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Responding to Invasion: MSU Shields Fruit Industry Against Tiny Fly With Big Impacts

on Apr 21, 2015 in March 2015 Articles | 0 comments

Responding to Invasion: MSU Shields Fruit Industry Against Tiny Fly With Big Impacts

Michigan’s fruit industry boasts more than 22,000 acres devoted to small fruit production; blueberries account for a whopping 20,900 of those. Valued at $118.5 million, the blueberry industry has helped Michigan gain a reputation as a top producer of one of the world’s most popular fruits. In 2010, researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) confirmed the presence of a pest that threatened the future of this industry: spotted wing drosophila (SWD). Since its arrival in the eastern United States, growers of most berry crops have spent...

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Developing New Approaches for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

on Apr 21, 2015 in March 2015 Articles | 0 comments

Developing New Approaches for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

By Cheryl Deep, Wayne State University Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, may be one of Alzheimer’s earliest signs.  The subtle changes of MCI include problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment and a subjective sense that mental function is getting worse.  MCI is seldom severe enough to impair day-to-day activities and is sometimes ignored as “normal aging.” Though it doesn’t always progress to Alzheimer’s or another dementia, it should always be investigated further. This may be especially important for older African Americans. ...

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U-M Explores Strategies for Dealing with Water-level Changes in the Great Lakes

on Mar 20, 2015 in March 2015 Articles | 0 comments

U-M Explores Strategies for Dealing with Water-level Changes in the Great Lakes

By John Callewaert, H. Dominique Abed and Elizabeth LaPorte  Extreme water-level fluctuations in the Great Lakes, including historic lows on lakes Michigan and Huron in 2013 and substantial upward trends in 2014, are creating serious challenges for many shoreline property owners, tourism-related businesses, municipal planners and others. To help these community stakeholders and decision makers determine the best strategies for dealing with these water-level changes, the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute is...

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MSU Scholars Create System to Address School Fiscal Stress 

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MSU Scholars Create System to Address School Fiscal Stress 

A financial health-indicator system created by Michigan State University scholars could prevent many Michigan school districts from reaching the crisis point. Gov. Rick Snyder has prioritized increased transparency and accountability in school finance. During his State of the State address Jan. 20, Snyder called for the creation of a financial scorecard for Michigan schools. Fifty-seven Michigan school districts ended 2014 with a deficit or projected deficit, and many are in danger of entering a severe fiscal crisis. The MSU system, outlined...

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