Laura Dilley: Yanny or Laurel?
As someone who researches speech, hearing and language production, I found this week’s “yanny vs. laurel” audio clip fascinating. In my opinion, there are many reasons why someone might hear one word vs. another word.View story photos
Healthy fish, healthy state
I was enjoying a beautiful day when my phone rang. “Hey, can you call your sister and ask her what I should do? I hooked myself in the stomach.” My sister is a doctor. The caller was fishing in a boat and, while pulling in a two-pound largemouth bass, managed to lodge the hook, with the flapping fish still attached, into his stomach. By the time he called me, he had at least gotten the fish off, but he was still hooked. His fishing friend, other than wishing he had filmed it for Youtube, wasn’t much help.View story photos
Tom Voice: Professional service alternatives
Of the three main things university professors do – teaching, research and service – service is not normally thought of as the exciting part of the job. Now picture an educator wearing a crash helmet speeding around a vehicle test track, collecting stability and safety statistics or sporting a traditional white lab coat as he examines bubbling pots of pasta sauces at a national home products testing lab.View story photos
What are you waiting for?
I have planted trees, painted houses, collected food, sponsored families at Christmas, walked 5Ks, bowled for kids, delivered meals, donated clothing, mentored, paid it forward, advocated, given money and my time. I’ve helped babies, teens, families and seniors. I’ve served those less fortunate and those differently abled. I have willingly helped others when I could and I have never, ever felt worse for doing it.View story photos
Geri Zeldes: The birth of 'That Strange Summer'
I am surprised the film is getting this kind of attention. The film has technical flaws in the composition and in the audio quality, but, I do think it is such a unique story, one that may be new to many.View story photos
Just like magic, it’s summer in East Lansing. We had the winter that wouldn’t end and now have skipped spring and landed right in the middle of 80-degree weather. Grass is green, flowers are blooming, Frisbees are flying and students are graduating. It really is a magical time on campus, and I never get tired of being a part of it.View story photos
Kjerstin Thorson: How social and digital media inform political messaging
College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Kjerstin Thorson, assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, discusses her research on social media and its effect on political interest and engagement.View story videos
Change of scenery
Facebook tells me that a year ago I was mowing my lawn. Two years ago I was riding my bike. Three years ago I was sitting on my deck with a glass of wine. This year? I’m freezing – and pretty grumpy about it. Once again I needed gloves for my walk from the parking structure. Yesterday I was outside in my winter coat and boots with snow pellets blasting my face while I walked my dog. The day before that I was shoveling ice off my sidewalk while cursing the skies. There’s snow in the forecast for tonighView story photos
Felix Kwame Yeboah: Creating the next generation of agricultural experts
The Global Food Security Report is the flagship report of the Global Food and Agriculture Program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and aims to build long-term global commitment to agricultural development, food and nutrition security as a means to alleviate global poverty, and has even served as framework for presidential initiatives. This year, the report focuses on the intersection of youth livelihoods and agricultural development — a topic which I have dedicated myself to during my academic career.View story photos
I like to think I have a lot of drive, determination and courage. Whether it’s a work project, changing my headlight, tiling a bathroom, raising an awesome kid, traveling to far-flung places, giving a speech, volunteering, reaching out, learning something new or helping someone in need, I see a challenge and I’m pretty likely to dive in head first and tackle it. Unfortunately, I took that a bit too literally this weekend and have the goose egg and black eyes to prove it.View story photos