Projects and Initiatives


The Trifecta research initiative brings together Intellectual Leaders from the Michigan State University Colleges of Communications Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Nursing. Faculty members and graduate students are forging intellectual and operational directives aimed at advancing the delivery of health services for diverse communities. The initiative allows faculty members to reach out to create genuine collaborations between the three colleges and foster the full potential of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at MSU.

Global Center for Food and Innovation

Food Security in a changing world. Taking on population growth, climate change, and workforce development.


The Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) research initiative is a coalition of scholars and researchers focused on having a more meaningful impact on improving the quality of life for individuals with these disabilities.

Center for Innovation and Research 

The Center for Innovation and Research has been created through a formal partnership agreement between Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University. It will bring together potential innovators between MSU and Sparrow and support the formation of partnerships within and beyond the boundaries of our separate systems.

Brandt Endowment Lecture

The annual Ellis N. Brandt Endowed Lecture focuses on public relations and the public interest. In the mid-1990s, a generous endowment was established by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation in honor of Ellis N. "Ned" Brandt. Now retired, Brandt was a public relations professional for Dow Chemical Company. This was the first endowed professorship in the Advertising + Public Relations department and in the College of Communications Arts and Sciences.