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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Major General Gregory Vadnais, Adjutant General, Michigan Army National Guard, and, Dr. Adrian Blow, Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University

Community Engagement Scholarship Award Honors University-Military Collaboration

The 2018 Community Engagement Scholarship Award recognizes Adrian Blow and his longstanding collaboration with the Michigan Army National Guard.

Since October 2006, Blow has worked with a range of community partners to address the challenges of reintegration faced by returning National Guard soldiers and their families.

Blow's partnerships were formed with the goals of: developing an effective reintegration system to serve returning soldiers and their families; reducing occurrences of depression, substance abuse, domestic abuse and suicide through longitudinal research; and developing reintegration activities and programs ... read more

'We know that bovine leukemia virus has a negative impact on the immune system in cows that are infected. However, the major impacts on the immune system and susceptibility to other diseases might depend on the stage of the disease the cow is in,' says Bo Norby, MSU Large Animal Clinical Sciences associate professor.

Discovering the Growing Costs of a Growing Epidemic in the U.S. Dairy Industry

Dairy cow producers deal with the costly impacts of herd-health issues and cow well-being on a daily basis. While some health issues, such as mastitis and lameness, are well-known cost culprits, others have not been so obvious.

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) has been a growing epidemic in U.S. dairy herds for decades, but because most BLV-positive cows are asymptomatic, it has received little attention from dairy producers. As a result, almost all American herds now have BLV-infected cows, a situation that may have far-reaching cost and animal welfare implications.

Bo Norby, building on the work of researchers from MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, received a USDA grant last year to study the impact of BLV on the occurrence and severity of other diseases, such as mastitis, in dairy cows ... read more

The MSU Center for Railway Research and Education provides expertise in strategic business leadership, supply chain integration, technology decisions, and interface between the different stakeholders while cultivating a multi-disciplinary approach for railway systems and management.

Railway Center at MSU Aims a Wide Lens at a Complex Industry

Andreas Hoffrichter first became intrigued by trains at a young age. "There are pictures of me playing with trains when I was about two or three years old," Hoffrichter said. "So basically I made my passion into a profession."

That early fascination with trains is pretty common among those who study railway systems. Nicholas Little has been involved in the railway and management certification program since its inception.

"The first photograph of me connected with a train was taken when I was about three years old. I was standing on the foot plate of a steam engine. My dad was working in an army supply depot—this was a local train that took supplies to the main line—and I went into work with him most Saturdays," Little recalled ... 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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