March 2017 Newsletter Articles

Mar. 27, 2017
IN‐Water Workshop Agenda April 21, 2017 Michigan League at The University of Michigan  Directions – Parking Map 8:30 AM     Registration & Coffee (2nd Floor) 9:00 AM     Welcome & ...
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Mar. 27, 2017
Driverless vehicle research under way at the University of Michigan aims to improve safety, reduce fuel consumption, cut emissions and boost accessibility to transportation in urban areas.
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Mar. 22, 2017
Hongbing Wang, physiologist at Michigan State University, has identified a single protein that may cause many behavioral symptoms as well as molecular and cellular abnormalities related to Fragile X.
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Mar. 22, 2017
Jose Teixeira, professor of reproductive biology at Michigan State University, says embryonic tissue, key to the development of a baby’s gender, could contribute to an enlarged prostate, or BPH.
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Mar. 21, 2017
Teens should think twice if they believe the negative effects from misusing medication to treat ADHD are short-term. In fact, problems associated with prescription stimulant misuse can last through age ...
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Mar. 16, 2017
URC institutions establish platform to advance water system improvements across the U.S. (LANSING, Mich. – March 15, 2017) – The age and condition of urban infrastructure systems are critical issues...
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Mar. 13, 2017
IN‐Water Workshop Agenda March 24, 2017 University Club of Michigan State University – Directions 8:30 AM     Registration & Coffee in the Fireside Room 9:00 AM     Welcome & Intro...
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Mar. 13, 2017
A team of researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will try to get to the root cause with a $4.2 million grant from the Air Force Resear...
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Mar. 10, 2017
Just as a sprinter’s body and muscles are ready for action as they wait for the starting gun to fire, brain networks at rest appear to be waiting in a state of potentiation to execute even the simples...
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Mar. 10, 2017
“The vast majority of wrongful convictions are never discovered,” says MSU’s Barbara O’Brien, author of “Exonerations in 2016,” and editor of the National Registry of Exonerations.
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Mar. 8, 2017
Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian-caught bigeye and yellowfin tuna are steadily rising, new research shows.
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Mar. 6, 2017
High school athletes who play high-contact sports like hockey are at greater risk for heroin use and nonmedical use of prescription opioids, a new University of Michigan study found.
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Mar. 3, 2017
Dan Bergan, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Communication, found 59 percent of Michigan survey respondents favor protecting the environment, despite economic risks.
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Mar. 3, 2017
MSU’s James Ireland, professor of reproductive physiology, explains that cattle have a relatively long reproductive cycle similar to women and they ovulate a single egg at the end of each cycle.
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February 2017 Newsletter Articles

Feb. 27, 2017
The Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine will launch the nation’s largest study of African American cancer survivors to better understand disproportionately high inc...
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Feb. 27, 2017
University of Michigan students received 21 Fulbright grants for the 2016-17 academic year—the most of any public university in the nation for the 12th year in a row, the U.S. State Department announc...
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Feb. 24, 2017
Scientists at the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute are the first to show that the Zika virus (ZIKV) can replicate in the eye’s retinal ...
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Feb. 22, 2017
Emilio Moran, a renowned social and environmental scientist and Michigan State University Hannah Distinguished Professor, has been appointed to serve on the National Science Board of the National Scienc...
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Feb. 22, 2017
In this episode of the Michigan’s Research Corridor Radio podcast, URC Executive Director Jeff Mason interviews Alex Rosaen about the impact of university research on Michigan’s economy. Ros...
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Feb. 21, 2017
University of Michigan Climate and Space Science Professor Nilton Renno loves solving problems. And as he readily admits, “I’m always looking for problems related to my research interests that are f...
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Feb. 21, 2017
Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Wayne State University startup, RetroSense Therapeutics LLC. Retro...
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Feb. 21, 2017
Michigan State University professor Dr. James Hancock has developed the first day-neutral strawberry cultivars released outside of California in over 30 years. Dr. Hancock, a professor of agriculture an...
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Feb. 20, 2017
The number of older Americans taking three or more brain-affecting medicines has more than doubled in just a decade, a new study from the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System finds....
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Feb. 16, 2017
Maria Lapinski, professor in the Department of Communication, says a key hurdle for health communicators is smokers’ avoidance of messages – and nostalgia touches them.
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Feb. 13, 2017
Pregnancy has long been blamed for causing permanent weight gain and obesity in childbearing women, but the real culprit seems to be lifestyle and age, according to a new University of Michigan study.
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Feb. 8, 2017
Michigan State University researcher Judith Arnetz has found that violence toward health care workers – a problem of epic proportions – can be reduced with a structured program.
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Feb. 8, 2017
MRIs before and after space missions reveal that astronauts’ brains compress and expand during spaceflight, according to a University of Michigan study.
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Feb. 1, 2017
“When a new product is preannounced, the short-term reaction of the stock market is unreliable,” says Ahmet H. Kirca, associate professor of marketing in MSU’s Broad College of Business.
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January 2017 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 26, 2017
Caitlin Cavanagh, assistant professor in MSU’s School of Criminal Justice says, “…we need to educate parents about the juvenile justice system – about their rights, roles and responsibilitie
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Jan. 25, 2017
A University of Michigan scientist has linked the frequency of feeling phantom vibrations to a person’s cell phone dependency.
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Jan. 24, 2017
URC Tops $2.1B in R&D, 53% Increase Since Founding R&D INCREASE SURPASSES OTHER UNIVERSITY CLUSTERS, AS WELL AS THE AVERAGE FOR ALL U.S. INSTITUTIONS (LANSING, Mich. – January 24, 2017) ...
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Jan. 18, 2017
Using an experimental model of high-dosage acetaminophen, James Luyendyk and his team found that liver injury activated blood clotting, which then stimulated liver repair.
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Jan. 18, 2017
Low-flow water conservation systems may cause an increase in harmful chemicals and disease-causing organisms – such as Legionella, the most identifiable cause of waterborne disease in the U.S.
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Jan. 18, 2017
As part of its new Poverty Solutions initiative, University of Michigan researchers are partnering with communities and policymakers to test a variety of models to ease the effects of poverty.
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Jan. 13, 2017
Evidence that fetuses at risk for preterm birth have abnormal neuroconnectivity has been revealed for the first time by researchers based at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the Perinatolo...
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Jan. 12, 2017
A team of research scientists led by David Cinabro, professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, recently published a paper marking the impor...
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Jan. 10, 2017
The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA) selected eighteen projects – from hen housing to dairy cattle nutrition – to fund in a competitive grant process.
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Jan. 9, 2017
Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and omega-3-rich foods improved fatigue and sleep quality in breast cancer survivors, a University of Michigan study finds.
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Jan. 4, 2017
Kids Without Cancer, founded by a group of parents whose children received cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, has committed $356,000 to Wayne State University School of Medicine rese...
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December 2016 Newsletter Articles

Dec. 21, 2016
Preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy — affects up to one in every six births in the United States and many other countries. It is the number one cause of infant death and long-term ill...
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Dec. 19, 2016
NASA has successfully launched a constellation of eight hurricane-tracking microsatellites in a $151 million mission that’s led by the University of Michigan.
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Dec. 19, 2016
The book, which includes a detailed narrative discussing more than 130 buildings and is augmented by 150 illustrations, focuses on regional architects influenced by international modern styles.
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Dec. 9, 2016
A fully autonomous, 15-passenger electric shuttle manufactured by French firm NAVYA will support research and provide self-guided tours of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s one-of-a-kind test si...
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Dec. 8, 2016
A new University of Michigan-led study suggests that app makers are falling short on many counts when it comes to actually serving those who could get the most benefit from mobile health, or mHealth, ap...
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Dec. 7, 2016
Richard Sadler, assistant professor of public health, has found that decades of governmental, social and economic policies led to the city’s decline and ultimately to the contamination.
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Dec. 7, 2016
The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, released its recommendations for Michigan’s transportation and sanitation crises.
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Dec. 1, 2016
The National Science Foundation award will fund operation of MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron as one of the world’s flagship nuclear and accelerator science research facilities.
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November 2016 Newsletter Articles

Nov. 29, 2016
An international team of scientists led by the University of Michigan has discovered a new type of photoreceptor—only the third to be found in animals—that is about 50 times more efficient at captur...
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Nov. 23, 2016
Joseph Carlson, MSU associate professor, Department of Radiology, is leading a team studying lifestyle issues related to childhood obesity and other health risks.
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Nov. 23, 2016
Much of Detroit’s high-profile development is centered in a roughly seven-mile-square area of downtown and Midtown, says MSU researcher Laura Reese.
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Nov. 21, 2016
In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American seniors with dementia is dropping, a new study finds.
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Nov. 17, 2016
A Michigan craft brewery will be the first to feature century-old Spartan barley in a limited-edition lager called Russ’s Revival, named after Michigan State’s Russ Freed.
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Nov. 17, 2016
Voter satisfaction with democracy may have less to do with who wins an election and more to do with the gap between rich and poor.
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Nov. 16, 2016
New University of Michigan research vehicles will be open testbeds for academic and industry researchers to rapidly test self-driving and connected vehicle technologies at a world-class proving ground.
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Nov. 14, 2016
Launch is fast approaching for a $151 million, University of Michigan-led NASA satellite mission that will help improve forecasts of hurricane track, intensity and storm surge.
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Nov. 9, 2016
Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Mi Zhang‘s AirSense warns of a problem with indoor air, plus identifies the source of the pollution and its remedy.
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Nov. 9, 2016
Lisa Biggs, assistant professor in MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, is leading a production exploring Detroit’s 1967 civil unrest.
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Nov. 7, 2016
A new four-university alliance will help researchers across the Midwest turn their inventions into marketable products to benefit society.
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Nov. 2, 2016
According to the latest State of the State Survey compiled by political scientist Matt Grossmann, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a wide lead among likely Michigan voters.
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Nov. 1, 2016
Geri Alumit Zeldes’ film features Hubert Roberts, a man who overcame prison time and a life-threatening illness to become a mentor to young men in his struggling hometown.
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Nov. 1, 2016
In late 2010, the University Research Corridor (URC) and the vice presidents of research from the three universities that make up the URC—Michigan State University (MSU), the University of Michigan (U...
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Nov. 1, 2016
The U.S. National Institutes of Health awarded $9 million in funds over the next 5 years to a new statewide center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementi...
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Nov. 1, 2016
Researchers from Wayne State University (WSU), Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Michigan (U-M)—which make up the University Research Corridor (URC)—will receive $2.5 million ove...
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Nov. 1, 2016
In this episode, URC Executive Director, Jeff Mason, takes a look back at the launch of the URC with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subs...
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Nov. 1, 2016
How much do you know about what’s happening at Michigan’s research universities (Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University)? Quiz yourself here!
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October 2016 Newsletter Articles

Oct. 28, 2016
The total volume of research at the University of Michigan reached $1.39 billion in the fiscal year that closed June 30, 2016, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year and a new record high.
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Oct. 27, 2016
Steven Gray has developed a multi-faceted program to help non-scientists identify the complexities in environmental issues and make better-informed, collaborative decisions.
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Oct. 27, 2016
MSU’s Irina Kozlenkova has found that doctors are more likely to prescribe growth hormones for a child who does not meet federal guidelines for the therapy if the child’s family requests it.
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Oct. 26, 2016
Older adolescents and young adults are at the highest risk for poor asthma management and health outcomes, but few studies have been published on this issue. A team of Wayne State University researchers...
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Oct. 24, 2016
The most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s was recovered this month from the state’s Thumb region by a University of Michigan-led team.
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Oct. 19, 2016
Javier Pescador, professor of history at Michigan State University, has recorded oral histories of incarcerated youth in the Michigan Youth Arts Alliance.
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Oct. 18, 2016
A team of researchers led by Richard Slatcher, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, has been awarded $2.74 million from the Nat...
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Oct. 17, 2016
Stress isn’t good for your waist line. For older married couples, the added pounds may be caused by a spouse’s long-term stress levels, according to a University of Michigan study.
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Oct. 11, 2016
MSU’s director of Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety Hayder Radha focuses on technology that integrates an autonomous vehicle with its environment.
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Oct. 11, 2016
MSU’s professor Laura McCabe has found at least one reason why even carefully controlled experiments such as drug trials often cannot be replicated.
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Oct. 11, 2016
Researchers from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University are conducting studies to determine the best ways to manage the type of point-of-use water filters being...
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Oct. 4, 2016
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September 2016 Newsletter Articles

Sep. 29, 2016
The University of Michigan launched the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative, a new research program that draws on experts from a wide range of faculty and students across campus, Michigan Athletics ...
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Sep. 28, 2016
A team of researchers led by Wayne State University has been awarded funding as a part of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions, a research network devoted to the health and ...
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Sep. 28, 2016
“One party is battling for an ideology; the other is battling for groups of people,” says MSU political scientist Matt Grossman.
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Sep. 26, 2016
Mercury contamination is widespread across western North America in the air, soil, lake sediments, plants, fish and wildlife, according to an international research team that included a University of Mi...
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Sep. 26, 2016
Nizar Lajnef, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, has installed prototype sensors under the Mackinac Bridge.
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Sep. 14, 2016
Wayne State University has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for a project that will advance knowledge of brain aging, its relation ...
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Sep. 14, 2016
The project, “Promoting Student Interest in Science and Science Careers through a Scalable Place-based Environmental Educational Program at a Public Aquarium,” will train 90 Detroit Public School (D...
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Sep. 12, 2016
A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test.
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Sep. 8, 2016
Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin has acquired substantially all of the assets of Wayne State University startup, RetroSense Therapeutics LLC, a privately hel...
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Sep. 8, 2016
Researchers in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine have developed a novel approach to studying host-microbiome interactions, the first step to...
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Sep. 7, 2016
Spotting a glitch on the factory floor in real time—and reconfiguring around it—are the goals of a new $4 million project led by University of Michigan engineering researchers.
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Sep. 6, 2016
New study by a team of researchers from Michigan’s University Research Corridor found positive stock returns on customer satisfaction far out-distance competitive market measures that have been in pla...
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August 2016 Newsletter Articles

Aug. 31, 2016
MSU biochemistry professor David Arnosti and colleagues found melatonin – produced by the brain only at night to regulate sleep cycles – suppresses breast cancer stem cells.
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Aug. 29, 2016
Whether their preference is Belgian waffle, kettle corn, sweet tea or endless other choices, it’s the flavor—not the nicotine—that entices U.S. teens to vape, a new University of Michigan stud...
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Aug. 22, 2016
Teen athletes are not as likely to abuse prescription painkillers or heroin as non-athletes, according to a new University of Michigan study.
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Aug. 19, 2016
MSU’s Chezare Warren says teachers and administrators need to remember that urban black youth are resilient – and use it to help motivate and push students academically.
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Aug. 16, 2016
The U.S. National Institutes of Health will award an estimated $9 million over the next 5 years to a new statewide center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related ...
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Aug. 16, 2016
Wayne State University neuroscientist Moriah Thomason, Ph.D., was awarded a five-year, $2.3 million grant to study the functional development of the human fetal brain and correlate it to behavior at age...
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Aug. 15, 2016
Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Ins...
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Aug. 8, 2016
When it comes to quitting smoking, older African-Americans and Latinos have an edge over whites, according to a University of Michigan researcher and colleagues.
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Aug. 1, 2016
Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s.
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Aug. 1, 2016
Does the kind of interface used by customers affect their food choices? New research at the University of Michigan shows it can.
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July 2016 Newsletter Articles

Jul. 21, 2016
700,000 young people visit a hospital emergency ward each year due to assault. That does not sit well with University of Michigan researchers who are working with community groups to reduce youth violen...
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Jul. 19, 2016
Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior driven by the brain.
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Jul. 14, 2016
This year’s bloom is expected to first appear in late July and increase in August in the far western basin of Lake Erie. The location and effects will depend on prevailing winds.
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Jul. 7, 2016
The Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership, a multi-institutional team of environmental engineering and public health experts led by Wayne State University, today announced it will imp...
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Jul. 7, 2016
Rick Sadler, a public health professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine, identified areas of the city most in need of fresh food.
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Jul. 7, 2016
A new University of Michigan study shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system with marijuana use—even when other factors like alcohol use and cigarette smoking were taken into account
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Jul. 7, 2016
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson has accepted an offer to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The director, Francis Collins, “ove...
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June 2016 Newsletter Articles

Jun. 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment has awarded $8 million to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy to assist c...
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Jun. 24, 2016
In Michigan State’s State of the State survey, more than half of the participants said they are better off this year.
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Jun. 23, 2016
Two new data science projects will bring together interdisciplinary teams of researchers from the University of Michigan and UM-Dearborn to tackle the grand problems of the future of transportation usin...
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Jun. 23, 2016
Wayne State University startup RetroSense Therapeutics LLC has been named one of the 50 Smartest Companies by the MIT Technology Review. The 50 Smartest Companies represent the businesses that are the m...
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Jun. 16, 2016
An investigation from the University of Michigan could eventually lead to new therapies that take aim at the most aggressive type of breast cancer.
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Jun. 13, 2016
Researchers at Wayne State University have developed a method to recycle eggshells, using them as “chemical reactors” to synthesize sulfur-containing nanorods that can be used as battery ele...
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Jun. 13, 2016
The comprehensive guide is available from the Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University (MSU), in collaboration with the MIplace™ Partnership Initiative.
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Jun. 13, 2016
Gemma Reguera, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, was recognized for her work with byproducts from microbial electrochemical reactors.
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Jun. 9, 2016
The new center’s projects include soil sampling and pollution remediation, pest and disease management, urban forestry, and indoor growing systems.
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Jun. 9, 2016
With a focus on driverless and connected vehicles, the National Academy of Engineering recently held its regional meeting at the University of Michigan.
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Jun. 6, 2016
Bruno Basso‘s system of cropland evaluation and crop growth management has been named the 2016 Innovation of the Year by Michigan State University.
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Jun. 6, 2016
Michigan school districts get into financial trouble chiefly due to factors outside their control, according to a study by Michigan State University.
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Jun. 3, 2016
A collaboration of universities, government entities, and the private sector, the new composite manufacturing scale-up facility, part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (I...
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Jun. 3, 2016
According a report released today, titled “Engaging Detroit: URC’s Contributions to Resurgence in the Motor City,” URC universities have a tremendous impact on the city of Detroit as its residents...
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Jun. 3, 2016
In this episode of Michigan’s Research Corridor Radio, Jeff Mason talks with Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president at Public Sector Consultants, who developed the URC’s recent report, “Engaging Detro...
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Jun. 3, 2016
Studies have documented disparities in disease occurrence and health outcomes among non-white and economically disadvantaged populations, including higher death rates from cardiovascular disease and gre...
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Jun. 2, 2016
In the nation’s first study of homelessness in college students, Wayne State University researchers in Detroit have found that unstable housing has a negative impact on students with respect to health...
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Jun. 2, 2016
Children of mothers with graduate degrees had less electronic media exposure than kids of mothers with high school degrees and/or some college courses, a University of Michigan study showed.
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Jun. 2, 2016
MICHIGAN’S UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CORRIDOR CONTRIBUTES $958 MILLION AND 11,600 JOBS   Detroit News ...
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Jun. 1, 2016
Joshua Cowen, associate professor of education policy at Michigan State University, found the state’s 18,000 homeless students are a month of learning (36 days) behind all other students.
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Jun. 1, 2016
Zhenmei Zhang, associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University, found the odds that blacks will develop such cognitive impairments as dementia were 2.52 times greater than for whites.
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May 2016 Newsletter Articles

May. 26, 2016
Dynamic brain network interactions in the healthy adolescent brain are remarkably more sophisticated and sensitive to attention demands than previously demonstrated. That is one takeaway from a seminal...
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May. 26, 2016
Climate change remains a critical policy issue leading up to the November presidential election, and according to University of Michigan researchers, it is not only already happening, but it also poses ...
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May. 25, 2016
Detroit’s abandoned buildings and blighted neighborhoods have captured the attention of news media, artists, photographers, videographers and curious tourists for decades. National and international n...
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May. 25, 2016
Industrial production has been a cornerstone of Detroit’s economy, but this production can create challenging health issues. The city struggles with some of the state’s highest rates of asthma and c...
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May. 23, 2016
Jes Asmussen, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State, was recognized for his work with microwave plasm machines and processes to produce synthetic diamonds.
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May. 19, 2016
A pioneering study of worldwide sleep patterns, led by University of Michigan researchers, combines math modeling, mobile apps and big data to parse the roles society and biology each play in setting sl...
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May. 16, 2016
A new study led by Michigan State nursing and criminal justice researchers will assess healthcare needs of senior citizens and law enforcement responses to elder abuse cases.
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May. 10, 2016
A new study led by Michigan State University criminologist David Carter examines how some police departments are solving more murders than others.
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May. 5, 2016
A partnership between Google and the University of Michigan’s Flint and Ann Arbor campuses aims to provide a smartphone app and other digital tools to Flint residents and officials to help them ma...
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April 2016 Newsletter Articles

Apr. 28, 2016
An analysis of 50 years of research showed no evidence that spanking does any good for children; instead, it increases their risk of detrimental outcomes, University of Michigan study shows.  
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Apr. 28, 2016
Michigan State University’s Amber L. Pearson is the first researcher to find a link between health and the visibility of water, referred to as blue space.
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Apr. 28, 2016
Even though on-the-job deaths declined in Michigan last year, Michigan State University researchers found fatalities in agriculture increased, particularly related to tractors.
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Apr. 27, 2016
Michigan State University recently established the Plant Resilience Institute to conduct fundamental research to identify mechanisms that contribute to plant resilience and impact plant productivity.
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Apr. 25, 2016
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has selected Michigan State University as one of four statewide locations for its Regional Export Network.
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Apr. 25, 2016
“I just wanted to make sure I’m healthy. I got a flu shot and now I’m protected. I’ll give you all an A+. Thank you! – Irvin Hicks, patient Founded in 2012 by WSU medical student Jonathan ...
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Apr. 25, 2016
Eric Woodcock, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in Wayne State University‘s School of Medicine, has been awarded a two-year, $76,000 predoctoral fellowship ...
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Apr. 22, 2016
Every Wednesday from June to October, Wayne State University students, faculty and nearby residents look out over a sea of fresh produce — ripe tomatoes, fresh berries, greens, carrots, potatoes and m...
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Apr. 22, 2016
An attractive flower garden sits where vacant houses once stood, replacing blight with beauty for the entire community to enjoy. What appears to be a neighborhood beautification project is actually much...
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Apr. 22, 2016
(Photo courtesy of G. L. Kohuth/MSU) For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has been applying cutting-edge research to help better the lives of residents in every corner of Michigan. Originally recogni...
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Apr. 22, 2016
A collaboration of universities, government entities, and the private sector, the new composite manufacturing scale-up facility, part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (I...
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Apr. 22, 2016
More than a pleasant distraction, music is important to children. Listening to it and creating it makes life richer, and research shows that music benefits child development and academic achievement (Ca...
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Apr. 22, 2016
Studies have documented disparities in disease occurrence and health outcomes among non-white and economically disadvantaged populations, including higher death rates from cardiovascular disease and gre...
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Apr. 22, 2016
While thousands of people have exited the city of Detroit, thousands have also stayed. Those who remain often have a strong commitment to bringing the city back to life. “I have an investment in the c...
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Apr. 22, 2016
Growth and vitality of cities is tied to many factors, not least of which includes residents’ access to high achieving, quality K-12 schools. But many cities are home to struggling urban education sys...
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Apr. 22, 2016
Industrial production has been a cornerstone of Detroit’s economy, but this production can create challenging health issues. The city struggles with some of the state’s highest rates of asthma and c...
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Apr. 21, 2016
As researchers worldwide investigate risk factors associated with autism spectrum disorder, University of Michigan professors focus their efforts on improving the lives of children with autism.
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Apr. 19, 2016
Researchers at Wayne State University recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for a study that aims to ...
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Apr. 19, 2016
Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey found that Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis.
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Apr. 19, 2016
Michigan’s tourism industry thrived in 2015 and is expected to remain strong through 2016, according to two Michigan State University researchers who presented their annual report recently at the Pure...
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Apr. 14, 2016
In a step that bolsters the region’s strong driverless technology development ecosystem, the University of Michigan will be collaborating with Toyota in the automaker’s plan to establish a m...
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Apr. 7, 2016
People with diabetes who rely on insulin have seen the cost of that drug triple in just a decade — even as doctors have prescribed higher doses to drive down their blood sugar levels, according to...
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Apr. 6, 2016
A newly published national study by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers shows that “parental impact and family functioning” become increas...
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Apr. 6, 2016
Michigan State University’s WKAR radio and TV will soon present a series of documentary video shorts and radio features that will cover how the people of Flint, Mich. – black, white, Hispanic, rich,...
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Apr. 5, 2016
A microbial protein fiber discovered by a Michigan State University microbiologist Gemma Reguera transports charges at rates high enough to be applied in manmade nanotechnologies. And because the org...
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Apr. 5, 2016
Chris Adami, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at MSU, found that in patients who have never taken medications to treat HIV, the virus’ proteins don’t evolve. However, patients who we...
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Apr. 5, 2016
Michigan State University has established the Institute for Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) to bring together a wide variety of multidisciplinary initiatives...
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March 2016 Newsletter Articles

Mar. 31, 2016
A new University of Michigan study suggests cannabis is an effective pain medication and agent to prevent opioid overuse.
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Mar. 28, 2016
A strong majority of Michigan residents favor state aid to help the fiscally strapped Detroit Public Schools pay off its debts, a new Michigan State University survey says. In the latest release of Stat...
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Mar. 28, 2016
Michigan State University professor Joan Rose, a global water science expert and the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, was recognized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) for her r...
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Mar. 28, 2016
A research team of University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University chemists has demonstrated the potential to use methane – the world’s most abundant hydrocarbon – not as a fossil...
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Mar. 23, 2016
Researchers from all three U-M campuses are working with Flint community partners on projects that received initial seed funding from President Mark Schlissel.
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Mar. 17, 2016
Exposure to lead during early development can alter the gut microbiota, increasing the chances for obesity in adulthood, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health have found.
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Mar. 10, 2016
An organization’s level of gender inequality may reflect its managers’ political ideology, according to a nationwide study of male law partners by a University of Michigan professor.
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Mar. 9, 2016
A group of pioneering Detroit researchers have co-published a study that breaks new ground in the effort to protect children who survive two major types of blood cancer from the threat of lifelong damag...
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Mar. 8, 2016
Led by Wayne State, researchers will evaluate the possible association between changes in the Flint water system and public health, specifically the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. The first phase of ...
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Mar. 8, 2016
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year grant of more than $3.6 million to increase the number of underrepresented students in science majors at Wayne State University. The WSU-I...
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Mar. 3, 2016
Children with brain cancer may soon get some help from mice with the same disease, thanks to new research from University of Michigan Medical School scientists and their colleagues.
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Mar. 3, 2016
Scientists at Michigan State University have discovered a new kind of stem cell, one that could lead to advances in regenerative medicine as well as offer new ways to study birth defects and other repro...
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Mar. 1, 2016
The URC contributed $17.5 billion to the Michigan economy in 2014, ranked 2nd in the Innovation Power Ranking for the third straight year among its peer university clusters, and enhance lives and livel...
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Mar. 1, 2016
Teachers will be students again at Michigan State University thanks to a three-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that will extend MSU’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET).
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Mar. 1, 2016
People living in Flint affected by the ongoing water situation now have a new tool to navigate the available community resources. A new mobile device app called “Empower Flint” was developed by a te...
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February 2016 Newsletter Articles

Feb. 24, 2016
Access to clean water hasn’t been the only health issue facing Flint. Since 2008, Michigan State University public health expert, Rick Sadler, has been mapping out areas of the city that have had almo...
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Feb. 24, 2016
The spacecraft engine that someday will help transport humans to Mars could be based on a prototype developed by University of Michigan engineers.
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Feb. 18, 2016
A prototype being developed by University of Michigan engineers, with financial backing from the NFL, could lead to a lightweight and affordable helmet that effectively dissipates the energy from hit af...
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Feb. 11, 2016
Contrary to what researchers expected, a new University of Michigan study shows that pregnancy may actually reduce women’s PTSD symptoms. Or at the least, it won’t cause a flare-up.
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Feb. 10, 2016
Michigan State University researchers will use nearly $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to test whether recycling and repurposing building materials is an effective solution to economic blig...
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Feb. 10, 2016
Jeff Mason is the executive director of the University Research Corridor, a research cluster to enhance economic prosperity which includes of Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne ...
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Feb. 8, 2016
Wayne State University recently entered into an exclusive license agreement with TRImaran Pharma Inc. for a class of novel drugs developed at Wayne State University that aims to offer hope in the treatm...
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Feb. 2, 2016
Consumer confidence in Michigan dipped slightly in the fall but remained relatively strong as the state continues to ride a long-running wave of financial optimism.
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January 2016 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 26, 2016
University Research Corridor Statewide Economic Impact Tops $17 Billion, Up 35% Since 2007 URC EXCEEDED 5-YEAR AVERAGE FOR NUMBER OF PATENTS, INVENTION DISCLOSURES AND LICENSING FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR ...
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Jan. 25, 2016
Why do humans and dolphins evolve large brains relative to the size of their bodies while blue whales and hippos have brains that are relatively puny?
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Jan. 22, 2016
University of Michigan researchers found that people with higher attachment anxiety—high levels of insecurity in interpersonal relationships—are more prone to phantom cell phone rings and notificati...
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Jan. 15, 2016
DETROIT— Infections caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) bacteria can often be serious and life threatening. These drug-resistant bacterial pathogens are one of the most problem...
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Jan. 14, 2016
Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital have announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint chi...
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Jan. 11, 2016
University Research Corridor Podcast Doug Rothwell Interview Title: Michigan’s Research Corridor Radio Episode 2 – The Intersection of Business and Research Description: In this episode of Michigan&...
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Jan. 11, 2016
Research will impact electric vehicles, aid military missions and maintain smart electricity grids By Julie O’Connor Batteries are one of the most critical enabling technologies for achieving clean, e...
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Jan. 11, 2016
By Susan Carney Transform the future of transportation. That was the goal in 2013 when the University of Michigan established the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), a public-private partnership whose...
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Jan. 11, 2016
Growing up in Detroit as the son of an auto manufacturing father, Drzal — now a university distinguished professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University’s Colleg...
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Jan. 11, 2016
A bold, new collaboration between Michigan State University and Detroit Public Television will unite one of the world’s top research universities and a national leader in public broadcasting and commu...
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December 2015 Newsletter Articles

Dec. 17, 2015
A number of researchers at the University of Michigan study prisoner reentry and highlight how incarceration impacts communities, families and the economy. Their work could lead to prison reform and in...
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Dec. 15, 2015
MSU and John Spink not only defined the term “food fraud,” but they also are helping the United States and other countries establish the strategies to fight it.
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Dec. 10, 2015
The e-book version of a guide written by a Michigan State University journalism class that is designed to dispel biases and stereotypes about Muslim Americans is again available.
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Dec. 10, 2015
Drivers may one day be able to find a parking space on their smartphones instead of hunting for one on the street if a new system envisioned by U-M researchers becomes reality.
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Dec. 3, 2015
University of Michigan researchers found that for every $1 tax increase per pack of cigarettes, about two infant deaths were averted each day.
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November 2015 Newsletter Articles

Nov. 20, 2015
DETROIT – Researchers from Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan – which make up the University Research Corridor (URC) – will receive $2.5 million over ...
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Nov. 20, 2015
    DETROIT – Researchers from Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan – which make up the University Research Corridor (URC) – will receive $2.5 mil...
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Nov. 19, 2015
With nearly 90 percent of Americans utilizing the internet, the use of online dating websites has grown tremendously since the launch of the first online dating service in 1995. Today, Americans find i...
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Nov. 19, 2015
A U-M researcher is working with NASA to shed some light on how the brain changes and responds to microgravity. The results of her research will help scientists and physicians develop countermeasures t...
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Nov. 13, 2015
U-M researchers have discovered that a common ingredient found in sunscreen could be an effective antibacterial coating for medical implants such as pacemakers and replacement joints, thus helping to p...
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Nov. 9, 2015
Creating more opportunities to motivate teachers, encourage students and empower young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is the inspiration behind the new Mich...
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Nov. 5, 2015
A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new U-M research suggests.
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October 2015 Newsletter Articles

Oct. 29, 2015
Researchers at U-M and Wayne State found that patients with diabetes are 50 percent more likely to have infections at the surgical site than nondiabetics.
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Oct. 26, 2015
During his commute to work in the summer of 2014, Da Deng, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University, heard several news reports about the harmful algae...
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Oct. 22, 2015
The adverse impact of maternal drinking on children’s health is well documented, but what about other environmental exposures? U-M researchers are studying the impact of the environment on childre...
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Oct. 20, 2015
Over the last 12 years, Michigan State University’ s Product Center has launched 455 new businesses and expansions, resulting in $328 million in sales and the creation of 1,273 jobs in Michigan.
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Oct. 15, 2015
Michigan State University will accelerate key research areas through the recruitment of 100 new faculty members as part of the newly launched Global Impact Initiative…
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Oct. 13, 2015
Wayne State University — Detroit’s public, urban research university — is celebrating the opening of the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a $93 million facility dedicated to studying and eli...
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Oct. 10, 2015
Wayne State University (WSU) is recruiting 30 faculty (Open rank) for research and development programs in Integrative Biosciences. This initiative leverages a new 200,000 sq. ft. Integrative Bioscience...
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Oct. 8, 2015
The job market for college graduates is poised for a third straight year of explosive growth, as companies in most industries seek new talent, according to the largest annual survey of U.S. employers.
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Oct. 6, 2015
The owner of the partial mammoth skeleton uncovered near Chelsea decided to donate the bones to the University of Michigan for display and study.
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Oct. 2, 2015
A team of researchers at Wayne State University have discovered that mothers with high levels of lead in their blood not only affect the fetal cells of their unborn children, but also their grandchildre...
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Oct. 1, 2015
Michigan State University is teaming up with the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Indiana University and Van Andel Research Institute to implement a high-speed infrastructure that will al...
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Oct. 1, 2015
A combination of two medicines long used for treating other illnesses can stop the growth of a deadly childhood cancer, according to a recent study by a Michigan State University College of Human Medici...
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Oct. 1, 2015
A U-M researcher played a key role in a project to survey genetic information from across the world, which completed its final phase after analyzing the genomes of 2,504 individuals from 26 populations...
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September 2015 Newsletter Articles

Sep. 30, 2015
Schooling plays a surprisingly large role in shortchanging the nation’s poorest students of critical math skills, according to a massive new study led by a Michigan State University education scholar.
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Sep. 30, 2015
A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.
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Sep. 22, 2015
Dr. Prashant Mahajan has been awarded a five-year, $5.76 million NIH grant to study how febrile infants – babies 2 months or younger who are brought to emergency rooms with invasive bacterial infectio...
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Sep. 22, 2015
Frontiers in Computing and Data Science, a 2-day conference recently hosted by the newly created MSU Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering, drew 115 individuals from universit...
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Sep. 18, 2015
MSU is leading the light- and heavy-duty vehicle component of the institute, a 122-member consortium funded by a more than $70 million commitment over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy. The ...
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Sep. 16, 2015
Researchers at the University of Michigan make a good case for millions of Americans to realign their priorities and embrace exercise.
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Sep. 15, 2015
In the introductory podcast of Michigan’s Research Corridor Radio, Jeff Mason talks with Dr. Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio. The episode highlights Michigan’s biosciences in...
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Sep. 10, 2015
A new Michigan State University study, aimed at identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s disease among Latinos and Hispanics, could help delay or even prevent its onset thanks to a $5.67 million, 5-year...
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Sep. 9, 2015
The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation has awarded two grants totaling more than $1 million to Wayne State University for projects aimed at improving water and air quality in Michigan. The Hea...
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Sep. 9, 2015
By Alex Piazza Some people dip their toes in Lake Superior to cool off on hot summer days. Others stock their tackle boxes and head out to Lake Michigan to reel in salmon. And a handful board freighters...
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Sep. 9, 2015
By Mackenzie Kastl, Michigan State University Viral invasions would make for a good plot in the next Spielberg blockbuster, but according to Michigan State University water researchers, it’s not a Hol...
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Sep. 3, 2015
Americans spend 10 percent less time making trips for daily activities than they did a decade ago, says a University of Michigan researcher.
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Sep. 3, 2015
On Tuesday, Michigan State University Press released “Privilege and Prejudice,” an autobiography of former MSU president Clifton Wharton Jr.
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Sep. 2, 2015
Dimitar Deliyski, an international leader in the field of voice and speech disorders, has been awarded the designation of Michigan State University Foundation Professor.
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August 2015 Newsletter Articles

Aug. 25, 2015
Doctors in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Human Medicine teamed up to perform an uncommon cleft palate surgery on a dog, using a technique that will benefit both humans and Man’...
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Aug. 19, 2015
The University Research Corridor (an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University) is competing for the opportunity to present at the South by Southwest (...
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Aug. 18, 2015
WSU Alum Joe McClure, McClure’s Pickles The Detroit Free Press has reported that Endeavor Detroit, recently included in our Talent Profile of Antonio Lück, has selected two companies founded by U...
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Aug. 13, 2015
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Aug. 5, 2015
Unlocking the mysteries of brain disorders is at the heart of 11 new projects that have just received $1.1 million in seed funding from the University of Michigan’s provost and vice president for ...
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July 2015 Newsletter Articles

Jul. 31, 2015
With the decline of the development of new antibiotics due to the complexity and expense of discovering them, there has been a rapid growth of antibiotic resistant pathogens that is one of the leading c...
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Jul. 29, 2015
Michael P. Holsapple has been named director of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS) at Michigan State University.
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Jul. 28, 2015
Some people get the creeps when they walk through a parking structure or other public place that’s not well-lit or crowded, leading them to avoid places that are otherwise safe. But new researc...
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Jul. 23, 2015
A new discovery by Michigan State University scientists suggests that a common medication used to treat glaucoma could also be used to treat tuberculosis, even the drug-resistant kind.
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Jul. 22, 2015
Michigan State University has netted a $5.1 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the diverse world of mints.
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Jul. 22, 2015
The Washington, D.C.-based educational and policy studies organization The Aspen Institute has selected Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Patrick Hines, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of P...
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Jul. 20, 2015
The University of Michigan has publicly unveiled Mcity, a 32-acre test environment designed to transform the future of mobility. A transformation that could mean safer commutes to work, limited congesti...
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Jul. 13, 2015
A team of researchers led by a Wayne State professor will study the effects of a daily supplement of palm oil in patients with end-stage renal disease. Pramod Khosla, Ph.D., associate professor of nutri...
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Jul. 8, 2015
WSU’s School of Medicine has secured a $1.25 million NIH grant to study the role of approved drugs to improve placental function. Sascha Drewlo, Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gyneco...
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Jul. 7, 2015
When it comes to weight gain for women, childhood stress appears to be a bigger culprit than stress during adulthood, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University sociologist.
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Jul. 7, 2015
Taking a nap may be an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behavior and to boost tolerance for frustration, according to a University of Michigan study.
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Jul. 1, 2015
DETROIT – The Wayne State University School of Medicine and Detroit Receiving Hospital of the Detroit Medical Center will serve as a site for a national study that will develop new guidelines for pati...
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June 2015 Newsletter Articles

Jun. 30, 2015
A team of MSU researchers has developed a technology that can turn transparent surfaces, from building windows to cell phones, into solar collecting surfaces – without obstructing the view.
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Jun. 30, 2015
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Jun. 30, 2015
The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation has awarded two grants totaling $1.025 million to Wayne State University for projects aimed at improving water and air quality in Michigan. The Healthy U...
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Jun. 29, 2015
Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there...
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Jun. 24, 2015
  Are you seeking an opportunity to use your analytical skills on a team research project with one of the nation’s best university innovation clusters? If yes, then consider an internship thi...
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Jun. 24, 2015
Urban gardens are becoming more commonplace across Detroit and other major urban cities throughout the United States. These gardens offer a source of free or inexpensive healthy food for the public and ...
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Jun. 24, 2015
A new University of Michigan study shows that sexual assaults were less likely in neighborhoods where more registered sex offenders live.
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Jun. 18, 2015
A team of investigators including scientists of the National Institutes of Health, and the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center, have developed a “placenta-on-a-chip” to ...
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Jun. 18, 2015
Two medical researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Wayne State University School of Medicine have published the results of a nearly 10-year investigation that identified a key ge...
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Jun. 16, 2015
Dad has taken on a more substantial role over the years in terms of caregiving, yet much of what we know about parenting focuses solely on mothers. U-M researchers are working to change that.
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Jun. 9, 2015
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Jun. 8, 2015
Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering in Wayne State University’s College of Engineering, was selected out of 620 submissions to receive a five-year, $750,000 grant for he...
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Jun. 3, 2015
Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and Wayne State University President Roy Wilson launched the University Research Corridor’s Attra...
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Jun. 3, 2015
Antonio Lück Wayne State University Antonio Lück had completed degrees in civil engineering and law and was serving as an advisor to the president of Tuiuti University of Paraná in Brazil when he me...
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Jun. 3, 2015
  David Merritt University of Michigan Former University of Michigan basketball captain, David Merritt believes in “good business.” Born in West Bloomfield, Mich., Merritt graduated from U-M and la...
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Jun. 3, 2015
A new study, “Attracting, Fostering, and Inspiring Talent for the Global Economy,” reports that the URC universities, ranked among the nation’s top research clusters as first in medical degrees, t...
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May 2015 Newsletter Articles

May. 28, 2015
A team of researchers at the University of Michigan have developed software to help society identify and correct erroneous claims on Twitter.
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May. 28, 2015
A REPORT FROM MICHIGAN’S UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CORRIDOR   Talent for a global economy MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (May 28, 2015) – Michigan’s leading research universities are magnets for top-no...
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May. 27, 2015
MACKINAC ISLAND, May 27, 2015 – Today at the Mackinac Policy Conference, MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, and a group of leading business, automotive and u...
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May. 19, 2015
A Michigan State University researcher helped write a groundbreaking new report from the National Research Council that concludes scientific research is increasingly dominated by teams – a promising a...
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May. 14, 2015
Michigan State University researchers and their partners plan to create a model for teaching elementary students science while also improving their skills in math, reading and writing. The project is fu...
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May. 12, 2015
MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer. The annual field days, which run June through September, will highlight some of the current researc...
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May. 5, 2015
In 2007, Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), one of the nation’s top academic research clusters and an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State Un...
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May. 5, 2015
Michigan’s fruit industry boasts more than 22,000 acres devoted to small fruit production; blueberries account for a whopping 20,900 of those. Valued at $118.5 million, the blueberry industry has help...
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May. 5, 2015
By John Callewaert The University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute has awarded seven grants, totaling $70,000, to U.S. and Canadian researchers who will help residents of shoreline commun...
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May. 5, 2015
By Cheryl Deep, Wayne State University Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, may be one of Alzheimer’s earliest signs.  The subtle changes of MCI include problems with memory, language, thinking and jud...
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April 2015 Newsletter Articles

Apr. 28, 2015
A financial health-indicator system created by Michigan State University scholars could prevent many Michigan school districts from reaching the crisis point. Gov. Rick Snyder has prioritized increased ...
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Apr. 28, 2015
LANSING, Mich., /PRNewswire/– Michigan’s University Research Corridor remains competitive with the nation’s top university research clusters, contributing $16.8 billion to MichiganR...
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Apr. 28, 2015
Michigan’s University Research Corridor Contributes $16.8 Billion to Michigan Economy REPORT SHOWS URC RANKED SECOND IN INNOVATION POWER RANKING AMONG HIGHLY RESPECTED RESEARCH UNIVERSITY GROUPS LANSI...
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Apr. 27, 2015
Flying in a plane is not only safer than driving a car, it’s also better for the environment, says a University of Michigan Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute, who found th...
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Apr. 20, 2015
The Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences today announced that Joseph Roche, assistant professor for the physical therapy program in the Department of Health Ca...
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Apr. 17, 2015
Last week, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), loca...
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Apr. 17, 2015
Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, may be one of Alzheimer’s earliest signs. The subtle changes of MCI include problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment and a subjective sense that mental ...
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Apr. 16, 2015
RetroSense Therapeutics, LLC, a Wayne State University start-up biotechnology company, has received the Luis Villalobos Award from the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professi...
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Apr. 15, 2015
Nineteen National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows from Michigan State University have been selected for 2015 – the largest class of fellows for MSU since the program began in 1952.
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Apr. 15, 2015
A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.
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Apr. 14, 2015
Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and Broad College of Business will begin a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Business Administration joint degree in fall semeste...
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Apr. 14, 2015
A new academic department at Michigan State University will bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines and will serve to advance cutting-edge interdisciplinary science and the training of ...
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Apr. 8, 2015
Study adds weight to connection between seafood consumption, mental ability DETROIT – Prenatal exposure to foods contaminated with brain-damaging mercury has adverse effects on the IQs of schoolchildr...
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Apr. 7, 2015
Michigan Radio: Michigan’s Blue Economy, a report put together by the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University and the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas, cites tha...
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Apr. 1, 2015
Gerald Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Pathology, and Pediatrics for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and medical director of the Division of Laboratory...
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March 2015 Newsletter Articles

Mar. 31, 2015
A new study by scientists at the Wayne State University School of Medicine demonstrates that communication between some of the brain’s most important centers is altered in children with obsessive-comp...
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Mar. 23, 2015
Michigan State University researchers are key players in a new observatory that will study high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays coming from extreme sources in the universe, such as black holes, dark m...
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Mar. 18, 2015
Imagine a bridge or a dam that could sense a structural defect before it happens, diagnose what the problem will be and alert the authorities before something bad happens.
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Mar. 18, 2015
Malaria kills a child every minute. While medical researchers have successfully developed effective drugs to kill the malaria parasite, efforts to treat the effects of the disease have not been as succe...
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Mar. 16, 2015
More than half of moms and one-third of dads discuss parenting on social media; three-quarters of parents know someone who “oversharents”
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Mar. 11, 2015
An open-source computing system you command with your voice like Apple’s Siri is designed to spark a new generation of “intelligent personal assistants” for wearables and other devices...
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Mar. 10, 2015
A promising new natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is moving toward clinical trials. This will be a major step forward as there is nothing on the market that slows the progression of Alzhei...
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Mar. 5, 2015
Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit are...
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February 2015 Newsletter Articles

Feb. 28, 2015
George S. Abela, MD, MSc, MBA While many think of paper hearts in February, the University Research Corridor is focused on the cardiovascular research being conducted in Michigan. According to the Unive...
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Feb. 28, 2015
Ved Gossain, M.D. By Sarina Gleason and Ved Gossain A Michigan State University study is the first to indicate that the state’s autoworkers are at a higher risk of heart disease compared to the U.S. ...
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Feb. 28, 2015
By Jared Wadley Do you believe in love at first sight? If so, chances are you’re not missing an episode of “The Bachelor” or “Millionaire Matchmaker.” And if seeing a romantic movie is your i...
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Feb. 28, 2015
Prashant V. Mahajan, M.D. (Modified Photo Courtesy of Umberto Brayj) An exhaustive analysis of data from more than 40,000 cases of brain trauma in children – published by the authoritative New England...
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Feb. 28, 2015
Michigan’s legacy of a state of makers is far from being history—in fact, with a new of optimism and entrepreneurial spirit, it looks set to shape the future.
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Feb. 16, 2015
Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing small devices with new technologies for patients to monitor their chronic conditions, particularly the elderly and those in underserved populatio...
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Feb. 4, 2015
By Sarina Gleason and Ved Gossain A Michigan State University study is the first to indicate that the state’s autoworkers are at a higher risk of heart disease compared to the U.S. population overall....
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January 2015 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 28, 2015
By: Patricia Mroczek, Communicator, MSU College of Engineering A team led by Guoming “George” Zhu, MSU professor of mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, successfully compl...
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Jan. 28, 2015
(Photo Courtesy of the University of Michigan Engineering Department) By: Alex Piazza A U.S. Army vehicle with five soldiers aboard maneuvers along a barren stretch in southern Afghanistan. As the vehic...
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Jan. 28, 2015
(Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Department of Engineering) The University Research Corridor commissioned an Anderson Economic Group study of the URC’s contributions to the automotive sec...
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Jan. 13, 2015
A 32-acre “mini-city” designed expressly for testing connected and automated vehicle systems, and other emerging 21st-century smart city technologies, is taking shape on the University of Mi...
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Jan. 2, 2015
Water emerged as one of the most compelling issues for Michigan’s economic future during a five-city “Blue Economy Tour” led by the University Research Corridor (URC) – an alliance o...
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Jan. 2, 2015
Detroit Free Press: Water emerged as one of the most compelling issues for Michigan’s economic future during a five-city “Blue Economy Tour” led by the University Research Corridor (UR...
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December 2014 Newsletter Articles

Dec. 28, 2014
Photography and ideas about the “American West” grew in cultural significance throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and have informed ideas about each other ever since. As photogr...
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Dec. 28, 2014
By Marilou Carlin A fully restored 1933 Model A Steinway piano, once owned and played by George Gershwin, now calls the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance its permanent home. Marc Gershwin, Georg...
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Dec. 28, 2014
by Linda Dunn, MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications A Culture of Jazz The great jazz drummer Art Blakey said, “Music washes away the dust of everyday life.” Why is jazz important? It’s Ame...
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Dec. 28, 2014
Melanie Kauffman, Office of Research and Graduate Studies MSU Michael Rush is the Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. He spoke with the URC about the p...
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Dec. 28, 2014
Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have a rich array of cultural opportunities open to the public – take advantage of them using the links below: Michigan...
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Dec. 17, 2014
CHICAGO — Members of Michigan’s University Research Corridor — a research alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — and Shedd Aquarium met to...
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November 2014 Newsletter Articles

Nov. 4, 2014
On his presentation screen, Jon Allan flashed a picture of a giant fork stuck in the middle of a typical-looking road. Allan, director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, used the cliché to...
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Nov. 1, 2014
(Image courtesy of Michigan State University) By Kim Ward   Each year, 2.5 million children die worldwide because they don’t receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Michigan State U...
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Nov. 1, 2014
(Image courtesy of Wayne State University) By Julie O’Connor DETROIT – Although studies of the health effects of stress have been published for years, few have examined how chronic and momentary —...
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Nov. 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Wayne State University) While looking for a way to plot environmental pollutants while working on his master’s degree in civil engineering at Wayne State University, Anderson develo...
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Nov. 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Kwanie) By Dan Meisler Here are two undisputed facts of American life today: Almost everybody has a smartphone, and smartphones seem to be able to do almost anything you want them to...
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October 2014 Newsletter Articles

Oct. 27, 2014
The study of human genes has dramatically changed how health issues have been explained and treated during the past 20 years. But educators have done little to teach future generations about the concept...
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Oct. 15, 2014
The Ford School Alumni Board is pleased to announce that Patrick Anderson (MPP ‘83) is the recipient of the 2014 Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award. “Patrick has a long record of...
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Oct. 9, 2014
Community and state leaders gathered at the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon on Thursday, Oct. 9 to discuss the continued focus of promoting a “Blue Economy” in Michigan...
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Oct. 2, 2014
A company aiming to turn a longtime nonprofit educational service at Michigan State University into a for-profit company is raising a Series A venture capital round of $4.5 million. CourseWeaver Inc., ...
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Oct. 2, 2014
Since the 1970s, Michigan has supported renewable energy and efficiency programs, an approach reinvigorated by the state’s 2008 clean energy law. Today, these sources include biomass power plants, hyd...
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Oct. 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Michigan State University) By Patricia Mroczek There are nearly 3.95 million miles of public roads in the United States, valued at more than $1.75 trillion. Research at Michigan State...
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Oct. 1, 2014
The first two stops of the University Research Corridor’s (URC) Blue Economy tour have brought together water researchers and leaders from higher education, state and local government and economic dev...
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Oct. 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Wayne State University) In order to support the world’s needs to make cheaper and more effective fuels, chemicals, polymers and more, new and more efficient catalytic materials and ...
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Oct. 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan) By Bruno Vanzieleghem Everyone knows about America’s long-standing love affair with the automobile. But with its on-going economic transformation, Chines...
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Oct. 1, 2014
There’s something in the water in Michigan; our samples are showing strong signs of…economic development.
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September 2014 Newsletter Articles

Sep. 28, 2014
With distributors now in place to cover major world markets, revenue should start spiking later this year for Phenometrics Inc., aMichigan State University spinoff that makes bioreactors for growing alg...
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Sep. 18, 2014
James Hancock has a passion for blueberries. And a passion for making them better. Citing the six new varieties of blueberries that Hancock has developed over the years as a professor of horticulture at...
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Sep. 1, 2014
Craig Pearson says his undergraduate research at Michigan State University helped him become a Marshall Scholar.  (Photo Courtesy of Kurt Stepnitz). By Shareé Fink Craig Pearson is just one of several...
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Sep. 1, 2014
Many Wayne State undergraduates are involved in research. (Photo courtesy of Wayne State University). By Kathy Barks Hoffman In addition to wearing their college hoodies, blue jeans and flip flops, stud...
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Sep. 1, 2014
Richmond Starbuck began classes at the university of Michigan after participating in the university’s summer research program. (Photo courtesy of U-M). For Richmond Starbuck, who returned to school at...
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Sep. 1, 2014
Michigan’s University Research Corridor this month kicked off its “Blue Economy Tour” to discuss the findings of its 2014 “Innovating for the Blue Economy” report and ways to promote more wate...
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Sep. 1, 2014
By Julie O’Connor Wayne State University held a research symposium recently that gave students from 11 summer research programs an opportunity to showcase their gained knowledge from their recent expe...
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August 2014 Newsletter Articles

Aug. 14, 2014
The three URC universities – Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — received nearly $300 million in awards for water-related research and outreach from 20...
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Aug. 1, 2014
(Photo Courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux Corp.) By Nicole Casal Moore and Kimberly Gibson The new $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) announced in Febr...
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Aug. 1, 2014
(Photo Courtesy Wayne State University) Stephen M. Lanier was appointed Wayne State University’s vice president for research in June after a nationwide search. He received his bachelor’s degree in b...
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Aug. 1, 2014
(Photo Courtesy Michigan Municipal League) A new study by Michigan State University finds that “walkability” is among the top factors that influence home purchase decisions, along with safety, short...
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Aug. 1, 2014
(Photo Courtesy Wayne State University College of Engineering) By Julie O’Connor Guangzhao Mao, Wayne State University College of Engineering A professor from Wayne State University’s College of Eng...
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Aug. 1, 2014
It’s a well known fact that the state of Michigan is home to three world class research universities; Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Jeff Mason, exe...
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July 2014 Newsletter Articles

Jul. 1, 2014
Less than one year after Michigan State University added a commercial-sized anaerobic digester to its campus sustainability arsenal, the magic of bioengineering has transformed thousands of tons of orga...
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Jul. 1, 2014
Dancer Patty Solorzano performs in the Ann Arbor Dance Works production of “Into the Wind.”/Kirk Donaldson Photography University of Michigan dance professor Robin Wilson—tonight a performer—lic...
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Jul. 1, 2014
Naeim Henein, is the director and founder of Wayne State’s College of Engineering’s Center for Automotive Research. Mention engine optimization these days and minds instinctively turn to the Interne...
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Jul. 1, 2014
Michigan State University’s 5,200-acre campus is primarily powered by the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which burns coal, natural gas and biomass to produce steam that is used for heat and electricity. Coal...
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June 2014 Newsletter Articles

Jun. 16, 2014
It’s the time of year when Michigan residents rush to enjoy the state’s lakes, rivers and streams, often without thinking about the huge economic advantage that freshwater brings to our state and ho...
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Jun. 2, 2014
Surface-water temperatures above the deepest parts of Lake Superior are expected to be at least 6 degrees Fahrenheit colder than normal by August, delaying the onset of the evaporation season and raisin...
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Jun. 1, 2014
By Jim Erickson and Jennifer Read The University of Michigan Water Center in the most recent academic year has awarded nine major research grants totaling more than $3 million to support Great Lakes res...
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Jun. 1, 2014
By Layne Cameron Michigan State University scientists are proposing alternatives that will halt and hopefully reverse the unsustainable use of water drawdown in the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest ...
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Jun. 1, 2014
(Above: URC Executive Director Jeff Mason, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, WSU President M. Roy Wilson and AEG CEO Patrick Anderson share the results of the URC’s wat...
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Jun. 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons) The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University recently announced the finalization of a license agreement with a new start-up company, Detroit...
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Jun. 1, 2014
Universities promote economic opportunities through sustainable water use.
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May 2014 Newsletter Articles

May. 30, 2014
With the release of a report on Michigan’s water-related industries, the phrase “Blue Economy” may become more of a common phrase in our parlance. The University Research Corridor, mad...
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May. 30, 2014
As the need for drinkable water grows globally and becomes an even bigger economic force locally, Michigan’s three major research universities look to grow what they call the “blue economy.&...
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May. 30, 2014
With the release of a report on Michigan’s water-related industries, the phrase “Blue Economy” may become more of a common phrase in our parlance. The University Research Corridor, mad...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan’s University Research Corridor Plays Major Role In Protecting and Advancing Michigan’s ‘Blue Economy’ REPORT SHOWS URC ACCOUNTED FOR NEARLY $300 MILLION IN WATER RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan State University and its University Research Corridor partners protect Michigan’s precious water resources and enhance its “blue economy” through hundreds of millions of dollars in resear...
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May. 29, 2014
The U-M Water Center, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, Michigan Sea Grant, and a research project about Lake Erie algae blooms that involved 18 U-M units were all mentioned in a reportreleased by...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is playing a major role in protecting the water resources of Michigan and the Great Lakes region and using those resources to promote economic develop...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan is fourth in the nation in the share of its workforce associated with industries that develop freshwater technology and services or are highly dependent on plentiful and clean water, according ...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan is fourth in the nation in the share of its workforce associated with industries that develop freshwater technology and services or are highly dependent on plentiful and clean water, according ...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan State University and its University Research Corridor partners protect Michigan’s precious water resources and enhance its “blue economy” through hundreds of millions of dollars in resear...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan’s Big Show Podcast
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan is fourth in the nation in the share of its workforce associated with industries that develop freshwater technology and services or are highly dependent on plentiful and clean water, according ...
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May. 29, 2014
Hundreds ofCEOs, community leaders and government bigwigs are spending three days this week, discussing issues facing our state at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. The three-...
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May. 29, 2014
As the need for drinkable water grows globally and becomes an even bigger economic force locally, Michigan’s three major research universities look to grow what they call the “blue economy.&...
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is playing a major role in protecting the water resources of Michigan and the Great Lakes region and using those resources to promote economic development...
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May. 29, 2014
Listen to the Podcast from May 29, 2014.
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May. 29, 2014
Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is playing a major role in protecting the water resources of Michigan and the Great Lakes region and using those resources to promote economic develop...
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May. 2, 2014
The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Integrative Toxicology is directing a $14.1 million initiative to better understand how environmental contaminants called dioxins affect human health and t...
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May. 2, 2014
Paul W. Smith Show podcast.
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May. 1, 2014
By Julie O’Connor Melissa Runge-Morris, WSU Institute of Environmental Health Sciences DETROIT — A team of researchers at Wayne State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Univ...
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May. 1, 2014
[Photo Courtesy Kevin Ward] By Terri Mellow Plant trees near freeways to serve as green buffers for neighborhoods. Install air filters in city schools. Develop community campaigns to get everyone involv...
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May. 1, 2014
For nearly three years, researchers at the three University Research Corridor (URC) universities have worked together to study asthma among Arab Americans in the Detroit area with the goal of making sug...
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April 2014 Newsletter Articles

Apr. 1, 2014
[Photo Courtesy Kimberly Vardeman] By Terry Kosdrosky Aradhna Krishna, U-M Ross School of Business ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Looking at a picture of a hot chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven, you can...
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Apr. 1, 2014
[Photo courtesy Michigan State University]  By Russell Johnson Managers who carefully monitor the fairness of workplace decisions make their employees happier and, ultimately, their companies more prod...
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Apr. 1, 2014
[Photo Courtesy Jonas Smith] by Steven Townsend When well-known companies prepare for an initial public offering (IPO) of their stock, the global markets stand up and take notice. While last spring’s ...
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Apr. 1, 2014
Few have doubted that university research is a key component of the US economic ecosystem, providing enormous public value and impact on employment, business, and manufacturing nationwide. But until now...
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Apr. 1, 2014
Title: Founder Company: Sweet Flour Bake Shop Year founded: 2009 Industry: Retail Food Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (production kitchen and retail store) Activity: Gourmet baked goods sold online ...
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March 2014 Newsletter Articles

Mar. 6, 2014
So it’s another Friday, and it’s time to spring forward, probably right into a snowbank. Don’t forget to set that clock ahead an hour Saturday at bedtime, regardless. And here’s some tech news t...
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Mar. 6, 2014
As part of the finals for SXSW’s Student Startup Madness tournament, Carbon Cash — created by Bernie Eisbrenner, Pat Schmitz, and Jon Bauer — will compete against seven other student teams by pitc...
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Mar. 4, 2014
Michigan economic development leaders, university officials and businesses are heading to Texas to attract talented workers, students and customers to the Great Lakes state. They’re among thousand...
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Mar. 1, 2014
[Photo Courtesy MCubed] By Nicole Casal Moore Anyone with a big idea or a stubborn problem to solve can have a direct line to professors and researchers at the University of Michigan. The university lat...
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Mar. 1, 2014
[Photo courtesy Michigan State University]  By Natasha Berryman Michigan State University’s Robert Abramovitch has genetically engineered a green-glowing protein to find latent tuberculosis, a tiny t...
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Mar. 1, 2014
[Photo courtesy Wayne State University] By Phil Van Hulle Survival among people with lung cancer has been better for women than men, and the findings of a recent study indicate that female hormones may...
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Mar. 1, 2014
[Photo by Sean Mathis, Courtesy SXSW] By Kathy Barks Hoffman  When one of the nation’s premier emerging technology conferences kicks off on Friday, Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) and...
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February 2014 Newsletter Articles

Feb. 25, 2014
Canton Township will soon become home to a $148 million Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, President Obama said in an announcement from the White House Tuesday afternoon.
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Feb. 13, 2014
The new report, prepared by East Lansing, Mich.-based Anderson Economic Group (AEG), shows the URC universities conferred nearly 33,000 graduate and undergraduate degrees in 2012, more than any other un...
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Feb. 1, 2014
Michigan State University has announced plans to open a new research institute in Midland, Mich., focusing on value chain creation and management and tackling many of today’s grand challenges in busin...
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Feb. 1, 2014
  [Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and URC Executive Director Jeff Mason speak to reporters...
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Feb. 1, 2014
By 2021, Ann Arbor could become the first American city with a fleet of networked, driverless vehicles on its streets. That’s a key goal of the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), a cross-campus Uni...
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Feb. 1, 2014
By Julie O’Connor DETROIT — A research team led by Wayne State University (WSU), in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU), has identified a single gene in honeybees that separates the q...
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January 2014 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 28, 2014
By: Tracy Walker A Wayne State University interdisciplinary research team in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has made a surprising discovery: older, more mature motorists ...
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Jan. 21, 2014
“From Day One, Michigan’s URC wanted to measure itself against the very best and this report helps us do just that,” said Jeff Mason, URC executive director. “While the URC does well in many cat...
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Jan. 21, 2014
“The URC is contributing to Michigan’s economy through tax revenue, job creation, and producing the graduates and research that can fill the needs of Michigan businesses,” says Mary Sue Coleman, U...
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Jan. 21, 2014
In gauging the URC’s technology transfer activities, the report ranks the URC fourth among eight research clusters in patents awarded in 2012, fifth in technology licenses issued, and eighth in startu...
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Jan. 21, 2014
The three URC universities have cultivated 163 start-up companies. The report states that, “among URC alumni, a 2013 survey indicated that they had started or acquired businesses at double the nationa...
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Jan. 21, 2014
Michigan’s URC ranked second by this benchmark when compared to seven other major university research clusters in six states, including well-known hubs such as North Carolina’s Research Triangle Pa...
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Jan. 21, 2014
Michigan’s three largest universities helped contribute $16.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2012 as their enrollment and spending continued to rise.
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Jan. 1, 2014
[Ayalla Ruvio, MSU assistant professor of marketing.  Photo courtesy Michigan State University.] By Andy Henion and Ayalla Ruvio Materialistic people experience more stress from traumatic events such...
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Jan. 1, 2014
[Image courtesy Association of American Medical Colleges] Huda Akil, Ph.D., is co-director of the University of Michigan’s Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and Gardner C. Quarton Dist...
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Jan. 1, 2014
[Photo credit: Doug Coombe] Title: Founder, CEO and President Company: Health Providers Choice Year founded: 2002 Industry: Health Services Offices: Detroit Activity: Nurse staffing firm Annual Revenue:...
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Jan. 1, 2014
[Photo courtesy David Martyn Hunt] By Julie O’Connor With its many pressures, the workplace can be a stress hub. Studies have shown that work stress can creep into everyday family life and negatively ...
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Jan. 1, 2014
[Photo courtesy Michigan State University] When the woods get crowded, female squirrels improve their offspring’s odds of survival by ramping up how fast their offspring grow. In a study led by Michig...
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December 2013 Newsletter Articles

Dec. 1, 2013
Esther Liu, Interactive Designer at Vectorform When Esther Liu recently moved to Michigan to be with her husband, she wasn’t sure where she would find work.  But then her husband forwarded informatio...
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Dec. 1, 2013
By Mandira Banerjee U-M President Mary Sue Coleman joins with other dignitaries to light a lamp–a common ritual in India that pays tribute to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. President Mary Sue Co...
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Dec. 1, 2013
By Sue Nichols Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Michigan State University Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and University Distinguished Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife, is director of MSU’s Center for...
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Dec. 1, 2013
In 2012, Wayne State University was awarded two Grand Challenges Explorationsresearch grants, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, totaling nearly $200,000. Both research tea...
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Dec. 1, 2013
S. Jack Hu, Interim VP for Research at the University of Michigan At their regular November meeting, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of S. Jack Hu, a professor in th...
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November 2013 Newsletter Articles

Nov. 1, 2013
Michigan’s leading research universities have created a free online portal enabling companies throughout the United States to tap into a knowledge pool of faculty researchers, high-tech facilities and...
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Nov. 1, 2013
Title: Co-Founder Company: TGap Ventures Year founded: 2002 Industry: Venture Capital Offices: Kalamazoo, Mich. Activity: Early and growth stage investment in companies primarily within the software, li...
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Nov. 1, 2013
By Kara Gavin Two neighboring brain cells “talk” to one another by sending signals across a gap called a synapse. The more active the synapse during development, U-M researchers found, the more a pr...
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Nov. 1, 2013
Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers have shown that brain connectivity in human fetuses can be measured, which could translate into new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat brain disord...
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Nov. 1, 2013
Jodene Fine, MSU assistant professor of counseling educational psychology, and special education, was the first to discover that the brains of children with nonverbal learning disabilities are different...
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Nov. 1, 2013
[Lena Brundin, an associate professor in the college and a researcher with the Van Andel Institute. Courtesy photo.] Reversing inflammation in the fluid surrounding the brain’s cortex may provide a so...
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October 2013 Newsletter Articles

Oct. 10, 2013
Michigan’s leading research universities and Elsevier have developed a free online tool enabling companies in Michigan and around the globe to tap into the expertise of the universities’ fac...
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Oct. 1, 2013
[Photo Courtesy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan] University of Michigan cardiovascular researchers examine behavior trends that can lead to obesity, future heart risk Among middle-school children, th...
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Oct. 1, 2013
[Photo Courtesy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan] In July 2013, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Fitness Foundation, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, the University of Michigan and Wayn...
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Oct. 1, 2013
By Julie O’Connor and Philip Van Hulle While obesity is a growing problem for all Americans, it poses a greater problem for African-Americans, particularly children and adolescents. There haven’t be...
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Oct. 1, 2013
Jim Pivarnik, Michigan State University kinesiology professor and MSU’s Research Integrity Officer, and his department colleague Karin Pfeiffer both serve on the 16-member Science Board of the Preside...
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Oct. 1, 2013
[Photo: Winning this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Student Startup Madness 2012-13 national championship were Benny Ebert-Zavos (second from left), Adam Proschek, Phil Getzen and Josh Leider.] Tit...
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September 2013 Newsletter Articles

Sep. 1, 2013
Company: Baby Einstein, 1996 (Acquired by the Walt Disney Co. in 2001 for undisclosed amount) Industry: Infant Education & Entertainment Activity: Series of educational & entertainment materials...
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Sep. 1, 2013
[Photo Courtesy Girl Scouts of the USA] By Julie O’Connor Many students, particularly girls, don’t realize the vast opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researc...
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Sep. 1, 2013
[Photo: Michigan State University education major Christopher Waston, the Michigan Student Teacher/Intern of the Year, enjoys teaching urban students] When it comes to making sure education students ge...
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Sep. 1, 2013
[Associate Professor Cary Roseth, left – Photo Courtesy of MSU School of Education] By Nicole Geary Recent media coverage has hyped the potential of online education, especially the new offerings of ...
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Sep. 1, 2013
This episode of the Big Ten Network’s Out of the Blue series features the U-M School of Education’s plan to refocus its teacher education program on skills of professional practice.  The correct ap...
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Sep. 1, 2013
DETROIT — A Wayne State University researcher’s innovative use of a new tool may make surgery a more viable option for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). Ho-Sheng Lin, M...
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August 2013 Newsletter Articles

Aug. 1, 2013
Wayne State University researchers announced July 23 that they received a $25,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a strategic plan for a field-based water research center...
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Aug. 1, 2013
By Kevin Brown Mariama Nagbe started an empowerment dance program for at-risk youth in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood. Erica Andrews helped create an Emerging Leader Award program to promote Detroiter...
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Aug. 1, 2013
By Nicole Casal Moore In a pellet of glass the size of an apple seed, University of Michigan engineering researchers have packed seven devices that together could potentially provide navigation in the a...
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Aug. 1, 2013
Company: Chalkfly.com Year Started: 2012 Industry: E-Commerce Office: Detroit, Mich. Headquarters: Detroit, Mich. Activity: Online school and office supply retail sales Annual Revenue: $2 million Employ...
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Aug. 1, 2013
Ned Staebler is vice president for economic development at Wayne State University, responsible for using the university’s assets as a catalyst for growth across the university and community. Before jo...
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Aug. 1, 2013
By Kathy Barks Hoffman Jason Garland held the smooth square of glass in his hand before carefully adding the artwork of a brightly colored house that would turn it into a decorative coaster. Beside him,...
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Aug. 1, 2013
[2012 Award Winners; Photo Courtesy of Accelerate Michigan] By Kathy Barks Hoffman An international business competition designed to bring together entrepreneurial companies with local, national and in...
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Aug. 1, 2013
By the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Richard Neubig, the new chair of MSU’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, appreciates the freedom he’s experienced in academia to pursue his re...
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July 2013 Newsletter Articles

Jul. 1, 2013
Hilary Ratner, Ph.D., vice president for research at Wayne State University, announced the appointment of Joan C. Dunbar, Ph.D., of Bloomfield, Mich., as associate vice president of technology commerc...
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Jul. 1, 2013
Analyzing soil lead in an urban garden plot is important and sampling approaches may involve tradeoffs between finding ‘hotspots’ versus looking at the average amount of lead when checking for safe ...
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Jul. 1, 2013
Jim Kelly has been breeding new varieties of beans for more than 30 years. During a trip to Rwanda 10 years ago with Michigan State University graduate student and Rwandan native Gerardine Mukeshimana, ...
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Jul. 1, 2013
Michael Hamm is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University and director of MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems. The center brings together the research and o...
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Jul. 1, 2013
By Kevin Merrill and Jim Erickson Researchers at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment are leading a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy...
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Jul. 1, 2013
Title: Founder Company: McClure’s Pickles Year Founded: 2006 Industry: Food Products Offices: Brooklyn, N.Y.; Detroit, Mich. Activity: Pickled food manufacturer Annual Revenue: $2 million Employees: 2...
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June 2013 Newsletter Articles

Jun. 1, 2013
Current Company: David Salzman Enterprises Industry: Entertainment Offices: Hollywood, Calif. Activity: Serial entrepreneur in television production and distribution, event production (sports, arts) and...
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Jun. 1, 2013
U-M has established the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center as a partnership with government and industry to dramatically improve the safety, sustainability and accessibility of ways that people and...
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Jun. 1, 2013
Wayne State University received notice of a $820,398 grant from the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) that will continue to support the Technology Commercialization Office’s efforts ...
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Jun. 1, 2013
Thanks to a $1.09 million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, plus matching funds from Michigan State University (MSU), several bio-based MSU research projects will be fast-tracked for commercial de...
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Jun. 1, 2013
The new U-M Water Center has awarded 12 research grants, totaling nearly $570,000, to support Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts. The two-year grants of up to $50,000 will support diverse pr...
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Jun. 1, 2013
Michigan’s reputation as a place to visit continues to grow, fueling a steady increase in tourist spending despite the sluggish economy, finds an annual report from two Michigan State University touri...
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Jun. 1, 2013
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan’s University Research Corridor is proving to be a powerful business incubator for students and alumni, playing a dramatically increased role in nurturing start-u...
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Jun. 1, 2013
Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour launched the University Research Corridor’s ...
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May 2013 Newsletter Articles

May. 30, 2013
A newly released report says the three universities that make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor are a hotbed of entrepreneurship.
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May. 30, 2013
URC alumni were 1.5 times as successful as the average U.S. business owner at keeping those start-ups and acquisitions alive in the past five years, according to the Embracing Entrepreneurship report re...
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May. 30, 2013
The schools forming Michigan’s University Research Corridor announced in a study released today that approximately 19 percent of 40,000 surveyed alumni have started a company and more than 50 percent ...
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May. 30, 2013
Michigan’s three biggest universities are producing young entrepreneurs twice as fast as the national average. That’s according to a report by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group released tod...
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May. 30, 2013
Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is proving to be a powerful business incubator for students and alumni, playing a dramatically increased role in nurturing start-up efforts and provid...
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May. 30, 2013
Based in East Lansing, Michigan, the Anderson Economic Group created the report from survey responses sent in by more than 40,000 U-M, WSU, and MSU alumni. It found that those with degrees not only in b...
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May. 30, 2013
The report, titled “Embracing Entrepreneurship,” showed that graduates of the three universities have started or acquired businesses at double the national average rate among college graduates sinc...
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May. 30, 2013
According to the report, alumni from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University are starting their own companies at double the national average rate of all colle...
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May. 30, 2013
Almost one in five alumni from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University or Wayne State University has started a business, and as a group the alumni are about 1.5 times as successful as the ...
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May. 30, 2013
Graduates from Michigan’s three largest universities are starting businesses at twice the national average, according to a report expected to be released later today at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Confer...
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May. 30, 2013
According to the study, which was commissioned by the URC, graduates of Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan have started or acquired businesses at double t...
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May. 30, 2013
Michigan’s University Research Corridor is proving to be a powerful business incubator for students and alumni, playing a dramatically increased role in nurturing start-up efforts and providing a boos...
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March 2013 Newsletter Articles

Mar. 11, 2013
After years of development, Michigan State University scientists recently field-tested what could be the ultimate underwater, data-gathering tool: a robotic fish. According to Xiaobo Tan, associate prof...
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Mar. 11, 2013
Often in research, solutions are years, if not decades in the making. But researchers at Michigan State University and Wayne State University have taken their decades of experience to focus on shorter t...
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Mar. 2, 2013
After being used for hundreds of years for drinking water, transportation, fishing, entertainment, boating and industrial purposes, the Great Lakes are increasingly under stress from their shoreline inh...
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January 2013 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 23, 2013
Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) generated $15.5 billion in economic impact statewide, exceeded $2 billion in annual research expenditures and awarded more than 31,600 degrees in one ...
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Jan. 23, 2013
John Economopoulos was born and raised in that small town on the Little Bay de Noc – Escanaba, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. John graduated from the University of Michigan in 1993 with his B.A....
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Jan. 23, 2013
The number of overweight children has tripled since 1980, especially in Michigan’s low-income communities, and this has led to an increase in health risks such as heart disease, diabetes, high blo...
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Jan. 23, 2013
Research partnerships between URC universities and Michigan-based companies help lay the groundwork for innovation that can not only sustain the vitality of the state’s businesses but also strengt...
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Jan. 23, 2013
During last summer’s drought in Michigan – the worst in the last half-century – Michigan State University researchers managed to increase cucumber production on a test farm at the Southwest Mi...
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Jan. 21, 2013
Michigan’s University Research Corridor Makes Strong Showing among Eight Leading U.S. Research Clusters URC COMES IN SECOND IN INNOVATION POWER RANKING MEASURING R&D SPENDING, COMMERCIALIZATION AN...
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Jan. 21, 2013
The Michigan State University College of Law is leading an initiative to help West Michigan and mid-Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses with their intellectual property (IP) questions. The new p...
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Jan. 19, 2013
The Michigan State University College of Law is leading an initiative to help West and mid-Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses with their intellectual property (IP) questions. The new program, c...
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Jan. 10, 2013
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network is soliciting proposals for the third round of its Small Company Innovation Program awards. SCIP provides cost-sharing grants to small- to medium- sized comp...
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Jan. 8, 2013
SoftVue, the whole breast ultrasound imaging device created by two scientists from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, is currently undergoing review...
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Jan. 2, 2013
Scott Olson came to the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center in August 2011 with opportunity in mind. SCOTT OLSON, DIRECTOR OF U-M MEDICAL INNOVATION CENTER “We have an amazing resear...
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December 2012 Newsletter Articles

Dec. 12, 2012
Michigan Engineering researchers can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude. “We’re trying to ...
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Dec. 12, 2012
Researchers in MSU’s Center for Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion – an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy – are developing a...
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Dec. 12, 2012
Diagnoses of cancer, heart disease, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis could happen faster with technology being developed by a Wayne State University researcher. Matthew Allen, Ph.D., assistant professor ...
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Dec. 10, 2012
In over three decades of work in Africa, Eric Crawford and his colleagues at MSU have been able to see the fruits of their labor – literally. Dr. Crawford is Professor and Co-Director of the Food Secu...
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November 2012 Newsletter Articles

Nov. 5, 2012
Motor vehicle crashes are the largest single public health crisis in the United States. But the launch this summer of a new year-long test of “smart car” technology conducted by the Univers...
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Nov. 5, 2012
A Wayne State University project is helping Southeast Michigan get a clearer picture of our economy. It’s called the Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index, and it’s a great example of...
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Nov. 5, 2012
In August 2012, Brian Abraham was named executive director of Spartan Innovations, L3C, a subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation focused on launching sustainable start-up companies from ...
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Nov. 5, 2012
Three studies conducted as part of Wayne State University’s Systems Biology of Epilepsy Project (SBEP) could result in new types of treatment for the disease and, as a bonus, for behavioral disord...
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October 2012 Newsletter Articles

Oct. 8, 2012
The state of Michigan has experienced a dramatic shift in its biotech industry. Pfizer’s closing of three Michigan research facilities in 2007 was a significant setback. But the fact that the stat...
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Oct. 8, 2012
Few issues matter more to America’s vitality than continuing this nation’s tradition of leading advances in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and the host of applicat...
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Oct. 8, 2012
There have been great advancements in the development of high-strength steel, and the need for additional enhancements continues to grow. Various industries need structural components that are lighter a...
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Oct. 8, 2012
Stephen Hsu was named Michigan State University’s vice president for research and graduate studies, effective Aug. 20, 2012. He was formerly the director of the Institute for Theoretical Science a...
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September 2012 Newsletter Articles

Sep. 10, 2012
The Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) fields are the fastest growing job sector in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics however, forecasts a 230,000 STEM worker shortage by 2...
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Sep. 10, 2012
Within the “envelopes” of commercial and residential buildings rests the promise of major, new energy efficiencies in the built-environment, according to University of Michigan researchers. ...
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Sep. 10, 2012
A Wayne State University researcher has found a greener, less-expensive way to improve a product that essentially has been set in stone for a long time. In June, Wayne State and NTH Consultants of Detro...
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August 2012 Newsletter Articles

Aug. 6, 2012
In the United States and most other developed countries, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death. Notoriously hard to detect in its early stages, the overall five-year survival rate for...
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Aug. 6, 2012
With a common goal of making health care better, safer, more cost effective and more equal, nearly 400 health researchers from across the University of Michigan and partner organizations have formed one...
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Aug. 6, 2012
Ethanol, a promising biofuel to replace petroleum, may have increased potential to generate energy as result of a fermentation process developed by a Michigan State University microbiologist. Gemma Regu...
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May 2012 Newsletter Articles

May. 30, 2012
Michigan is the birthplace of the modern automotive industry, where the automobile was catapulted from a novel product to an everyday necessity. Since the beginning of the auto industry, intense competi...
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January 2012 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 23, 2012
Michigan’s University Research Corridor R&D Spending Growth Surpasses Other Leading U.S. Research Clusters LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 4, 2013) – Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) gen...
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October 2011 Newsletter Articles

Oct. 4, 2011
Michigan’s URC a Critical Asset in State’s Economic Recovery LANSING, Mich. (October 4, 2011) — At the forefront of Michigan’s economic resurgence is the University Research Corridor, an...
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May 2011 Newsletter Articles

May. 27, 2011
The University Research Corridor’s Support for Information and Communication Technology in Michigan MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (June 2, 2011) — The University Research Corridor released a new report...
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January 2011 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 27, 2011
Empowering Michigan LANSING, Mich. (Oct. 10, 2010) – The University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan’s three largest academic institutions: Michigan State University, the Unive...
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July 2010 Newsletter Articles

Jul. 11, 2010
The University Research Corridor’s Support for Advanced Manufacturing in Michigan Manufacturing is embedded in our state’s history, and in our national consciousness, as the engine of economic growt...
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January 2010 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 27, 2010
URC Growth Fuels Economic Opportunity Even as the state and national economies struggled in the recession, Michigan’s University Research Corridor grew in areas critical to the state’s resurgence: I...
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May 2009 Newsletter Articles

May. 28, 2009
Life Sciences Industry in Michigan and the University Research Corridor MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (May 28, 2009) – As Michigan lost a quarter of its manufacturing jobs, Michigan’s University Re...
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January 2009 Newsletter Articles

Jan. 4, 2009
URC Economic Impact Climbs to New High of $14.5 Billion New study shows increase in rankings, R&D, high-tech  
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September 2008 Newsletter Articles

Sep. 17, 2008
Study: URC economic impact climbs to $14.5B LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 28, 2009) – Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) has improved in all competitive categories over the past two years...
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May 2008 Newsletter Articles

May. 29, 2008
URC analysis: State can become a leader in alternative energy MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (May 29, 2008) – The University Research Corridor announced Thursday investments in two new energy initiatives ...
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April 2008 Newsletter Articles

Apr. 7, 2008
Michigan’s University Research Corridor: Second Annual Economic Impact Report LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 17, 2008) – The University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan’s three la...
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May 2007 Newsletter Articles

May. 11, 2007
Welcome to the inaugural annual report issued from the University Research Corridor, a new alliance of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. We created the...
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April 2007 Newsletter Articles

Apr. 7, 2007
Michigan’s University Research Corridor: First Annual Economic Impact Report The University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan’s three largest academic institutions: Michigan Sta...
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