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MSU Researcher Looks to Biological Evolution for Clues to Improve Artificial Intelligence
MSU Researcher Looks to Biological Evolution for Clues to Improve Artificial Intelligence

What could artificial intelligence (AI) mean for us in the future? And when might intelligent machines and technology be at a point where they become an integral part of our lives?Those are the questions that Michigan State University researcher Arend Hintze explores. He's an assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Computer Science and Engineering, and he runs the Hintze Lab, where they research the evolution of natural and artificial intelligence.

Julia Ganz Publishes Foundational Research
Julia Ganz Publishes Foundational Research

Julia Ganz, who joined the Integrative Biology faculty this year, recently published a paper in the journal, Developmental Dynamics, about gene expression properties of stem cells in the enteric nervous system (ENS).

Matthew Porter: Making a Better World for Wild, Captive Penguins
Matthew Porter: Making a Better World for Wild, Captive Penguins

Department alumnus, Matthew Porter, is featured in the Fall 2016 edition of the MSU Alumni magazine. After graduating from MSU, Matthew landed an internship with the Detroit Zoo and found his niche. Today, he works as a zookeeper in the zoo's bird department. In 2015 he had the opportunity traveled to Antarctica to study the effect of climate change on Antarctic birds with field biologists. Matthew's trip to Antarctica allowed him not only to observe how the birds behave in the wild but also to apply his observations to the Detroit Zoo's new Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Matthew worked with the Detroit Zoo on the design of the new center.

Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Integrative Biology Assistant Professor, Jeanette McGuire, was recently awarded the 2016 Lorena V. Blinn Endowed Excellence in Teaching Award through the College of Natural Science. The Lorena V. Blinn Award is awarded to faculty members that demonstrate expertise in the teaching subject matter and integrate current research and/or new advancements relevant to the course topic into the pedagogy. Jeanette McGuire is the lead faculty member on the new Conservation Medicine in New Zealand study abroad program through the Department of Integrative Biology that provides an interdisciplinary approach to health, while providing cutting-edge research opportunities for students on the program. 

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