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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Kin Keeper Program Seeks to Prevent Cancer with In-Home Family Approach

Kin Keeper Program Seeks to Prevent Cancer with In-Home Family Approach

Medical experts team with family members to encourage preventive care and screenings despite cultural, language barriers

Preventing cancer can be a daunting prospect for many people, but can be even more challenging for groups without easy access to cancer prevention information. But Karen Patricia Williams, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at MSU, is using her expertise in community-based participatory research and women's health to help African-American women receive potentially life-saving preventative health care information in the comfort of their own homes and with the support of their families... read more

Alternative Energy for Stimulating Economic Competitiveness

Alternative Energy for Stimulating Economic Competitiveness

Efforts help keep Michigan's greenhouse industry competitive

Since 2004, energy costs have escalated by 30 to 50 percent, reducing the profitability of Michigan's greenhouse industry by more than $20 million in 2005. Two MSU researchers, Stephen Harsh, professor of agricultural economics, and Erik Runkle, associate professor of horticulture, are spearheading a project to identify alternative energy sources and innovative strategies for reducing energy costs and helping the state's floriculture industry regain its competitive edge... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

The Pileus Project at Michigan State University

The Pileus Project at Michigan State University

Assessing climate impacts for two major Michigan industries

For those who rely on weather and climate as part of their economic livelihood, the Pileus Project at Michigan State University provides useful climate information to assist decision making.

MSU researchers are working with two major Michigan industries, tourism and agriculture, to better understand how to assist economic decision making by incorporating information on past, present, and potential future climate. Climate variability and change have far reaching implications for Michigan's tourism industry, impacting ski resorts, golf courses, and other outdoor recreational economies. And, Michigan farmers lead the nation in tart cherry production, a crop that is vulnerable, sometimes dramatically, to Great Lakes weather... read more

Looking for Community 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 community partnership, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This 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.

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

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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