Big black hole found in small dense galaxy

A team of researchers, including an astronomer from Michigan State University, has discovered a huge black hole at the center of an ultra-compact galaxy – the smallest galaxy known to contain one. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, was discovered last year by a team led by Jay Strader, MSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy […]

Boosting armor for nuclear-waste eating microbes

A microbe developed to clean up nuclear waste and patented by a Michigan State University researcher has just been improved. In earlier research, Gemma Reguera, MSU microbiologist, identified that Geobacter bacteria’s tiny conductive hair-like appendages, or pili, did the yeoman’s share of remediation. By increasing the strength of the pili nanowires, she improved their ability […]

Thomas Hamann named James L. Dye Endowed Chair in Materials Chemistry

MSU chemistry associate professor Thomas Hamann was installed as the inaugural James L. Dye Chair in Materials Chemistry at an investiture ceremony held Sept. 5 in the Jackson Lounge at MSU’s Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. Paul Hunt, MSU senior associate vice president for research; R. James Kirkpatrick, College of Natural Science (NatSci) dean; […]

MSU researchers awarded grant to help silence Parkinson’s disease

Two Michigan State University (MSU)neuroscience researchers have received a $165,000 grant from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to help develop new therapeutic treatment for this chronic, progressive brain disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States and seven to ten million worldwide. Kathy Steece-Collier, professor, and Fredric P. Manfredsson, assistant professor, both […]

Stayin’ alive: MSU research aims to help biofuel switchgrass survive northern winters

Michigan State University (MSU) plant biologist C. Robin Buell has been awarded $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to accelerate genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstock for the production of biofuels, bio-power and bio-based products. Specifically, the MSU College of Natural Science researcher will […]

MSU professor named American Chemical Society Fellow

Michigan State University’s Robert Maleczka has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. The title will be given to 99 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and have made important contributions to the ACS. The 2014 fellows will be recognized at an induction ceremony during […]

Middle school mathematics teachers connect with new teaching methods

Enhancing mathematics education instruction for middle school students was the focus at the annual Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) summer workshops held June 23 to 27 at Michigan State University (MSU). CMP is a problem-centered curriculum developed at MSU that promotes an inquiry-based teaching and learning classroom environment. Important mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in […]

Mycologists converge at MSU to shed light on latest fungi research

When more than 250 mycologists—representing 35 states and 13 countries—met for an annual meeting June 8 to 11 on the MSU campus, the primary topic was, of course, fungi. “We come together to share our research – everything from athlete’s foot to mushrooms,” explained Frances Trail, MSU professor of plant biology, who, along with Jonathan […]

Corpse flower’s stench soon to grace MSU

Summer is here. Birds are singing. Children are playing. Flowers are blooming. And the smell of death is in the air. That’s because Michigan State University’s corpse flower is about to bloom again. The five-foot tall Amorphophallus titanum is best known for its putrid scent, which ranges in description from dirty socks to a rotting […]

Can mice mimic human breast cancer? MSU study says ‘yes’

Scientists have routinely used mice to replicate aspects of human breast cancer in an effort to find a cure to the most common type of cancer among women. But how effective are these preclinical models in actually mimicking the disease and giving scientists the ability to develop real comparisons? Eran Andrechek, a physiology professor in […]