Editor’s Note: Sounds and Sounds of Summer | MSU Today

When I arrived at MSU as a student, I came without being seen. I have never been there for a campus tour, none of my family has been there and had not even attended a football game. I had been to East Lansing exactly twice before moving to Campbell Hall – once to visit my friend’s sister and once for my summer orientation program. It wasn’t until my first fall semester that I realized how lucky I was to live on such a glorious campus.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was not yet ready to give up summer. I always hold on to hot weather, outdoor activities, and planned a trip to the beach. And, because I live so close to campus, I often go there to enjoy the splendor of summer. The sights and sounds of lazy, hazy summer days on campus renew, inspire and soothe the soul.

Last weekend I was babysitting my daughter’s puppy so I decided to take her and my dog ​​for a walk around MSU. My dog ​​is a frequent visitor and was more than happy to play the tour guide for his “niece”. We made all the regular stops, taking the obligatory photos for Instagram. The only view better than the campus icons are adorable dogs posed in front of them.

As we know that not everyone can come here to enjoy all that the campus has to offer in the summer, some of my extremely talented colleagues did everyone a favor and made a great video of 60 seconds of spartan summer. It’s beautiful and well worth a minute of your time. Believe me, you will feel very relaxed. A colleague said it should be played during spa treatments. Another said it was “like the human visual equivalent of a puppy thunder shirt during a storm”.

I look forward to some more relaxation when I hit a Lake Michigan beach soon. We Michiganders love our lakes for sure. A recent study by some USM researchers have found that, regardless of political leanings, those living near the Great Lakes overwhelmingly favor the protection of lakes, streams and wetlands.

Protecting them means finding ways to control the invasive species that threaten them. Sea lampreys are particularly disgusting and have threatened native fisheries for decades. Several MSU teams scientists use lamprey’s natural instincts against them to control them.

If I encountered a lamprey while swimming, I could have a heart attack. They are really, really scary. OK, that could be dramatic, but I would still be incredibly surprised.

Detecting heart attacks before they strike is the key to saving lives. A team of Spartan researchers developed a new imaging technique using light, sound and nanoparticles to better detect the plaques that cause heart attacks and strokes. I’m not sure exactly what a nanoparticle is, but I’m really happy that there are scientists out there who are using them and using them to solve a major health problem for so many people.

Speaking of health issues, we still face major cases of COVID-19 in this country. Last week, the university announced new vaccination and mask warrants to protect the Spartan community. Knowing that there are many questions that students, staff and faculty have, the university has developed a complete list of FAQs to help.

We will soon be on campus together and we must do everything to protect ourselves and each other. It goes beyond COVID-19. Building a truly safe and inclusive environment takes all of us. This week, the university released a framework to inform efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

For Kelly Holsinger, an entomology graduate, studying remotely gave her opportunities that she didn’t have when she was physically on campus. Read it Student Perspective: Thriving Through Distance Learning to find out why she advocates online options that help students like her.

Whether we’re on campus or not, humans spend a lot of time in buildings and they use a lot of energy. Dong Zhao, researcher and construction engineer, designs ways to renovate old buildings for large-scale efficiency using human behavior. He is a brilliant Spartan who recently received the Faculty Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation, which is a very prestigious honor.

When you return to campus, if you haven’t been here for a while, you will find some amazing new buildings and spaces on campus to explore.

Bob Reising, a College of Arts and Letters alumnus and member of the MSU baseball team from 1951 to 1955, returned to campus several times after graduating. He still remembers specific teachers, mentors and classes that impacted his life. Read his Voices of the Elders: In debt to the State of Michigan for 70 years to learn more about his history as a Spartan.

We all have our own stories related to our time at MSU. For me it started as a student, then alumni and now for years as a member of the communications team. There is no doubt that being a Spartan is in my DNA. Every image and sound that I have experienced is anchored in my memory and shapes my days. Open your mind, Spartans. Take advantage of it all. Appreciate the beauty around you and create memories that last a lifetime. #SpartansWill

Lisa Mulcrone

Editor, MSUTday

Top image by GL Kohuth

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