PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: R. Paudel

Mr. Rajiv Paudel will present and defend his dissertation proposal

Title:  Analyzing Household vulnerability to food insecurity in Southern Mali

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.

Committee members:
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska  (chair)
Leo Zulu
Bruno Basso (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Laura Kathryn Schmitt Olabisi (Community Sustainability)

Please contact Sharon Ruggles, at ruggles@msu.edu to receive an electronic copy of the proposal.

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DISSERTATION PROPOSAL NOTICE: B.J. Baule

Mr. B.J. Baule will present and defend his dissertation proposal.

Title:  Climatic Variability and Change in the Midwestern United States: Implications for Nitrogen Loss and Management in Agricultural Systems

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.

Committee members:
Jeff Andresen  (chair)
Julie Winkler
Bruno Basso (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Amor Ines (Plant Soil, and Microbial Sciences)

If you would like an electronic copy of the proposal, please contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: White

Mr. Jonah White will present and defend his dissertation proposal at the following date and time:

Title:  A Greening but Unequal City: Environmental Justice and Gentrification in Seattle, 1980-2000

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:
Igor Vojnovic  (chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Zachary Neal (Psychology)
Zeenat Karamchandani-Kotval (School of Planning, Design, and Construction)

Please contact me Sharon Ruggles at ruggles@msu.edu  if you would like to be sent an electronic copy of the proposal.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: D. Wanyama

Mr. Dan Wanyama 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:
Nathan Moore (Chair)
Kyla Dahlin
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Amor Ines (Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences)
Bandana Kar (Oak Ridge National Lab)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: A. Kreuze

Ms. Amanda Kreuze will present and defend her dissertation proposal

Title:  Maternal and Infant Health in East Central Michigan: Environmental Health Investigation of Toxic Release Inventory Emissions

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.

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

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

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: I. Djenontin

Ms. Ida Djenontin 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)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Pascal Nzokou (Forestry)
Robert B. Richardson (Community Sustainability)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: Y. Liu

Ms. Yingyue Juno Liu 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:
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska (Chair)
Kyle Evered
Raechel Portelli
Paul B. Thompson (Philosophy)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: C. Lei

Ms. Cheyenne Lei will be presenting and defending her dissertation proposal

Title:  Albedo on Biofuel Ecosystems: Impact Assessment for Climate & Global Warming Impact

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.

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

Please contact Sharon Ruggles if you would like an electronic copy of the proposal.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: T. Zhang

Mr. Teng Zhang 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:
Ashton Shortridge (co-Chair)
Siddarth Chandra (co-Chair) (Asian Studies Center)
Kyle Evered
Ronen Steinberg (History)

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Geography Awareness Week 2019

November 10 – 16, 2019

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences Proudly Presents
The Smithsonian Channel’s
THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM

FEATURING Q & A
with
FILMMAKER AND DIRECTOR
YORUBA RICHEN

Free Event and Open to the Public
November 14, 2019
7:00 p.m. at the Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center

Please Register Here to Attend:

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: J. Chang

Mr. Jiang Chang will present and defend his dissertation proposal.

Title:  The Underprivileged and Displacement: Gentrification in Hong Kong, 1986 to 2016

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.

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

If you would like an electronic copy of the proposal, please contact me ruggles@msu.edu

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Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG): Join SWIG – Fall 19’ semester, kickoff meeting

Greetings!

 

SWIG is a community for geographers at all levels— faculty, grad, undergrad and staff. If you support women in geography, you’re in! We’re a nation-wide organization developed at Penn State University, and our own chapter was initiated just a few years ago by Dr. Raechel Portelli, Cadi Fung, and April Franke. 

 

Why join SWIG?
Each year SWIG members benefit from activities such as:

1) Guest speakers during a Coffee and Bagels networking hour

2) Mentorship between graduate/undergraduates in Geography

3) Award scholarships to undergrad/s for application fees to graduate school

4) Participate in activities related to Geography Week 

5) Volunteer on campus and in the community

6) Collaborate with campus programs on diversity and inclusion

7) Organized game/movie nights and day field-trips

8) Build a sense of comradery and support

 

That said, our first meeting is meant to bring us all together for some goal-setting as well.
Please join us! 

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Join us at our first Golf Outing

Our energetic advisory board is organizing our very first GEO golf outing, Friday, September 27, at 9 a.m. at Wheatfield Valley in Williamston.  Proceeds will go to our Field Experience fund.  If you are a good golfer, a marginal one, or just like swinging the club, please join us to have some fun!!  See the flyer below for more details.

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Michigan Coastal Dunes Symposium 2019: Learning to Live in Dynamic Dunes

Michigan Coastal Dunes Symposium 2019: Learning to Live in Dynamic Dunes

Engage with researchers and policy makers. Ask questions and more, and learn how to live in Michigan’s dynamic coastal dunes!

Cost:  $35 — includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Reserve your place today! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

  • Hear researchers share cutting edge science on how our coastal dunes developed over time, and how they respond to influences ranging from interactions with human beings to changes in lake levels and climate.
  • Engage with state and local policymakers during a panel discussion reviewing current policies and recent examples.
  • Discover the latest research on Michiganders’ views of coastal dunes — their benefits and the perceived threats to dunes.
  • Access new resources for planners and decision-makers in your community.
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Colloquium

You are invited to the Environmental Science and Policy Program’s first student-led colloquia series on September 9, 2019 (Monday). This panel discussion and networking event features five food security experts on campus. Free snacks, beverage and food are provided. RSVP to avoid food waste: https://agtechpanel.eventbrite.com See the event information below. Contact the event organizer, Lin Liu (liulin7@msu.edu), if you have any questions.

 

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