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Science and Technology

Volume 8 features Science and Technology research and collaborative partnerships at Michigan State University.


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

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.

MSU Graduate Certification 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

MSU and Sparrow Health System Partner for Telestroke Network Anmar Razak, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Director, Stroke Outreach and Telemedicine
MSU HealthTeam

MSU and Sparrow Health System Partner for Telestroke Network

People in mid-Michigan who suffer a stroke might be miles away from lifesaving treatment. Reaching immediate medical attention is important, but often local facilities don't have a neurologist available, or the advanced diagnostics to assess the nature of the stroke emergency.

Dr. Anmar Razak leads mid-Michigan's Telestroke Network, an initiative designed to connect four rural area hospitals to the Sparrow Neuroscience Facility for more rapid patient treatment. The first phase of the initiative began in April 2013, and includes Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. Johns, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, and Sparrow Ionia Hospital in Ionia.

Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University's Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, and the MSU HealthTeam have a longstanding collaboration that contributed to the Sparrow Stroke Center earning an elite certification in early 2013. It was the first Michigan facility named as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an independent nonprofit that certifies U.S. healthcare facilities ... read more

Empowering High School Students to Educate their Peers about Safe Driving Sandi Smith, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication
Director, Health and Risk Communication Center
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Empowering High School Students to Educate their Peers about Safe Driving

While driving is considered a rite of passage for many teenagers, the rise in distracted driving is making this privilege increasingly risky. To help reverse this dangerous trend, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) created the Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) program, modeled after Illinois' Operation Teen Safe Driving Program, in which high school students develop and run their own traffic safety campaigns to encourage their peers to drive safely.

The program is a collaborative effort of the Michigan OHSP, Ford Motor Company, AAA of Michigan, and MSU's Health and Risk Communication Center (HRCC), directed by Dr. Sandi Smith.

Smith is widely recognized for her research and work promoting safe and healthy behaviors and has already led the HRCC in several school-based public health projects. Because of her background and expertise, officials from the Michigan OHSP approached her about administering the S4SD program. After Smith applied for and received a grant from the OHSP, her graduate and undergraduate students working on the grant began to develop a protocol for implementing the program in Michigan high schools located in counties with the most teen traffic fatalities and serious injuries ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU MTRAC: Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program for the Bio-Economy

MSU MTRAC: Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program for the Bio-Economy

The State of Michigan and Michigan State University are working together on an initiative to accelerate commercial development of promising bioprocessing, biotechnology, and bio-based products that deliver scientific advancements and boost economic growth.

The statewide enterprise is driven by the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program (MTRAC), and supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The focus is to support innovative, novel, and breakthrough technologies that are commercially viable and regarded as favorable for local, regional, national and/or global economies.

Andrew McColm leads the MSU MTRAC program within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. With a background in venture capital and commercialization, McColm works to unite MSU faculty, agricultural and business leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs in fostering cutting edge research and corporate partnerships that have potential for financial viability, high growth, and job retention ... read more

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Upcoming Events

MSU Museum: Detroit Resurgent Exhibit
East Lansing, Michigan
September 8, 2013-January 12, 2014

MSU Project 60/50: The "110" Challenge
East Lansing, Michigan
January 20, 2014

MSU Awards Convocation
East Lansing, Michigan
February 11, 2014

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 1-6, 2014

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
April 26, 2014

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health: 13th International Conference
Chicago, Illinois
April 30-May 3, 2014

2014 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 29-October 1, 2014

15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
October 7-8, 2014

Looking for Project Partners?

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 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 Laurie Van Egeren at (517) 353-8977 or vanegere@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.

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