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LBC sophomore studies simulated galaxies
Claire Kopenhafer is a Lyman Briggs sophomore studying physics. This summer she is working on a research project titled "Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy of Distant Galaxies" with Dr. Brian O'Shea of Lyman Briggs College.

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LBC junior studies moths in East Lansing
Katie Glover is a Lyman Briggs junior studying human biology and following a pre-med/pre-ophthalmology track. She is working as a summer research assistant with Dr. Peter White who is an Assistant Professor of Biology in Lyman Briggs College.

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Professor Naoko Wake publishes new book: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Beyond the Ocean
Professor Naoko Wake has published a co-authored book (with Shinpei Takeda) Hiroshima/Nagasaki Beyond the Ocean. Written in English and Japanese, the book combines oral histories of North American and South American survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 with images of key moments in their life histories. Wake was part of a program in July at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims that featured the book.

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Dean Simmons recommended to serve as acting dean for College of Arts and Letters
Tapped for her strong administrative experience and appreciation for interdisciplinary studies, Elizabeth Simmons, dean of Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College, is being recommended to serve as acting dean of the College of Arts and Letters, effective Aug. 1.

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LBC alumna gives back to community in Uganda
Lyman Briggs College alumna Sarah Scott first traveled to Kibale, Uganda as an undergraduate in 2013 through a study abroad program titled “Evolution of Uganda’s Forest Biodiversity: Apes to Aves.” While in Kibale, Sarah and her classmates tent camped, studied local birds and primates, and learned about rainforest conservation.

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LBC sophomore interns with The National Institutes of Health
Alana O'Mara is an incoming sophomore at Lyman Briggs College. She is interning this summer with The National Institutes of Health and has shared a reflection and photos of her internship experience. Stay tuned for more reflections from LBC students about their summer adventures!

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Dr. Georgina Montgomery will give talk at King's College London
Dr. Georgina Montgomery, Assistant Professor of HPS in Lyman Briggs College, has been invited to give a talk as part of the Science, Technology, and Medicine Colloquia in the Department of History at Kings College London on June 25th. The talk is titled: “What Does Inclusion Mean in the ‘Goddess Discipline:’ Expanding the Circle in Primate Studies." Below is the abstract for her talk:

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Dr. Valles Publishes Article in Inside Higher Ed
In order for colleges to function as inclusive communities of responsible and respected members, all of their adults must be treated as adults. Yet, many of my faculty colleagues habitually call their undergraduates “kids” by default. They should stop. In addition to usually being false, it is demeaning and it tacitly encourages the immature behaviors we all bemoan.

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Friday Harbor Study Away
Friday Harbor Laboratories is one of the oldest marine laboratories in the United States. Located north of Seattle in the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor has been an important setting for research on marine biology, oceanography and fisheries. Its surrounding waters are clean, there is little boat traffic, and it boasts an impressive variety of terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Historically and still today, Friday Harbor Laboratories has been a place where scientists and their families have lived and learned together in community. - See more at:

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LBC junior selected as one of first MSU Beckman Scholars
LBC junior, Sara MacLachlan, is one of three MSU students selected as Beckman Scholars. MSU was chosen as a host institution for the Beckman Scholars Program in February.

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$1.5 Million Award Bolsters MSU Commitment to Math and Sciences
Michigan State University has been awarded $1.5 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to expand efforts for students in science to learn effectively and graduate successfully, especially those who belong to groups underrepresented in science.

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Two LBC Alumni receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Nathan Johns and Shan Kothari have been selected as 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.

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Four LBC Faculty Members Named Inaugural Fellows of the STEM Gateway Teaching Fellows Program
Drs. Marcos Caballero, Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Heng Wang, and Aklilu Zeleke have been named inaugural fellows of the STEM Gateway Teaching Fellows Program.

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New Camera Monitors Seasonal Changes of the Sanford Natural Area
You don’t need to live in Holmes Hall anymore to have a great view of the Sanford Natural Area behind our building. The Sanford Natural Area is one of 86 research sites across North America where researchers are collecting data on vegetation by using digital cameras known as “phenocams.” A phenocam mounted on the roof of Holmes Hall takes images of Sanford Natural Area and uploads them to a server at the University of New Hampshire.

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LBC Senior Chosen as 2014-15 Homecoming Court Ambassador
Kevin Adams, a senior studying environmental geosciences in Lyman Briggs College, has been named as a member of the 2014-15 MSU Homecoming Court.

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LBC Commencement Keynote Speech: Dr. Robert Shelton
Dr. Robert Shelton, Associate Professor of HPS at Lyman Briggs College, gave the Spring 2014 Commencement Speech at this year's commencement ceremony

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Dr. Aaron McCright Discusses Climate Change Debate in The New York Times
Dr. Aaron McCright, Associate Professor in LBC, discusses organized climate change denial as part of a wider discussion on the climate debate in the United States.

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Dr. Lyman Briggs Born 140 Years Ago Today
Lyman James Briggs was born 140 years ago today on a Michigan farm just a few miles north of Battle Creek. He spent most of his childhood on his family's farm until he joined Michigan Agricultural College at the age of fifteen. Though famously known for his contributions as a physicist, Briggs applied much of his work towards agriculture and soil sciences.


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