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Science and Technology

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


Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI) Deadline Approaching
MSU Faculty and Specialists: Make sure your outreach and engaged scholarship is counted. The OEMI is an MSU online survey that collects data about scholarly activities for the direct benefit of external audiences.
Deadline: March 31, 2014

15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Proposal deadline: March 17, 2014

2014 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement
Proposal deadline: March 21, 2014

2014 Imagining America Conference
Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2014

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop
Application deadline: April 30, 2014

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

Closing the Academic Achievement Gap in East Lansing Receives Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership Award Dorinda Carter Andrews, M.Ed., Ed.M., Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
College of Education

Closing the Academic Achievement Gap in East Lansing Receives Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership Award

Dorinda Carter Andrews and East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) have been recognized with the 2014 Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership Award. Carter Andrews and ELPS collaborated on a project aimed at identifying the factors that contribute to academic underperformance for Black students, and are working to implement sustainable interventions to help close academic achievement gaps.

David B. Chapin, former ELPS superintendent, and Clifford M. Seybert, current ELPS superintendent, were recognized along with Dr. Carter Andrews at the Michigan State University Awards Convocation on February 11, 2014.

Carter Andrews is recognized nationally for her research on race and equity in education. She has partnered with school districts across the U.S. to address the academic needs of culturally diverse students ... read more

Informing Decision Making for Better Community Behavioral Health Outcomes Scott Loveridge, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Informing Decision Making for Better Community Behavioral Health Outcomes

Grappling with behavioral health problems, especially substance use and abuse, is a continual struggle for many communities across the country. A particular challenge for community leaders is that the occurrence of these issues varies tremendously from location to location. Therefore, it is important for local leaders to have access to accurate data about substance abuse in their specific geographic location, in order to be prepared and well-equipped to deal effectively with the issue.

Scott Loveridge is the director of a new national project called Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Education (CAPE), developed to provide resources for local decision makers to get a better understanding of the behavioral health concerns in their region.

"There are quite different ways how this plays out at the local level," said Loveridge. "So we need to do a better job helping decision makers figure out what's going on in their communities, and do some early warning." ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation David Closs, Ph.D.
John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration
Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management
Eli Broad College of Business

Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation

Michigan State University is expanding a key regional collaboration with the opening of the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation. The initiative aims to identify and address "grand challenge" caliber problems in value chain research. The Institute's portfolio will comprise interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects involving faculty, students, industry, and community partners.

David Closs, who serves as the interim executive director, is working with a technical advisory board to lay the ground work for opening and staffing the facility in Midland, Michigan, approximately 80 miles northeast of the East Lansing campus.

Midland is home to Dow, a chemical, physical, and biological sciences company with approximately 53,000 employees worldwide, and Dow Corning, a silicon-based technology company with nearly 12,000 employees worldwide. With the influence of these two major employers, the region, which includes Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, and Bay counties, is heavily invested in community well-being. In recent years, community leaders working on economic growth have expanded efforts to include Birch Run, Frankenmuth, and Chesaning, broadening the regional focus into Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region ... read more

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Upcoming Events

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 Community University Victoria Conference
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
May 20-22, 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

2014 Imagining America Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
October 9-11, 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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