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October 05, 2015 2:22 PM ET

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Company Overview of Michigan State University

Company Overview

Michigan State University is an educational institution that offers undergraduate, graduate, and research programs in the fields of business, humanities, science and technology, and public affairs. The schools and colleges of the university include College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Education, College of Human Ecology, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Natural Science. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and is b...

East Lansing, MI 48824

United States

Founded in 1855



Key Executives for Michigan State University

Vice President for University Relations
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Services
Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Executive Assistant to the President
Chairman of the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Michigan State University Key Developments

Michigan State University Partners with ExxonMobil to Advance Biofuel Research

Michigan State University announced new $1 million relationship with ExxonMobil to expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. The key to bioenergy is the efficiency of photosynthesis, the process algae use to capture solar energy and the first step in converting the energy from the sun into a liquid fuel. Past research has shown that algae photosynthesis can be highly efficient under optimal conditions in the laboratory. Under realistic growth conditions however, this efficiency drops. There is a need to improve photosynthesis under simulated production environments. The project will take advantage of these natural variations as well as a suite of new technologies developed by the Kramer lab at PRL that allow rapid, high-throughput testing of photosynthetic efficiency of many algal lines under simulated growth conditions. One of these technologies, developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program) is a matrix of specialized chambers, called the environmental PhotoBioReactor, that allow algae to be studied in detail under simulated production environments. The second Kramer lab technology, developed with support from the Photosynthetic Systems and Physical Biosciences programs at the DOE (Basic Energy Sciences program), is called PhotosynQ and is a network of portable sensors called MultispeQ that are being used by many researchers around the world to probe photosynthesis. These sensors allow the Kramer lab to measure the photosynthetic processes in many algal cultures at the same time under different conditions to learn why some strains are more efficient than others.

Michigan State University and PHYCO2 Enters Collaborative Research Agreement for Cleaner Power

Michigan State University and PHYCO2 have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2's revolutionary and patented concept that promotes algae growth and sequesters, or captures, carbon dioxide from power plant emissions. The collaboration is a direct response to the White House and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's call documented in the Clean Power Plan. Under the collaborative research agreement, MSU and PHYCO2 - an algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company based in Santa Maria, California - will investigate the performance of PHYCO2's algae growth and carbon dioxide absorption technology, as well as algae-processing technologies. PHYCO2 will be testing its algae photo bioreactor, technology that continuously captures significant amounts of CO2 and grows algae with LED light, at MSU's T.B. Simon Power Plant. MSU and PHYCO2 expect to be able to absorb up to 80% of captured CO2 emissions for the production of algae. MSU will be testing the growth of several algae strains and post processing of the algae that is grown. The project's goals are to cost-effectively grow algae while significantly absorbing CO2 for sequestration from the gas emissions at the power plant. The algae can then be sold into current markets for biofuels, bioplastics and other applications. Through the sequestration of the greenhouse gas emissions, this technology has the potential to produce organically pure and biologically consistent algae. The PHYCO2 algae photobioreactor may also be able to treat wastewater from urban sources and produce cleaner water as a by-product.

Michigan State University Creates WorkLife Office; Appoints Barbara Roberts as Executive Director of WorkLife Office, Effective August 10, 2015

Michigan State University created WorkLife Office. The WorkLife Office will serve as a single point of contact for all MSU faculty and staff, helping them manage workplace and life transitions. It also will play a significant role in supporting the universitys goals of fostering a healthier campus. The new office will provide programs and resources for MSU faculty and staff, serving as an advocate for work-life integration and demonstrating MSUs commitment to a healthy work life. The new office, to be located in Linton Hall, is anticipated to be ready for occupancy in winter 2016. Michigan State University has appointed the executive director of its newly created WorkLife Office. Assuming the role of executive director and senior adviser to the provost is Barbara Roberts, who currently serves as human rights officer at the University of New Brunswick. Her appointment is effective Aug. 10. Roberts has been New Brunswicks human rights officer since 2011, advising the university on human rights-related policies, procedures and practices.

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