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Susanne Hoffmann-Benning receives the MSU Award for Outstanding Service to Education Abroad [LINK] March 8, 2022 Susanne Hoffmann-Benning receives the MSU Award for Outstanding Service to Education Abroad [LINK]

Fourteen Spartans and community members have been named recipients of the 2022 International Awards, presented by International Studies and Programs. Since 1990, the awards program has celebrated individuals whose contributions fulfill the university’s mission to advance knowledge and transform lives across the globe.

Thomas Sharkey named American Society of Plant Biologists Pioneer Member [LINK] February 28, 2022 Thomas Sharkey named American Society of Plant Biologists Pioneer Member [LINK]

Michigan State University plant biochemist Thomas D. Sharkey was recently named a Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), a recognition given to leaders in the society, especially those who have been involved in training graduate students, postdocs and visiting professors.

Serena Lotreck on The Sci-Files: Automated Hypothesis Generation for the Plant Sciences [LINK] February 20, 2022 Serena Lotreck on The Sci-Files: Automated Hypothesis Generation for the Plant Sciences [LINK]

MPS graduate student Serena Lotreck was interviewed about his research for The Sci-Files, a science podcast from Impact 89FM.

Jianping Hu accepts leadership position as new director of MPS January 11, 2022 Jianping Hu accepts leadership position as new director of MPS

Professor Jianping Hu has been appointed as the new director of the Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) Graduate Program at Michigan State University. 

Josh Temple: How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production [LINK] December 22, 2021 Josh Temple: How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production [LINK]

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) shows how some algae can protect themselves when the oxygen they produce impairs their photosynthetic activity. The discovery also answers a long-standing question about how algae survive when CO2 levels are low.

Tribute to Danny Schnell December 15, 2021 Tribute to Danny Schnell

We are deeply saddened that Danny Schnell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, passed away on December 15, 2021 after a valiant fight with cancer from complications of his  treatment.

MPS Monday Seminars bring international researchers to campus this fall September 7, 2021 MPS Monday Seminars bring international researchers to campus this fall

The Molecular Plant Sciences Monday seminar series is kicking off the 2021-2022 school year with presentations by plant scientists from institutions all over the world.

Kara Headley starts as the communications manager for PRL and the MPS program August 18, 2021 Kara Headley starts as the communications manager for PRL and the MPS program

My name is Kara Headley, and I am the new communications manager for the DOE-MSU Plant Research Laboratory (PSL) and the Molecular Plant Sciences program (MPS). I am very much looking forward to diving into this role and this community.

PhD student, Joanne Thomson, awarded NRT-IMPACTS fellowship March 23, 2021 PhD student, Joanne Thomson, awarded NRT-IMPACTS fellowship

The NRT program at Michigan State University, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program, trains doctoral students in applying computational data science approaches to solving problems in plant biology. 

Race to defenses: Maize outpaces soybeans in fighting off fungal invasions December 7, 2020 Race to defenses: Maize outpaces soybeans in fighting off fungal invasions

Sudden death syndrome is a devastating disease that afflicts soybean crops, causing annual losses in U.S. soybean yields in excess of $274 million dollars. New Michigan State University research shows that the trick to surviving the disease might be a matter of timing when to mount a defense response.