1. University of Michigan student Justin Kasieta presented with the 2022 Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award

    Mark Rivett posted April 13, 2022

    Read press release here

    State Rep. Greg Markkanen, Bill Azelton, Justin Kasieta, and Sarah Blakely

    From left to right: State Rep. Greg Markkanen, Bill Azelton, Justin Kasieta, and Sarah Blakely

    An Upper Peninsula native on State Rep. Greg Markkanen’s team has won an award for outstanding legislative performance.

    Justin Kasieta, a graduate of Marquette Senior High school and currently a junior pursuing an interdisciplinary Bachelor in General Studies degree at the University of Michigan, has been presented with the 2022 Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award.

    Justin Kasieta and University of Michigan Regent Sarah Hubbard

    Justin Kasieta and University of Michigan Regent Sarah Hubbard

    Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, as well as the university’s James Madison College, administer the annual award named after Daniel Rosenthal, who was one of MSU’s first Legislative Student Intern Program participants in January of 1977. Undergraduate legislative interns in the Michigan House and Senate regardless of school affiliation are eligible for nomination, and the award recognizes outstanding service and dedication within the role.

    “I’m thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the 2022 Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award,” Kasieta said. “I am so grateful for the great team I work with in Rep. Markkanen’s office who helped make this possible.”

    Read press release here


  2. Midwest Student Voting Summit

    Mark Rivett posted March 8, 2022

    Friday, March 25th

    1:00pm – 4:30pm

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    Midwest Student Voting Summit

    The first-ever Midwest Student Voting Summit will be held virtually on March 25th, 2022. It will be an opportunity to come together with students, faculty, administrators, and non-partisan campus partners to strategize on getting out the youth vote. We will hear from inspiring speakers, learn about unique programs, and network. College students voted in historic levels in the 2018 midterm elections, and our gathering will focus on shattering those levels again. This is the first of its kind conference. Register today!


  3. U-M research contributed nearly $100M to state’s economy in ’21

    Mark Rivett posted February 23, 2022

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    The University of Michigan research enterprise contributed $97 million to Michigan’s economy over the past fiscal year, supporting employment across large and small businesses statewide, according to a new report from the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science.

    The report details how university research spending impacts the economy, and it provides a geographic snapshot of Michigan-based vendors that have supplied goods and services to support U-M research and scholarship activity.

    Michigan-based companies have received more than $517 million since 2017 to supply goods and services in support of U-M research projects. This includes everything from beakers and laboratory supplies to specially designed pediatric treadmills used by kinesiology researchers to improve the walking habits of children born with Down syndrome.

    Rebecca Cunningham

    Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research and the William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

    “Research led by teams across our three campuses continues to spur tremendous advancements that positively impact society, and as part of this important activity, we all play an essential role in accelerating economic growth and strengthening our workforce,” said Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research and the William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

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