10…nine…eight…seven…six…five… “An error occurred loading this content. Try again later.” My friends and I were streaming the NYC ball drop on New Year’s Eve when inexplicably in the middle of it, the feed dropped and we got that message. I’m not joking. In a year that was challenging for many of us in the room, we didn’t even get the satisfaction of bidding 2016 goodbye in the traditional way. Instead, we looked at each other, laughed, took photos of the message (what’s a funny story these days without capturing it for social media?), raised our glasses and wished each other a Happy New Year. It seemed like the perfect end to a somewhat crazy and unpredictable year. When you think about it, what year isn’t a bit crazy and unpredictable? Even when you think you have everything planned, nothing is a given. Four years ago today, I was a day away from leaving on an incredible Spartan storytelling adventure that took me literally around the world. Ten years ago today, I was a day away from having a hunk of technology put in my chest to keep my heart beating normally. Three years ago today, I was thanking that hunk of technology for shocking me back to life two days prior. Sure, the trip was scheduled, but it wasn’t like I could really plan for anything that happened those eight weeks. And the medical stuff? I had in no way planned on either of those things happening. To paraphrase my favorite Scottish poet Robert Burns, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.View story photos
WKAR to launch free 24/7 multiplatform PBS KIDS services
On Jan. 16, WKAR Public Media will launch new, free, localized 24/7 children’s services – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community.
Rachel Croson: A note from the dean
As I write this note, I am starting my fifth month as dean of the College of Social Science at MSU. I continue to be tremendously impressed with everyone I meet and everything I learn about the college. Our faculty and staff are smart, dedicated and hard working. Our students are eager and actively want to learn. Our alumni and community partners are loyal and see the benefit of investing in us.View story photos
MSU lands $1 million USAID grant to fight Zika
MSU has landed a highly competitive grant from USAID to fight the Zika virus in Mexico. The $1 million grant was awarded to Zhiyong Xi, MSU associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, to build a mosquito factory in Yucatan, Mexico.View story photos
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
To commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., MSU has a variety of programs in which the MSU and greater Lansing communities are encouraged to participate Jan. 15-16.View story photos
Hannah Piper: Learning to lead
If someone had told me four years ago I would be jumping out of airplanes for career development, raising a service dog on campus or studying hyenas in Kenya as part of my education at MSU, I would not have believed them. The truth is, my opportunities have been unpredictable and far-reaching.View story photos
Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent
MSU researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent.View story photos
The definition of hospitality
Allan Sherwin's professional journey taught him how to be a leader, mentor and teacher — lessons that will undoubtedly echo on through his students' lives and careers. Sherwin is the Dr. Lewis J. and Mrs. Ruth E. Minor Chef and professor of culinary management in The School of Hospitality at MSU’s Broad College of Business.
Shade of winter
Shadows of trees are cast onto the side of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Dec. 28, 2016. Photo by Kurt StepnitzView story photos
Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts
As a small business owner, Cynthia Kay believes in helping others shape their careers, as evidenced by her support of the MSU College of Music’s Running Start entrepreneurial program.View story photos