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    Market - Driven Development in Burundi Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012

    For the first time in Burundi’s 80-year history of coffee production, the once war-torn, African country is producing specialty coffee to be sold direct to the markets, thanks to training and research provided by Michigan State University.

    Tags: africa  burundi  food  research  engagement  
    Community Development in Peru Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
    Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary teams of students to engage in community-based research and development projects in agricultural and engineering, Irving Widders, professor of horticulture, and Brian Thompson, professor of mechanical engineering, have started a study abroad program to examine and meet the needs of underserved communities in the Andean highlands.
    Tags: peru  food  research  studyabroad  engagement  
    New Supporters Develop Mango Industry in India Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012

    With support from the Agricultural Product Export Development Authority, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and the National Institute of Marketing Boards, the Indian Horticulture Development Alliance is promoting growth in the Indian mango market.

    Tags: india  food  research  engagement  Partnership  
    Entrepreneurial Approach Benefits Michigan Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
    When the Swedish government announced that the country would stop using oil by 2020, it was clear that its leaders were concerned about the environment. But there was another obvious motivation behind the decision: Sweden has no domestic oil industry, and importing petroleum had become costly.
    Tags: sweden  environment  research  engagement  Partnership  
    Carbon Assessment Project Picked Up by United Nations Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012

    Leading a team of forestry and engineering researchers from MSU, in collaboration with researchers from Colorado State University, the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya and the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia (among others), Skole hopes to create a model that development programs worldwide could adopt to assess their carbon footprint.

    Tags: environment  research  engagement  Partnership  
    Gender and Ethnicity on Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012

    A team of researchers from MSU was recently awarded a grant from the NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program to study the impact of a new road connecting Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, with Pearl Lagoon, a previously remote area of the country. The study will monitor the flow of people, technology and markets, along with the resulting impacts on the natural systems in which the people reside.

    Tags: nicaragua  environment  research  
    Sustainable Community Development Activities Begin in Tanzania Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
    The MSU-based Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development program is an alliance of local and international organizations working together to make communities more sustainable in their health, education, economic and general well being. Several MSU colleges are involved, as the initiative was designed to take an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to addressing community sustainability issues.
    Tags: africa  tanzania  education  research  Partnership  
  • Todd Drummond  
    Todd Drummond Wins Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Global Studies Published: Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012

    On Wednesday, March 21 the 2012 International Awards Ceremony was held where Todd Drummond won the Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Global Studies at MSU.

    Tags: awards    Internationalizing  MSU  unitedstatesofamerica  
  • A delegation of Sri Lankan academic officials visited MSU to further develop higher education partnerships in 2010  
    Sri Lanka Working with MSU to Rebuild Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012

    This past spring, a Sri Lankan delegation of academic officials consisting of two vice chancellors and a former dean from three universities and an executive director of agriculture who also represents the University Grants Commission visited Michigan State University in hopes of furthering higher education partnerships and creating a path toward rapid development in Sri Lanka.

    Tags: asia  education  research  Partnership  SriLanka  
  • Researchers in Vietnam try to unlock the secrets to fighting mosquito borne illness  
    Spartans VS. Mosquitoes: MSU Researchers Battle Mosquito Borne Virus Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012

    Severe headache, intense pain behind the eyes, muscle and bone pain, joint pain, high fever, rash and mild bleeding of the nose or gums are all symptoms of dengue fever, leaving little doubt as to why the disease is also known as break-bone fever and bone crusher disease.

    Tags: vietnam  health  environment  research  Partnership  
    Fighting Malaria in Southern Africa Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
    In Africa the journey toward improved health care is long and difficult. The problems begin early in life, with Africa’s infant mortality rate being ten times higher than the average rate for developed countries, and continue throughout life, with risks of life-threatening diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The lack of diagnostic equipment compounds the challenges.
    Tags: africa  malawi  health  research  engagement  
    MSU Researchers Study Importance of Increasing Vitamin A in Corn Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012

    A Michigan State University researcher is among a team of scientists that has uncovered the mechanism by which the amount of beta-carotene, or provitamin A, is increased in corn, a finding that can help combat vitamin A deficiency and improve human health in the developing world.

    Tags: health  food  research  engagement  Partnership  
    Building a Science and Technology Bridge to a Brighter Future Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
    Karim Maredia, a professor of entomology at Michigan State University, has earned a reputation for his ability to utilize new science and technology to bridge the gap between the healthiest, wealthiest nations and developing nations.
    Tags: africa  health  food  research  Partnership  
    MSU, African Educators Expand Agricultural Education Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
    Michigan State University researchers are using a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help African educators develop free and open access to agriculture education material, which they hope could improve agricultural practices and contribute to a sustainable economy.
    Tags: africa  food  education  research  Partnership  
    Spartans Spring into Action to Aid East African Farmers Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
    Devastating droughts in East Africa are not new. However, since the 1980s, villagers have noticed changes in the rainy seasons. Year by year, erratic rainfall has led to more failed harvests. In the past 10 years, droughts have started to occur more frequently — every 3 or 4 years. Meanwhile, temperatures have been rising, and crops and forage plants are drying out faster.
    Tags: africa  environment  research  Partnership  
    Malawi Partnerships Encourage Innovation Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
    Sieglinde Snapp, an associate professor of Crop and Soil Sciences with MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is putting the university’s strong agricultural heritage to work in Malawi in southern Africa.
    Tags: malawi  food  environment  research  
    MSU Leads Global Effort to Study Link Between People, Planet Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
    Hundreds of scientists from around the world are involved in a new initiative at Michigan State University to improve cutting-edge research on the increasingly fragile relationship between humans and the environment.
    Tags: china  environment  research  Partnership  
  • Bob Walker, MSU professor of geography, stands near a dam in the Brazilian Amazon with Arnildo and his grandson.  
    Study Says Brazil's Policies Protect the Amazon Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012

    Brazil’s policy of protecting portions of the Amazonian forest from development is capable of buffering the Amazon from climate change, according to a new study led by Michigan State University researcher Robert Walker, professor of geography.

    Tags: brazil  environment  research  engagement  Partnership  
  • Wolong Farmers  
    Farmers more likely to be green if they talk to their neighbors Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
    MSU researchers find that farmers are more likely to reenroll their land in a conservation program if they talk to their neighbors about it. Scientists from MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability used a simulation model to study the amount of land farmers in the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China reenrolled in the Grain-to-Green Program (GTGP), which aims to reduce soil erosion by converting sloping cropland to forest or grassland.
    Tags: china  environment  research  engagement  Partnership  
  • Patricia Obando  
    Uncovering the Secrets to Better Medicine in Costa Rica Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012

    Costa Rica’s average life expectancy and infant mortality rates are virtually identical to that of the United States. Assistant Professor C. Patricia Obando, Director of Medical Education in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine, hopes to share the secrets of her home country’s health care success via a unique exchange program.

    Tags: health  research  costarica  engagement  Partnership  


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