BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.
The MSU BioEconomy Network is a new umbrella organization within MSU's Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies that incorporates and replaces activities of the Office of Biobased Technologies. It is charged with coordinating MSU's efforts to promote Michigan's bioeconomy Those growing efforts include research, policy and economic analysis, education, corporate and government collaborations, and commercialization.
Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID)
CASID promotes and coordinates the study of issues related to international development from the perspective of the social sciences and liberal arts.
Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO)
CGCEO's mission is to foster interdisciplinary approaches for understanding global change at all scales using the tools of both the social and bio-physical sciences. The Center is also committed to applying its research and expertise to inform public and private decision-making on critical global environmental change issues.
Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources coordinates both academic and nonacademic units to continue building an international dimension in ongoing programs of teaching, research, and extension. Programs include collaborative research with host country scientists; providing consultant services to international research organizations, foreign government agencies, and others; serving as guest lecturers; and hosting faculty and researchers from host country institutions. Many projects include training components, bringing international students to MSU masterís and Ph.D. programs and for short-term non-degree programs.
Composite Materials and Structures Center (CMSC)
The CMSC is a multidisciplinary research facility located at MSUís College of Engineering. The expertise of MSU's engineering faculty, as well as faculty members from other colleges on campus, support the center's three major efforts. 1. Research on composite materials, processing and design. 2. Support of graduate and undergraduate education in the science and engineering of composites. 3. Transfer of composites technology to industry through seminars, short courses and cooperative research.
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
The Knight Center, at MSU's School of Journalism trains student and professional journalists to cover the environment. The program offers numerous classes and professional workshops for the study and practice of environmental journalism. It also maintains the Meeman Archives, a collection of more than 1,500 outstanding environmental journalism articles.
Land Policy Institute (LPI)
The LPI mission is to resource policy makers at the federal, state, and local level with science-based tools and solutions that help build a better quality of life, strengthen the economy, and protect the environment. We encourage collaboration among land use researchers, policy makers, and community organizations, and we marshal the breadth of MSU's capacity for research and education.
Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP)
SMEP provides a venue for ongoing scholarly reflection and critique on the sustainability of Michigan, as well as seed grants for sustainability research from a Michigan state-level perspective. SMEP also provides a venue for on-going, long-term sustainability discourse with the goal of influencing the intellectual culture within MSU, and particularly the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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