This issue of The Engaged Scholar Magazine is about science and technology. As we put the issue together, I began to think of it as the "science and..." issue: science and ethics, science teaching and learning, science and economic development, science and communication technology—to name just a few of the subject areas that MSU scholars are exploring every day.
The mid-Michigan area celebrated science in a big way this year, with the introduction of the MSU Science Festival, held in April 2013. The Festival was a ten-day celebration of science and learning that was enriched by presentations and support from more than 80 MSU centers, clubs, colleges, departments, institutes, and other academic offices, as well as a small but powerful slate of guest presenters. We tried to capture some of the fun and excitement with a photo collage of Science Festival activities in this issue. Be sure to watch sciencefestival.msu.edu as the lineup for the 2014 festival develops.
Finally, we introduce a new column with this issue of the magazine. A companion to the "Think Piece" from senior engaged scholars that is already a regular feature of each issue, "Community Voices" will focus on engaged partners who have collaborated across a range of projects with MSU. For this inaugural "Community Voices" article we talked to Joan Nelson, executive director of the Allen Neighborhood Center on Lansing's Eastside.
Linda Chapel Jackson