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MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

September 7th, 2017


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“It’s the greatest decision I’ve made since I married my wife,” Crain’s Detroit Business publisher and editor Ron_Fournier tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today in describing his return to his hometown of Detroit. “It was a great experience working in Washington covering the White House and national politics, but Detroit was always home for my wife and me. And we were determined to get back.

“Working at Crain’s is great, but the truly great thing is being back with our families and being part of the state and what I hope will be a resurgence in Detroit.”

The group discusses the Detroit Homecoming event that aims to reconnect Detroit expats with their hometown by providing news, events, and opportunities to live, work, or invest in Detroit. And the trio discusses MSU’s impact in Detroit.

Chris Contag joined Michigan State University in November 2016 as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The new research institute, IQ, is a collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science, but there will be numerous investigators from other disciplines. The Biomedical Engineering department and graduate program will be housed in the College of Engineering.

“I describe the work we’ll be doing as a group of biologists asking interesting biological questions, and if we don’t have the tools we need to answer those questions, we’ll build them,” says Contag. “Our goal is to watch biological processes happening in real time, and then leverage that knowledge to improve life.”

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