Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org en Study: The better a child can ID a fast food logo the more likely they are overweight http://michiganradio.org/post/study-better-child-can-id-fast-food-logo-more-likely-they-are-overweight <p><a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/kids-who-know-unhealthy-food-logos-more-likely-to-be-overweight-1/">A new report </a>links a young child’s knowledge of fast food and snack food logos with their being overweight.</p><p></p><p>A research team asked three- to five-year-olds if they could identify various advertising logos.</p><p></p><p>It turns out the young children who could easily ID things like “golden arches,” "silly rabbits,” and “a king’s crown,” were more likely to have higher body mass indexes.</p><p></p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18190 at http://michiganradio.org Study: The better a child can ID a fast food logo the more likely they are overweight Stop looking at this kitten and pay attention in class http://michiganradio.org/post/stop-looking-kitten-and-pay-attention-class <p></p><p></p><p>College students should stop surfing the internet in class and start paying more attention to their professors. That’s the finding of <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/surfing-the-web-in-class-bad-idea/">a new report from Michigan State University.</a></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18092 at http://michiganradio.org Stop looking at this kitten and pay attention in class MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-and-university-michigan-raise-tuition-rates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students at two of Michigan’s largest universities will be paying more in the fall.</span></p><p>The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents increased in-state undergraduate costs by 2.6% yesterday.</p><p>For out-of-state students, the increases will be higher: According to <a href="http://michigandaily.com/news/regents-approve-fy15-budget-say-goodbye-coleman-and-slottow">The Michigan Daily</a>, out-of-state undergraduates will see their cost of attendance rise by 3.4%.</p><p>That brings the total cost of in-state attendance to $13,158. For out-of-state students, cost of attendance will be around $41,578.</p><p>Michigan State University followed suit today, increasing its in-state costs by 2.6% for in-state underclassmen, and 2.9% for in-state juniors and seniors.</p><p>The state’s budget increased its funding for higher education this year by 5.9%.</p><p>For the University of Michigan and its three campuses — Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn — that translates to $295 million coming from Lansing. That’s an increase of $18.5 million.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18089 at http://michiganradio.org MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates Lawmakers decide against docking MSU $500k for labor courses http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-decide-against-docking-msu-500k-labor-courses <p>State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor. The $500,000 fine was taken out of a budget bill approved this week in the Legislature.</p><p></p><p>“As we’ve made the rounds and talked to a number of members, I think as we give them all information, I think there’s fewer concerns than were originally raised,” said David Bertram, MSU’s assistant vice president for state affairs.</p><p></p><p>Bertram says no taxpayer money is used to support the program.</p><p></p><p>“As a matter of fact, we actually make a small profit off of this that goes into the graduate program at our school of human resources and labor relations,” he said.</p><p></p><p>The program is offered to groups hoping to learn more about union organizing. It is not open to regular undergraduate or graduate students.</p><p></p><p>The state budget for the fiscal year starting in October is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:45:52 +0000 Jake Neher 17998 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers decide against docking MSU $500k for labor courses White House task force to release proposals for dealing with sexual assault on college campuses http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-task-force-release-proposals-dealing-sexual-assault-college-campuses <p>A White House task force will release recommendations today for dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses. It’s an issue that has attracted a lot of attention at some Michigan colleges.</p><p></p><p>President Obama formed the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/22/memorandum-establishing-white-house-task-force-protect-students-sexual-a">‘White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault’ </a>back in January and gave the panel 90 days to return a list of recommendations for dealing with the problem.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17391 at http://michiganradio.org White House task force to release proposals for dealing with sexual assault on college campuses An MSU physicist believes he has solved the "black hole information paradox" http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-physicist-believes-he-has-solved-black-hole-information-paradox <p>Ever since Stephen Hawking came out with his theory about how black holes work, physicists – including Hawking himself – have been wrestling with a "hole" in that theory.</p><p>Hawking postulated that if you threw something like a chair into a black hole, given enough time that chair would "dematerialize." It would disappear, leaving no trace of its existence.</p><p>But the laws of physics don't allow for things to simply disappear. Things can change, or be altered, but they can't disappear. You can burn a piece of paper, and it's no longer there, but the carbon, water, and other molecules still exist somewhere. Again, it can't simply&nbsp;disappear.</p><p>It's called the black hole information paradox.</p><p>PBS' Kate Becker quoted Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind in describing Hawking's theory in her post "<a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/physics/2013/12/do-black-holes-destroy-information/">Do Black Holes Destroy Information?</a>":</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Leonard </span>Susskind<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wrote in “The Black Hole War,” his 2008 book on the problem of black holes and information loss, “The possibility of hiding information in a vault would hardly be a cause for alarm, but what if when the door was shut, the vault evaporated right in front of your eyes? That’s exactly what Hawking predicted would happen to the black hole.”</span></p></blockquote><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The solution?</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now comes a theoretical physicist and computational biologist from Michigan State University who believes he has solved Hawking's black hole information paradox.</span></p><p>Chris&nbsp;Adami&nbsp;joined us today on Stateside.&nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;">(You can listen to how he explains his theory above.)</em></p><p>Hawking discovered that black holes emit a glow called the “Hawking radiation.” That radiation, Hawking theorized, consumes the black hole and all things in the hole are lost. Poof! Nothing left.</p><p>Adami theorizes that a copy of the chair is made before it goes into the black hole.</p><p>More on Adami’s solution from <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/plugging-the-hole-in-hawkings-black-hole-theory-1/">MSU</a>:</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:25:18 +0000 Mark Brush & Stateside Staff 17260 at http://michiganradio.org An MSU physicist believes he has solved the "black hole information paradox" Michigan's public universities making decisions in private http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-public-universities-making-decisions-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When University boards meet to vote on certain issues, the vote almost always goes through smoothly with little discussion and even littler debate. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17044 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's public universities making decisions in private 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 Powerhouse basketball programs in Michigan playing the right way http://michiganradio.org/post/powerhouse-basketball-programs-michigan-playing-right-way <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Sunday, the Michigan Wolverines faced the Michigan State Spartans in the final of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">After a decade of domination by the Spartans, John Beilein’s Wolverines held the upper hand the past few years. They surprised just about everyone when they won the regular season Big Ten title this year by three games. Now they had the rare chance to beat the Spartans three times in one season.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, they say beating your archrival three times is almost impossible, and that proved true.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:09:32 +0000 John U. Bacon 16910 at http://michiganradio.org Powerhouse basketball programs in Michigan playing the right way 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 Three things you might not know about sexual assault on campus http://michiganradio.org/post/three-things-you-might-not-know-about-sexual-assault-campus <p>Ok, first, the stats.&nbsp;</p><p><b>The bad news: the problem is rampant</b></p><p>For every 10,000 women on a college campus, as many as 350 could experience attempted to completed rape every school year.&nbsp;</p><p>Those numbers come from the <a href="https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/205521.pdf">U.S. Department of Justice</a>, in a 2005 report on what schools are doing about sexual assault on campus.&nbsp;</p><p>If those stats bear out, then at a school the size of the University of Michigan, as many as 490 women will experience attempted or completed rape every school year.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:54:58 +0000 Kate Wells 16832 at http://michiganradio.org Three things you might not know about sexual assault on campus 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 Feds say U of M, MSU sexual assaults under investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-say-u-m-msu-sexual-assaults-under-investigation <p></p><div><p>If school administrators know, or should know, about a sexual assault involving students, they have to act fast – and they have to "address" the "effects" of the assault.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>That's according to federal law, under Title IX.</p><p></p><p>But neither the University of Michigan, nor Michigan State University, handled sexual assaults the right way, according to<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;complaints sent to the U.S. Department of Education&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Office of Civil Rights.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:32:13 +0000 Kate Wells 16625 at http://michiganradio.org Feds say U of M, MSU sexual assaults under investigation Are Detroit's female and minority entrepreneurs ignored? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-detroits-female-and-minority-entrepreneurs-ignored <p>There has been much talk – some of it here on this show – about opportunities for entrepreneurs in Detroit.</p><p>After more than a century of being dominated by big business – General Motors, Chrysler, Packard – the new look of business in Detroit is small, nimble, and full of innovation.</p><p>Some have raised the question whether there has been an inordinate amount of attention paid to white entrepreneurs – and male entrepreneurs.</p><p>Lisa Cook, an associate professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, says that many are ignoring women and ethnic minorities’ roles in Detroit’s entrepreneurial scene.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:05:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 16419 at http://michiganradio.org Are Detroit's female and minority entrepreneurs ignored? 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