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  • CGC Director speaking at First Tuesday Mixer on March 7 at 5:00 pm

    CGC Director speaking at First Tuesday Mixer on March 7 at 5:00 pm

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Office of Diversity and Pluralism (ODP) hosts monthly First Tuesday Mixers, and the March speaker is our very own Director, Dr. Gretchen Neisler.

    On March 7 in the Abbott Seminar Room, Dr. Neisler will discuss “Opportunity Knocks Again:  How Often Do You Open the Door to Something New?”.  The presentation begins at 5:00pm.

    Please follow this story’s link to RSVP and find more details.  Note that you must RSVP in order to have a meal provided.

  • MSU agricultural scientist earns international leadership award in India

    MSU agricultural scientist earns international leadership award in India

    Michigan State University (MSU) agricultural scientist Karim Maredia is the recipient of the International Leadership Award from the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) for his pioneering contributions in food and agriculture, particularly in Africa-India partnerships.

    The award was presented to Maredia on Sept. 8 in New Delhi, India by governors of the two Indian states: Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and the ICFA Chairman. More than 200 senior officials, scientists, farmers and other dignitaries from public and private organizations in India and the international community were present at the award ceremony, including MSU International Studies and Programs Dean Steven Hanson.

  • Spartans Feed the World

    Spartans Feed the World

    To meet this most basic of needs on a massive scale, Michigan State University researchers are increasing their presence throughout Africa, Asia, and Central America—key food-producing regions—and are working directly with farmers, policy makers, and government entities to increase agricultural productivity, improve diets, and build greater resilience to challenges like climate change. Backed by more than a quarter-billion dollars in international funding over the past decade, Spartan researchers are working with key stakeholders around the globe to improve livelihoods through innovative research and sustainable solutions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

  • MSU to Lead $5.8M USAID Grant to Improve Bangladesh, Indonesia Potato Production

    MSU to Lead $5.8M USAID Grant to Improve Bangladesh, Indonesia Potato Production

    The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Michigan State a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The grant supports USAID’s work under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

  • MSU’s Academy for Global Engagement

    MSU’s Academy for Global Engagement

    Fellows of MSU‘s Academy for Global Engagement joined with officers of the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) in “Pitchcraft 101,” a workshop on March 26 to help them develop and refine a vision for international impact.

     

  • MSU, University of Rwanda Launch First Master’s Degree in Agribusiness Program in Rwanda

    MSU, University of Rwanda Launch First Master’s Degree in Agribusiness Program in Rwanda

    Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Rwanda (UR) launched a new master of science degree program in agribusiness this week in Kigali, Rwanda. The gender-sensitive degree program will enroll its first cohort of students in February 2015.

  • Academy for Global Engagement Names 10 New Fellows

    Academy for Global Engagement Names 10 New Fellows

    Ten early-to-mid career faculty members have been named fellows

    The 2015 Academy for Global Engagement Fellows have been selected for their diverse interests, ranging from skin mechanics to water conflicts. The goal of the academy is to build a growing cohort of faculty members who will participate in global activities and view their scholarship through a global lens.

     

  • Gretchen Neisler to Lead International Agriculture Section of APLU

    Gretchen Neisler to Lead International Agriculture Section of APLU

    Association of Public and Land Grant Universities

    As chair, Gretchen Neisler will serve the liaison to the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly, the governing body for the Agriculture and Natural Resource Deans across the country, as well as the APLU Council on International Initiatives.

  • Empower Extraordinary

    Empower Extraordinary

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources seeks to raise $225 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.

  • Grad Factor: Kelvin Kamfwa

    Grad Factor: Kelvin Kamfwa

    Multiplying Benefits with Biotech

    Growing up in Zambia, Kelvin Kamfwa remembers watching his parents—small-scale farmers—struggle with low yields. Kamfwa is pursuing a doctorate in plant breeding, genetics, and biotechnology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and hopes to apply his bean-breeding knowledge to increase productivity and drive down costs in his home country, helping farmers become food secure and prosperous.

     

  • Faculty Voice: James Kelly

    Faculty Voice: James Kelly

    Harvesting Rewards of Research

    James Kelly is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is an expert in dry bean breeding and genetics.

  • Faculty Voice: Meredith Gore

    Faculty Voice: Meredith Gore

    It’s Been a Busy Week

    Meredith Gore is an associate professor of fisheries and wildlife with a joint appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the School of Criminal Justice. She is a social scientist working not only to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance but also reduce risk to people and the environment. She has traveled multiple times to Madagascar for research and to teach a study abroad course.

  • MSU Experts Available During U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

    MSU Experts Available During U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

    President Obama welcomes African heads of state and government August 4-6 for the U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind.

  • MSU Graduate Appointed Minister of Agriculture in Rwanda

    MSU Graduate Appointed Minister of Agriculture in Rwanda

    Two new political appointees in Rwanda have strong ties to Michigan State University. 

    Geradine Mukeshimana, a former graduate student at MSU, was just appointed the Minister of Agriculture and Anatase Murekezi, a collaborating partner with MSU for decades was just named the Prime Minister.

  • CGC Helps Faculty Build Partnerships

    For the past two years the Center for Global Connections, in partnership wtih International Studies and Programs, has assisted in funding faculty to pursue partnerships with international institutions and individuals. 

  • Academy for Global Engagement

    Academy for Global Engagement

    The Academy for Global Engagement held a public convenying May 28 with representatives from federal funding agencies and international development firms.  This was an opportunity for faculty and staff to hear directly from key players in international development on understanding federal funding and how best to talk about your own research in a compelling and intriguing way. 

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture

    Tokyo University of Agriculture

    Michigan State University and Tokyo University of Agriculture Partnership

    MSU‘s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the oldest partner of Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUA). Having sustained for 48 years, MSU is the only partner university of TUA in the United States.

  • MSU professor emeritus recognized

    MSU professor emeritus recognized

    Contributions to Mali

    John Staatz was named “Officier de L’ordre National du Mali,” or Officer of the National Order of Mali, by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

  • Faculty Voice Meredith Gore

    Faculty Voice Meredith Gore

    Interacting with Wildlife Around the World

    From studying great white sharks in South Africa to gray wolves in Michigan, Meredith Gore observes how people around the world interact with wildlife species.

  • Faculty Voice James Kelly

    Faculty Voice James Kelly

    Planting Rwanda’s Future

    James Kelly is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is an expert in dry bean breeding and genetics.

  • Fellows Named

    Fellows Named

    MSU Academy for Global Engagement names first nine fellows.

  • Faculty Voice David Ortega

    Faculty Voice David Ortega

    Catching the China Bug

    David L. Ortega is an assistant professor of global agri-food systems. He joined the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in January 2013.

  • Faculty Voice Dan Clay

    Faculty Voice Dan Clay

    Percolating Peace and Prosperity

    Dan Clay is Rwanda’s Juan Valdez. But unlike the fictional Valdez who merely trekked through Colombia with a mule laden with bags of coffee beans, Clay helped nurture the seeds of Rwanda’s gourmet coffee industry, thus giving the African nation a strong economic shield to protect peace and prosperity.