges as well as clinical practices. 

Beauchamp is supporting MSU’s community response to the novel coronavirus outbreak

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Christine Greenhow is a professor of education and technology in MSU's world renowned College of Education. Her research focuses on teaching and learning in social media and online settings.

“Much of my research has focused on the kinds of learning that students are doing in social media and online spaces, like the kinds of communication practices they're doing and the kinds of community building and interactions they're having with other students and with their teachers in these online spaces,” says Greenhow

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The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). 

The Michigan State University State of the State podcasters crisscross the state's issues in this edition. Their travel through the issues leads from the state's upcoming March 10 primary -- and the presidential candidates -- to clean water issues and efforts to repair the state's roads. 

Teresa Sullivan is interim provost at Michigan State University. She joins Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman for a conversation.

“Provost is an old military term, and most people aren't too familiar with it outside of the college setting,” Sullivan says. “The provost is the chief academic officer, which means the provost is ultimately responsible for the faculty from hiring to retirement and for the students from admission to graduation.”

Tom Saxton is head women’s soccer coach for the Michigan State University Spartans. He joins Michigan State University president Sam Stanley and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman on MSU Today.

As coach of the Spartans for over 30 years, Saxton reflects on how MSU and the sport of soccer have changed. 

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Damon Rensing is Michigan State University’s men’s soccer coach. He joins Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D. and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman for a conversation on the state and future of his program and the game of soccer.

He talks about the history of the program and the Joe Baum coaching tree. And he says there’s a strong sense of alumni connectivity that permeates the program.

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Two distinguished English professors from Michigan State University's College of Arts and Letters join Russ White on MSU Today to talk about their work and how it impacts their students and our evolving society. They are Jeff Wray and Julian Chambliss.

The conversation begins with their thoughts on a challenging time for racial tension on campus.