Octopus tentacles inspire better prosthetics for humans
The way an octopus moves its limbs may have a hand in helping humans who have lost the use of their own. Michigan State University neuroscientist Galit Pelled and her team are studying a species of octopus to understand how its brain interacts with its tentacles in an effort to create “smart” prosthetics for people.
From Spanish flu to COVID-19
The current novel coronavirus pandemic has challenged the MSU community, but it’s not the first time the university has had to respond to such a sweeping threat to human health. Members of the MSU community came together to help one another through the flu pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish flu. Now, more than 100 years later, Spartans from research labs to the front lines of health care are responding to the COVID-19 threat, finding solutions and supporting each other and others around the world.View story photos
Perfecting the potato chip
Each time a bag of potato chips is opened in the United States, there is a one in four chance that it’s filled with Michigan-grown potatoes. Michigan is the largest producer of potatoes grown for the potato chip industry, and more than 70% of the state’s annual 1.7 billion pounds of potatoes go toward chip production. The booming industry has not come about by accident or coincidence. A concerted effort made by industry stakeholders, spearheaded by Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch, and coordinated by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, has built a partnership that is growing the industry.View story photos
Spartan nurses care
Nurses have always provided vital care for patients, and their contributions are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationally and in Michigan, Spartan nurses deliver care and support amid unprecedented challenges to the health care industry. During this time, Spartan nursing students, faculty and professionals also continue to alleviate the national nursing shortage, lead federally funded research and practice in community-based settings.
Outsmarting antibiotic resistance
We live in a critical time when bacteria have demonstrated an ability to develop resistance to every known antibiotic, and new antibiotic development has been nearly nonexistent for more than 30 years. But there is hope.?Michigan State University researchers?are working to identify new antibiotics and treatment methods to combat life-threatening bacterial infections.View story photos
Great State Impact: MSU works side by side for a stronger Michigan
?Michigan State works with partners across the state in every county. From East Lansing to Escanaba, Spartans are helping make Michigan a place of opportunity, economic growth and innovation.?View story photos
Taking steps to tackle cancer
Scientific breakthroughs don’t always happen in labs. For Sophia and Richard Lunt, Michigan State University researchers, many of their breakthroughs happen during neighborhood walks. The married couple’s step-by-step approach has revealed — for the first time — a new way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power.View story photos
Building for tomorrow
Many of the cranes and construction barriers on Michigan State University’s campus are giving way to shiny new buildings and renovated spaces that point toward the MSU of the future. These facilities don’t just accommodate a growing student and faculty population, but also provide spaces that put collaboration and innovation first.View story photos
Heroes to Hives: Helping veterans heal
Heroes to Hives, an MSU Extension program, is helping Michigan’s veterans heal through beekeeping. With six sites across the state, the program trains veterans to become the next generation of beekeepers. Their new skills help them to serve the country in a new way by protecting honeybee populations and promoting food security.
Spartan Street Medicine: Treating everyone with dignity
Brianne Feldpausch founded the Spartan Street Medicine program as an osteopathic medical student at MSU. Feldpausch and her team serve individuals struggling with homelessness both on the streets of Lansing and in shelters. They treat medical conditions, assist with health literacy and connect individuals to social services.View story photos