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Catalysts of Communication


Last year, when collecting ideas for our strategic plan, I asked if there was one word that captured the essence of who we are and what we want to be. After various discussions and deliberations, we settled on catalyst.

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A Time for Reflection and Looking Forward


At a recent staff meeting, our staff teased me for my penchant for the number five when I listed five items on my agenda. I seem to have become fixated with the number five. They have a point. It should come as no surprise, then, that we started off this year with five goals. Here’s a quick update. Continue reading

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Who Will Create a Civil Society?

Sparty at sunset.

Individuals, organizations and societies need a bigger purpose for a meaningful existence. In the United States, we cherish the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Journalists cherish the First Amendment that guarantees free speech and go to extraordinary lengths to fight for this freedom. Institutions have high aspirations, as well. MSU’s campaign, Spartans Will, promotes the ideals of individual strength, collective power and extraordinary impact as our motto. Continue reading

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New Year: New Meaningful Experiences

Prabu David

At the beginning of a new school year, our students arrive on campus with hopes and dreams of new possibilities, as do our faculty and staff. This year, we welcome 3,257 undergraduate students, who come from all 50 states in the Union and 29 countries, and 254 graduate students from 19 countries. No matter where they come from, at some level, all students share similar aspirations and trepidations. Continue reading

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‘Curious Crew’ Preparing for Second Season


On a sunny Monday morning in June, I visited the set of “Curious Crew” at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, where production was underway for the second season. On the monitor hooked to the camera crane was a live shot of Rob Stephenson, the host of the show, whose cheery disposition instills confidence that science is cool. His demeanor on camera is a natural extension of his persona off camera. He is a boundless source of curiosity and insight with an infectious enthusiasm for science. He also can cast a spell like Pied Piper on unsuspecting preadolescents who typically shrug off science as "whatever." Continue reading

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