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“It reaffirms what you’re trying to do,” Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today in discussing his players and other Spartan athletes being recognized at MSU Athletics’ annual Academic Excellence Gala. “It can’t be all about football.

“When you look at the goals of our program, we have to win; I understand that. But part of this is about growth as people.”

Simon, Hollis and Dantonio talk about the value of study abroad to all MSU students, including student-athletes. And they discuss the concussion risk in college athletics. And Coach D talks about his team coming out of spring ball.

Internationally-renowned MSU water scientist Joan Rose tells Simon and Hollis that water quality is a complex, global issue.

“Water quality and its link to the biohealth of the planet is our biggest challenge, and it’s going to take us several decades to really get our arms around it,” says Rose.

Water knows no boundaries and is a global issue, according to Rose.

“I’ve had the opportunity to travel for Michigan State to Africa, South Asia and India. We’re everywhere,” Brad Day, associate professor and department chair for research in MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences tells Simon and Hollis. “When you get off an airplane in India wearing an MSU logo, you’re a celebrity.”

Day and his team are unlocking the secrets of plants to understand how they fend off diseases, survive freezing temperatures or droughts, and they test them using state-of-the-art instrumentation, like MSU’s Growth Chamber Facility. It’s the largest of its kind at any university in the world, and it allows for the replication of the growing conditions and climate anywhere or anytime: past, present, or future.

Scott Westerman shares his Career Quick Reference.

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