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BTN LiveBIG: City of Flint gets help from its 'home teams'

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. The news spread like wildfire — ironic, given that the issue concerned water. The recent discovery of alarming levels of lead in the water supply of Flint, Mich., quickly captured the attention of the entire country. And in the city itself, which has been dealt one misfortune after another over the past several decades, this public health crisis sparked feelings of anger,

BTN LiveBIG: MSU floats a new solution to invasive species in the Great Lakes

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Beneath the waves of Lake Michigan lurks a blood-sucking invader, the dreaded sea lamprey. This aquatic vampire, with no known predators in the region, has decimated populations of lake trout, whitefish and herring. But there is hope, and it comes in the form of a fish. A robotic fish. The mechanical maritime creatures are the brainchild of Dr. Xiaobo Tan and his

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State doc clocks hard-hitting disease with haymaker

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fight of the century! In this corner, we have malaria, an infectious disease that kills at least 500,000 — and possibly close to a million — people per year. Its victims are primarily African children who have little to no access to even rudimentary medical treatment. In the opposite corner, we have…Terrie Taylor, a relentless fighter

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State grad makes magic happen with manure

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Being someone who works with cow poop, it’s a good thing Jim Wallace has a sense of humor. Just don’t ask him if he knows any good gags about manure. “I seriously don’t have any cow manure jokes,” he said with a laugh. “Sorry.” Wallace, who graduated from Michigan State with an environmental engineering Ph.D., regularly gets his hands dirty in his work,

BTN LiveBIG: Technologies developed at MSU help law enforcement collar criminals

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. When Greg Michaud was a student at Michigan State University back in the mid-1980s, he studied the pioneering research in forensics being done at that time by MSU computer professor Dr. Anil Jain. Three decades later, Jain’s work is still influencing Michaud — only now he’s a captain and division director of forensic science operations for the Michigan State Police who regularly

BTN LiveBIG: Beans breakthrough at Michigan State

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again.   As we all know from the classic childhood rhyme, beans are good for your heart. But they’re also a dietary staple for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Elementary school poems notwithstanding, they’re a serious subject. Jim Kelly, professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences at Michigan State University, has spent his entire career — from graduate student to