DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: A. Fulton

Mr. Albert Fulton will defend his dissertation

Title: LATE HOLOCENE NATIVE AMERICAN LAND-USE IMPACTS ON THE VEGETATION OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK STATE, USA:
AN INTEGRATED HISTORICAL AND PALEOECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the dissertation research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  Anyone, including faculty, students and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Faculty are welcome to stay for this stage.  Graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend the second questioning stage with prior permission of the defending student.  Successful completion of the defense and approval of the dissertation will be determined by a majority vote of the dissertation committee.

 

Committee:
Catherine Yansa (chair)
Alan Arbogast
Jeffrey Andresen
Jodie A. O’Gorman (Anthropology)
John P. Hart (New York State Museum)

Please contact Sharon Ruggles at, ruggles@msu.edu if you would like to an electronic copy of the dissertation.

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: M. Kulseth

Ms. McKenzie Kulseth  will defend her thesis

Title:  An Evaluation of Hot-Dry-Windy Index Skill Using Multiple

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the thesis research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  All faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members may attend the second questioning stage with permission of the defending student.

Committee:
Sharon Zhong (chair)
Jeff Andresen
Joseph Charney (U.S. Forest Service)

Please contact Sharon Ruggles at, ruggles@msu.edu if you would like to an electronic copy of the thesis.

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: Q. Zhang

Ms. Qiong Zhang will be presenting and defending her dissertation proposal

Title:  IMPACTS OF HAZE ON MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH IN XIANYANG, CHINA

Two hours will be allowed for the presentation and subsequent questioning. An initial uninterrupted presentation of the proposed research should be 20-30 minutes in length. Anyone, including faculty, students, and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation.  The student’s Advisor will moderate the question session that follows, and all Guidance Committee members will actively participate. However, all persons attending may ask questions and offer comments.

Please contact Sharon Ruggles (ruggles@msu.edu) if you would like an electronic copy of the proposal.

Committee members:
Sue Grady (Chair)
Julie Winkler
Sharon Zhong
Eric Freedman (Knight Center for Environmental Journalism)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: K. Nyland

Ms. Kelsey Nyland will defend her dissertation

Title: STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN:  ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF CRYOPLANATION TERRACES

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the dissertation research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  Anyone, including faculty, students and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Faculty are welcome to stay for this stage.  Graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend the second questioning stage with prior permission of the defending student.  Successful completion of the defense and approval of the dissertation will be determined by a majority vote of the dissertation committee.

Committee:
Fritz Nelson (co-chair)
Randy Schaetzl (co-chair)
Ashton Shortridge
David Lusch
Grahame Larson (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Please contact Sharon Ruggles at, ruggles@msu.edu if you would like to an electronic copy of the dissertation.

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: L. Pierre

Ms. Lisa-Marie Pierre will defend her dissertation

Title: ENTREPRENEURIAL PROPENSITY: THE CONSTRAINING AND ENABLING FACTORS OF INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS ON WOMEN FACULTY IN ENGINEERING

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the dissertation research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  Anyone, including faculty, students and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Faculty are welcome to stay for this stage.  Graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend the second questioning stage with prior permission of the defending student.  Successful completion of the defense and approval of the dissertation will be determined by a majority vote of the dissertation committee.

Committee:
Elizabeth Mack (chair)
Joe Darden
Igor Vojnovic
Steven Gold (Sociology)

Please contact Sharon Ruggles at, ruggles@msu.edu if you would like to an electronic copy of the dissertation.

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: C. Plensdorf

Mr. Connor Plensdorf will defend his thesis

Title: Analysis of GEOBIA Classification Algorithms for Contextual Detection of DPRK Missile Testing Facilities

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the thesis research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  All faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members may attend the second questioning stage with permission of the defending student.

A copy of the thesis is available electronically.  Contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu  if you would like the thesis sent to you electronically.

Committee:
Raechel Portelli (chair)
Ashton Shortridge
Kyle Evered

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: A. Kamoske

Mr. Aaron Kamoske will present and defend his dissertation proposal

Title: SEEING WITHIN THE CANOPY:

MEASURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL FOREST TRAITS AND PROCESSES ACROSS ECOSYSTEMS

Two hours will be allowed for the presentation and subsequent questioning. An initial uninterrupted presentation of the proposed research should be 20-30 minutes in length. Anyone, including faculty, students, and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation.  The student’s Advisor will moderate the question session that follows, and all Guidance Committee members will actively participate. However, all persons attending may ask questions and offer comments.

Please contact Sharon Ruggles (ruggles@msu.edu) if you would like an electronic copy of the proposal.

Committee members:
Kyla Dahlin (Chair)
Ashton Shortridge
David Rothstein (Forestry)
Scott Stark (Forestry)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: X. Li

Ms. Xiaomeng Li will present and defend her dissertation proposal

Title: Personal service and leisure travel in the Detroit Region: Exploring individual- and neighborhood-level variability

Two hours will be allowed for the presentation and subsequent questioning. An initial uninterrupted presentation of the proposed research should be 20-30 minutes in length. Anyone, including faculty, students, and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation.  The student’s Advisor will moderate the question session that follows, and all Guidance Committee members will actively participate. However, all persons attending may ask questions and offer comments.

Please contact Sharon Ruggles (ruggles@msu.edu) if you would like an electronic copy of the proposal.

Committee members:
Igor Vojnovic (Chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Laura Reese (Political Science)
Zachary Neal (Psychology)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: J. Chang

Mr. Jiang Chang will take his oral comprehensive examination

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Igor Vojnovic (Chair)
Guo Chen
Laura Reese (Political Science)
Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani (School of Planning Design and Construction)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: J. Namanya

Ms. Judith Namanya will take her oral comprehensive examination

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Leo Zulu (Chair)
Sue Grady
Clifford Broman (Sociology)
Robin Miller (Psychology)

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Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) Scholarship

The purpose of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Supporting Women In Geography (SWIG) is to support women within the discipline of Geography by helping to empower them to pursue academic and/or professional careers in Geography.

Purpose of the Award:
The Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) Scholarship Award is a scholarship of $75 which will be awarded to a scholar of excellence.  These funds are provided by the Michigan State University (MSU) chapter of SWIG. The scholarship is intended to encourage students who are dedicated to furthering their academic and professional goals by seeking graduate opportunities.  Eligible applicants must be a senior Geography major (including additional major and second degree students) or minor at the time of application; female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must intend to pursue graduate studies in Geography or a related field.
Criteria for Applicants:
1) Senior majoring or minoring Geography at the time of application

2) Demonstration of academic excellence
Minimum GPA requirements: 3.0 Overall,  AND  3.3 Geography

3) Intention to apply for graduate studies in Geography or a related field.
Note: Receipt of completed graduate school application must be submitted for
award distribution
How to Apply:
To apply, please submit the following application materials as a .pdf to Raechel White
(raechel@msu.edu) by December 7th (12/07/18) with the subject line “SWIG Scholarship”.

1) Resume

2) Written response to the following (maximum 1 page):
Why did you decide to major/minor in Geography? How do you plan to further your interests in Geography during Graduate School?

Describe how your personal or professional goals both during and beyond graduate school are in line with the mission of SWIG.

3) Brief letter of recommendation (maximum 1 page) from a member of the Geography faculty

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to Raechel White (raechel@msu.edu) by December 7th (12/07/18).

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Geography Awareness Week 2018

November 11-17, 2018

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences invite you to an Evening with
CNN’s Bill Weir

To listen to Dr. Alan Arbogast, Chairperson of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Science speak to Kirk Heinze, MSU Today, WKAR click here, http://geo.msu.edu/interview/8894/

Host and Executive producer of the CNN’s The Wonder List with Bill Weir

Bill Weir is a rare combination of brilliant reporter and passionate adventure enthusiast. Known for his front-line reporting and constant exploration of the unknown, Weir is the host and executive producer of CNN’s The Wonder List with Bill Weir, which takes him around the world in search of unique people, places, cultures, and creatures on the brink of seismic change. With an infectious personality and zest for life, Weir’s talks are eye-opening and inspiring. Weir shares lessons learned from his travels and insight gleaned from developing nations and the Western world alike—like why Bhutan is the happiest nation on Earth, or why marriage rates are falling in Iceland—coupled with thrilling stories and practical tips for leading a well-lived life. Weir’s live shots have come from atop the Golden Gate Bridge and below the waters of the Great Barrier Reef while his signature adventure reporting includes jumps from hot air balloons, hikes deep into the Amazon, and one fun night spent lashed to the side of Yosemite’s El Capitan.

A former co-anchor of Nightline, Weir’s audiences have traveled across the globe with him before: He anchored the 2012 Summer Olympic coverage for ABC from London, was among the first reporters in the floodwaters of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, reported from Japan’s tsunami zone after the nuclear crisis of 2011, brought unprecedented reporting from inside Apple’s Chinese factories, led network coverage from Iraq and Afghanistan, and was the first American to broadcast live from Tibet. Weir joined CNN in November 2013 as anchor and reporter after a decade of distinctive broadcast journalism at ABC News. In early 2015, The Wonder List with Bill Weir debuted on CNN. A primetime Original Series, it is shot by acclaimed filmmaker Philip Bloom. Previously, after helping to launch the weekend edition of Good Morning America in 2004, Weir became co-anchor of Nightline in 2010 while his reporting was featured on World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, 20/20 and his own Yahoo! News digital series, This Could Be Big. In his network career, Weir journeyed to more than 50 nations and all 50 states, covering breaking news and uncovering global trends. He has interviewed heads of state and industry along with stars of stage and screen. As a writer and anchor, Weir produced several special hours for ABC prime time on topics ranging from religion to brain science to the business of mail-order brides and the rise and fall of General Motors.

Before joining ABC News, Weir wrote and hosted projects for the FX and USA Networks and was an anchor/reporter in Los Angeles, Chicago, Green Bay and Austin, MN. He currently lives in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Additional Geography Awareness Week Events


Monday, November 12, 2018

TripleG is hosting Trivia Night at the Tin Can in East Lansing on
Room reserved starting at 7PM and trivia starts around 7:30PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From 2-3 in Room 126, Geography Buliding

Lightning Workshop Hosted by, Brad Peter bpeter@msu.edu

Click here to see Peter’s research https://cartoscience.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                       Wednesday, November 14, 2018 GIS Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Kerski’s GIS Day Tour 2018 at MSU
Click here to watch his video

 


Education Manager for Esri, Joseph Kerski, Ph.D.
Teaching Class for GEO 221, GEO 286, GEO 324, & 837

Geography Clubs at the MSU Union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sparty was fired up about Geography Awareness Week and Bill Weir!

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: A. Kamoske

Mr. Aaron Kamoske will take his oral comprehensive examination on Friday, November 16, 2018 starting at 9:30 am in Rm. 105 Geography Bldg.

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.

Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Kyla Dahlin (Chair)
Ashton Shortridge
David Rothstein (Forestry)
Scott Stark (Forestry)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: A. Kreuze

Ms. Amanda Kreuze will take her oral comprehensive examination on Friday, November 2, 2018 starting at 10:00 am in Rm. 105 Geography Bldg.

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.

Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Sue Grady (Chair)
Kyla Dahlin
Igor Vojnovic
Jade Mitchell-Davis (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: C. Lei

Ms. Cheyenne Lei will take her oral comprehensive examination on Friday, November 9, 2018, starting at 8:30 am in Rm. A90 Plant and Soil Sciences Building, PSSB.

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.  

Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Jiquan Chen (Chair)
Lifeng Luo
Joseph P. Messina
G. Philip Robertson (Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences)

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please Join Us!
Friday, November 2, 2018, from 2-3 pm; Room C20 Snyder Hall

Triple-G Colloquium is Presenting
Dr. Thomas Huntington

A research hydrologist at USGS. Dr. Thomas Huntington is well known for his research on hydrologic responses to climate change, and the implications of intensification for climatology, agriculture, and forestry.

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