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Research projects have near-term solutions for Great Lakes

Often in research, solutions are years, if not decades in the making. But researchers at Michigan State University and Wayne State University have taken their decades of experience to focus on shorter timelines with a series of near-term solutions that will help farmers, scientists in the field, and ultimately the Great Lakes as a whole.

'Robofish' probes waterways, tracks pollution

After years of development, Michigan State University scientists recently field-tested what could be the ultimate underwater, data-gathering tool: a robotic fish. Read on to learn more about how this new technology could help the Great Lakes.

Michigan's URC researchers working to improve Great Lakes water quality, management

Whether they’re dealing with problems already affecting the Great Lakes or trying to head off future problems, researchers at the three URC universities are eager to address the series of lakes stretching from Minnesota to the state of New York and Ontario, Canada. Read on to find out how Michigan’s URC researchers are working to improve Great Lakes water quality, management

MSU College of Law to help small businesses with intellectual property questions

The Intellectual Property Start-Up Project will help Michigan entrepreneurs with patents, copyrights, and trade secrets -- and provide hands-on experience for the next generation of Michigan patent attorneys. 

Ultrasound breast cancer imaging device created by WSU researchers closer to FDA approval

With FDA approval pending, a system that could improve early detection of breast cancer, developed by the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, is one step closer to market. 

Q&A: Scott Olson, U-M Medical Innovations Center

The Director of the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center discusses a simple process for fostering innovation that helps engineers and scientists collaborate across campus and see solutions in new ways.

Michigan's agricultural sector ripe for new technologies

How did MSU researchers increase cucumber crop production in Benton Harbor -- during the worst drought in almost 50 years? The answer provides clues to the power of the agricultural sector in Michigan's economy. 

Research partnerships spur innovation

A partnership between Dow Chemical and the University of Michigan illustrates the impact research universities can have on the economy and the talent pipeline when they team up with Michigan-based companies.

A statewide approach to childhood obesity through healthy school transformations

Wayne State University has joined forces with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in Michigan's low-income communities.

How research university alumni are making Michigan a better place

A lawyer helps his neighbors in Escanaba. A nurse fights for equal care in Bangor. A pair of brothers transform West Michigan's coast with a European sport. Graduates of Wayne State, Michigan State and U-M are transforming communities across the state. 

Economic impact of Michigan's URC rises to $15.5 billion

An economic impact report shows Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) exceeded $2 billion in annual research expenditures and awarded more than 31,600 degrees in 2011, placing it at or near the top of seven university innovation clusters nationwide.

WSU research could lead to shorter, sharper MRI scans, earlier diagnosis

A researcher hopes to commercialize a new class of contrast agents that could lead to shorter MRI scans and earlier diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Low-cost, efficient, energy-saving thermoelectric material developed

The discovery of a thermoelectric material made from common, affordable sources could pave the way for waste heat recovery from power plants, conversion of heat from car exhaust into energy, and other large-scale efficiencies.

Breakthrough "quick cook" method could convert algae into oil

Algae, with its fast growth rate and ability to thrive in salt water, brackish water, and even waste water, is a promising source of biofuel. Now, a team of researchers at U-M have discovered a pressure-cook method of fuel extraction that takes less than a minute and transforms 65 percent of the algae into oil.

Michigan goes global with international university research

The influence of the University Research Corridor spans the globe, from food systems in Africa to online high schools in Canada.
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