Digging a hard rock life
power plants are
the future of energy
Seeing the forest for the trees
Delayed crop harvest increases highway dangers
MSU Extension experts are urging drivers to be more cautious in the coming weeks, as farmers have not yet finished their harvesting season.
Home teams hold the advantage
The home team holds the advantage over visitors – at least in the plant world. However, a mere handful of genetic adaptations could even the playing field.View story photos
Hard rock life
Scientists are digging deep into the Earth’ssurface collecting census data on the microbial denizens of the hardened rocks.What they’re finding is that, even miles deep and halfway across the globe,many of these communities are somehow quite similar.View story photos
Freedman named director of MSU Knight Center
Pulitzer Prize-winner Eric Freedman has been named Knight Chair and director of the John S. and James L. Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University.View story photos
Staff profiles: Matthew Fehrenbach
Matthew Fehrenbach, of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities' Landscape Services, talks about the fun he has climbing trees as he trims them and keeps MSU’s green-filled campus looking tidy.View story photosView story videos
Alex Smith: The Michigandered Marimba
Alex Smith, a master’s candidate in performance and musicology at MSU, has taken on a project that pushes the boundaries between musical eloquence, attainable and sustainable materials and the artistry required to construct a complex and precise instrument like the marimba.View story photosView story videos
Working toward peaceful resolutions
MSU alumnus Lawrence Sheets has dedicated his career to cultivating a deep understanding of the South Caucasus region—its language, its people and its struggles—and puts that knowledge to work to help prevent and resolve conflicts.View story videos
2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy set for Feb. 18–19
MSU Extension is sponsoring the 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy Feb. 18-19 at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos.
Master Gardener Volunteer Programs offered in 2014
Once again, MSU Extension is hosting a variety of Master Gardener Volunteer Programs throughout the state starting in January. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program. The class is a step toward becoming a certified Master Gardener volunteer.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, bread and much, much more are waiting. I’ll sit down at my sister’s house and indulge in an American tradition—eating more than I should and just when I think I can’t eat another bite, I’ll have a piece of pie. My sister and her husband are excellent hosts, I’ll be surrounded by family and everyone will have a lovely day. Thanks for food, health, love and family will be given, just like in previous years. Grace will be spoken, food will be passed and the day will pretty much go like they have for years. (Except for that one year when a candle caught a napkin on fire at the kids’ table prompting my daughter to shout, “Fire in the hole!”). But barring any flames, I expect my Thanksgiving to be pretty standard. Except for one thing. This year I’ll be thinking about children I met while on our Spartans Will. 360 tour. You can see some of them in the photo above. I snapped that shot in Naitolia, Tanzania, where hundreds of schoolchildren were lined up for a bowl of rice and beans, thanks, in part, to the work of MSU’s Tanzania Partnership Program. I'll be thinking of the hundreds of children there, and in other parts of Africa we visited, that were happy for a drink of clean water and a small cup of beans and rice. It’s doubtful they know what overly full bellies feel like, nor would they understand the concept of leftovers.View story photos