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From MSU studio to Oscars for student's dress design
March 3, 2010, David N. Goodman, AP
"Avatar" director James Cameron's wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, wear's "peace silk" dress designed by Michigan State student at Oscars.

Embedding at MSU: INGage R&D center opens
March 4, 2010, AP
On-campus research center opened by Florida-s INGage Networks social media company at Michigan State University.

Push from U-M moves chemical chart software to market
March 1, 2010, David N. Goodman, AP
The University of Michigan smooths the way to commercialization for its engineers' idea for chemical diagram translation software. 

MSU prof: `Energy return' not only biofuel metric
February 21, 2010, Tom Oswald, Michigan State University
Michigan State University professor Bruce Dale says if the world is to make better decisions when it comes to developing new energy sources, it needs to have better methods of measuring progress toward its energy goals. Just how well are we doing at developing alternatives to fossil fuels?
Demand spurs wireless chicken monitoring
February 7, 2010, AP

Egg-laying hens are equipped with wireless monitors in a Michigan State University study aimed at better cage-free egg production.
Wayne engineer brings science to TV fight show
February 5, 2010, David N. Goodman, AP

National Geographic, ESPN TV feature Wayne State University bioengineer explaining physics, biology of sports, martial arts.
MSU study insight into diabetic vision loss
Jan. 29, 2010, Jamie DePolo, Michigan State University
A researcher says she have closed a gap in the understanding of how diabetes leads to blindness. Susanne Mohr writes in the  Journal of Biological Chemistry that the siah-1 protein plays a role in shuttling another protein into Muller cells that have contacts with blood vessels in the eye.
U-M looks at $B research year, ex-Pfizer lab move
Jan. 21, 2010, Jim Erickson, University of Michigan
In the midst of the most severe recession since the Great Depression, research spending at the University of Michigan topped $1 billion last year, researchers were awarded more than $218 million in federal stimulus grants and faculty members disclosed a record 350 inventions.
MSU: New star formation seen in long tail of gas
Jan. 21, 2010, Tom Oswald, Michigan State University

“Crazy” and “cool” are two of the words Michigan State University astronomer Megan Donahue uses to describe the two distinct “tails” found on a long tail of gas that is believed to be forming stars where few stars have been formed before.
Haiti quake: Could anything have helped?
Jan. 19, 2010, Dennis Walikainen, Michigan Technological University
Last week's destruction in Haiti resulted from a huge earthquake near a susceptible population. The increased number of residents living in hazardous places around the world is the motivation behind a unique graduate program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.
Michigan State prof's tattoo-match system sold
Jan. 21, 2010, David N. Goodman, AP

A new tattoo-matching system developed at Michigan State University is licensed to French military contractor Safran SA and could aid police in identifying suspects.
Report: U-M straying from public mission
Jan. 16, 2010,  Juliana Keeping,
In a new report, the University of Michigan has found itself in unfamiliar territory — the bottom.
The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group Education Trust gave the University of Michigan some of the lowest overall marks out of 50 public flagship research institutions studied for the report "Opportunity Adrift," released Jan. 12
"Opportunity Adrift" report       

Despite bad economy, medical schools boom
March 10, 2009, David N. Goodman, AP
Amid the economic downturn, new medical schools are opening around the country and existing schools are expanding in response to projections of serious shortages of U.S.-trained doctors as the Baby Boom generation ages.
Wayne State $2.7 million NIH grant on ADHD
Jan. 15, 2010, Julie O'Connor/Phil Van Hulle, Wayne State University
A Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher has secured a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of the National Institutes of Health to track the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the brains of children and teens in the hope of developing more effective therapies.
Rocking in-utero good for baby mice; Humans?

January  18, 2010, University of Michigan

Gently rocking embryos while they grow during in vitro fertilization improves pregnancy rates in mice by 22 percent, new University of Michigan research shows. The procedure could one day lead to significantly higher IVF success rates in humans.
North-South pollution study collaboration
August 17, 2009, David N. Goodman, AP
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss., has teamed up with Michigan Technological University to collaborate on better tools to monitor coastal water pollution.
U-Michigan: What to do with Indian remains
October 16, 2009, David N.  Goodman, AP
Under criticism from Indian groups, the University of Michigan is taking another look at its policies on retaining or giving up Native American remains and artifacts.
Up trend in US teen marijuana use, U-M says

December 14, 2009, David N. Goodman, AP
There are signs of an increase in marijuana use among U.S. high school students, according to the latest nationwide survey by the University of Michigan, an annual study that began in the 1970s.