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The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 7

Diversity and Inclusion
Volume No. 7 addresses equitable and sustainable approaches to coping with the social, technological, and economic complexities of life in the 21st century.


NOSC2012 Special Issue of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship Call for Manuscripts
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship:
Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, Volumes 1 and 2

Available from MSU Press

Tool of Engagement Learning Modules
Learn about new curriculum modules available to faculty that introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement and help instruct the next generation of scholars.

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

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Paving Michigan with Quality, Sustainable Roadways M. Emin Kutay, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering

Paving Michigan with Quality, Sustainable Roadways

Sometimes dubbed "pot-hole season," winter can be hard on Michigan's roadways, as well as costly, in terms of both dollars and environmental impact.

Seeking a quality, sustainable and cost-effective solution to this problem, Dr. M. Emin Kutay, of MSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been working on a collaborative project to develop guidelines for increasing the use of crumb rubber in asphalt pavements constructed in Michigan. The project is sponsored by MSU, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), and the Ingham County Department of Transportation and Roads (ICDTR).

Obtained from scrap tires destined for landfills, crumb rubber is repurposed for use in modified asphalt mixes. The crumb rubber is supplied by a Michigan company that grinds up the old tires and ... read more

Cultural Adaptation of Parent Management Training for Michigan Latinos Rubén Parra-Cardona, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
College of Social Science

Cultural Adaptation of Parent Management Training for Michigan Latinos

Rubén Parra-Cardona has participated in numerous research projects that benefit from community support and cooperation. As an associate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, he has devoted a significant amount of time and attention to the cultural adaptation of community-based interventions for Latinos.

Parra-Cardona firmly believes in mixed-methods approaches in community-based research. He has learned that recruiting and working with research participants is most successful when he collaborates with trusted local leaders from key community organizations such as those that encompass health, mental health, and religious practices of local residents.

His work is informed by the strengths of the Latino culture, one of which is a tendency to establish strong family connections, including extended relatives and friends. Despite the close-knit family social structure ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Promising New Commercial Technology Applications for Oxygen Sensor Prototype Ruby Nandini Ghosh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Natural Science

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

Promising New Commercial Technology Applications for Oxygen Sensor Prototype

Developing new technology takes curiosity, patience, creativity, intellect, and tenacity. After discovery, researchers often confront the challenges of scaling up their products or applications for introduction into useful, marketable, and profitable ventures.

Ruby Ghosh, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, thrives on the intellectual challenge of basic physics and how it applies in everyday concepts. She has developed a groundbreaking oxygen sensor that has the potential to advance the work of those involved with aquaculture and beyond, and is now facing the next challenge of moving this technology into the market.

It has been a fifteen year pursuit for Ghosh. At first it was a scientific curiosity: Could the properties of inorganic optical indicators be ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Flint Researchers Summit
East Lansing, Michigan
January 15, 2013

The Evaluation Circle: Community Engaged Research Through Evaluation Workshops 2012-2013
East Lansing, Michigan
January 18, 2013 - April 12, 2013

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 12-21, 2013

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
April 27, 2013

Community-University Partnerships: Invested in Michigan's Future
Lansing, Michigan
April 30, 2013

CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
June 12-15, 2013

14th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
October 8-10, 2013

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University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a partnership with community partners to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our University-Community Partnerships (UCP) staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Bob Brown at (517) 432-1450 or brownr23@msu.edu.

Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI

Opportunities for partnership exist around the following areas: service-learning, student internships and placements, faculty research partnerships, and development of innovative solutions to pressing social problems. For more information, contact Deborah E. Fisher at (313) 494-4306 or fisherd@focushope.edu, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.

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