DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: X. Li

Ms. Xue Michelle Li  will defend her dissertation

Title: SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT UNDER A COUPLED HUMAN-LAND-ATMOSPHERIC MODELING FRAMEWORK: THE CASE STUDY OF URUMQI, CHINA

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

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.  The faculty is welcome to stay at 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:
Joseph P. Messina Chair
Nathan Moore
Jiaguo Qi
Ashton Shortridge
Peilei Fan (School of Planning, Design, and Construction)

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Straight to PhD Presentation

Aaron Kamoske (a graduate student here in Geography) will be giving a presentation in partial-fulfillment of the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Science’s Straight-to-PhD option. His talk will focus of using emerging remote sensing technologies to better understand forest ecosystems.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: R. Nagelkirk

Mr. Ryan Nagelkirk will take his oral comprehensive examination on Monday, October 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 am in Rm. 218B Manly Miles 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)
Nathan Moore
Jennifer Olson (Media & Information)
Gary Roloff (Fisheries & Wildlife)

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Join the GEO Club for Spartan Ice Hockey!

The undergraduate Geography Club is sponsoring a group outing to see the Spartans take on the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday Oct. 20! Tickets are $15 each and friends, family, neighbors, significant others, acquaintances, etc. are welcome to join us! 

 Gary Schnakenberg is serving as the majordomo for tickets, which will be handed out by a GEOClub E-board member at the Munn arena before the game.

 

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please plan to join us next Friday, 13 October 2017 at 3 PM  in Geography Room 126 for our second colloquium meeting this Fall  with Dr. Joyce Penner.

Dr. Joyce E. Penner is the Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science and Associate Chair of the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Penner’s research focuses on improving climate models through the addition of interactive chemistry and the description of aerosols and their direct and indirect effects on the radiation balance in climate models. Dr. Penner has been a member of numerous advisory committees related to atmospheric chemistry, global change, and Earth science, and is currently Co-Chair of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, charged with overseeing NASAs Earth Science Program.

We are excited to have Dr. Joyce Penner visit. Her experiences  and service to our department make her a great person to meet and  learn from, and we hope to see you there!

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: P. Zhou

Ms. Peiling Zhou will defend her dissertation.

Title:  PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF OLDER PEOPLE, THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES AND PUBLIC SPACES IN URBAN CHINA

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

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:
Sue Grady, Chair
Guo Chen
Kyle Evered
Anne Hughes (Social Work)
Mark W. Rosenberg (Queen’s University)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: L. Mungai

Ms. Leah Mungai will take her oral comprehensive examination on Monday, August 28, 2017 starting at 9:00 am in Rm. 218B Manly Miles 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:
Joseph P. Messina (chair)
Jiaguo Qi
Leo Zulu
Sieglinde Snapp (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: B. Peter

Mr. Bradley Peter will take his oral comprehensive examination on Monday, August 28, 2017 starting at 1:00 pm in Rm. 218B Manly Miles 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:
Joseph P. Messina (chair)
Leo Zulu
Kyla Dahlin
Sieglinde Snapp (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: T. Walkowiak

Ms. Toni Walkowiak will defend her thesis.

Title:  FRESHWATER RESOURCES: AN EVALUATION OF MICHIGAN RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF WETLAND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

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 White (chair)
Nathan Moore
Gail Vander Stoep (Community Sustainability)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: N. Ronnei

Mr. Nicholas Ronnei will defend his thesis.

Title:  “A Minimalistic Data Distribution System to Support Uncertainty-aware GIS”

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:
Ashton Shortridge (chair)
Nathan Moore
Raechel White

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: J. Vertalka

Mr. Joshua Vertalka will defend his dissertation.

Title:  THE AUGMENTATION, POTENTIAL, AND PRACTICALITY OF TWITTER DATA IN PREDICTING INFLUENZA EMERGENCY ROOM ADMISSIONS

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

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:
Eva Kassens Noor, Chair (School of Planning, Design, and Construction)
Ashton Shortridge
Igor Vojnovic
Theresa Bernardo (Veterinary Medicine)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: M. Bene

Ms. Mattie Bene will take her oral comprehensive examination on Friday, April 28, 2017 starting at 9:00 am in Rm. 219 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)
Julie Winkler
Leo Zulu
Anne Hughes (Social Work)

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Social, Political and Scientific Challenges of the Zika Outbreak

ESPP Research Colloquia Series presents a roundtable discussion on the Zika virus.  Several experts in the field, including Dr. Joseph Messina from Geography, will be discussing challenges associated with Zika outbreak. This discussion will include topics like  mosquito control, pesticide use/toxicology, international governance, the geographical distribution of risk, and the risks of further outbreak this coming summer.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-political-and-scientific-challenges-of-the-zika-outbreak-tickets-33854622086

 

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: A. Kadhim

Mr. Ameen Kadhim will take his oral comprehensive examination on Monday April 17, 2017 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:
Ashton Shortridge (chair)
Lifeng Luo
Jiaguo Qi
Warren Wood (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

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GEO-GTU Annual Spring Reception

To: All GEO undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, Geography Club, GTU and Triple G members, and guests

You are invited to attend:  The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences GEO-GTU Annual Spring Reception

Recognizing student academic achievement, GEO graduating seniors,GTU initiates, and department award winners

Friday, April 21, 2017

3:00-4:30PM

Radiology Building Atrium

Refreshments served at 3:00 – Program begins at 3:15

GTU initiates, award winners, and all graduating students are encouraged to bring parents or others who have encouraged them to get through their program at MSU!

Please sign up on Geography office door 116 or contact Judy Reginek 5-4653 (reginek@msu.edu)

Final headcount due: Thursday, April 13th.

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE: K. Credit

Mr. Kevin Credit will present and defend his dissertation proposal. grad_Credit_2015

Title:  “Business Location and Performance: How Space, Place, and Movement Influence Urban Entrepreneurship.”

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 question session that follows will be moderated by the student’s Advisor, and all Guidance Committee members will actively participate. However, all persons attending may ask questions and offer comments.

Committee members:
Elizabeth Mack (Chair)
Ashton Shortridge
Igor Vojnovic
Zenia Kotval (School of Planning, Design, & Construction CSS)

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