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Released: 16-Dec-2020 3:30 PM EST
Expert: What is the Great Conjunction?
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Contact: Kim Ward, University Communications: (517) 432-0117, , Zach Richardson, University Communications: (517) 281-5786, Dec. 16, 2020 Ask the Expert: The Great Conjunction EAST LANSING, Mich. – As the world continues to turn during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are settling in for a holiday season unlike any other in recent memory. One that, on its face, seems to lack the usual magic of holidays in the past. That would be the case, if not for the once-in-a-lifetime Great Conjunction that will occur on Dec. 21. A Great Conjunction that many are calling the “Christmas Star.” Shannon Schmoll, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University, offers her insight on the astronomical event that will be sure to brighten the holidays. What is a conjunction? Or what qualifies something as a conjunction? A conjunction at its most basic is when two objects, such as planets, pass each other in the sky. The more specific answer, h

Released: 9-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Ask the expert: MSU veterinarian dispels myths about pets and COVID-19
Michigan State University

Since first hearing about the COVID-19 outbreak in China, media outlets around the world have reported on strains of the virus originating in animals, on pets testing positive for the virus and most recently, on a tiger testing positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo. Annette O’Connor – chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine – says that there are seven different types of coronaviruses and that the Centers for Disease Control doesn’t believe the COVID-19 strain can be transmitted to domestic animals.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
How religions around the world are keeping the faith during COVID-19
Michigan State University

COVID-19 has rocked everyday life for people around the world, requiring religious communities to shift worship at a time that many consider the most holiest of the year. Daily and weekly services at churches, synagogues, mosques and temples have transitioned to take place in the home with family members as many places of prayer are closed for the first time in their history.

Released: 17-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST
Season's Eatings - Do holiday temptations trigger eating disorders?
Michigan State University

‘Tis the season of an abundance of food and drink. While celebrating should be joyful, for some women it can trigger eating disorder symptoms. Michigan State University Foundation Professor Kelly Klump has found that holiday temptations can add another layer of stress to an already complicated biological process. It is well known women undergo monthly hormonal changes in estrogen and progesterone due to the menstrual cycle.

Newswise: New Book Reveals That Food Monopolies Are Everywhere
Released: 15-Mar-2016 2:05 PM EDT
New Book Reveals That Food Monopolies Are Everywhere
Michigan State University

Food monopolies are everywhere – and they’re growing. A new book by a Michigan State University professor dissects the troubling trend and shows how it’s happening on all levels of the food chain.

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