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10th Anniversary Issue

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Innovations in Collaborative Modeling
Proposal Deadline: December 18, 2015

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 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

United Planet Faith and Science Initiative Logo Mark L. Axelrod, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Professor
James Madison College

Scientific and Religious Leaders Collaborate to Address Disciplinary and Ideological Gaps in Ecological Sustainability

Even before Al Gore sent up his hue and cry with An Inconvenient Truth, climate change and the effect of human activity on the environment have been the subject of much media attention. In crafting a cable news–worthy narrative, scientists and religious leaders are often cast in opposing roles, each denying the others' legitimacy. The actual story is much more nuanced, and the lived experience of many scientists and religious leaders illustrates that religious belief and scientific conviction are not mutually exclusive.

The United Planet Faith and Science Initiative (UPFSI) was created in 2013 to bring representatives from these communities together to work toward a common goal. Launched as a joint project between the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change, the purpose of the UPFSI is to unite "prominent religious figures and leading scientists to speak out together and mobilize action for ecological sustainability." To that end, the organization's membership includes leaders from the world's major faiths—Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism—and noted scientists who study, among other things, the environment, climate, and human behavior ... read more

Spartan Performance Provides Integrative Approach to Sports Science for Youth Athletes Joe Eisenmann, Ph.D.
Director, Spartan Performance
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Spartan Performance Provides Integrative Approach to Sports Science for Youth Athletes

MSU's Spartan Performance provides an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach to research and outreach focused on optimal performance and well-being of the student-athlete. Dr. Joe Eisenmann and his staff at Spartan Performance frequently work with coaches and athletes throughout the mid-Michigan area, as well as nationally and internationally, applying research on the science of sports, physical activity, and nutrition to the needs of the community.

Last winter, Eisenmann began collaborating with Tom Hunt, athletic director of East Lansing High School, to bring an integrated training approach to the school's entire athletic program. An integrated approach, as provided by the Spartan Performance system, allows Hunt to ensure that his young athletes are receiving year-round comprehensive training, not only keeping them in optimal condition and health, but also reducing the risk of injury ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Detroit Food Law Clinic Connects Emerging Entrepreneurs at Eastern Market with Legal and Academic Resources Jayesh Patel, J.D.
Director, Detroit Food Law Clinic
Adjunct Clinical Professor
College of Law

Detroit Food Law Clinic Connects Emerging Entrepreneurs at Eastern Market with Legal and Academic Resources

The MSU College of Law prepares graduates to take on society's challenges. As part of that education, the Detroit Food Law Clinic course offers second and third year students the experience of addressing the urban agricultural problems of low-income citizens and nonprofits.

Administered as part of the Legal Clinic, it offers direct assistance to clients regarding urban agricultural law issues, along with research, education, policy development, and public programming.

The Kresge Foundation's Detroit Program recently granted the Detroit Food Law Clinic a $150,000 two-year grant to foster a collaborative partnership with Eastern Market so that emerging entrepreneurs can access legal advisers and gain information about MSU's academic and community engagement pursuits ... read more

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Upcoming Events

World Usability Day 2015
East Lansing, Michigan
November 12, 2015

4th Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement
Boston, Massachusetts
November 14, 2015

2015 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement
Boston, Massachusetts
November 16-18, 2015

Community Engaged Research: Getting Started
East Lansing, Michigan
November 20, 2015

Regional Community Partner Forum on Community-Engaged Research
Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 20, 2015

2016 AAAS Annual Meeting - Global Science Engagement
Washington, DC
February 11-15, 2016

Faculty Development Series: Put Your Theory into Practice with Service-Learning, Part Two
East Lansing, Michigan
February 19, 2016

Science Communications Workshop for Graduate and Professional Students
East Lansing, Michigan
February 25, 2016

Science Communications Workshop for Faculty and Academic Staff
East Lansing, Michigan
February 26, 2016

Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
March 21-23, 2016

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 12-17, 2016

MSU Science Festival – Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
April 18-24, 2016

National Alliance for Broader Impacts Summit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 20-22, 2016

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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 community partnership 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, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.

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