Studying How COVID Pandemic Is Affecting Language Change

COVID-19 has had a major impact on people around the world, but how is the pandemic changing our language and the way we communicate? That is the question being studied by a team of researchers at Michigan State University, led by Associate Professor Suzanne Wagner and Assistant Professor Betsy Sneller. The MI COVID Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab, has been…

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MSU Awarded Grant to Study Renewable Energy Adoption in Michigan

Michigan State University was awarded close to $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a five-year study of renewable energy options using a cross-disciplinary research approach in eight Michigan communities, including two Native American communities. The project, “Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community and Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Sovereignty,” will use community-engaged research to collect and analyze local renewable energy risks, barriers,…

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MSU Researches a Neurodiverse Approach to Theatre Education

One of the first of its kind in the world, Michigan State University's Department of Theatre has produced a play that is written specifically for an audience that is neurodiverse, which are variations in the human brain that are commonly characterized as autistic, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, and others. The piece is called FARM! A Musical Experience. Although it…

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UURAF First Place Winners Announced

Several College of Arts & Letters students received first-place awards for their research and creative scholarship presented at the 21st Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF).  Held each spring and co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Honors College, UURAF offers MSU undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research, answer questions about…

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College’s First Creative Arts and Research Forum a Success

The College of Arts & Letters hosted its first Creative Arts and Research Forum on March 22, giving 45 undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research within the creative arts and humanities while developing professional presentation skills and practicing formal public speaking through lightning talks and poster presentations. At the end of the forum, awards were presented to the…

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Undergrads to Present Research at 21st Annual UURAF

The 21st annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) will take place on Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MSU Union Ballroom with the first oral presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the first poster presentations beginning at 9 a.m. With approximately 800 projects, including group projects, more than 1,000 students from all degree-granting Michigan State University colleges are…

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English Undergrad Leads Research in Linguistics

Abby Jaroszewicz, a sophomore English major, Citizen Scholar, and Honors College student, is doing linguistics research on children’s books at the MSU Language Acquisition Lab under the advisement of Associate Professors Cristina Schmitt and Alan Munn. When she first started working at the lab in the fall of 2017, Jaroszewicz assisted other students and faculty who needed an extra hand with their…

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Citizen Scholar Researching Inefficiencies of Public Defenders

Citizen Scholar Devin Heard, a sophomore Humanities Pre-Law and Human Resources and Labor Relations double major, is researching the inefficiencies of public defenders. In his research, which he presented at the 2018 Citizen Scholars Showcase, Heard points out that public defenders, especially those working in predominately minority urban areas, have an overload of cases that leave them with insufficient time…

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