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Mark Burnham is MSU’s vice president for governmental affairs. While he’s busy planning the March 17 groundbreaking for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, he joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis to talk about his important role advocating for MSU in Washington and Lansing. He says getting the FRIB project to this point is his Rose Bowl moment.
He also talks about the challenges term limits present to his ability to get buy-in on some longer term projects like FRIB.
“That’s partly why we’ve established websites like MI Spartan Impact and Spartan Advocate to explain to the different regions of the state why MSU is important to them and help them realize the role MSU plays in their daily lives.” Burnham says.
Burnham defines the innovation deficit, and he talks about the advantages involved in Rutgers and Maryland entering the Big Ten.
Simon, Hollis, and Burnham share some of the inside stories involved in preparing for President Obama’s February 7 visit to MSU to sign the farm bill.