Todd Fenton is perfectly comfortable in his laboratory on the fourth floor of Fee Hall, even though hes surrounded by small fragments of prehistoric remains of teenagers and an intact human skeleton lying on the table next to him.Fenton, a forensic anthropologist and anthropology professor at MSU, works daily to identify the cause of death in cases when it is unknown or when a crime victims identity remains a mystery.My favorites are the ones where you have to figure out the individual death story, he says.Fenton received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned his masters degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson.He has been working on campus since 1998.I love forensic anthropology because you can work a case one day and assess the trauma to a body, positively identify the remains and when you go home at night theres a sense of accomplishment like no other field allows, he said.Fenton and the rest of the employees at MSUs forensic anthropology lab have recently been receiving increased statewide and national attention for their hard work and positive results.
Students will not be alone in receiving grades this semester. All 50 states have already been handed their marks for higher education. For the first time, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education put both public and private universities nationwide to the test, and spent more than two years comparing them. No state received straight As, and many were given low grades.
Rusty red landscapes adorned with sienna plateaus, bronze mesas and golden sun rays grace the walls of the Multicultural Center these days.Studio art sophomore Domingo Carreon is the creative genius behind 25 paintings and sketches displayed in the Multicultural Center, located in the Union Basement.
Ira Flatow, a veteran National Public Radio science correspondent and Emmy Award-winning television journalist, has covered stories in historic venues like the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, Antarctica and the South Pole. And it all began during his boyhood when he burned down his mothers bathroom while trying to recreate a biology class experiment Hell be bringing his experiences to campus Wednesday as a guest speaker in the McPherson Professorship lecture series. Hes the host of NPRs Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, and Flatows lecture will be titled If it Breeds, It Leads: How the Media Bring Science to the Public. He just hops around from physical to natural science and also public issues, like pesticides on tomatoes, said Douglas Luckie, assistant professor of physiology at Lyman Briggs School. The speech will be the fifth and final of the McPherson Professorship lectures - a series that MSU President M.
The red ribbons adorning campus trees have been taken down and prepared for burial, the memorial quilt panel no longer hangs in the Kresge Art Museum and the lights of Lansings holiday tree have been lit once again. But Emily Flowers hopes people wont forget about the disease behind those events, which caused the death of 10,198 Americans in 1999 alone - AIDS. The nutrition science senior helped coordinate the on-campus projects through Olin Health Center for Fridays World AIDS Day. Flowers said shes not sure how many students and community members volunteers reached, but she believes they made a difference. You can talk about AIDS all you want and try to say the impact of it, but people dont realize it until they see it in front of them, Flowers said.
Campus was temporarily transformed into a hot spot for holiday shopping Saturday and Sunday. Thousand of patrons made a trip to the Union to browse through four floors, each packed with a variety of arts and crafts - or even potential presents. The Union Activities Boards Arts and Crafts Show completed another successful year, bringing in vendors and customers from near and far. In its 37th year, many participants say the event is known for its size and variety. Many people know its coming every year and they know theres lots of choices, said Carol Whearty, a jewelry designer whos sold her wares at the show for 12 years.
As the semester comes to a close, there will be MSU seniors graduating as well as others preparing for their spring commencement.In either case, these graduates will have to make decisions concerning their futures and what direction they will be heading.
With the holidays quickly approaching, many students are scrambling to find the perfect gift. The Union Activities Boards Holiday Arts and Crafts Show just might be the place to find the presents for friends and family - or even something nice for yourself. I would say anybody would be able to afford something here, said Erecenia Friday, Union Activities Board office manager and a communication junior.
A controversial report recently released by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce found that nontenured track instructors make up almost half of the teaching staff in many humanities and social science instruction fields.But MSU officials say this university doesnt fall into that category.
Hank Haberman would have appreciated the way 75 volunteers showed their devotion to AIDS awareness Thursday night despite pitch darkness and frigid temperatures.The volunteers tied 500 red ribbons around campus trees for the annual World AIDS Day ribbon tie-up.
Armed with more than 1,000 yellow postcards, ASMSU is ready to further its quest in eliminating sales tax from college textbooks in Michigan.The collection of lobbying postcards, which will be sent to state Rep.
It wasnt exactly your normal county jail.Nearly 75 people were locked up at the Kellogg Center on Wednesday, but no one stood guard and the inmates roamed free, munching on doughnuts, drinking coffee and chatting with old friends via cell phones.The jailbirds were all summoned to the makeshift jail between 9 a.m.
Danielle Drake didnt realize how much she would enjoy HIV counseling.The human biology senior was encouraged by her cousin, a long-term survivor of the disease that can lead to AIDS, to help others living with HIV.And after a year of training sessions and one-on-one experience, she is glad she got involved in the program through Olin Health Center.Im a pre-med major, but who knows if I want to go to medical school, Drake said.