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‘Curious Crew’ Preparing for Second Season

Posted on: June 24, 2015

Dean Prabu David with the cast of WKAR Curious Crew

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."

"Curious Crew" is one among many successful shows that WKAR-TV has launched in recent years, making us one of the best content producers in the region recognized with Emmys and other awards. And WKAR’s success and emphasis on content offers avenues for the academic mission of the college.

An obvious benefit to the college is experiential learning. The team on the set of “Curious Crew” had many students engaged in various aspects of production. As WKAR makes strides with more original programming, we will continue to explore opportunities for active engagement from ComArtSci students. For example, students in Amol Pavangadkar's broadcasting class produce 90-second interstitials that run regularly on WKAR-TV.

Gary Reid, Director of WKAR, and Susi Elkins, Station Manager of WKAR-TV, have championed integration between public media and the college. Recently, they offered "Curious Crew" as a platform for our faculty to test ideas on effective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Some of our faculty members, including Elizabeth Quilliam and Ken Levine, have received a small seed grant to evaluative effectiveness of “Curious Crew” and to test out new program features. Like me, Liz and Ken had come to see the recording and were optimistic about the potential for testing new ideas.

In addition to Curious Crew, WKAR has launched a number of other successful programs. With "Backstage Pass," "Curious Crew," "Current Sports," "Forte," "QuizBusters" and "Off the Record," you will find something that suits your interest. I encourage you to check out these programs and become a friend of our station if you are not a member.

Our strategic plan calls for strong integration between our academic and public media operations. I hope "Curious Crew" is just the first in a series of such collaborations in which our faculty and students work closely with WKAR. Having WKAR as part of our college is one of our unique strengths and we should make the best of it.

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MSU-Sparrow Center Led by ComArtSci Faculty

Posted on: June 18, 2015

Sheila Cotten with Prabu David

Shelia Cotten, Professor of Media and Information and Director of Trifecta, recently was appointed Director of the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR). At the same time, Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, was named Chair of the Governing Board for the CFIR.

The appointments were made by the CFIR Governing Board during its vision and planning meeting April 13.

“I am excited about helping to lead the Center for Innovation and Research to the next level in terms of synergies between MSU and Sparrow,” Cotten said. “A variety of innovative collaborative projects are currently in process and others in development. I look forward to seeing how these collaborative projects are going to transform health care and health outcomes. I encourage clinicians from Sparrow and MSU and researchers from MSU to talk with me about their ideas so that we can work together to transform health care and outcomes.”

Cotten had been serving as Interim Chair of the CFIR since August 2014. She replaced Barbara Given, University Distinguished Professor of Nursing, who was the first Interim Director of the CFIR.

"Having Shelia in a leadership role both in CFIR and Trifecta, a technology-based health care initiative at MSU, offers a unique opportunity to capitalize on built-in synergies," David said.

David takes over for former College of Nursing Dean Mary Mundt, who retired in May and had served as the first Chair of the CFIR Governing Board.

"I am looking forward to working with our friends at Sparrow,” David said. “I see enormous potential for collaboration between Sparrow and innovations in science and technology at MSU, which can be harnessed for better patient experience and the health of our region."

Established in 2012, the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research was created through a formal partnership agreement between Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University. Together, MSU's intellectual capital and Sparrow's community-based clinicians work collaboratively to develop innovative approaches to high-quality, safe healthcare.

The center brings together potential innovators from MSU and Sparrow and supports the formation of partnerships within and beyond the boundaries of these separate systems. It aims to transform the delivery of health care through the implementation and evaluation of research that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs.

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