Lansing State Journal: MSU staff want back pay for COVID-19 wage cuts

Lansing State Journal: MSU staff want back pay for COVID-19 wage cuts. “Michigan State University faculty and staff lost thousands of dollars each in wages due to COVID-related budget cuts, and now they want to be paid back. Non-union faculty and academic staff at MSU saw their salaries cut by 1% to 7% between September 2020 and July 2021. For deans and executive managers, those cuts were between 2% and 10%. The cuts were made as a cost-savings measure as MSU dealt with the financial impacts of COVID-19. Those salaries have since been returned to pre-pandemic levels, but faculty and staff are now calling for back pay.”

Michigan State University: Bringing an archaeology project into the digital age

Michigan State University: Bringing an archaeology project into the digital age. “The design and tone of the new website combines classic and contemporary elements, reflecting the omnipresent application of digital technologies in modern-day archaeology. Visitors to the website will see a carefully curated blend of black-and-white and color photographs taken throughout the dig’s collaborative history.” The dig referenced is the MSU Excavations at Isthmia, Greece. Research at the site became an ongoing thing in the early 1950s.

Crain’s Detroit Business: University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, MSU to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, students

Crain’s Detroit Business: University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, MSU to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, students. “The University of Michigan and its health system, Michigan Medicine, announced Friday it will require all staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. East Lansing-based Michigan State University followed later in the day with a similar mandate of its own as concern grows about the delta variant of COVID-19.”

Michigan State University: MSU, Facebook develop research model to fight deepfakes

Michigan State University: MSU, Facebook develop research model to fight deepfakes. “Artificial intelligence experts from Michigan State University and Facebook partnered on a new reverse-engineering research method to detect and attribute deepfakes, which gives researchers and practitioners tools to better investigate incidents of coordinated disinformation using deepfakes as well as open new directions for future research.”

Michigan State University: Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

Michigan State University: Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University a $325,000 grant to support the first phase of the ‘Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico,’ a digital open-access repository of Puerto Rican artifacts of disasters pertaining to Hurricane María (2017), the Guayanilla earthquakes (2020), and COVID-19 (2020).”

CNN: Multiple Michigan State University sororities and fraternities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks after coronavirus spike is tied to students

CNN: Multiple Michigan State University sororities and fraternities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks after coronavirus spike is tied to students. “Local health officials have ordered a number of Michigan State University fraternities and sororities to quarantine for two weeks following hundreds of reported cases in the area. In an emergency order issued on Monday, Ingham County Health Department listed 30 addresses in East Lansing, Michigan, that will be required to quarantine from Monday until September 28.”

CNN: Michigan State University students asked to self-quarantine after Covid-19 outbreak

CNN: Michigan State University students asked to self-quarantine after Covid-19 outbreak. “Health officials on Saturday asked Michigan State University students to self-quarantine immediately after parties contributed to 342 new coronavirus cases….The hundreds of new Covid-19 cases involving people affiliated to the university date to August 24, the health department said. Only 23 people had tested positive before that date.”

Michigan State University: New resource helps food pantry staff serve clients with diabetes

Outside my wheelhouse, sharing anyway. Michigan State University: New resource helps food pantry staff serve clients with diabetes. “On average, 33% of all households that use food pantries have at least one family member with diabetes. Unfortunately, these factors can often lead to a cycle of poor health outcomes — food insecurity is more common among households with a person living with diabetes, yet food insecurity is a risk factor for developing diabetes. To help fight this problem, MSU Extension has created a free online learning module called Navigating the Food Pantry with Diabetes. This course helps food pantry staff better serve clients who are managing diabetes.”

Michigan State University: Great Lakes Water Life database documents biodiversity of Great Lakes native species

Michigan State University: Great Lakes Water Life database documents biodiversity of Great Lakes native species. “The biological diversity of the North American Great Lakes makes this set of interconnected freshwater ecosystems unique on a global scale. To document the wide variety of flora and fauna native to the Great Lakes, NOAA-GLERL has partnered with US EPA and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network to launch the new Great Lakes Water Life database: a comprehensive, accessible inventory of aquatic species found throughout the region.”

Cringeworthy Politics: Trump Sparks ‘Embarrassment’ Spikes On Twitter (Michigan State University)

Michigan State University: Cringeworthy Politics: Trump Sparks ‘Embarrassment’ Spikes On Twitter. “A piece of not-fake-news: there has been a 45-percent increase in people tweeting about embarrassment since Donald Trump took office. In an analysis of Twitter traffic between June 2015 and June 2017, researchers revealed how the platform’s users responded to Trump’s actions at high-profile events.”

EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction

EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction . “Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction.”