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Animal bones found in the Saints Rest privy.
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Archeology is not just about digging into prehistory, coming up with arrowheads, pottery shards and mastodon bones. It can also give us a window into the not-too-distant past. Say, the campus of Michigan State University in the mid-1800s. That’s what Autumn Beyer is doing in her work with the MSU Campus Archeology Program. She’s studying what students and professors ate in the early days at Michigan State and how they got that food.

Tens of thousands of water filters have been distributed in Flint.
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The University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University have researchers looking into when Flint residents should replace their home water filters. The point-of-use filters, which became widely installed amid the Flint water crisis, are known to be effective in removing metals like lead and other contaminants from drinking water. The universities have been looking into the water filters since news of the water crisis became public. “The purpose of our study here is to...

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The job market is looking good for this year’s Michigan college graduates. Michigan State University’s annual Recruiting Trends survey finds hiring of college graduates at all degree levels should be “very strong” in 2016-17.

A brown marmorated stink bug is shown in Kalamazoo, Mich.
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If you've seen a small shield-shaped brown insect slowing crawling on the walls inside your home, you might be housing one of Michigan's newest invaders: the brown marmorated stink bug.
This particular stink bug doesn't harm humans. They don't bite or spread disease, but they do eat plants and tree fruit. Since they first hitchiked to the United States about 20 years ago, but weren't seen in Michigan until 2010, they have become a pest to farmers and gardeners alike.

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Michigan State University received 461 reports of sexual misconduct and relationship violence in the 2015-2016 school year. That’s way up from the previous year, when the school estimates it got about 200 complaints. So what’s changed? Jessica Norris, MSU’s Title IX coordinator, says there’s just generally more awareness on campus. “We made some pretty broad and dramatic changes in the last academic year, in terms of providing mandatory online training for all students, and all employees as...

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A former USA Gymnastics team physician accused of sexually abusing two gymnasts faces 16 more abuse complaints at the university where he was a faculty member. The Indianapolis Star obtained Michigan State University police reports filed this month for abuse allegations since 1996. The newspaper cites interviews with four women claiming Dr. Larry Nassar penetrated them with his finger during what were supposed to be medical treatments. Nassar hasn't been charged and denies wrongdoing. His...

A Michigan State University researcher is looking at whether home Wi-Fi systems can be used to help the elderly while protecting their privacy. The families of many at-risk seniors rely on online cameras, wearable devices or sensors to make sure they haven’t fallen or suffered a medical problem. But at a cost of their privacy. Mi Zhang is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the MSU College of Engineering, He’s received a grant from the National Science Foundation...

According to MLive.com, Western Michigan, Central Michigan (both shown) and Eastern Michigan spent $72.6 million in institutional funds on athletics, more than the 10 other public universities in Michigan combined
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MLive recently published an in-depth look at Michigan's public universities, and how they subsidize sports with tuition dollars. What stood out more than anything is the fact that among the schools that offer NCAA-level athletics, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan collectively spend more tuition dollars on sports than the other ten public universities combined.

Studying identical twins could unlock some of our medical mysteries
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Twins: They look alike, many of them sound and act alike. They could also hold the power to help the medical world unlock some of its biggest mysteries.

Michigan State University hopes a new ban on using tobacco products on campus will lead to an overall reduction in tobacco use.
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If you want to smoke, chew or vape in East Lansing, you'll have to make sure to step off the Michigan State University campus first. A new policy taking effect tod ay bans all tobacco use on MSU's campus. The University of Michigan passed a similar ban in 2011, meaning the state's two largest public universities now both prohibit tobacco use anywhere on their grounds. "Most of the public schools, both in Michigan and across the Big Ten, our peers, already have some version of a smoke-free, or...

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Michigan State University and Wayne State University have joined a growing list of schools that are no longer requiring college algebra to earn a degree. Engineering students, and the like, will still be required to take plenty of math, but if you are a history or an English major who doesn't like algebra, then you can rest easier.

Decades after falling from popularity, Spartan barley returns with the help of MSU researchers.
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Michigan’s local food movement has brought heirloom plants back into the spotlight, making for the perfect time to bring back a century-old barley strain. Developed in 1916 by an MSU professor, “Spartan” barley is now making a comeback with the help of a team of the school's researchers . Ashley McFarland is the coordinator for the university’s Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center . She told Stateside that bringing back the strain could draw interest from the state’s craft brewing...

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It’s about to get easier for coaches and parents to decide whether an athlete has had a potentially serious blow to the head. Two Michigan State University professors have invented an impact-sensing headband to help people on the sidelines make quick decisions if a player takes a hit. On the outside, the device looks like any other stretchy athletic headband, but this headband has pockets for wireless sensors that record the location and severity of an impact. The sensors look like thin white...

Former Michigan State hockey coach and athletic director Ron Mason passed away early Monday at age 76.
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Ron Mason, who spent 23 years as Michigan State's head hockey coach and ranks second on college hockey's all-time wins list with 924 career victories, passed away early Monday at age 76. Before serving as Michigan State's director of athletics from 2002 to 2007, Mason coached the Spartans through many of the most significant moments in the history of the program and, in some cases, college hockey. Mason was at the helm for the "Cold War," Michigan State's 3-3 tie with Michigan in front of 74...

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Michigan State University professors and neighborhood volunteers have come up with a design for a major overhaul of the old Saginaw County fairgrounds. The 54-acre site on Saginaw’s south side have sat decaying for more than a decade. Warren Rauhe is with the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction. He says it may not look like it, but the fairgrounds site is a “gem.” “Well, right now it’s pretty unsightly. The site is overgrown, and what have you,” Rauhe said...

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University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are putting traditional rivalries aside to pour some brain power and expertise into Detroit. Combined, these schools create the University Research Corridor (URC ). They use their expertise to lead research and innovation within Southeast Michigan.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Aggregate funding for Michigan's public universities in the next state budget will still be less than it was before a major cut five years ago, despite Gov. Rick Snyder's initial proposal to bring them back to levels in place when he took office in 2011.

Spending will rise roughly $40 million to $1.4 billion, a 2.9 percent increase, under a spending plan up for final legislative votes this week. The Republican governor and lawmakers had hoped for a $60...

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A new Michigan State University study suggests, if you spent time this past weekend with a beer in your hand, it may be because of something you saw on social media. MSU researchers say when participants in a study of social media’s influence were exposed to ads touting beer, as opposed to those selling bottled water, they were more inclined to consider drinking alcohol. They studied the behavior of 121 test subjects. They were divided into two groups. Group one was exposed to beer ads on...

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It's back to the drawing board for the city of East Lansing. District court judge Andrea Larkin has ruled that a 1999 ordinance aimed at cracking down on fires a fter big games at Michigan State University is unconstitutional. The ordinance made it illegal to be or stay within 300 feet of a fire unless you are helping to put it out before emergency help arrives. Judge Larkin's ruling came in a case where two women were charged with violating the ordinance last fall when police said they...

Troy Hale is out with a new film. It's called, Fart: A Documentary. And yes, it's everything its title suggests. Hale is a professor of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University and the director and owner of Tricky Hale Films . He joined us to talk about the film and why he decided to take a deeper look at the historical, social, and interpersonal issues surrounding farting. https://youtu.be/weO1yKSscRY

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A Michigan State University pollster says new survey numbers suggest Governor Snyder has suffered “some permanent” damage from the Flint water crisis. MSU’s State of the State Survey polled nearly 1,000 people between December and March, during the height of the crisis. Survey director Charles Ballard says the percentage of people rating Snyder’s job performance as “poor” more than doubled, from 21% to 44%. “You’ve got so many people who are now rating him poor who never did before,” says...

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How do we break down stereotypes about each other? That question has driven a Michigan State University journalism class to create a series of guides to help disassemble the myths and stereotypes about different groups in our country. Bias Busters: Guides to Cultural Competence have been created by students. They're a series of questions and answers about African-Americans, East Asian cultures, Native Americans and more.

From left to right, RECaP research assistant Sophia Jingo, Tutilo Mudumba and Robert Montgomery
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Wildlife conservation in Africa is an important and difficult environmental issue for the continent as many of the planet’s most majestic animals are under threat. A group at Michigan State University is working to find creative ways to minimize the loss of animals such as lions, giraffes and elephants.

Robert Montgomery, an assistant professor with MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Tutilo Mudumba, a graduate student from Uganda, joined Stateside to talk...

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There are efforts underway to help Flint children exposed to lead in their drinking water. There’s also an effort to see if those interventions are working. Children exposed to high levels of lead benefit from better nutrition and early education. A new collaboration between Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital will try to find the best ways to do that. Aron Sousa is the interim director of the MSU College of Human Medicine. He says intervention is good, but “the key thing...

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A Michigan State University economist predicts Michigan’s economy will continue to grow in 2016. Economist Charles Ballard says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about next year. Ballard says the growing economy could pull more people into the workforce. “There is at least some room for further tightening of the labor market. It probably wouldn’t come in the form of a lower unemployment rate,” says Ballard, “But perhaps we can lure back in the labor market some of the people who have dropped out.”...

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Attacking the science behind climate change effectively sways public opinion, according to a recent study by Michigan State University researchers. MSU associate professor and sociologist Aaron McCright led the study of 1600 US adults. McCright says messages that frame climate change as a public health or national security threat, or even through a “positive” frame like economic opportunity or religious obligation, seem to fall flat. “None of those seemed to be effective in getting people to...

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Michigan cities are getting a little help dealing with financial problems. Michigan State University’s new Local Government Finance and Policy Center is intended to be a resource for cities. The center will offer workshops on fiscal sustainability and research municipal governance. The center will also produce an annual fiscal health report on each of Michigan’s cities, counties and townships. Director Eric Scorsone says mounting legacy costs are the biggest challenge facing most communities...

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The recent student protests at the University of Missouri drew the nation’s attention to the problems of racism and lack of diversity on college campuses. Faculty diversity – or, more accurately, the lack thereof – is certainly a concern on campuses in Michigan, both public and private. For example, at Michigan State University, 4.4% of faculty members are black. The University of Michigan’s main campus trails with only 3.3%.

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Leaders in Lansing are hoping a new cutting-edge scientific research facility at Michigan State University might lead to an economic boom. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams , or FRIB, will provide researchers a place to do cutting edge experiments in nuclear science. The building is already under construction on the MSU campus in East Lansing. Construction is not expected to be complete until 2022. The project is expected to cost $730 million.

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Maybe do some lunges today, or jog around the block or something. Just get the blood flowing a little, in between Thanksgiving's feasting and Saturday's football marathon of snacking and sitting and watching Michigan and Michigan State wrap up the regular season with big, emotional, must-watch games.

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