Celebration of Geography at AAG in Boston

Please join the MSU Geography celebration, Thursday, April 6 @ 7PM, during the 2017 American Association of Geographer’s Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

ALL ARE WELCOME |  Cash Bar  |  Appetizers Provided

 

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: YJ Su

Mr. Yahn-Jauh YJ Su will defend his dissertation. grad_su_2014

Title:  “The carbon sequestration and soil respiration after land use conversion in biofuel cropping ecosystems”

Please contact Sharon Ruggles if you would like an electronic copy of 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:
Jiquan Chen (chair)
Jeffrey Andresen
Stephen Hamilton (Kellogg Biological Station Nat Sci)
Philip Robertson (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

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2017 Geography Career Day & Job Fair

The Event will start in Bessey Hall, Room 108 at 2:30 for a brief introduction of each participant, followed by the selection of door prize winners.  Then talk one-on-one with participants of your choice.  If you are actively seeking a position, either job or internship, please bring copies of your resume!

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QUIDDERS Presents Dr. Nelson

This Friday, February 24, 2017 we will be having the second quidders talk of the semester.  This week we will be discussing permafrost in the the Alaskan Arctic.  Dr. Frederick Nelson and MSU PhD student Kelsey Nyland will be presenting about the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) Program.  Please join us in room 126 of the Geography Building at 4:30 pm this Friday as we journey North to Alaska.

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Creating a Resume’ & Job Fair Prep

Please join us to prepare for the annual Geography Career Day & Job Fair.

Career Consultant, Amy Deitrickson, from the Career Services Network will be on site at the Geography building to help you prepare your resume for the event.  Feel free to stop in at any time for a presentation to help you to write your resume and prepare for interviews.  Students can attend any or all of the events.

The Geography Career Day & Job Fair will be on Friday, February 24, 2:30-4:30pm, in Room 108, Bessey Hall.

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, February 17, as we host MSU GEO Alum John Nelson as our Colloquium Speaker at 2:00 p.m.  John is a Cartographer and User Experience Designer for Esri, and his talk will be very interesting.

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Resume’ Critique Drop-In Hours

Please join us to prepare for the annual Geography Career Day & Job Fair.

Career Consultant, Amy Deitrickson, from the Career Services Network will be on site at the Geography building to help you prepare your resume for the event.  Feel free to stop in at any time for one-on-one advise and critique of your resume.  Students do not need to attend resume presentation or Career Day to take advantage of drop-in hours for resume critique.

The Geography Career Day & Job Fair will be on Friday, February 26, 2:30-4:30pm, in Room 108, Bessey Hall.UAB Career Internship Event 2017

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, January 27, as we host MSU GEO Alum Melissa Faustich as our Colloquium Speaker at 2:00 p.m.  Melissa is a Project Manager for GM’s OnStar Division, and her talk will be very interesting.

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QUIDDERS Presents Dr. Schaetzl

Next Friday, January 27, 2017 will be the first Quidders talk of the new year.  Dr. Randy Schaetzl will be giving a talk titled “Late Pleistoscene Winds in the Great Lakes Region: It’s Not Just About Dunes Anymore.”  The talk will begin at 4:00 PM in the Geography Building room 126.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, January 20, as we host Dr. Allison Steiner from the University of Michigan. Dr. Steiner is an associate professor in the Dept. of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at UMich. Her work focuses on biosphere-atmosphere interactions, regional climate modeling, chemistry-climate interactions, atmospheric aerosols, and biogenic VOC emissions. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and serves as an editor at the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: A. Frake

Ms. April Frake 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:
Joseph Messina (chair)
Sue Grady
Leo Zulu
Edward Walker (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics)
Pouyan Nejadhashami (Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: I. Rijal

Ms. Ishara Rijal will defend her dissertation. 2014_grad_rijal

Title:  USE OF WATER MIST TO PROTECT TREE FRUITS FROM SPRING FROST DAMAGE

Please contact Sharon Ruggles 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:
Jeffrey Andresen (chair)
Nathan Moore
James Flore (Horticulture-ANR)
Daniel Guyer (Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: C. Clark

Ms. Caitlin Clark will defend her thesis.  Caitlin_Clark_2013_geocamp

Title: “Pollen-Based Landscape Reconstruction of an Upper Mississippian Agricultural Site at Hovey Lake, Indiana, USA”

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:
Catherine Yansa (chair)
Randall Schaetzl
William Lovis (Anthropology)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: L. Kutch

Ms. Libbey Kutch will present and defend her dissertation proposal. grad_Kutch_2014

Title:  “Investigating the relationship between UV-B radiation exposure and preeclampsia: A medical geography study”

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:
Sue Grady (Chair)
Julie Winkler
Sharon Zhong
Masako Fujita (Anthropology)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: X. Li

Ms. Xiaomeng Li 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:
Igor Vojnovic (chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Zachary Neal (Psychology)
Laura Ann Reese (Political Science)

 

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QUIDDERS Presents Dr. Arbogast

This Friday (December 2nd) one of our founding members, Dr. Alan Arbogast, will be speaking about interdisciplinary work he is conducting focused on the development of the Sleeping Bear Dunes landscape.  This should be a very interesting talk from a geographical, geological, and archaeological perspectives.  The talk will begin at 4pm this Friday in room 126 of the Geography Building.  Food and drink will be provided and we hope to see many of you there!

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Geography Awareness Week 2016

#MSUGAW #GAW  #GeographyAwarenessWeek

Sunday, Nov 13

Monday, Nov 14

  • All day: GEOblog #2, by Dr. Randy Schaetzl @ geo.msu.edu/
  • geocache_Mon_GAW 2016All day: SWIG and GEOClub, Geocaching Across Campus; Location: All over campus; Today’s clue will be announced via social media and at the GEOClub event. The hidden cache includes a prize ticket that the lucky student can take to our GEOClub table today from 5-7p (or SWIG/TripleG tables Tu-Th) to exchange for a prize.cookies_GAW 2016
  • 3:00pm: GEO, GAW Cookie Bonanza; Location: Lounge of the GEO Building. Get your sugar rush!
  • Geopardy_GAW 20165:00-7:00pm: GEOClub, Geopardy; Location: MSU Union; We will play a game similar to jeopardy and will also have a map to locate major geo features. Prizes will be awarded!
  • 7:00-11:00pm: TripleG, Geography Trivia Night; Location: Tin Can in East Lansing; Win GEO t-shirts, gift cards to the Tin Can, and glory for your ancestors!TinCan_Mon_GAW 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Nov 15

  • All day: GEOblog #3, by Dr. Grant Gunn @ geo.msu.edu/
  • geocache_Tues_GAW 2016All day: SWIG and GEOClub, Geocaching Across Campus; Location: All over campus; Today’s clue will be announced via social media and at the SWIG event. The hidden cache includes a prize ticket that the lucky student can take to our SWIG table today/tomorrow (or TripleG table on Thursday) until 2p to exchange for a prize
  • 10:00am-2:00pm: SWIG, Women Geographers on Display; Location: Brody Hall

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Nov 16 (National GIS Day)

  • All day: GEOblog #4, Kelsey Nyland @ geo.msu.edu/
  • geocache_Wed_GAW 2016All day: SWIG and GEOClub, Geocaching Across Campus; Location: All over campus; Today’s clue will be announced via social media and at the SWIG event. The hidden cache includes a prize ticket that the lucky student can take to our SWIG table today (or TripleG table tomorrow) until 2p to exchange for a prize.
  • 10:00am-2:00pm: SWIG, Women Geographers on Display; Location: Brody Hall
  • 2:00-4:00pm: GIS Day Map-a-thon; Location: MSU Library, Map Library, 3 West; No experience needed; Bring your laptop to participate in community mapping (VGI) in OpenStreetMap
  • Evening: GEOClub, Paints the Rock; Location: MSU Rock

 

 

Thursday, Nov 17

  • All day: GEOblog #5, by Dr. Alan Arbogast @ geo.msu.edu/
  • geocache_Thurs_GAW 2016All day: SWIG and GEOClub, Geocaching Across Campus; Location: All over campus; Today’s clue will be announced via social media and at the TripleG event. The hidden cache includes a prize ticket that the lucky student can take to our TripleG table until 2p to exchange for a prize.
  • 10:30am-2:00pm: TripleG, Promotion of When the Wells Run Dry; Location: MSU UnionTriple G_GAW 2016
  • 11:30am: Grad Students Lottery Lunch with Steve Lerner
  • 1:00-2:20pm: Steve Lerner speaks in GEO 151 Human Geography; Location: Brody 112
  • 7:00pm: When the Well Runs Dry Screening and Q&A Session with Filmmakers, Reuben Aaronson and Steve Lerner; Doors open: 6:30pm; Location: Wells Hall B115; Bring a friend and come early to get a seat. GEOClub will be selling department sweatshirts.

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Friday, Nov 18

  • All day: GEOblog #6, #7, by Albert Fulton and alum Trevor Hobbs @ geo.msu.edu/
  • All day: GEOClub, Green Out Geotag on Social Media; Green Out your social media and wear your new GEO gear in support of Geography! Sharing your ‪#‎MSUGAW experiences – or any other awesome GEO-related fun!
  • All day: MSU Surplus Store is having a Map & Atlas sale today and again on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Vintage wall maps, atlas collections, and classic Soil Survey maps will be up for auction or for sale.

Saturday, Nov 19

  • Event: GEOblog #8, #9, by Toni Walkowiak and alum Jess Winans @ geo.msu.edu/

Press:
Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Steve Lerner on AM 870 WKAR
Follow us: Twitter (@GEOatMSU and @onGEOatMSU), fb (@MSUGeography and @onGEOatMSU), LinkedIn (onGEOatMSU)
Twitter (@MSUGeography and @MSUTripleG), fb (MSUGeographyClub and TripleG and SWIGatMSU)

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Geography Awareness Week Focuses on Water Issues in the Great Plains

The MSU Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences is hosting a special Geography Awareness Week Event at 7:00 pm on November 17 at Wells Hall, Room B115, on MSU’s campus.  This event is free and open to the public with an associated Q&A session. This presentation will feature filmmakers Steve Lerner and Reuben Aaronson who will be presenting a composite of short films about water issues in the high plains of western Kansas.  In the main film, entitled When the Well Runs Dry, rural Kansans tell us their heartfelt stories about the threats they face to the availability and quality of the water they depend on. Watch the Trailer for When The Well Runs Dry.mp4

Reuben Aaronson:
Reuben is a Producer/Director/Cinematographer based in Los Angeles, whose distinctive work reflects a wide variety of experience that now totals over forty years. Reuben has traveled the world to shoot and direct award-winning films about the human experience for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS and others. From Academy Awards to Emmys, Reuben’s work is consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity.
Reuben’s most recent film, AMAZON GOLD, a documentary about the horrific damage to the rainforest from illegal gold mining, was narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. The film was honored at the NY International Film Festival, The International Environmental Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (Best Conservation Program). It received Best Environmental Film from the Green Film Network, 2014.
Reuben’s other projects include: THE DUST BOWL a two-hour special for History Channel; LORDS OF THE GARDEN, THE TREE-TOP PEOPLE OF NEW GUINEA, Winner, Gold Medal for Cinematography, Houston International Film Festival, Best of Festival, CINE Film Festival; and THE LAST FROG, a National Geographic film for which he won a national Emmy for Cinematography.
Steve Lerner:
Steve, a psychologist and filmmaker, founded Menninger Video Productions at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. There he produced and directed many educational films for mental health professionals. After leaving Menninger, he founded Equal Partners Productions, producing and directing another extensive group of films. Guilford Press, a New York publishing company, purchased the Equal Partners catalogue, and hired Steve to direct three more productions.
More recently, Steve began concentrating on documentaries. His 2009 film, TRAS BAMBALINAS (BEHIND THE SCENES), shot in Mexico, won Best Documentary at the Kansas/Missouri Short Film Festival in 2009. In 2010 he directed LA PIZZA Y EL AMOR (PIZZA AND LOVE), a humorous look at the relationship between food and love. Steve’s next documentary, FLORENCE KANSAS, funded by the Kansas Humanities Council,told the story of a small rural Kansas town–its history, challenges, and dreams for the future. It was an official selection at the AMC Kansas City Film Festival in 2012. Steve’s most recent film, a 14 minute narrative short, ESTA GUITARRA VIEJA (THIS OLD GUITAR) won Best Director at the 15 Minutes of Fame Festival in Florida, and was also an official selection in two additional festivals.Final 2016 GAW

 

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: V. Breeze

Ms. Victoria Breeze 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:
Nathan Moore(chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Jamie Monson (African Studies Center)
Jianquo Liu (Fisheries & Wildlife)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: Wei Liu

Wei_Liu_2013_geocampMs. Wei Liu will present and defend her dissertation proposal.

Title:  Modelling the Joint Impacts of Social Network and Built Environment on Adolescents’ Physical Activity

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:
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska (Chair)
Sue Grady
Igor Vojnovic
Kenneth Frank (Counseling, Education Psychology and Special Education)

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