Michigan State University

Project helps communities test rape kits

Apr 8, 2015

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   A researcher says a model used to test thousands of rape kits found in a Detroit police storage facility can help other communities struggling with similar backlogs. 

Michigan State University psychology professor Rebecca Campbell says the National Institute of Justice-funded project has tested about 1,600 sexual assault kits "to help reform policy in Detroit and give guidance to other jurisdictions."

The project brought together a team that included prosecutors, police, advocacy groups and researchers. Its final report was released Tuesday.

Tourism on the rise in MI

Mar 24, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new report says that Michigan's tourism industry grew in 2014 despite the cold, wet year, and the tourism outlook is sunny going forward.  

The Michigan State University report says that 2014 was 6 percent cooler and 11 percent wetter than normal. Even so, it says hotel occupancy was up 2 percent and car traffic increased 1 percent.

Michigan State researchers released the report Monday at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism in Grand Rapids.

Vaccine policy change likely to lower Michigan waivers

Feb 7, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Health experts hope a change in Michigan's vaccination waiver policy ensures more kids are immunized in a state with the country's fourth-highest percentage of kindergartners exempted from at least one vaccine. 

The new rule was sought by Governor Rick Snyder's administration and approved by lawmakers. It took effect Jan. 1 and comes amid a rise in whooping cough and measles cases.

Parents wanting a nonmedical waiver must be educated by a local health department about the risks of not receiving vaccines.

New invasive species app unveiled

Jan 6, 2015

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network is making it easier for people to report sightings of invasive species such as rodents, beetles and feral swine.  

The Detroit Free Press reports the network, which is operated out of a lab at Michigan State University, has a website and a free app that lets people report sightings. The goal is to earlier identify and detect invasive species.

Protests at MSU over George Will speech

Dec 11, 2014

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Activists say they've delivered petitions signed by tens of thousands of people to Michigan State University opposing an upcoming commencement speech by columnist George Will over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges. 

Organizers say in a release that they marched on the East Lansing university's administration building Wednesday afternoon and submitted the petitions.

Wildlife officials want to bring snowshoe hare back to MI

Nov 18, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Forest management practices may be able to help boost Michigan's snowshoe hare population, which researchers say is declining in part due to climate change. 

Gary Roloff, an associate professor in Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, led the research as part of a multi-year study funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Scientists study feral pigs through collars

Oct 6, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Scientists plan to trap up to 18 feral swine and fit them with radio collars in a five-year project to learn more about the unwanted critters' movements and habits in rural Michigan. 

Researchers with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan at Flint will participate in the $500,000 study funded by the state and U.S. agriculture departments.

Michigan State wildlife professor Gary Roloff says getting rid of the animals requires a better understanding of how they spread and how their rooting behavior damages woods and farmlands.

MSU gets money to build improved mechanical fish

Sep 29, 2014
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EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University is using a $1 million federal grant to build a better robofish that can observe the feeding and migration habits of trout, walleye, sturgeon and other Great Lakes aquatic species. 

The university says the robots will advance the technology from earlier versions, including monitors that can track fish equipped with acoustical transmitters.

MI universities attempt to improve grad rates

Sep 16, 2014


Michigan State and ten other large research universities have launched a program to boost the graduation rates for students from low-income families or from "underrepresented backgrounds."

The schools say that their University Innovation Alliance has raised $5.7 million from six major funders and will match that with other funds. The schools' presidents and chief academic officers plan to announce details of the alliance's program Tuesday in Washington.

MSU scientist studying microbe risks

Sep 15, 2014

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   As the Ebola virus draws the world's attention to the danger of disease spread, a Michigan State University researcher is working to provide better tools to measure the human health risk from microbes and to train researchers in their use. 

Biosystems engineering professor Jade Mitchell is doing the work with help from a $1 million National Institutes of Health grant.

The university says one key goal is to "link quantitative scientists such as engineers to biologists and social scientists."