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The Engaged Scholar Magazine

The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 10

10th Anniversary Issue

Since its inception, The Engaged Scholar Magazine has focused on representing the work of MSU faculty and staff university-wide. In this issue, we report on highlights of UOE's current work and offer some perspective on the past 13 years of accomplishments.


Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI)
MSU Faculty and Academic Staff: 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: April 1, 2016

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference
Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2016

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Imagining America Annual Conference
Submission Deadline: April 4, 2016

2016 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Nomination Deadline: April 8, 2016

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 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

Linda S. Vail, representing the Ingham County Health Department, and Dr. Adesuwa B. Olomu, College of Human Medicine, are the co-recipients of the 2015-16 Community Engagement Scholarship Award Adesuwa B. Olomu, M.D., M.S., FACP
Professor, Department of Medicine
College of Human Medicine

Addressing the Disparity Gap in Cardiac Care Receives Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Cardiovascular disease is a serious diagnosis for an individual, and that often means changing and rearranging one's lifestyle and daily habits.

That can be not only difficult, but nearly impossible, to manage for patients in the lower socioeconomic rungs of society.

Dr. Ade Olomu and the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) are the 2016 co-recipients of the Community Engagement Scholarship Award bestowed during the annual MSU Awards Convocation on February 9th. The collaboration was recognized for translating research into practice in cardiovascular care for vulnerable populations, with the goal of decreasing the effects of cardiovascular disease and death ... read more

ESL teacher training students from the Panamá Bilingüe Program  pose with Sparty at a baseball game. Susan M. Gass, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor and Director, English Language Center
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
College of Arts and Letters

Carol Wilson-Duffy, M.A.
Outreach Specialist and Associate Director, English Language Center
College of Arts and Letters

The Panamá Bilingüe Program: Helping Panama Increase English Competency

President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama has a vision for a bilingual Panama. After his election in 2014, he set a goal for his five-year term of sending 500 public school teachers each year to the United States to study English and English language education. As a graduate of Georgia Technical Institute in Atlanta, President Varela has a great deal of respect for the American university system.

Panama and the United States have a century-long relationship, much of that centered on the construction and management of the Panama Canal. There is also a U.S. military base in Panama. Spanish is, of course, the country's primary language, and less than 20 percent of Panamanians also speak English. To graduate more high school students with command of the English language, the Panamanian Ministry of Education is working with a number of universities across the United States. Michigan State University through its English Language Center (ELC) is one of the institutions partnering with President Varela's Panamá Bilingüe program, and the ELC will soon welcome its fourth cohort of teachers from Panama since the partnership began last year ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

David Douches, director of the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program, discusses scientific findings during the variety evaluation session of the 2016 Winter Potato Conference hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission David Douches, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
Director, MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Christopher M. Long
Outreach Specialist, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Research and Collaboration have Big Economic Impacts on Michigan's Potato Industry

Potatoes appear to be an easy, inexpensive, reliable, nutritious, abundant, and durable staple of most any diet around the world. Dave Douches knows the science is not so simple.

As the program director of the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program, Douches works with science colleagues, potato growers, shippers, processors, and others to advance the growth and development of healthy Michigan potatoes.

Douches leads a multidisciplinary program that integrates conventional breeding and new biotechnological approaches to address pest and disease resistance, along with storage capabilities. He and the MSU team work closely with members of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission to align research goals and educational efforts ... read more

In Every Issue

Upcoming Events

Community Engaged Research: Getting Started (for Faculty and Academic Staff)
East Lansing, Michigan
March 18, 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

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
April 30, 2016

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health International Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 11-14, 2016

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference
East Lansing, Michigan
June 14-15, 2016

International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 26-28, 2016

Imagining America Annual Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 6-8, 2016

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference
Omaha, Nebraska
October 11-12, 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, Assistant Provost for University-Community Partnerships 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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