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Children and Youth
The 2017 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at children and youth. Topics range from preventing childhood obesity and helping teens manage diabetes, to a program for young children on the autism spectrum and a curriculum for helping youth strengthen their cultural identity.


Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2018 Conference
Proposal deadline: March 16, 2018

Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship
Application deadline: April 6, 2018

MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
Program prepares graduate students for careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Tools of Engagement Learning Modules
Online curriculum modules are available for use by MSU faculty to introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from MSU Press

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[February 2018]

Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Major General Gregory Vadnais, Adjutant General, Michigan Army National Guard, and, Dr. Adrian Blow, Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University

Community Engagement Scholarship Award Honors University-Military Collaboration

The 2018 Community Engagement Scholarship Award recognizes Adrian Blow and his longstanding collaboration with the Michigan Army National Guard.

Since October 2006, Blow has worked with a range of community partners to address the challenges of reintegration faced by returning National Guard soldiers and their families.

Blow's partnerships were formed with the goals of: developing an effective reintegration system to serve returning soldiers and their families; reducing occurrences of depression, substance abuse, domestic abuse and suicide through longitudinal research; and developing reintegration activities and programs ... read more

'We know that bovine leukemia virus has a negative impact on the immune system in cows that are infected. However, the major impacts on the immune system and susceptibility to other diseases might depend on the stage of the disease the cow is in,' says Bo Norby, MSU Large Animal Clinical Sciences associate professor.

Discovering the Growing Costs of a Growing Epidemic in the U.S. Dairy Industry

Dairy cow producers deal with the costly impacts of herd-health issues and cow well-being on a daily basis. While some health issues, such as mastitis and lameness, are well-known cost culprits, others have not been so obvious.

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) has been a growing epidemic in U.S. dairy herds for decades, but because most BLV-positive cows are asymptomatic, it has received little attention from dairy producers. As a result, almost all American herds now have BLV-infected cows, a situation that may have far-reaching cost and animal welfare implications.

Bo Norby, building on the work of researchers from MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, received a USDA grant last year to study the impact of BLV on the occurrence and severity of other diseases, such as mastitis, in dairy cows ... read more

The MSU Center for Railway Research and Education provides expertise in strategic business leadership, supply chain integration, technology decisions, and interface between the different stakeholders while cultivating a multi-disciplinary approach for railway systems and management.

Railway Center at MSU Aims a Wide Lens at a Complex Industry

Andreas Hoffrichter first became intrigued by trains at a young age. "There are pictures of me playing with trains when I was about two or three years old," Hoffrichter said. "So basically I made my passion into a profession."

That early fascination with trains is pretty common among those who study railway systems. Nicholas Little has been involved in the railway and management certification program since its inception.

"The first photograph of me connected with a train was taken when I was about three years old. I was standing on the foot plate of a steam engine. My dad was working in an army supply depot—this was a local train that took supplies to the main line—and I went into work with him most Saturdays," Little recalled ... read more

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