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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-01-28

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141SU prepares grads continuer.'

workshops, hosts 12 major career events each year,

"Whether it's floor governance in residence halls;

organizations, completed four internships, studied

and coordinates the roughly 15,000 on-campus

participation in student and volunteer organizations,

abroad in Ireland, competed on the women's rugby

interviews that take place each year.

preprofessional clubs, or Greek life; or simply group

team, and was a member of MSU's chapter of the

work in classes, MSU makes a deliberate attempt to

Society of Women Engineers.

Preparing students for life after college goes well

engage students in leadership opportunities."

beyond the classroom at MSU.

"Education is a public, not just personal, good," says

June Youatt, senior associate provost at MSU. "What

we learn benefits not just us but also the people and

places we touch."

"Working with the Society of Women Engineers

Eva Reiter, a December 2009 graduate who received a

allowed me to attend regional and national

degree in mechanical engineering, accepted a

conferences," says Reiter. "It helped me find my first

position with General Electric Aviation as a

big internship, and it gave me the chance to hang out

manufacturing cell supervisor in Madison, Kentucky,

with some really awesome female engineers."

as part of a leadership management program. In

Youatt notes that MSU offers students myriad

addition to academic courses at MSU, she juggled

opportunities to better themselves and others.

several jobs, participated in nonacademic

Brett Kopf, who in December 2009 received a

bachelor's degree in food industry management, is a

social media consultant in the process of launching

his own Web-based start-up company.

The most popular destinations for MSU graduates include Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. About

"I did have multiple internships, which really helped

49 percent of MSU grads stay in Michigan, but Spartan graduates can be found throughout the nation—

me figure out what I want to do now, which is to start

and around the world—in a wide range of interesting and impressive careers. A destination survey of 2008

my own companies," says Kopf. "The career advisers

MSU graduates includes:

at MSU push internships pretty hard for a reason.

research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico

assistant editor at Rolling Stone

They connect you to industry professionals but, more

important, allow you to explore potential

magazine in New York City member of the grounds crew for the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington

°urban coordinator for Atlantic Records in New York City

°engineer at Bell's Brewery Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia

occupations."

kindergarten English teacher in Beijing, China

"The advice I'd give to current students is to focus on

patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and

what they're really interested in," says Bishop. "The

business analyst at McKinsey and Company in Pittsburgh,

people at the front of those lines who are looking for

Pennsylvania °educator at Sea World in Orlando, Florida °music and math teacher in Bamako, Mali

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jobs are the ones who are the most passionate." 0

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Groundbreaking study focuses on children's health

"It's the monster study. It's the biggest human health

other diseases, many illnesses are as common now as

study ever done," says Michigan State University's

they were when he was born. He and others involved

Nigel Paneth, University Distinguished Professor of

in the study hope to change that. The goal is to start

epidemiology.

studying children before they are born and follow

Paneth is describing the National Children's Study,

which takes aim at solving the biggest health

them until they are 21.

"We need to collect information when the kids are

challenges to the lives of children across the country.

healthy, before the sickness hits," Paneth says. "Once

Autism, asthma, cerebral palsy, and premature birth

they're ill, it's too late. We've missed the boat."

are among the targets of the groundbreaking study

funded by the National Institutes of Health.

This means looking deeply into the lives of thousands

of Michigan children, beginning by literally going door

As principal investigator of the Michigan Alliance for

to door to identify and to enroll in the study women

the National Children's Study, Paneth is leading the

who are either pregnant or, ideally, hoping to become

study's efforts for the state.

pregnant.

Across the nation, researchers will be monitoring more

than 100,000 children and the environmental

influences that may affect them. The massive

"It really won't be burdensome for participants," Paneth

says. "The children will be examined once a year."

MSU's Nigel Paneth is the principal investigator of the Michigan
Alliance for the National Children's Study—the largest human health
study ever conducted to understand childhood illness.

children and families in the additional four counties.

Enrollment is set to begin this year with preliminary

results expected in 2011.

Research conducted on this scale can succeed only

through cooperation and partnership, says Paneth,

who serves on the board of directors of MSU Hillel-

the Lester and Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student

About 1,000 participants in each of five Michigan

Center. Along with Michigan State University, the

counties—Genesee, Grand Traverse, Lenawee,

Henry Ford Health System, the University of Michigan,

Macomb, and Wayne—will be followed in the study. In

Wayne State University, and the Michigan Department

addition to $18.5 million received for work on the

of Community Health, as well as the health

study in Wayne County, in 2008 MSU secured an

departments of each of the five participating counties,

Paneth says that while over the years research has led

additional $57 million from the National Institutes of

are collaborating on the project. 0

to reducing the rates of heart disease, cancer, and

Health to expand its role and enable the assessment of

undertaking will examine air, water, and soil quality, as

well as nutritional and socioeconomic factors to

determine what role, if any, the environment plays in

diseases that reveal themselves during childhood.

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