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Zoology Major, Antonia Langfeldt, Moves To Thailand to Save Animals
Zoology Major, Antonia Langfeldt, Moves To Thailand to Save Animals

This year, Antonia Langfeldt, 19, of Clarkston, MI, spent three months in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Antonia was part of a small team that learned alongside veterinarians from around the globe while volunteering with elephants, sea turtles, bears, primates, and dogs.

Ingo Braasch Lands NIH Grant to Study Connection Between Fish Genes and Human Medicine
Ingo Braasch Lands NIH Grant to Study Connection Between Fish Genes and Human Medicine

Ingo Braasch has received a $727,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the use of fish as disease models for human medicine. Ingo is leading the MSU efforts of this collaborative grant that also includes the University of Oregon and Nicholls State University (Louisiana), will focus on the spotted gar, which has a similar genome to humans and zebrafish, a popular biomedical fish model. The ancient, slowly evolving spotted gar can serve as a "bridge species" between human and zebrafish, thereby opening pathways to important advancements in human biomedical research.

US Students on the Hunt for Carnivorous Snails
US Students on the Hunt for Carnivorous Snails

Conservation Medicine in New Zealand study abroad students recently had the rare opportunity to search for critically endangered carnivorous snails in the Marlborough Sounds. Their objective was to count how many of the snails were in the area. The project was arranged with the Department of Conservation and the Endeavour Inlet Conservation Trust.

Elena Litchman invested as MSU Foundation Professor
Elena Litchman invested as MSU Foundation Professor

Elena Litchman was honored as a MSU Foundation Professor on March 10 at an investiture ceremony held at MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The professorships, established in 2014, are part of an initiative to attract and retain highly successful faculty members. Each of the recipients receives five years of supplemental research support and holds the MSU Foundation Professor designation permanently.

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