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MSU: Spartans Shine To Wrap Up Tech Tour ’12
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 (1311 reads)


October 21, 2012/CBS Detroit


EAST LANSING — It’s a world-class research university, America’s pioneering land grant college, the first place on the planet to study agriculture scientifically, and just passed a little-known school called MIT for No. 1 in graduate studies of particle physics.


So while it may be a rebuilding year at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoons, Michigan State University is and always will be a must-visit as long as there are Great Lakes Innovation and Techology Report Fall Tech Tours.


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Tech Tour Day Eight: Western’s Got Wings!
Friday, October 19, 2012 (1252 reads)


October 19, 2012/CBS Detroit

 

By Matt Rousch

KALAMAZOO — Okay, let’s start with full disclosure: My son, brother and two nephews went to Western Michigan University. So it’s hard for me to be entirely objective about the home of the Broncos.

 

But heck, even a Central Michigan Chippewa would be impressed by what I saw Thursday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s 2012 Fall Tech Tour stopped in southwest Michigan.



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Tech Tour Day Seven: Grand Tech At Grand Valley
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (1327 reads)


October 17, 2012/CBS News Detroit

 

By  Matt Rousch

 

GRAND RAPIDS — And the 2012 Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report Tech Tour winner for packing the most information into a 3 1/2-hour visit is…

 

Well, the Tech Tour still has two more stops, but it’s going to be hard to beat what I saw at Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids campus Wednesday morning.

 

The topics ran the gamut at this fast-growing state university, one of several state schools created in 1964, from the health of the Great Lakes and its fisheries to wind energy to app development to the incubation of some really interesting businesses.

 

Heck, they’re even keeping bees — for science.

 

My visit began with Richard Rediske, professor of water resources at Grand Valley’s Annis Water Resource Center in Muskegon.



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Tech Tour Day Six: Ferris Tech Fantastic
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (1323 reads)


October 16, 2012/CBS News Detroit

 

By:  Matt Rousch

 

BIG RAPIDS — We’re a long way from the log cabins in which Ferris State University founder Woodbridge N. Ferris was born, way back in 1853.

 

But the university he and his wife Helen founded as the Big Rapids Industrial School in 1884 hasn’t really strayed all that far from its roots.

 

It’s still a place where you go to learn the science behind trades, from welding to plastic molding to rubber making to heating systems to construction.

 

But it’s also stayed with the times in fields like robotics and green technologies.



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SVSU Receives Grant to Improve College Success of Foster Children
Monday, October 15, 2012 (1320 reads)


October 15, 2012/SVSU News

 

Saginaw Valley State University has received a multi-year grant from the State of Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services to aid former foster children who are currently enrolled at SVSU.

 

The $310,344 grant allows SVSU to provide support services over three years to eligible students who were part of the foster care system.



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Tech Tour Day Five: Biotech, Entrepreneurship At CMU
Monday, October 15, 2012 (645 reads)


October 15, 2012

 

By Matt Rousch

 

MT. PLEASANT — One of the favorite things about my university Tech Tours is hearing people’s reactions, usually along the lines of “They’re doing WHAT?!”

 

I got example after example of that Monday at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, the second stop on Day Five of the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s 2012 Fall Tech Tour.

 

My very first appointment of the day, I learned shortly after 8 a.m., was on the team that invented the technique to look for invasive species in lakes by the telltale DNA they leave in the water.



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Tech Tour Day Two: Solar Power, Star Trek Replicators, New Drugs At Michigan Tech
Sunday, October 14, 2012 (1234 reads)


October 14, 2012

 

By Matt Rousch

 

HOUGHTON — Solar power, Star Trek replicators, new antiviral drugs, more green energy, and a research showplace for the Great Lakes.

 

Yep, just another day at Michigan Technological University Friday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report 2012 Fall Tech Tour got into full swing.

 

The visit started with Joshua Pearce, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, a passionate advocate and researcher in both advanced solar energy and so-called 3D printing.



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Michigan Community Colleges and Universities Partner in Grant to Expand Associate Degree Completion
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (603 reads)


October 10, 2012


Lansing, MI – Five national foundations announced the recipients of $6.4 million in grants supporting a multi-state initiative to help more students who have transferred from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities complete their associate degrees. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and USA Funds have joined forces in the initiative, “Credit When It’s Due: Recognizing the Value of the Quality Associate Degree.” Read here



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Tech Tour Day Two: Solar Power, Star Trek Replicators, New Drugs At Michigan Tech
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (555 reads)


October 14, 2012/CBS News Detroit

 

By Matt Roush

 

HOUGHTON — Solar power, Star Trek replicators, new antiviral drugs, more green energy, and a research showplace for the Great Lakes.

 

Yep, just another day at Michigan Technological University Friday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report 2012 Fall Tech Tour got into full swing.

 

The visit started with Joshua Pearce, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, a passionate advocate and researcher in both advanced solar energy and so-called 3D printing.



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