Media Arts Collaborative

Transforming Student Experiences A newly energized commitment to robust collaboration is taking place between MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and College of Music. It’s called the Media Arts Collaborative (MAC). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk18yxht5sE&feature=emb_title Dedicated to creative endeavors in integrated media arts, the MAC is a coordinated effort to promote collaborative projects that cut across disciplines to enrich the…

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MSU To Lead Multi-University Language Learning Effort

Michigan State University will use a three-year $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to lead a multi-university research project to improve the teaching of less commonly taught languages, or LCTLs. Faculty from MSU’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement, or CeLTA, housed in the College of Arts and Letters, will direct the initiative on behalf of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly the…

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Tamara Butler Receives Promising Researcher Award

Tamara Butler, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and African American and African Studies Program, has been selected to receive the 2016 Promising Researcher Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a professional association of educators in English Education, Literacy Studies, and Language Arts. Butler is the third Michigan State University scholar to receive this honor.…

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Student Researchers Studying Styrofoam-Eating Mealworms

An MSU undergraduate team, which includes sophomore English major Lindsay Mensch, has built a system on campus to explore the ability of mealworms to decompose polystyrene (Styrofoam) and to find useful applications for the organic waste that is produced from this. From left to right: Lindsay Mensch, Matthew Huber and Kirsten West Their work is based on research out of…

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Language Teachers Facing a Confidence Conundrum

Foreign language teachers play a pivotal role in creating global citizens, but some teachers lack confidence in their ability to speak in their nonnative tongue, which could undermine the quality of language instruction, Michigan State University researchers argue. Peter De Costa, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, and Lorena Valmori, a recent Ph.D.…

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Sean Pue Awarded Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Hoping to bridge data science and the humanities, Michigan State University researcher Sean Pue will use a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the role of sound in modern South Asian poetry. Pue, director of digital humanities and associate professor of South Asian literature and culture, is the first MSU faculty member to receive a Mellon New Directions…

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Religious Studies Student Wins National Award

College of Arts & Letters senior Joshua Schnell has won a National Science Foundation Award (NSF) from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Schnell is an Honors College senior double majoring in Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters and Anthropology in the College of Social Science. Close to 17,000 students applied for this year's NSF awards with only…

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CAL Students to Present at UURAF

University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF), which is the highest representation of any college on campus. Of those CAL students, 87 also are Honors College students. This year’s UURAF takes place Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MSU Union. The forum includes poster and oral presentations by undergraduate research teams from all areas of study. Sponsored by…

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Learning Mandarin from Birds

Catherine Ryu, associate professor of Japanese literature and culture, has received a patent for the technology behind her languagelearning game, Picky Birds. Scholars of the Mandarin Chinese language can learn a lot from birds. That’s the premise of a new language learning game designed by a Michigan State University researcher and an interdisciplinary team of students. Inspired by the varying tones…

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Student’s Interdisciplinary Studies Combine Philosophy and Community Sustainability

March 14, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-63bBkfO7c&feature=emb_title After practicing as an interdisciplinary environmental scholar and teacher for 10 years, Bethany Laursen switched fields to study theories of interdisciplinarity itself, which led her to Michigan State University where she is pursuing both an M.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Community Sustainability. “At MSU, I have the freedom to sit in two colleges and have committees that work across disciplines,”…

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