(10/11/12) - Michigan State University is teaming up with Central Michigan University in the name of science.
The two schools announced the partnership Thursday.
CMU faculty members will work hands-on at a nuclear research facility in East Lansing.
The goal is to prepare students at both schools for a future in science. If all goes as planned, the new partnership could also help you or someone you love.
The schools will be working together to research rare nuclear particles that could be used in diagnosing and curing diseases.
"It's a big deal I think for both universities to be able to partner like this," said Ian Davison of Central Michigan University.
MSU is rolling out the welcome mat for three CMU teachers. The three will join researchers at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, also known as the F-RIB, in East Lansing.
"We think it's terrific. It's terrific for F-RIB, it's terrific for Central Michigan, it permits them to have faculty members who are actively engaged with research working with their students," said Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University.
At the F-RIB, scientists and students are learning how to create rare isotope beams that are found in stars or supernovae.
They're in the beginning stages, but they believe the nuclear physics research could lead to new medicines and help with homeland security efforts.
"There are many fundamental science questions we are addressing that are potential applications for nuclear medicine. It's important in curing cancer and diagnosing cancer. The facility will actually create new isotopes to make available for research," said Konrad Gelbke, MSU.
"I think both MSU and Central are going to benefit from this partnership in both terms of the cutting edge science, and the educational opportunities," Davison said.
"We really need to make sure that young people can prosper and spread out their intellectual wings and this facility is all about making sure the best minds can succeed," Gelbke said.
Scientists from around the world are also participating in the research in East Lansing.
Students from CMU will also have an opportunity to help.
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