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  • Connected Mathematics Project and Curriculum

    Description:

    The Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) is a complete mathematics curriculum for middle school teachers and students. It helps students and teachers develop an understanding of important mathematical concepts, skills, procedures, and ways of thinking and reasoning, in number, geometry, measurement, algebra, probability and statistics. CMP is based on research, and was field-tested in diverse sites across the country with approximately 45,000 students and 390 teachers. A growing body of research and evaluation reports indicates that CMP outperforms non-CMP curricula on tests of problem-solving ability, equals or outperforms non-CMP curricula on skills tests, and promotes long term retention.

  • CREATE Science Seminar Series (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    The 2016 - 2017 series runs from November through May.  Eight speakers will be hosted during that time. Please see the website below for upcoming dates.

    Location:

    252 Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The purpose of the CREATE Science Seminar series is to help create a vibrant collaborative community at MSU around research in science education K-16, to provide a venue to disseminate and discuss innovative research methods and results, to foster relationships and networking with national and international experts in STEM education research, and ultimately to help solve challenging problems in the teaching and learning of science, K-16.

  • Dessert with Discussion: Invasives vs. Natives: Plant Species Race Against Climate Change (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 9, 2017.  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station - Auditorium, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    Dr. Jen Lau, MSU Associate Professor W. K. Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Plant Biology, will discuss:

    • Humans are changing the earth in many ways, including warming the planet and spreading invasive species.
    • These human-caused changes pose challenges to native species.  Or Native plants are challenged by invasive species and human-caused changes.
    • How do we tip the balance to favor and preserve native species?

    Enjoy coffee, tea and delicious locally sourced desserts provided by the KBS Conference Center. A cash bar featuring house wines and Michigan craft beer available prior to the event.

  • Dunbar Forest Experiment Station (Sault Ste. Marie, MI)

    Location:

    12839 South Scenic Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783.

    Description:

    The 5,760-acre Dunbar Forest is the largest and second-oldest MSU off-campus facility. The forest hosts long-term genetics and silvicultural studies that have helped advance the science of forest management in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. For example, red pine is the most widely planted commercial forest species in Michigan, occupying more than 850,000 acres. Successful long-term management of this important resource is based, in large part, on research results from the Dunbar Forest.

  • Field Botany Course (August - September 2017)

    Dates:

    Class dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, and September 6 and 13, 2017.  Registration required by August 4, 2017.

    Location:

    Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Learn about Michigan’s diverse natural vegetation, emphasizing basic ecological principles of plant distribution, and influences on Michigan major vegetation types. You will also learn basic botanical taxonomy and ecology as we get a close-up look at plant parts and identify characteristics for 40-50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants.  The Field Botany course offers two-hour classes, once a week for six weeks. There will be two classroom sessions and four field sections.

  • Forest Biomass Innovation Center (Escanaba, MI)

    Location:

    6005 J Road, Escanaba, MI, 49829.

    Description:

    The 1,745-acre MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center in Escanaba is leading a number of initiatives to increase the sustainable use of wood in Michigan’s expanding bioeconomy. This wood will come from the surplus growing in the forests and from willow and poplar energy plantations on marginal farm land in the northern parts of the state. Work focuses on increasing yields, decreasing costs, reducing greenhouse gas and energy losses, retaining rural jobs, and improving supply chain efficiencies. Research at the center also focuses on forest genetics, silviculture and forested wetland management.

  • Genetics Program Fall and Spring Research Forum

    Location:

    1400 Biomedical Physical Science Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    See the Website below for the current schedule of genetics seminars.

  • Genomics, Flow Cytometry, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry, and IVIS Imaging Services

    Location:

    S-18 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF) at Michigan State University is supported and managed by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

    • Bioinformatics Core: The Bioinformatics Core has staff specialists who assist in the computational analysis and presentation of Genomic, Proteomic and other complex datasets.
    • Flow Cytometry Core: The Flow Cytometry Core offers two flow cytometers to the MSU community. Both are multiple laser based optical instruments that analyze cell populations for multiple characteristics simultaneously.
    • Genomics Core: The Genomics Core provides single gene to genomic scale DNA sequencing services, DNA fingerprinting and genotyping, quantitative PCR, microarray printing and analysis. 
    • IVIS Spectrum Imaging Core: New to RTSF is the IVIS Spectrum Imaging Core for quantitative bioluminescent and fluorescent (transmission and reflectance) imaging in vivo and in vitro.
    • Mass Spectrometry Core: The Mass Spectrometry Core uses an array of mass spectral techniques for small molecule identification as well as analyses and for Metabolomic profiling.
    • Proteomics Core: The Proteomics Core offers high-throughput mass spectral protein identification and determination of protein expression patterns.
  • Great Lakes Echo News Portal

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Echo news portal is a daily digest of environmental stories that appear in daily newspapers, as well as original reporting by MSU's Knight Center students and MSU's Capital News Service students. One-sentence summaries of each story are linked to the full versions. Subscribers can receive the digest by e-mail or RSS feed.

  • Great Lakes Education Program River Boat Field Trip Cruises (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    • Macomb County: April 17 - June 16, 2017
    • Wayne County: May 1 - June 16, 2017

    Location:

    • Macomb: One way: Clinton River Cruise Company and Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina
    • Wayne: Round trip: Lake Erie Metropark Marina

     

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. The program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.

  • Herbarium

    Location:

    166 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    An herbarium is a natural history collection of preserved plants that documents the diversity of plants of the world. The MSU Herbarium represents a worldwide collection of all groups of plants as well as lichens, bryophytes, and fungi. Current holdings number over 530,000 specimens, with approximately 315,000 specimens of vascular plants, 145,000 lichenized fungi, 35,000 non-lichenized fungi, and 35,000 bryophyte specimens.

  • Hidden Lakes Gardens (Tipton, MI)

    Location:

    6214 Monroe Road (M-50), Tipton, MI, 49287. (Approximately 70 miles from MSU's campus).

    Description:

    MSU's Hidden Lake Gardens is Michigan's best kept secret! It covers 755 acres of meadows and oak-hickory woodlands filled with an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Gardens are open 362 days of the year with an admission fee of $3 per person. Self-guided tours are a great way to see the Gardens at your own pace and to suit your personal interest. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available at no additional charge. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are 5 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty that the Gardens provide.

    Audience: Horticulturalists; general public.

  • High Energy Physics Seminar Schedule (Spring and Fall)

    Location:

    1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    Seminars are presented by experts from various institutions covering a wide range of high energy physics topics. See the Website below for the latest schedule.

  • Immunodiagnostics and Clinical Flow Cytometry Online Certificate Program

    Location:

    Online and a one-week lab on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

    Description:

    This program will train laboratory scientists to use the techniques and flow cytometry equipment to diagnose various medical conditions and learn the techniques to arrive at a diagnosis quicker and with more accuracy. This certificate program is made up of three, two-credit courses. The first two courses are only available online, and the third is a one-week lab taught on the main campus of Michigan State University.

    The Certificate Program is comprised of the following courses:

    • Concepts in Immunodiagnostics (online): BLD 850, 2 credits
    • Clinical Application of Immunodiagnostics Principles (online): BLD 851, 2 credits
    • Immunodiagnostics Laboratory (week-long intensive on-campus format): BLD 852, 2 credits
  • Internet Resources for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Curriculum

    Location:

    http://www.ipm.msu.edu/community_and_home/schools/inter

    Description:

    There are many great resources available to teachers and schools to learn more about pests, pesticides and IPM. There are also many curricular resources that can be used to supplement IPMactivities in the classroom.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Agricultural Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.  Resources are available on the following topics:

    • Christmas Trees
    • Fruit
    • Field Crops
    • Organic Agriculture
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Vegetables
  • JINA's (Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics) Visitors Program

    Location:

    National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, 640 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Mi  48824

    Description:

    JINA's Visitors Program is open to interested scholars, researchers, and students to come and participate in research at Michigan State University, Arizona State University, University of Notre Dame, or the University of Washington. Collaboration between experimentalists, theorists, and observationalists is a key goal of the institute and our visitor program facilitates such interaction.

  • Kellogg Biological Station K-12 Partnership Workshop for Science Teachers (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2017. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Register by April 11, 2017.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI  49060

    Description:

    The 2017 Spring K-12 Partnership Workshop that looks at the theme "The Kellogg Edge: Breaking boundaries in ecology and evolution education."  This year KBS celebrates 90 years and we plan to continue our tradition of excellence with a full day of sessions featuring cutting edge technologies and forward thinking research. This includes an exciting plenary talk by MSU Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology, Dr. Kay Holekamp. For almost 30 years now Dr. Holekamp has been dedicated to studying the behavioral ecology and evolution of Hyenas in Kenya.

  • Kellogg Biological Station Seminar Series (Fall and Spring)

    Dates:

    Please see the Website below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    Stack 237, Kellogg Biological Station, E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    KBS's mission is to develop programs in research, education and extension directed toward a comprehensive understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and the conservation of natural resources.  Please see the list of upcoming seminars at the website listed below.

  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Tours

    Location:

    12685 East C Ave, Augusta, MI, 49012. (15 north of Kalamazoo and 12 miles NW of Battle Creek, MI).

    Description:

    The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary offers guided educational tours to school groups. The tours provide knowledge about preserving and protecting natural habitats that we share with wildlife. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts. The sanctuary also has a pollinator and rain garden and a large picnic area. Visitors can browse and purchase items at our Resource Center and Giftshop featuring nature-related gift items and books. Very low admission fees apply.

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