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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Dr. Jack Harkema, on top of one of the AirCARE mobile air research laboratories.

Mobile Air Research Lab Assists Abandoned Mine Study in Navajo Nation Communities

What you can't see can kill you—or at least can make you really sick—including extremely small-diameter particles in the air we breathe. Jack Harkema, University Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Toxicology in MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been studying these tiny airborne particles (particulate matter) for his entire career. His research focuses on how chronic respiratory, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and metabolic diseases affect an individual's susceptibility to the adverse health effects of particulate air pollutants that are emitted into the air from mobile vehicles, industrial sources, natural sources (wind-blown dusts), or chemically generated in the atmosphere.

"Overall I'm really interested in the concept of 'One Health,' looking at how we can best maintain and improve the health of humans, animals, and the environment," said Harkema. "An important component of One Health is the environment that we all live in and its impact on our health and the health of animals. Throughout my professional career, I have been studying the health effects of environmental exposures to airborne toxicants – air pollutants, like ozone and particulate matter."

In 1998, with funding support from an MSU Strategic Partnership Grant and from the Health Effects Institute in Boston, MA, Harkema, along with his University of Michigan collaborator, Dr. Jerry Keeler, designed and had built one of the first mobile air research laboratories (AirCARE1) in the world ... read more

Girls participate in GLOBE camp activities.

Encouraging Welcoming Receptions of Immigrants and Immigration

According to the Refugee Development Center (RDC) in Lansing, Michigan, an average of 600 refugees have historically been resettled in Lansing each year, most of them from Iraq, Bhutan, Burma, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But even once the refugees have found a "home" in Lansing, they still face many hurdles, with language barriers, cultural differences, financial struggles, and sometimes, sadly, negative social perceptions.

Carrie Symons, in collaboration with the RDC, is seeking to address that latter hurdle with what has become a collection of projects centered on the question: How can negative perceptions of immigrants and immigration in the United States be changed? ... read more

Reading their poetry aloud to others encourages the incarcerated individuals' creativity and confidence in their imaginative expression.

The Prison Poetry Zine Project

Robert Frost said, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

For those incarcerated, emotion and self-expression can be locked away as much as their physical selves. Guillermo Delgado and his students offer a way to find, articulate, and release those thoughts, through poetry, drawing, and other forms of creative expression.

Guillermo Delgado is an energetic and deeply dedicated artist-educator who believes engaging communities in "creative and empowering processes of art exploration" leads to better things. He applies that message to his work with students at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), as well as the men in his prison classes ... 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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