Published: Jan. 23, 2014

MSUglobal names 2013-14 Innovation Fellows

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129, Patrick Hayes MSUglobal office: (517) 884-4598

Six Michigan State University faculty in four focus areas have been selected as 2013-14 Innovation Fellows by MSUglobal Knowledge and Learning Innovations.

Following is the inaugural group of Innovation Fellows.

  • Jeff Grabill and Julie Lindquist, College of Arts and Letters. They are using webinars and a MOOC to help people develop better writing skills in the online environment. Their first MOOC, Think Like A Writer, attracted 2,000 participants in the summer of 2013.
  • John Spink, College of Veterinary Medicine. Spink piloted The Food Fraud Initiative, which positions MSU as the go-to institution in the world for research and expertise related to all types of food fraud that contributes to public health and economic vulnerabilities and threats.
  • David Kramer and Greg Austic, College of Natural Science. They are developing Photosynq, open-source hardware and crowdsourcing relationships to build the first global “sandbox” of field-based plant data.
  • A team of faculty from the College of Social Science and College of Law, including Cris Sullivan, Ruben Parra-Cardona, Sheryl Kubiak, Amy Bonomi, Deb Bybee and David Thronson. The team created the Research Consortium for Gender Violence.

Fellows work closely with the MSUglobal team to incubate and launch a series of projects designed to grow the research reputations of the faculty in a way that creates replicable models for future initiatives.

Fellows receive conceptual support, business planning, production, marketing and impact analysis and participate in discussions to share their work through the MSUglobal knowledge platforms and signature events, including MSUglobal’s yearly university-wide showcase ‘Igniting Innovation’ and in monthly ‘Fanning the Flames’ roundtable discussions and presentations.

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