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Children and Youth

The 2017 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at children and youth. Topics range from preventing childhood obesity and helping teens manage diabetes, to a program for young children on the autism spectrum, and a curriculum for helping youth strengthen their cultural identity.

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Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement Special Issue on Themes of the ESC 2017 Conference
Submission deadline: February 12, 2018

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2018 Conference
Proposal deadline: March 16, 2018

Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship
Application deadline: April 6, 2018

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.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

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.

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

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

'Alzheimer's is a family disease that tests the family foundation,' says Irving Vega, MSU College of Human Medicine. Irving E. Vega, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine
College of Human Medicine

Fighting Alzheimer's Disease in the Latino Community

Irving Vega studies cell changes in neurodegenerative disorders. Recruited from the University of Puerto Rico, Vega's emphasis on Alzheimer's disease, translational research, training, and community-based interventions made him a solid addition to the College of Human Medicine expansion. He joined the University in September 2014, and is based in the new MSU Grand Rapids Research Center.

As a native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Vega is particularly interested in the high rate of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that affects Latinos, and the extra stressors it adds to those immigrants in the United States. His research has identified biomarkers that appear to be associated with Alzheimer's, and he is committed to translational research that has practical applications for communities ... read more

Vashti Sawtelle's research focuses on how students universally might become confident science students. Vashti Sawtelle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physics Education
Lyman Briggs College

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Natural Science

Can Physics Educators Create a More Encouraging Environment for Black, Latino, and Native American Science Students?

Vashti Sawtelle is a physics education researcher who is deeply interested in ethnic, racial, and gender equity. Her work during the past ten years has focused on how students from diverse backgrounds experience science.

It is a topic that Sawtelle considers timely, as well as imperative. There are not enough minorities or women in the field of physics, and the statistics are dispiriting.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) tracks the data via its Statistical Research Center, which is the source for information about education and employment in physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences ... read more

Map by Joseph Messina Joseph P. Messina, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Associate Dean for Research
College of Social Science

Using Satellite Data to Help Communities on the Ground

Joe Messina is known in many quarters for his work using geographic information to map tsetse fly habitat in Africa, putting an important tool in the hands of governments seeking to curtail the spread of the parasites that cause sleeping sickness. With geographic information systems (GIS) (computer systems that a researcher uses to gather, organize, and display geographic data) and remote sensing (extracting information without being in direct contact with the subject, often using satellites or drones), Messina has been very successful in identifying actual and potential tsetse fly habitat.

Messina is more than the "tsetse fly guy," however, as he and his graduate students continue to work with governments, communities, and researchers around the world, applying geographic data to important local issues—from agricultural resilience in the face of climate change in Southeast Asia to determining whether a community should build a new hospital in southeast Michigan. Their work illustrates how a constellation of relationships and partnerships propels research forward ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
East Lansing, Michigan
February 2, 2018
March 2, 2018
April 6, 2018
May 4, 2018

Pursuing Educational Justice Series: Equality or Equity – Which One Will We Feed?
East Lansing, Michigan
February 2, 2018

MSU Equity Outreach Initiatives K-12 Professional Development Workshop: Transforming Engagement and Educational Outcomes for All Young People
East Lansing, Michigan
February 3, 2018

MSU Awards Convocation
East Lansing, Michigan
February 6, 2018

MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series – George Openjuru
East Lansing, Michigan
February 15, 2018

Strategies for Publishing Your Community-Engaged Scholarship
East Lansing, Michigan
February 16, 2018

Informal Learning Network Brownbag: The Science Gallery Movement and MSU Science Gallery
East Lansing, Michigan
February 20, 2018

MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series – Nieves Tapia
East Lansing, Michigan
March 14, 2018

Informal Learning Network Brownbag: Wharton Center Participatory Lifelong Learning Programs
East Lansing, Michigan
March 20, 2018

Practical Approaches to Integrating Different Ways of Knowing in Community-University Partnerships
East Lansing, Michigan
March 23, 2018

Campus Compact National Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 25-28, 2018

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 6-22, 2018

National Alliance for Broader Impacts Summit
Providence, Rhode Island
April 25-27, 2018

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
April 28, 2018

Broader Impacts Two-Day Workshop
East Lansing, Michigan
May 9-10, 2018

Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship
East Lansing, Michigan
June 4-8, 2018

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 30-October 3, 2018

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University-Community Partnerships

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