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“I think to deny climate change at this point is like denying that the world is round,” much-honored and highly-respected journalist and political analyst Jack Lessenberry tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “We just have to figure out the best way to deal with it so we can have a sustainable future on this planet.”

Lessenberry gave the keynote at the 2016 Sustainable Living Summit.

He laments our country’s seeming lack of interest in science and updates Heinze on some controversial energy legislation before the Legislature in Michigan.

They discuss the controversial pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Read more »

 

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by Kathleen Alexander

Dr. Jeff Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan and a professor in the MSU Department of Geography, joins Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes to catch up on recent climate patterns in Michigan as we enter the first weeks of summer.

Following what Andresen reports as the 5th warmest winter on record, Michiganders can continue to expect mean temperatures warmer than normal as we transition from El Nino to La Nina in the coming months. He explains the transition is a global phenomenon, which is why it rightfully gets so much attention.

“El Nino turns out to be the most important tool there is in the long-lead outlook prediction business. It’s a very important component of global climate and allows meteorologists and climatologists to look out beyond more than a few days or a few weeks. We can actually look out months in advance.” Read more »

 

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by Kathleen Alexander

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon joins Russ White for her regular conversation on all things MSU. She begins this summer update with her reflections on the tragedy in Orlando and the passing of legendary Spartan hockey coach and athletic director Ron Mason.

President Simon continues the talk by sharing how Michigan State University and its University Research Corridor partner universities support Detroit’s resurgence with hundreds of millions of dollars annually in research, education and outreach services.

“There are just a lot of projects, almost 400 projects that are underway, along with the sustaining elements of MSU Extension being there,” she says. Read more »

 

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“I felt good about Michigan State, and I thought there was a really great opportunity here. And obviously it turned out good,” late and legendary Spartans hockey coach and athletic director Ron Mason told Russ White in one of his final interviews as athletics director in June of 2008.

In reflecting on his time at MSU, Mason says “we hung a lot of banners, and we were always in the thick of things; we did things right. If you follow the rules and do things right, as George Perles would say, good things will happen.

“I want to represent the university, the sport, our fans and donors in a positive way.” Read more »

In the Field: Luis Flores

June 9th, 2016

 

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“I know everything we do is important because we have a very clear idea of what our true north really is,” Luis Flores, assistant professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field.

Flores grew up in Guatemala and spent time working in Haiti. “Being in Haiti made me look at myself from a different angle and seeing the need that there was, not just in Haiti, but around the world—to help others who had the same issues as I did” Flores explains. “You’re not always going to be successful, but you need an attitude that says you can do it.” Read more »

 

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Spartans women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant makes her annual visit to MSU Today and begins the discussion talking about the changing dynamics of today’s players and how that has changed coaching over the years.

“In the last five years alone, coaching has transcended to a place where we’re all trying to figure out the best way to coach and how to communicate, connect and motivate,” Merchant tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Then President Simon and AD Hollis discuss a new long-term multimedia rights partnership between Spartan Athletics and FOX Sports with Paul Schager, executive associate athletics director for external operations for MSU and Kris Kassel, FOX Sports College Properties vice president and general manager. Read more »

 

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Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock says he’s been impressed with Michigan State University from afar, and is even more impressed now that he’s visited the campus.

While he sees challenges ahead for the sustainability of intercollegiate athletics, he’s “still a believer wholeheartedly in the student-athlete experience and what it teaches. And I believe it provides an education that’s not easily replicated.”

Babcock says student-athletes tend to make good employees.

“They’re going to understand how to successfully interact and achieve a common goal with people of different backgrounds, orientations and economic levels. They’ll pay attention to detail and time management skills.” Read more »

 

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“Alright, here we go. And let me see a little bit of a smile, just like that. And we’re going to go on three. One..Two..Three,” photographer Tom Gennara of Gennara Photography gives instructions as he shoots the cover for “In the Field,” a new magazine from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

“We came up with the idea that we’d use corn starch, toss in some corn starch and have this cloud of pollen around him for the cover,” said Gennara. The cover model is Dr. Rufus Isaacs, professor in Entomology at Michigan State University. The goal of the shoot was to replicate the pollen from bumblebees. The result? “It was kind of dry,” replied Isaacs. “It didn’t get up my nose or in my mouth too much, but it seemed to work out pretty well.”

“In the Field” magazine is devoted to bringing to light the stories of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and its people. Learn more about the creativity used on this photo shoot on In the Field, a podcast originating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

 

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The Michigan State Athletics Department and FOX Sports are partners in a new long-term multimedia rights partnership effective for the 2016-17 academic year in which MSU will grant FOX Sports marketing and corporate partnership rights associated with its 25 varsity sports programs.

Paul Schager is executive associate athletics director for external operations for MSU and believes the success of Spartan Athletics “has come in on two ships – leadership and relationships. And this relationship with FOX is another example of us looking forward and aligning ourselves with someone who is going to make us better.”

“FOX has the agility to customize the approach to the marketplace with what’s right for Michigan State,” says Kris Kassel, FOX Sports College Properties vice president and general manager. “There are a lot of people who have brought Michigan State to where it is. We can be mindful of those relationships and not just look at it as purely a dollars and cents proposition. Read more »

 

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Spartans women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant makes her annual visit to MSU Today and begins the discussion talking about the changing dynamics of today’s players and how that has changed coaching over the years.

“In the last five years alone, coaching has transcended to a place where we’re all trying to figure out the best way to coach and how to communicate, connect and motivate,” Merchant tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Social media and our texting society have led to changing dynamics in interpersonal relationships.

“All the kids we recruit – even if they’re very engaged in their social media – are still thirsty for personal relationships,” says Merchant. Read more »

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