MSU http://michiganradio.org en MSU and U of M reach the Elite Eight http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-and-u-m-reach-elite-eight <p>UNDATED (AP) - The NCAA men's regional finals are set following Friday night's action. Second seed Michigan will take on No. 8 Kentucky in the Midwest final at Indianapolis, and fourth seed Michigan St. will battle No. 7 Connecticut in the East at New York's Madison Square Garden.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:25:41 +0000 The Associated Press 17023 at http://michiganradio.org MSU and U of M reach the Elite Eight MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-could-lose-500k-offering-labor-courses <p>Michigan State University could risk losing $500,000 if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It’s a reaction to </span>MSU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I believe in academic freedom, and you’re going to have difficult subjects that you’re going to cover at any university,” said state Rep. Al </span>Pscholka<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>R-Stevensville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who chairs the panel that directs higher education funding in the House.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“But this is a case where I think we’re almost encouraging labor disputes, and I don’t think that’s appropriate.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The only Democrat that sits on the Senate panel that approved the penalty says it’s unusual for lawmakers to scrutinize university programs this intensely.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Why just this program?” asked state Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit. “And I would guess to believe that this is a hot topic item and it ruffles a lot of feathers.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> official says the university’s curriculum is balanced. He says it also offers classes that educate businesses on labor issues.</span></p><p>Pscholka<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says lawmakers will probably decide whether to move forward with the $500,000 penalty when they return from a three-week break in April.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:23:13 +0000 Jake Neher 17012 at http://michiganradio.org MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses How to catch cybercriminals http://michiganradio.org/post/how-catch-cybercriminals <p>Cybercrime is the topic of a conference at Michigan State University today.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://mcaf.ee/1xk9a">By one estimate, cybercrime costs the U.S. economy about $100 billion a year</a> in money lost and money spent on beefing up online security.</p><p></p><p>Tom Holt is the organizer of the MSU cybercrime conference. He says one particular challenge for law enforcement and technicians alike is catching cybercriminals who are becoming more elusive.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16901 at http://michiganradio.org How to catch cybercriminals March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today http://michiganradio.org/post/march-madness-begins-three-michigan-universities-today <p>Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State University, runner-up University of Michigan and Mid-American conference champion Western Michigan University all play their first tournament games today.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16900 at http://michiganradio.org March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today MSU breaks ground on advanced nuclear science project http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-breaks-ground-advanced-nuclear-science-project <p>Using one of the lowest-tech tools – shovels – officials broke ground today on what will someday be one of the most advanced centers for scientific research in the world.&nbsp;</p><p>Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation joined Michigan State University officials and others in breaking near-frozen ground for what will be the <a href="http://www.frib.msu.edu/">Facility of Rare Isotope Beams.</a></p><p>The facility, known as FRIB, will allow scientists to experiment with nuclear elements that do not normally exist on Earth.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:21:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 16876 at http://michiganradio.org MSU breaks ground on advanced nuclear science project MSU breaks ground on a groundbreaking science project http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-breaks-ground-groundbreaking-science-project <p>Michigan State University breaks ground Monday on a major scientific research project.</p><p></p><p>The $730 million <a href="http://The $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams has been in development for five years.">Facility for Rare Isotope Beams </a>has been in development for five years.</p><p></p><p>Thomas Glasmacher is the project director. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says FRIB will have an impact far away from the East Lansing campus.</p><p></p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:55:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 16866 at http://michiganradio.org MSU breaks ground on a groundbreaking science project Michigan tourism industry should see a boost in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-tourism-industry-should-see-boost-2014 <p>2014 may be a ‘robust’ year for Michigan’s tourism industry.</p><p></p><p>Stock markets and consumer confidence are high, housing markets are improving and unemployment is down. Michigan State University researchers say these are all factors that play a role in determining if people will take a vacation.</p><p></p><p>The MSU researchers presented their annual tourism forecast at an industry conference in Traverse City this morning.</p><p></p><p>They’re predicting a 4.5% increase in hotel receipts this year compared with 2013, which was a strong year for Michigan tourism.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16784 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan tourism industry should see a boost in 2014 Obama's proposed budget includes money for MSU's FRIB project http://michiganradio.org/post/obamas-proposed-budget-includes-money-msus-frib-project <p>A big-ticket construction project on the Michigan State University campus is in President Barack Obama's proposed budget.</p><p></p><p>The<a href="http://www.frib.msu.edu/"> Facility for Rare Isotope Beams</a>, or F-Rib for short, may turn MSU into a destination for advanced nuclear science research. But its $730 million price tag has raised questions about whether it will get the funding it needs to get built.</p><p></p><p>The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget calls for investing $90 million in the project.</p><p></p><p>Mark Burnham is the vice president of government affairs at MSU.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:13:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16717 at http://michiganradio.org Obama's proposed budget includes money for MSU's FRIB project MSU professor assessing the toll of December's ice storm on trees http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-professor-assessing-toll-decembers-ice-storm-trees <p>The late December ice storm that knocked out power to more than half a million Michigan utility customers also damaged many of the state’s trees.</p><p></p><p>A preliminary study being released today takes a look at that damage.</p><p></p><p>Professor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plantbiology.msu.edu/faculty/faculty-research/frank-w-telewski/">Frank Telewski </a>was busy Monday, crunching numbers for his presentation today to a conference of state arborists.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16384 at http://michiganradio.org MSU professor assessing the toll of December's ice storm on trees President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-michigan-state-university <p>About 500 people packed a Michigan State University campus hall Friday to witness President Barack Obama sign the new federal farm bill.</p><p></p><p>The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Rick Pluta & Jake Neher 16359 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-east-lansing <p>President Obama called the farm bill "a jobs bill” before he signed it into law today in East Lansing.</p><p>The president says the nearly $1 trillion package of farm subsidies and food assistance spending will benefit rural communities in Michigan and around the country that have struggled in recent years.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:58:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 16353 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing President Obama will be in Mid-Michigan later today http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-be-mid-michigan-later-today <p>President Obama travels to Michigan today where he will sign the nation’s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271586651/congress-sends-five-year-bill-to-white-house">farm bill</a>&nbsp;into law.</p><p>The new law will <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/29/268102091/farmers-face-new-ag-policy-in-compromise-farm-bill">change the way the federal government aids the nation’s farmers.</a></p><p>The president is signing the nearly $1 trillion farm bill into law on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16344 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will be in Mid-Michigan later today President Obama will sign federal farm bill during Friday visit to Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-sign-federal-farm-bill-during-friday-visit-michigan-state-university <p>President Obama will sign the nearly $1 trillion federal farm bill into law when he visits Michigan State University on Friday.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill today, ending years of wrangling in Washington over the legislation that provides federal aid to farmers and the nation’s poor.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 16304 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will sign federal farm bill during Friday visit to Michigan State University Winning Super Bowl TV commercial picked by Michigan State University professors http://michiganradio.org/post/winning-super-bowl-tv-commercial-picked-michigan-state-university-professors <p>The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl.</p><p>But a group of Michigan State University advertising and public relations professors says the real winners were a dog and horse.&nbsp;</p><p>Companies paid about $4 million for each 30-second spot during the big game in hopes of reaching 100 million viewers.&nbsp;</p><p>For 17 years, MSU professors have been picking the big game’s best TV ads. Last night, their pick for the best commercial was a Budweiser ad featuring a puppy and Clydesdale horse that develop a special relationship.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16277 at http://michiganradio.org Winning Super Bowl TV commercial picked by Michigan State University professors These researchers say you'll be less productive if you use your smart phone at night http://michiganradio.org/post/these-researchers-say-youll-be-less-productive-if-you-use-your-smart-phone-night <p>MSU conducted a study that links productivity to smart phone usage.</p><p>Russell Johnson is an assistant professor at Michigan State and conducted the study in collaboration with the University of Florida and the University of Washington.</p><p>The study found two big correlations.</p><p>First, that the amount of sleep you get is directly related to how much time you spend on your cell phone at night.</p><p>If you spend a lot of time on your phone, you'll get less sleep.&nbsp;</p><p>The second big thing has to do with productivity.</p><p>Johnson and the other two researchers found that it's harder for people to be focused and engaged at work if they spent a lot of time on their smart phones the night before.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:59:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16149 at http://michiganradio.org These researchers say you'll be less productive if you use your smart phone at night Spring groundbreaking expected on physics project at MSU http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-groundbreaking-expected-physics-project-msu <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A massive physics research project at Michigan State University is expected to break ground this spring.<br /><br />The Lansing State Journal reports that there is $55 million allocated for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams in the federal budget. Plans call for more than $160 million in construction costs alone over the next four years.<br /><br />The U.S. Department of Energy last year estimated the cost of FRIB at $730 million. The aim is for completion between 2020 and 2022.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:50:35 +0000 The Associated Press 16092 at http://michiganradio.org Spring groundbreaking expected on physics project at MSU MSU to pay out bulk of $7M health reimbursements http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-pay-out-bulk-7m-health-reimbursements <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University soon will pay out the bulk of $7 million in negotiated health care reimbursements to thousands of union workers.<br /><br />School spokesman Jason Cody says the payments of more than $1,000 each will show up Friday in paychecks for employees paid every other week, and Jan. 31 for those paid monthly.<br /><br />The Lansing State Journal reports the employees include roughly 5,800 mid-level managers, police officers, cafeteria workers and others represented by eight unions.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:41:15 +0000 The Associated Press 16091 at http://michiganradio.org MSU to pay out bulk of $7M health reimbursements Winter storm, freeze delay Spartan Rose Bowl celebration http://michiganradio.org/post/winter-storm-freeze-delay-spartan-rose-bowl-celebration <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University officials have delayed a celebration for the school's Rose Bowl-winning football team because of a major snowstorm and polar temperatures in the forecast.<br /><br />The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday that athletic director Mark Hollis said the celebration planned for Monday will be rescheduled to an undetermined date. Meanwhile, the East Lansing university will honor the team during Tuesday's home basketball game against Ohio State.<br /> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:00:15 +0000 The Associated Press 15882 at http://michiganradio.org Winter storm, freeze delay Spartan Rose Bowl celebration MSU Spartans face the Stanford Cardinal in today's Rose Bowl http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-spartans-face-stanford-cardinal-todays-rose-bowl <p>There are many Michigan State University students and alumni celebrating the New Year in Pasadena.</p><p></p><p>They’re there to see the Spartans play in this year’s Rose Bowl game.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rose Bowl is nicknamed “The granddaddy of them all” because it is the oldest of the college football bowl games.</p><p></p><p>The last time the Spartans represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl was 1988. MSU earned its first trip back to Pasadena on New Year’s Day with a 12 and one season, finishing with a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15853 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Spartans face the Stanford Cardinal in today's Rose Bowl Michigan State fans get rowdy after Big Ten title win http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-fans-get-rowdy-after-big-ten-title-win <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Thousands of Michigan State students have celebrated the football team's Big Ten title with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNTy-86LPoE">large, rowdy bonfires.</a><br /><br />East Lansing police arrested multiple people Saturday night near River and Cedar streets, which is a traditional spot for MSU students to party after major sports victories. No. 10 MSU defeated No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 late Saturday, earning its first Rose Bowl appearance in a quarter-century.<br /> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:33:17 +0000 The Associated Press 15597 at http://michiganradio.org