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Three College of Social Science students nominated for prestigious Truman Scholarship

February 15, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Two Political Science students and an Economics major have been nominated by the MSU Distinguished Student Awards Office for the nationally recognized Truman Scholarship. Josie Danielkiewicz and Jerome Hamilton Jr are both third-year Political Science Pre-Law students and PLS Scholars. Emma Nicolaysen is pursuing dual degrees in Economics and Neuroscience in the College of Natural Science. She is a member of the Econ Scholars Program. All are members of the Social Science Scholars program.

Meet the Team: The College of Social Science Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Affairs

Meet the Team: The College of Social Science Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Affairs

February 15, 2024 - Emily Jodway

The Michigan State University College of Social Science Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Affairs (ODEIA) welcomes two new staff members to its team, Veda Hawkins and Victoria Pierce. Dr. Nwando Achebe returns to her role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Faculty Development, and Strategic Implementation as well as Director of the Office of Diversity. Hawkins will serve as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Diversity and Student Affairs, and Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Affairs, while Pierce enters the role of DEI Office Manager.

MSU named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 10th consecutive year; Social Scientist Fayyaz Hussain among group

MSU named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 10th consecutive year; Social Scientist Fayyaz Hussain among group

February 14, 2024 - MSUToday

Seven faculty selected for prestigious international academic exchange program, including Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science Associate Professor Dr. Fayyaz Hussain.

Online Masters in Criminal Justice program in the Top 10 Nationally

Online Masters in Criminal Justice program in the Top 10 Nationally

February 8, 2024 - JJ Thomas

The School of Criminal Justice’s Online Masters Program in Criminal Justice has been ranked 10th in the Nation by US News & World Report - our Online Masters Program was also ranked 5th in the Nation for Veterans. This marks the 8th year in a row that our program has been listed in the Top 10. The School of Criminal Justice is also ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 10 Best Criminology Schools – the only School in the Big 10 to be feature on both lists.

Diversity Spotlight: Pat Carey, PhD

Diversity Spotlight: Pat Carey, PhD

February 6, 2024 - Becky Jensen

Dr. Patricia M. Carey graduated from MSU with a degree in Psychology and most recently served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Programs at New York University. She is a constant advocate for Black women in higher education and the pursuit of racial justice for all individuals

Diversity Torch: The Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program

Diversity Torch: The Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program

February 6, 2024 - Emily Jodway

The Advancing Geography through Diversity Program is a nationally recognized graduate student recruiting program which seeks to support and engage Masters and PhD students from underrepresented groups. The program began in 2017 and has made many strides in the development of diversity in the field of geography.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Lee June

Diversity Champion: Dr. Lee June

February 6, 2024 - Emily Jodway

Dr. Lee June, an MSU Psychology professor, has been involved in advocacy for racial justice his entire life, inspiring students to be ‘justice fighters' in their own right. He is an award-winning author, has taught in the Honors College and the African Studies program and has served in a variety of advisory positions for university multicultural and diversity issues.

MSU making voice-activated AI more accessible, fair

MSU making voice-activated AI more accessible, fair

February 5, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

As artificial intelligence technology advances, one area lags behind: voice-activated AI. For the more than 80 million people who stutter, voice AI technologies, which are increasingly being used in job hiring practices, can still be impossible to navigate. HeardAI, a multidisciplinary project from Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and the nonprofit Friends: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter, has advanced to Phase 2 of the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program to address this challenge.

Roy named as a new member of the NASA Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) science team

Roy named as a new member of the NASA Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) science team

February 1, 2024

David Roy, director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) at Michigan State University and a professor of geography, has been named a new member of the NASA Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) science team. The GEDI instrument is the first Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor designed to measure vegetation height from space and was launched by NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018. 

MSU’s Program Evaluation Student Has Global Impact

MSU’s Program Evaluation Student Has Global Impact

January 30, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Fahim Safi works for a nonprofit organization that implements United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded humanitarian and international development programs. Through his travels around the world, Fahim is also pursuing a graduate degree through MSU’s Program Evaluation online program. Hear from his own words about the impact he’s having in the world, why he chose program evaluation, and what advice he would give to people looking to make a difference in the world.

Social Scientists shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

Social Scientists shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

January 25, 2024 - Karessa Weir and Shelly DeJong

Students from MSU College of Social Scientists brought home a wide variety of awards at this year’s Diversity Research Showcase hosted by MSU Honors College. This annual university-wide showcase features MSU undergraduate student work or work in progress on issues of diversity that advance inclusion.

Ask The Expert: "The Mother of all Breaches"

Ask The Expert: "The Mother of all Breaches"

January 25, 2024 - JJ Thomas and Rachel McNealey

A large data breach was just discovered by researchers at Security Discovery and CyberNews. The data breach was so large that the researchers are calling it the "Mother of all Breaches." To understand what exactly happened and how we can try to prevent the next cyberattack, we sat down with Dr. Rachel McNealey, a cybersecurity expert in the School of Criminal Justice.

Diversity Spotlight: Rabbi Simon Stratford

Diversity Spotlight: Rabbi Simon Stratford

January 22, 2024 - Emily Jodway

Simon Stratford graduated from the College of Social Science with a degree in social work and completed a minor in Jewish studies. Having completed rabbinical school and being ordained in 2017, Stratford currently serves as Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom of Cincinnati.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Ronen Steinberg

Diversity Champion: Dr. Ronen Steinberg

January 22, 2024 - Emily Jodway

Diversity Champions epitomize unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They do this in their research and scholarly agenda, across our academic programs and at varying administrative levels. In short, “Diversity Champions” work to create a better future or world for all. As a faculty member who teaches about the Holocaust, Dr. Ronen Steinberg exemplifies efforts to remember the impact of the Holocaust on today’s world.

Diversity Torch: Jacob Starner

Diversity Torch: Jacob Starner

January 22, 2024 - Emily Jodway

Diversity Torches celebrate our students who uphold a diversity value or ideal. As “Diversity Torches,” they provide light, guidance, and awareness to their fellow students and all who see them. Our “Torch” for this month is Jacob Starner. Mr. Starner is a fourth-year SSC undergraduate majoring in Economics with a minor in Jewish Studies. We are recognizing him for his leadership in Jewish student organizing and in combating antisemitism on Michigan State University's campus.

Dr. Buchanan Reappointed to Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board

Dr. Buchanan Reappointed to Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board

January 19, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to MSU Psychology professor Dr. NiCole Buchanan on her reappointment to the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board. Dr. Buchanan has been reappointed to represent persons with experience handling the problems of domestic violence and/or sexual violence.

Photos: Youth Equity Project Keynote Address with Dr. Nancy Rodriguez

Photos: Youth Equity Project Keynote Address with Dr. Nancy Rodriguez

January 18, 2024

Photos: Youth Equity Project Keynote Address with Dr. Nancy Rodriguez

Drones, phones, and a cryogenic wave tank help researchers uncover new insights into shoreline impacts of Great Lakes ice

Drones, phones, and a cryogenic wave tank help researchers uncover new insights into shoreline impacts of Great Lakes ice

January 16, 2024 - Diane Huhn

Using drones, phones, and a cryogenic wave tank housed in a walk-in freezer, Ethan Theuerkauf led a team to conduct a first-of-its-kind combined field and laboratory study to research how lake ice impacts sediment transport and erosion along the freshwater coastal shorelines of the Great Lakes.

2024 Youth Equity Project Seed Grant Award Winners Announced

January 12, 2024 - Emily Jodway

Five graduate students and one faculty member from across the University were recently announced as recipients of MSU Youth Equity Project seed grants. This is the second year that YEP has awarded these grants, which exist to help fund research projects supporting the mission of this thematic area.

Since Roe was overturned, fewer Michigan adults want to have children

Since Roe was overturned, fewer Michigan adults want to have children

January 12, 2024

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, it created uncertainty for Americans’ access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care. This uncertainly may have led to an increase in the number of Michigan adults who said they never want to have children, according to Michigan State University researchers.

History and Chicano Latino Studies faculty Delia Fernández-Jones Named College of Arts & Letters Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Faculty Affairs

History and Chicano Latino Studies faculty Delia Fernández-Jones Named College of Arts & Letters Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Faculty Affairs

January 11, 2024

CLS Core Faculty Delia Fernández-Jones has been appointed Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Faculty Affairs for the College of Arts & Letters, effective on Jan. 1, 2024. This is a new position in the College and is part of the Dean’s leadership team working closely in an advising capacity with the Dean, as well as the other Assistant and Associate Deans.

When do we become old? New MSU study explores age bias across 13 countries

When do we become old? New MSU study explores age bias across 13 countries

January 9, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Age is but a number, right? Look at any birthday card aisle in the store and you are sure to see “50 is the new 30” or “You’re only as old as you feel.” A new study from Michigan State University explored age perceptions over the course of the lifespan of over one million people across 13 countries — and found that as individuals grow older, they express the belief that old age begins at an even later stage of life. The study, published in Frontiers in Social Psychology, was the largest and most culturally diverse study conducted to date on this topic. The researchers found that every country had some degree of age bias. For every year people got older, individuals expressed the perception that old age begins even later in life. Additionally, they reported feeling younger than their current age and believing that others perceived them to be younger than their current age.

Do you eat with your eyes, your gut or your brain? A neuroscientist explains how to listen to your hunger during the holidays

Do you eat with your eyes, your gut or your brain? A neuroscientist explains how to listen to your hunger during the holidays

December 20, 2023 - Alex Johnson

The holiday season is upon us, and with it, opportunities to indulge in festive treats. The proverbial saying “you eat with your eyes first” seems particularly relevant at this time of year. The science behind eating behavior, however, reveals that the process of deciding what, when and how much to eat is far more complex than just consuming calories when your body needs fuel. Hunger cues are only part of why people choose to eat. As a scientist interested in the psychology and biology that drives eating behavior, I’m fascinated with how the brain’s experiences with food shape eating decisions.

Five Social Scientists receive Board of Trustees Award for Perfect 4.0 G.P.A.

December 19, 2023

Five College of Social Science graduating seniors are among the 62 Michigan State University students that received a Board of Trustees Award for Academic Excellence.

Go for the Green: Equipping financial literacy through alumni, faculty and student engagement

Go for the Green: Equipping financial literacy through alumni, faculty and student engagement

December 15, 2023 - Katie Frey

Recently, Maddie Shlaimoon and Tushar Thakur, two MSU College of Social Science students, were awarded funding from the Go for the Green Paul Pradel Financial Literacy Ambassador Scholarship. The students were selected based upon their creation of a social media ad campaign describing the importance of financial literacy and the programs at MSU, and they each will receive $1,500 from the scholarship fund gifted by MSU alumnus Paul Pradel. 

MSU Twin Registry partners with Pistons for first-ever twin theme night

MSU Twin Registry partners with Pistons for first-ever twin theme night

December 14, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

The MSU Twin Registry and the Detroit Pistons are partnering for the first-ever “Twin Night” on Friday, January 12th at the Little Caesars Arena. The Twin Night celebrates twin brothers Ausar and Amen Thompson, who became the first siblings (and twins!) to be selected top-10 in the same NBA Draft. Ausar was selected with the fifth overall pick by Detroit, while Amen was selected by the Rockets with the fourth overall pick.

From interests to employment (or not): New study explores gender gaps in career paths

From interests to employment (or not): New study explores gender gaps in career paths

December 13, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

A recent study out of Michigan State University found significant variations in career interests between men and women. Surprisingly, even with these interest differences, gender gaps in career opportunities are more substantial than anticipated. The study also noted that these gender differences are more pronounced at lower education levels. This suggests a pressing need for gender diversity efforts to concentrate on professions that do not require a college degree.

MSU Chicano Latino Studies Core Faculty Deyanira Nevarez Martinez appointed to the U.S. Interior advisory council on climate

MSU Chicano Latino Studies Core Faculty Deyanira Nevarez Martinez appointed to the U.S. Interior advisory council on climate

December 11, 2023 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Deyanira Nevarez Martinez (Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS), Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning, Design and Construction) has been appointed by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland as a member of the new Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science.

Michigan State University senior named Marshall Scholar

December 11, 2023

Michigan State University senior Dorothy Zhao is the institution’s 20th Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship provides support for outstanding undergraduates in the United States to study any academic subject at United Kingdom universities of their choice for up to three years. This year over 1,000 candidates applied, producing 51 Marshall Scholars – the largest class in the program's 70-year history. It includes students from 34 U.S. universities and 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Urban and Regional Planning Alum earns recognition from American Planning Association

Urban and Regional Planning Alum earns recognition from American Planning Association

December 8, 2023 - Emily Jodway

Wisdom Henry, 2023 a graduate of the College of Social Science and the School of Planning, Design and Construction was recently awarded a prestigious award from the American Planning Association. Henry received the 2023 Outstanding Student Award, an accolade that recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of planning by students graduated from a Planning Accreditation Board-accredited planning program.

David Roy Makes List of Most Highly Cited Researchers for Fifth Straight Year

David Roy Makes List of Most Highly Cited Researchers for Fifth Straight Year

November 27, 2023 - Diane Huhn

The MSU Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations congratulate Dr. David Roy on being listed as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world. This is the fifth consecutive year that Dr. Roy has received this distinction.

The Dean’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended

The Dean’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended

November 17, 2023 - Nwando Achebe

The Dean’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended

Want higher graduation rates? New study shows public spending on families is key

Want higher graduation rates? New study shows public spending on families is key

November 17, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

A new study, conducted in collaboration between researchers at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, found that public spending on social safety net programs and on education spending each independently impact high school graduation rates, which are a key predictor of health and well-being later in life.

Becky Jensen wins MSU WorkLife Office Outstanding Supervisor Award

Becky Jensen wins MSU WorkLife Office Outstanding Supervisor Award

November 13, 2023 - MSU WorkLife Office

Director of Communication and Marketing for the College of Social Science, Becky Jensen was named a recipient of the 2023 MSU WorkLife Office Outstanding Supervisor Award.

MSU Geographer launches spectral ecology field school with an eye to building inclusive leaders

MSU Geographer launches spectral ecology field school with an eye to building inclusive leaders

November 12, 2023 - Diane Huhn

As Natalia L. Quinteros Casaverde was scrolling through messages last fall on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, a post from Kyla Dahlin immediately set her heart aflutter. Dahlin, an associate professor with the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University, was using the platform to introduce the Spectral Ecology Summer School (SPEC School), a brand new initiative she was spearheading aimed primarily at graduate students and early postdoctoral researchers interested in not only incorporating remote sensing tools into their ecological research but also gaining valuable training in inclusive leadership.

2023 PURI Grant winners announced

November 6, 2023 - Emily Jodway

The 2023 Provost’s Undergraduate Research Initiative (PURI) grant awardees were recently announced, with 35 undergraduate Social Scientists and their faculty mentors receiving funding for 25 different research proposals.

Do pets make you happier? MSU study shows they did not during the pandemic

Do pets make you happier? MSU study shows they did not during the pandemic

November 6, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

There is a general understanding that pets have a positive impact on one’s well-being. A new study by Michigan State University found that although pet owners reported pets improving their lives, there was not a reliable association between pet ownership and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, assessed 767 people over three times in May 2020.

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, to speak at Michigan State University’s Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, to speak at Michigan State University’s Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum

November 1, 2023 - Becky Jensen

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation will be former Governor Jim Blanchard’s special guest at his upcoming MSU Public Service Forum on November 29, 2023 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Registration for the event is now open.

Fully Human: Lessons in Emotional Intelligence with Susan Packard

Fully Human: Lessons in Emotional Intelligence with Susan Packard

October 30, 2023 - Emily Jodway

The Women’s Leadership Institute held its 2023 Fall Kickoff event last month, gathering at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum for a discussion with alumna Susan Packard, business media executive and author of the new book Fully Human.

Phoenix Court Partnership

Phoenix Court Partnership

October 26, 2023 - JJ Thomas

Researchers from the MSU School of Criminal Justice are conducting a review of the Ingham County 30th Circuit Court- Family Division’s Phoenix Court: a specialty court for youth who have been sexually exploited, trafficked, or are victims of sexual trauma. The Phoenix Court was established in 2018 after the Michigan legislature adopted “Safe Harbor” provisions which shielded youth victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) from criminal liability. The Court's mission is to address the needs of justice-involved youth who had been identified as victims of sex trafficking and reduce youth reentry into the justice system. Prior to the Safe Harbor provisions, and the establishment of specialty courts, youth who were experiencing DMST were punished as offenders under prostitution-related charges.

Public Policy alumna to lead Michigan’s State Budget Office

Public Policy alumna to lead Michigan’s State Budget Office

October 26, 2023 - Karessa Weir

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Jen Flood, who earned her Master of Public Policy in the MSU Department of Political Science in the College of Social Science, will lead the State Budget Office as its new director beginning in mid-November after Chris Harkins accepted a new position outside of state government.

Understanding the Landscape of Nation-State Cyberattacks

Understanding the Landscape of Nation-State Cyberattacks

October 25, 2023 - JJ Thomas

Nation States and Ideological Extremist Groups are increasingly using cyberattacks to compromise State, Local, and Federal Governments. To combat this concerning trend, a team of researchers from the MSU School of Criminal Justice built an open-source database of cyberattacks committed by Nation States and Extremist Groups. Dr. Tom Holt, lead researcher on this study, was motivated to create the database in response to recent and notable state sponsored cyberattacks on the United States, including one of the most devastating cyberattacks against the nation. In 2014 and 2015, the US Office of Personnel Management was hacked and over 22 million people’s data was exposed.

Sociology alum Dr. Cameron Whitley receives prestigious NSF CAREER grant

Sociology alum Dr. Cameron Whitley receives prestigious NSF CAREER grant

October 24, 2023

MSU Sociology PhD alumnus Dr. Cameron Whitley, now Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Washington University, believes in the old proverb that a picture is worth 1,000 words – and that a really good picture is worth far more. But can a photo also help save an endangered habitat? Through a new $529,741 grant through the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Early CAREER Program, Whitley is working with a national network of zoos and aquariums – and a famous wildlife photographer – to find out.

TED Talk Highlights the Work of Poverty Disrupter & MSU Psychology Alumna Dr. Aisha Nyandoro

TED Talk Highlights the Work of Poverty Disrupter & MSU Psychology Alumna Dr. Aisha Nyandoro

October 20, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

The Michigan State Psychology department congratulates psychology alumna Dr. Aisha Nyandoro on her recent TED Talk titled “What does ‘wealth’ mean to you?” Dr. Nyandoro, who specialized in ecological-community psychology at Michigan State, founded Magnolia Mother’s Trust, the longest-running guaranteed income program in the United States.

MSU Sociology alumnus works to create new sensory space

MSU Sociology alumnus works to create new sensory space

October 20, 2023 - Scott Pohl

Michigan State University is opening what officials claim is the first sensory room of its kind at a Big Ten Conference arena. The Spartan Family Sensory Room in the Breslin Center was dedicated by current and former members of MSU's athletics department Tuesday afternoon. The room is meant to be a quieter place for individuals to take a break from intense stimulation like a sporting event. Anthony Ianni, a former MSU basketball player, has autism and encouraged the space's creation. During the dedication ceremony, he reflected on the moments in his childhood when he felt overwhelmed attending basketball games.

Enslaved.org receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant

October 17, 2023 - Patti McDonald

The Department of History is proud to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently approved an award of $349,803.00 in support of Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (or Enslaved.org).  Enslaved.org is a digital project that addresses the urgent call to document the history of people of African descent more fully. Housed at Matrix in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, the project centers on the Black experience in the history of the Americas. The open-access website publishes datasets with information about the lives of individuals who suffered under slavery and who were part of the transatlantic trade.   

Four Social Science students among eight MSU nominees for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

October 17, 2023

College of Social Science economics student Maren Nicolaysen, Anthropology student Caroline Downes, and psychology students Brennan Haugen and Dorothy Zhao are among six undergraduate students and two alumni from Michigan State University to be nominated for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The scholarship supports students attending the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The results of this competition will be determined in the coming months.

Women's Leadership Institute kicks off fall semester with guest speakers, student workshops

Women's Leadership Institute kicks off fall semester with guest speakers, student workshops

October 17, 2023 - Patti McDonald

The Women’s Leadership Institute at Michigan State University held its first events of the year last month, hosting a mentorship/coaching orientation session for the 2023-24 Student Cohort followed by a healthy leadership talk and networking reception featuring a conversation with Susan Packard.

Empowering the future: MSU’s new era in African American research

October 16, 2023 - Brandon Drain

Since its inception in 1997, the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) has stood as a beacon for transformative research dedicated to the health and vitality of older African Americans. This collaborative platform unites three of Michigan’s top academic institutions: The University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and since 2018, welcoming Michigan State University into its fold. Spearheading MSU’s most recent contributions to MCUAAAR -- since Dr. Joan Ilardo (2018 to 2023) -- is Dr. Amanda Woodward, it’s co-director and professor for the School of Social Work at MSU.

Spartan Geographers continue to represent at 12th Annual REP Conference

Spartan Geographers continue to represent at 12th Annual REP Conference

October 16, 2023 - Diane Huhn

Dr. Ashton Shortridge, chair of the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University traveled to Washington, DC, in October 2023 to present research, learn, and recruit at the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference. MSU Geography cosponsored the conference, which is the largest national geography conference with a focus on race and ethnicity. This year's was the 12th and largest yet!

Associate Professor of History Dr. Aminda Smith named Gen Cen Co-Director

Associate Professor of History Dr. Aminda Smith named Gen Cen Co-Director

October 13, 2023 - Patti McDonald

Associate Professor of History Dr. Aminda Smith was recently named Co-Director of the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University. She been closely involved with GenCen since its inception and served previously as the interim director, when she realized that she wanted to be a part of the center in a more permanent way.

Four College of Social Science Alumni honored with 2023 Alumni Grand Awards

October 4, 2023

Larry Thompson and Randolph Cowen each received the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Sarah Cantwell along with her husband earned the Alumni Service Award. Bonnie Larson earned the Philanthropist Award.

A-CAPP Director Kari Kammel Testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Sub-Committee on Intellectual Property

October 4, 2023

[Washington, D.C.] Kari Kammel, Director of Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP), testified at the Back to School with the SHOP SAFE Act: Protecting Our Families from Unsafe Online Counterfeits Hearing before the Intellectual Property Sub-Committee of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on October 3, 2023.

Building with LEGO bricks at the intersection of economics and human behavior

Building with LEGO bricks at the intersection of economics and human behavior

September 29, 2023 - Katie Frey

Lego pieces clink as Sierra Smith, economics graduate student, sorts them by color into different bins getting ready to build them into patterned squares. She is replicating the process that participants follow when they come into Spartan Psychology and Economics Advanced Research (SPEAR) Lab to build blocks with LEGO bricks as part of Dr. Ben Bushong’s latest research on people’s behavior. He is an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Economics in the College of Social Science.   Dr. Bushong is attempting to understand how people behave when they receive advice from experts. In broad terms: are people more likely to incorporate expert advice into their behavior long term if they are mandated or if they are given a choice – and why? 

Economics student Shubham Aggarwal named a 2023 Vandervarro Scholar

Economics student Shubham Aggarwal named a 2023 Vandervarro Scholar

September 28, 2023

The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation proudly announces that Shubham Aggarwal, an Economics major in the College of Social Science, and Yuktha Pulavarthi from the Broad College of Business are 2023’s Vandervarro Scholars.

Social Science student Brennan Haugen earns 2023 Mitchell Scholarship Nomination

September 28, 2023

Brennan Haugen, a Psychology student in the College of Social Science, was one of two Michigan State students nominated for this year's Mitchell Scholarship.

Outstanding College of Social Science students and alum nominated for prestigious Marshall Scholarship

September 26, 2023 - Emily Jodway

The College of Social Science is well represented in this year’s Marshall Scholarship nominees, with a total of five out of ten student nominees majoring in at least one Social Science discipline. In addition, alum Caitlin (CJ) Sivak ‘23 was one of two nominated alumni.

Psychology Emerita Rose Zacks Receives APS 2024 William James Fellow Award

Psychology Emerita Rose Zacks Receives APS 2024 William James Fellow Award

September 22, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to Dr. Rose Zacks, professor emerita of cognition and cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University, for receiving the 2024 William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS). This award is among the highest honors conferred by APS and it recognizes distinguished members for a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the field of psychology.

Four MSU Social Science students are on the 2023 Homecoming Court

September 21, 2023

Four College of Social Science students are on the MSU Homecoming Court this year. The 2023 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22 beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown East Lansing at the Michigan State campus.  

College of Social Science alumni use scholarship to promote civility in public discourse

College of Social Science alumni use scholarship to promote civility in public discourse

September 19, 2023 - Karessa Weir

When Tina and Jon Lynch were dating as undergraduate students at Michigan State University, they used to wander along the banks of the Red Cedar River and talk about their future and how they would give back to the university where they met. “Back then we would take walks in the neighborhood across the street from Rather Hall and along the Red Cedar, dreaming about what life had in store for us. Even then we hoped to one day give back to the place that had given so much to us,” Tina said. “For our family, Michigan State is more than a school - it’s our home.” More than 30 years later, the Lynchs, both College of Social Science alumni and residents of Midland, have have fulfilled that dream when they endowed the Jon & Tina Lynch Family Promoting Civility Scholarship fund.

Women’s Leadership Institute Hosts “No Club” Book Club with Lise Vesterlund

Women’s Leadership Institute Hosts “No Club” Book Club with Lise Vesterlund

September 29, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Members of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) and its 2022 Student Cohort gathered for a discussion and Q&A session with Dr. Lise Vesterlund, co-author of the new book The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work, on September 20 at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum.