Michigan State University

State to implement invasives plan

Dec 23, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials say after years of planning, they're ready to put in place a strategy for controlling the spread of invasive species in the state's waterways.  

The plan is described in the annual "State of the Great Lakes" report released Thursday by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Aquatic invaders such as quagga mussels cost the region hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

The new strategy focuses on early detection of new invaders and a rapid response to rein them in.

MSU student helps out after crowds kill car

Dec 10, 2013
Robert Killips / Detroit Free Press

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan State University student has raised more than $3,000 to help pay for damage done to a stranger's car by rowdy Spartan fans after the school's football team stunned Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. 

WXYZ-TV reports that senior Karen Wood started a fundraising page after a Facebook feed showed the car flipped on its roof in East Lansing.

More than 300 people helped Wood exceed her goal. The money will be used to help replace the car which was totaled.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Researchers are predicting that tourists will pump more money into the Michigan economy this year. 

Michigan State University experts Sarah Nicholls and Dan McCole released their annual tourism forecast Tuesday during an industry conference in Detroit.  They say tourist spending should rise 5.5 percent in 2013 after a 6 percent increase last year.

They also say the number of tourists traveling to and around the state will rise about 3 percent.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan State University poll has found an increase in support for gay marriage in Michigan, with 56 percent of adults questioned saying they support the same-sex unions.

Michigan State economics professor Charles Ballard directs the quarterly State of the State Survey, which questions Michiganians about a variety of subjects.  He says the increase in state support for same-sex marriage mirrors trends around the country. 

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University are getting grant money to support research into the effects of extreme weather on water and air quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced that Michigan State University will get $750,000 to quantify the relationship between extreme weather events and harmful algal blooms and to predict the effects of climate change on algal blooms and water quality.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The federal government says it's giving $2.3 million to Michigan Technological and Michigan State universities for genetic research on improving the efficiency of biofuel production.

The government said Wednesday that the funds come from the U.S. Agriculture and Energy departments for projects that seek to apply biomass genomics to improve "promising biofuel feedstocks."  The departments say they're giving a total of $10 million for eight research projects.