Science in the News – Week of May 17

Fiji Mountains
Fiji Mountains – MSU/Alex Killion

Science in the news, headlines from across Michigan. Stay engaged and see what’s happening in science today that will make a difference tomorrow.

Climate Change in Fiji:

Two Michigan State University students have launched the university’s first-ever, student-designed and led study abroad program. Alex Killion and Tracy Swem, fisheries and wildlife graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, selected Fiji, a place where climate change is already affecting the residents and industries on the island nation. (MSU Today)

George Lucas Foundation – MSU:

Michigan State University researchers and their partners plan to create a model for teaching elementary students science while also improving their skills in math, reading and writing. The project is funded by a five-year, $5 million grant from Lucas Education Research, a division of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Executive Director Kristin De Vivo said the goal is to bring the benefits of project-based learning – an approach that encourages kids to explore real-world problems – to more classrooms throughout the nation. (MSU Today)

Teaching STEM (Alpena):

Alpena Public Schools recently received a $30,000 grant from the Besser Foundation to use to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as part of the advanced placement curriculum. The gift was given in celebration of the Besser Foundation’s 30 year anniversary and the continuous relationship the foundation has had with the district. (The Alpena News)

Pensions (Finance):

As governments and corporations around the world face pension shortfalls, a groundbreaking study in Croatia by a team of U.S. researchers explores the likelihood and circumstances under which people will accept partial payouts. Zoran Ivkovich, co-author and Michigan State University finance professor, said 71 percent of Croatian retirees chose smaller, earlier pension-shortfall payments when given the option. (EurekAlert!)

Visit MSU Ag Research Facilities:

MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer. The annual field days, which run June through September, will highlight some of the current research projects benefiting the Michigan agriculture industry. The events provide an opportunity for guests to listen to and speak with some of the MSU scientists and Extension educators affiliated with work at the centers. (MSU Today)

HPV Vaccine Reminder:

A new study finds that a simple reminder via electronic health record systems may go a long way in encouraging young women to get the HPV vaccine that protects against cervical cancer. (UM Health Systems)

Story excerpts are sourced from their links and edited for clarity.

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