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MSU Students Bring Home Cash Prizes from Broad Business Model Competition
MSU Students Bring Home Cash Prizes from Broad Business Model Competition

The Broad College of Business hosted the 5th annual Broad Business Model Competition on February 25, 2016. Graduate and undergraduate students pitched business ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of winning a cash prize. The graduate division’s second-place prize went to Colleen Friel, Jakob Nalley, and Qian Yang, creators of Dispel Chemical Technologies, which offers a chemical blend that removes biofilm and Legionella from industrial and building cooling towers.

Michigan State University Enters New Era through Academic Partnership with San Diego Zoo Global Academy
Michigan State University Enters New Era through Academic Partnership with San Diego Zoo Global Academy

IBIO's Zoo Science Program has partnered with the San Diego Zoo Global Academy to integrate the Academy's e-learning modules into the undergraduate classroom. Upon completion of the course, successful students will be granted a certificate authorized by San Diego Zoo Global Academy and MSU.

Fresh Discoveries From an Old Fish: Gar is the New Biomedical Friend of Zebrafish and Human
Fresh Discoveries From an Old Fish: Gar is the New Biomedical Friend of Zebrafish and Human

The genome of a slowly evolving fish, the spotted gar, is very similar to the genomes of both zebrafish and humans, and can be used as a ‘bridge species’ that opens a pathway to important advancements in biomedical research focused on human diseases. That is the conclusion of an international research consortium outlined in a paper lead-authored by the newly appointed assistant professor, Ingo Braasch.

Cara Krieg Interviewed for Podcast
Cara Krieg Interviewed for Podcast

Have a look at Cara Krieg's podcast with AAAS Science Update about why female songbirds sing.

Critical Thinking: Not Just for Majors
Critical Thinking: Not Just for Majors

The research by Matt Rowe and his co-authors dealing with effective science pedagogy was highlighted in the Editor’s Choice section of a recent issue of Science (volume 351, issue 6274, pg. 677). The results, which were published last fall in CBE-Life Sciences Education, demonstrate that a nonmajors’ science course focusing on the process of science, rather than just its factoids, leads to significant improvement in both the critical thinking skills of students and in their willingness to engage with evolutionary theory. 

Briana Hauff Salas: The Switch From Invertebrate Biology to Human Immunology
Briana Hauff Salas: The Switch From Invertebrate Biology to Human Immunology

Briana Hauff Salas graduated with her Ph.D. in Zoology in Fall 2015. Following graduation, Briana She secured a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Medical School in the Immunology and Microbiology Department.

Bonnie McGill Wins American Geophysical Union's Outstanding Student Paper Award
Bonnie McGill Wins American Geophysical Union's Outstanding Student Paper Award

Bonnie McGill, an Integrative Biology graduate student in Steve Hamilton's Lab, won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union hosted in San Francisco, California.

Emily Weigel Joins Spelman College
Emily Weigel Joins Spelman College

Emily Weigel, a previous member of the Boughman Lab, graduated from our doctoral program in fall 2015. She has joined Spelman College as a National Science Foundation Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences Postdoctoral Fellow.

Trinidadian Guppies: A New Model System for Conservation?
Trinidadian Guppies: A New Model System for Conservation?

Sarah Fitzpatrick, a postdoc at MSU's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, and researchers from Colorado State University have documented genetic rescue in guppies, which was published in Evolutionary Applications. These findings suggest that this species could also provide a model system for informing effective conservation and management of imperiled populations.

 

Using Artificial Intelligence and Evolution to Take Gaming to the Next Level
Using Artificial Intelligence and Evolution to Take Gaming to the Next Level

You have a new video game and have spent weeks trying to defend yourself against your arch enemy. You finally found his weakness and how to stop him, and are joyfully exacting revenge. But one day you play and that game plan doesn’t work anymore. So what happened? Darwinian evolution stepped in and adapted your enemy’s response, and now you’re foiled. You can blame Arend Hintze.

Faculty Members Recognized at College Awards Presentation
Faculty Members Recognized at College Awards Presentation

Jason Gallant and Matt Rowe were honored at the 2015 College of Natural Science Awards Ceremony hosted on November 20, 2015.

When Chickens Go Wild
When Chickens Go Wild

The feral chickens of Kauai provide a unique opportunity to study what happens when domesticated animals escape and evolve.

New Species of Bird Discovered in India and China by International Team of Scientists
New Species of Bird Discovered in India and China by International Team of Scientists

A new species of bird has been discovered in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the U.S., India, and Russia. The has been named Himalayan forest thrush Zoothera salimalii. 

Clara Lepard: All of Me
Clara Lepard: All of Me

Clara Lepard is a junior majoring in zoology and a College of Natural Science Dean’s Research Scholar. Clara was recently featured on MSU's 360 Perspective.

To Deal with Breweries' Wastewater, This Researcher Wants to Turn it Into Fuel
To Deal with Breweries' Wastewater, This Researcher Wants to Turn it Into Fuel

Jakob Nalley, a graduate student in Elena Litchman's laboratory at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, is using a local Michigan brewery's wastewater as a medium to grow algae. Brewery wastewater happens to be rich in the nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, needed to grow this potential biofuel. Nalley was excited to find that when the algae was removed from the wastewater, the water might even be clean enough to be recycled back to the brewery for washing the equipment and floors. The implications are twofold: (1) a means to recycle excess brewery wastewater while (2) growing a potential biofuel which could become an alternative to fossil fuels.

Scorpion Hunters
Scorpion Hunters

The Rowe Lab is showcased in the XX Files Video Series by AAAS-Science Magazine. The XX Files takes viewers into the extraordinary worlds of extraordinary women scientists.

Spartans Fight Crime on Multiple Fronts and in Extraordinary Ways
Spartans Fight Crime on Multiple Fronts and in Extraordinary Ways

David Foran is a recognized expert in DNA identification whose work informs criminal investigations. With David’s research comes an element of mystery, as it looks to solve some of the most elusive and crucial questions in criminal investigations.

David Green Pursues Passion for Carnivore Conservation and Management
David Green Pursues Passion for Carnivore Conservation and Management

Green recently defended his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at Michigan State University, which focused on anthropogenic disturbance and ecological change in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya. While a member of the Holekamp Lab, Green’s research focused on wildlife conservation and management in Africa. That experience helped him land a new job with Oregon State University as a postdoctoral scholar. 

Data Nuggets are Golden: MSU Awarded $1 Million Grant to Study Science Education Project
Data Nuggets are Golden: MSU Awarded $1 Million Grant to Study Science Education Project

“Data Nuggets rock, and now we can investigate how and why,” said Louise Mead, education director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, a National Science Foundation funded center headquartered at Michigan State University.

2015 Department of Integrative Biology Newsletter for Alumni and Friends
2015 Department of Integrative Biology Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

This summer the Department of Integrative Biology Newsletter was sent through the postal service to our alumni and friends. A copy of this newsletter is now available on our Department website for readers to enjoy.