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2014-09-17
Diversity could lead to ethical behaviors among scientists
Does belonging to a diverse research team make scientists more prone to share their data and give appropriate credit to colleagues in their publications?


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2014-09-16
Dr. Sean Valles publishes article on bioethics and the framing of climate change communications
Dr. Sean Valles, Associate Professor of HPS at Lyman Briggs College, has published a new article titled “Bioethics and the Framing of Climate Change’s Health Risks” in the journal, Bioethics. In his article, Dr. Valles discusses the potential for bioethicists to help reframe climate changes communications to focus on public health impacts.


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2014-09-16
LBC Career Newsletter 9/15-9/28
Looking for a job on campus? This week's career newsletter highlights jobs at MSU's plant pathology lab and MSU's FRIB.


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2014-09-12
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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2014-09-10
LBC students study abroad in Italy
Forrest and Tyler are first-year students in Lyman Briggs College. They studied abroad in Italy this summer through MSU’s Freshman Seminar Abroad Program.


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2014-09-08
Dr. Aklilu Zeleke receives Faculty Mentoring Award
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Aklilu Zeleke, has been selected as a recipient of a 2014 Faculty Mentoring Award from the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. This award honors faculty for their outstanding work in mentoring undergraduate students in research. The Chair of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science writes, Dr. Zeleke “was chosen because of the success he has had in directing undergraduate research and the impact his effort has had on these students. We commend him for his great work in mentoring undergraduates.”


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2014-09-04
Dr. Catherine Westfall receives 2014-2015 Samuel von Pufendorf Visiting Research Fellowship
Dr. Catherine Westfall was named a 2014-2015 Samuel von Pufendorf Visiting Research Fellowship in June 2014.  Her award letter notes that “this highly competitive and prestigious award” is given to recognize her “research accomplishments.”  As part of the award, Prof. Westfall will spend most of her time from January to June 2015 at Lund University.  There she will contribute to a research project, “Exploring challenges for New Big Science: The realization of ESS and MAX IV in Lund,” give a public lecture and graduate seminars, and mentor graduate students. 


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2014-09-04
LBC Introduces New Writing Studio Program to Curriculum
Lyman Briggs College is partnering with MSU’s Writing Center to incorporate a writing studio pilot program into its History, Philosophy, and Sociology (HPS) curriculum. Beginning this fall semester, students enrolled in LBC’S Introductory HPS course, LB 133, will participate in a weekly 1-hour writing studio session outside of their regularly scheduled class time.


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2014-09-03
Journal of Inorganic and General Chemistry's cover features research and artwork by Dr. Robert LaDuca and three LBC students
Congrats to Dr. LaDuca and LBC students Angela Porta, Megan O'Donovan, and Maria Torres-Salgado! Their research is featured as the cover article of this month's Journal of Inorganic and General Chemistry. The full article is available on the journal's website.


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2014-09-02
Dr. Montgomery will help create traveling exhibit showcasing women in paleontology
Beginning this October, LBC’s Dr. Georgina Montgomery will work with the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) as well as other historians, scientists, and educators to plan and design a traveling exhibition that will share the challenges and triumphs of the women – past and present – who strived for equality in the field of paleontology.


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2014-08-28
Dr. Urquhart comments on proposed Gran Canal in Nicaragua
LBC's Dr. Jerry Urquhart explains how the proposed Gran Canal could affect Nicaragua's people and biodiversity.


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2014-08-27
Facts and values: What’s it take to be an effective scientist?
Michigan State University’s Robert Pennock and colleagues will be using a $1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the topic.


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2014-08-21
LBC junior partners with public health organizations in Malawi
Morgan McLane is a junior in Lyman Briggs College studying human biology and nutritional science. She spent her summer partnering with two public health organizations in Malawi.


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2014-08-14
Humanities Strengthen Science
Dean Elizabeth Simmons describes her unique experience at the Yale School of Medicine's brain collection and discusses how the humanities strengthen science.


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2014-08-12
MSU study finds partisan politics influence public views on environmental policy
New research from Michigan State University finds Americans are becoming more divided over environmental protection and they seem to be getting their cue mainly from Congress. Aaron McCright is a sociologist at MSU and the lead author of the study. He writes that things weren’t always so partisan. In fact, many landmark environmental laws were born during the Nixon Administration.


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2014-07-31
Congressional rift over environmental protection sways public
American citizens are increasingly divided over the issue of environmental protection and seem to be taking their cue primarily from Congress, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar.

The gap between conservatives who oppose environmental protection and liberals who support it has risen drastically in the past 20 years, a trend seen among lawmakers, activists and – as the study indicates – the general public as well, said sociologist Aaron M. McCright.


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2014-07-29
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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2014-07-21
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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