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MSU Today is a lively look at Michigan State University-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White. The show airs Saturdays at 5 P.M. and Sundays at 5 A.M. on 102.3 FM and AM 870 WKAR, and 8 P.M. on AM 760 WJR.

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MSU Today is a lively look at Michigan State University-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White. The show airs Saturdays at 5 P.M. and Sundays at 5 A.M. on 102.3 FM and AM 870 WKAR, and 8 P.M. on AM 760 WJR.

    MSU College of Human Medicine hosts inaugural Remembrance Conference to address gun violence

    MSU College of Human Medicine hosts inaugural Remembrance Conference to address gun violence

    The conference provided attendees with actions and solutions they can take back to their institutions.
     
    There’s a burgeoning relationship between Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The school’s deans have brought the institutions together to advocate for a public health approach to reducing gun violence. 
     
    Aron Sousa, MD, FACP of MSU and Allison Brashear, MD, MBA of UB discuss their shared experiences with gun violence in their respective communities. They talk about how they originally came together on this subject and what led them to exchange students and begin an annual conference. And they define what they mean by a public health approach to reducing gun violence.
     
    Conversation Highlights:
     
    (0:56) – How did this “grass roots phenomenon” get started? 
     
    (5:31) – What do you mean by a public health-focused approach to gun violence?
     
    (6:58) – Talk about the February 2024 Remembrance Conference on campus and what came out of it? The 2025 conference will be in May in Buffalo.
     
    (9:25) – How can the public adopt this public health focus? The students are providing the energy. They’re our doctors of the future. Overall wellbeing is crucial.
     
    (17:04) – What are key takeaways from this conversation?
     
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    • 18 min
    International artist visiting MSU for residency at intersection of art, science and technology

    International artist visiting MSU for residency at intersection of art, science and technology

    As part of Michigan State University’s 2024 MSUFCU Arts Power Up artists-in-residence, Abel Korinsky (representative of Studio Korinsky) of Berlin, Germany, is in residence during the spring semester.
     
    This inaugural open call for artists is a collaboration between the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB; the MSU Museum; the STEAMpower Project, Michigan State University’s art, science and culture collaborative; and Arts MSU. This new residency fosters collaboration, exploration, experimentation, and innovation on MSU’s vibrant campus, culminating in the creation of groundbreaking artworks at the intersection of art, science and technology.
     
    Korinsky talks with Morgan Butts, director of communications and marketing for University Arts and Collections.
     
    Conversation Highlights:
     
    (1:13) - Can you tell us a little about how you found this residency and what interested you? 
     
    (2:14) - This residency is really built on the intersection of the arts and the sciences. Can you tell us a little more about how you’ve explored this intersection in your past work? 
     
    (3:15) - You’ve been here at MSU and working closely with FRIB for a few weeks now. What sorts of interactions have you had and where are you now in terms of thinking of the work you’ll create in response to this experience? 
     
    (5:04) - From your perspective, what are some of the similarities and differences between art and science? What can artists and scientists learn from each other?
     
    (6:48) - You have a series of public engagements during your residency, including one coming right up on April 11. Can you tell us about the Intersection Conversation? 
     
    (8:04) – What is University Arts and Collections?
     
    (8:26) – What’s coming up on campus in the next few weeks?
     
    (8:56) – Generous sponsors supported Abel’s visit.
     
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    • 9 min
    MSU drives conversation, research on the future of work

    MSU drives conversation, research on the future of work

    You have likely heard about ChatGPT, and you might even have the application downloaded on your phone. But have you thought about how technology — and artificial intelligence specifically — will impact your job and the future of work? Michigan State University’s College of Social Science launched the  Future of Work initiative to answer this very complex question, starting by hosting the university’s first Future of Work Conference.
     
    Faculty from across MSU colleges and representatives from community organizations came together to collaborate and engage on this subject. Expert-led interactive discussions centered on four topics, including human interaction with artificial intelligence, accessibility changes to technology, new skills in the labor market and government engagement.
     
    Tara Behrend is the initiative’s director and John Richard Butler II Endowed Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Hye Jin Rho is an assistant professor in the school.
     
    Conversation Highlights:
     
    (1:21) – Tara on her background and interest in the future of work and on how the land-grant mission attracted her to MSU. “Technology doesn’t make decisions. People make decisions.”
     
    (3:04) – Hye Jin on her background and research interests. MSU’s interdisciplinary approach attracted her.
     
    (7:19) – Why did you think this topic necessitated a conference?
     
    (9:28) – How do you define “future of work?”
     
    (12:10) – What were conference themes? Who was there? And what are some things that came out of it?
     
    (15:57) – More on Hye Jin’s research. “Technology isn’t inherently good or bad. How is it used? It’s important to consider employee input on how technology is deployed.”
     
    (19:52) – Artificial intelligence will greatly impact the future of work, right? What is automation surprise?
     
    (24:17) – What’s the state and future of remote work? “Many managers don’t know how to manage a remote workforce. What tasks need to get done and how many of them need to happen in person?”
     
    (30:32) – What new questions do you have coming out of the conference? And if you were the czar of the future of work, what initiatives would you try to implement?
     
    (33:30) – The School of Human Resources and Labor Relations is on the cutting edge of many important trends. Everything that’s global is local first.
     
    (35:12) – The conference is just the beginning of MSU’s Future of Work initiative. And what are some key takeaways from this conversation?
     
    (42:10) – Has the power balance tipped a bit more in employees’ direction? Are unions on the rise?
     
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    • 43 min
    Alumni Ashton Henderson and Jack Ebling reflect on MSU Com Art Sci’s impact on their lives and careers

    Alumni Ashton Henderson and Jack Ebling reflect on MSU Com Art Sci’s impact on their lives and careers

    Ashton Henderson and Jack Ebling are 2024 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees from MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
     
    Henderson received his bachelor’s in advertising in 2010 and his master’s in public relations in 2012. He is currently Spartan Athletics’ director of Championship Resources and Culture.
     
    Ebling earned a bachelor’s in radio and television in 1973 and another bachelor’s in communication in 1975. He owns Ebling Media and hosts the “Drive with Jack” and “Press Pass.”
     
    Ashton and Jack talk about what attracted them to Com Art Sci at MSU and how their experiences impacted them. And they talk about challenges and opportunities ahead for journalism and intercollegiate athletics.
     
    Conversation Highlights:
     
    (0:49) – How does it feel to receive this honor?
     
    (2:27) – What attracted you to MSU, and how did your experience impact you?
     
    (7:03) – Ashton, what are championship resources, and what culture are you building?
     
    (9:01) – What is name, image, and likeness (NIL), and tell us about Spartan Nation NIL.
     
    (11:40) – Jack, how has journalism evolved and what are its challenges and opportunities ahead?
     
    (15:08) – Ashton asks Jack for his views on the challenges and opportunities ahead for intercollegiate athletics.
     
    (18:00)- Jack asks Ashton about the biggest challenge he faces. What keeps him up at night?
     
    (21:30) – Final thoughts.
     
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    • 24 min
    Out of the Darkness MSU Campus Walk to inspire hope while raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention

    Out of the Darkness MSU Campus Walk to inspire hope while raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention

    Courtney Brown and Sarah Fay-Koutz are social workers with University Health and Wellbeing’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). For the second year, CAPS is collaborating with the Michigan Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to hold an Out of the Darkness MSU Campus Walk on April 14. Courtney and Sarah are co-chairing the walk this year.
     
    The goal of the Out of the Darkness Walk is to start conversations that inspire hope while raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention. The walk sends the message that when it comes to suicide, no one must travel on their journey alone.  
     
    If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 988 or text TALK to 741-741.
     
    Conversation Highlights:
     
    (1:51) – Frame the issue.
     
    (3:22) - Suicide is a topic that no one wants to talk about.
     
    (5:01) – What are some of the warning signs?
     
    (6:29) - Myth: If you ask someone about suicide, it will give them the idea and encourage them to do it. 
     
    (8:43) – What’s the mission and the purpose of the walk? The theme is Hope Starts Here.
     
    (11:20) – Participating in the walk is a “moving experience.”
     
    (13:14) – “I see you. You are strong. Please give it one more day.”
     
    Register and donate today for Out of the Darkness Walk MSU Campus Walk: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=9977   
     
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    • 17 min
    MSU IPPSR State of the State podcast examines evolving Arab and Muslim voter preferences

    MSU IPPSR State of the State podcast examines evolving Arab and Muslim voter preferences

    Matt Grossmann, Charley Ballard, and Arnold Weinfeld discuss Michigan and national politics, policy, and the economy on the monthly State of the State podcast from MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). The podcast is a monthly round up of policy and research for Michigan. 
     
    Nura Sediqe is an assistant professor of American politics and public policy at MSU. The group discusses Sediqe’s work in political behavior, race, and ethnic politics, especially as it pertains to Muslim Americans.
     
    Conversation Highlights:
     
    (0:44) – Charley, how’s the economy doing?
     
    (5:24) – Matt, how do you see the economy playing a role in the campaign season?
     
    (8:17) – Why do you think some minority voters are moving to the right?
     
    (12:54) – Where are we on redistricting and the redrawn map?
     
    (15:14) – What’s the state of Michigan’s economy?
     
    (17:35) – Nura joins the conversation with an overview of her research.
     
    (18:56) – Talk about the growth of the Arab and Muslim population in Michigan that is increasingly flexing its political muscle.
     
    (27:23) – How will the conflict in Gaza impact voter preferences?
     
    (29:59) – Michigan has a large population that is Arab but not Muslim. How is that factoring in? 
     
    (31:40) – Tell us about your book in development.
     
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    • 32 min

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