science

Abrams Planetarium Pop-Up Stories crowd photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR and the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon with a weekend of activities July 19-21. Hundreds of people gathered at the planetarium to mark the occasion with events that included a return of WKAR's Pop-Up Stories.

In case you missed Pop-Up Stories on July 19, we've collected them here. Enjoy!

CBD products photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Last week, the Quality Dairy chain of convenience stores began carrying some new products at a few locations: hemp oils, vape oils, drink additives and edibles containing CBD. That’s a compound extracted from the hemp plant.


Kayla Conner working in her lab
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

A Michigan State University scientist is determined to increase the number of women and girls going into STEM fields. Kayla Conner is a microbiologist. She says she wouldn’t be the doctoral student she is today if it weren’t for her high school chemistry teacher, Ms. Hardin.


Kyle Card holding a petri dish
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University biologist and Ph.D. candidate Kyle Card studies resistance to antibiotics. He became a scientist despite genetic syndromes affecting many parts of his body.

Nkrumah Grant
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

He grew up in the public housing projects, dropped out of high school and spent time in juvenile detention. That’s how the story of evolutionary biologist and Michigan State University Ph.D. candidate Nkrumah Grant began. But he’ll be the first to tell you, where you started doesn’t have to dictate where you end up.


Our entire show is focused on Michigan Technology – changing the way we drive, we live and our health. 

portrait: Kirshenbaum
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Welcome to Serving up Science -- the series all about food: where it comes from and how it impacts our health and our planet.


MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Scientists at Michigan State University are leading a $2.5 million grant to help improve agricultural consumption of water and energy.

Michigan State University outdoor sign
File photo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University researchers have received a $1.5 million grant to study the genetics of electric fish.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Thousands rallied for science at the Michigan Capitol on Saturday. It was one of many marches and rallies around the world on "March for Science" day. Many said President Trump and his administration are diminishing the work of scientists. Some speakers said climate change is not being taken seriously.

MSU students in lab studying lettuce processing
Kurt Stepnitz / MSU Photography & Videography

MSU lands $1 million NSF grant to educate students in fields including animal science, crop and soil sciences and other fields involving food production.

Dr. Brad Day photo
Michigan State University photo

Michigan State University's “Tomorrow” campaign seeks to explain complex scientific research in more accessible terms.

Dr. Frank Telewski photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Frank Telewski

The world's longest running scientific experiment has been in operation for the past 137 years, and it's been happening on a secret spot on the MSU campus. We learn more from the experiment's current caretaker, Dr. Frank Telewski.


Woman at bee hive
Kurt Stepnitz / MSU Communications and Brand Strategy

Bees and other pollinators play an essential role in agriculture, but their numbers have been on the decline for decades. A new initiative started at Michigan State University is bringing together the resources across the state to try and help boost their populations. Current State talks to Meghan Milbrath, who coordinates the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, about her work. 

Andrew Christlieb photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Michigan State University will hire 100 new faculty members to embark on a long-term effort to expand its scientific research profile. We talk with MSU’s Dr. Steven Hsu, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, and Dr. Andrew Christlieb, chair of the new Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.


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