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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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: J. Feng

Mr. Jia Feng will defend his dissertation. grad_feng_2015

Title:  MIGRANT LIVELIHOOD AND BUSINESS IN URBAN CHINA: THE CASE OF HENANCUN AND RECYCLING IN BEIJING

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:
Guo Chen (chair)
Joe Darden
Bruce Wm. Pigozzi
Steven Gold (Sociology)
Edward Murphy (History)

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, October 14, as we host Dr. Eric Carson.  He will be presenting “The River That Flows Uphill”.

Please note the room has changed to Snyder Hall (next door) Room C202.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: K. Credit

Mr. Kevin Credit 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:
Elizabeth Mack (chair)
Ashton Shortridge
Igor Vojnovic
Zenia Kotval (School of Planning, Design, & Construction CSS)

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, September 23rd, as we host Dr. David Lusch.  He will be presenting “Physical Geography Factors that Influenced the D-Day Invasion of Normandy”.

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: Y. Galvan

Mr. Yankuic Galvan will defend his dissertation. 2014_GTU_Galvan

Title:  “Linking Land Change and Commodity Chains in a Globalizing World: the Case of Mexico”

Contact Yankuic if you would like a copy of his dissertation galvanmi@msu.edu

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:
Robert Walker (chair)
Bruce Pigozzi
Cynthia Simmons
Michael Kaplowitz (Community Sustainability)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: R. Susie Wu

Ms. Ruqun Susie Wu will defend her dissertation.grad_wu_2014

Title:  THE INFLUENCES OF GREEN BUILDING DESIGN ON BUILDING USERS

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:
Jiquan Chen (chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Suk-Kyung Kim (School of Planning, Design & Construction)
Peilei Fan   (School of Planning, Design & Construction)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: N. Smith

Ms. Nicole Smith will defend her thesis. grad_smith

Title:  IDENTIFYING THE BEST LOCAL-SCALE PREDICTION MAPS FOR DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE PATTERNS OF AQUATIC HABITATS OF ANOPHELINE LARVAE IN WESTERN LOWLAND KENYA

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:
Joseph P. Messina (chair)
David Lusch
Edward D. Walker (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics CNS)

 

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: L. Rill

Ms. Lydia Rill will defend her thesis.  grad_rill_2014

Title:  CLIMATOLOGY OF SPRINGTIME FREEZE EVENTS IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION AND THEIR IMPACT ON TART CHERRY YIELDS IN HISTORICAL AND PROJECTED FUTURE TIME FRAMES

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:
Jeff Andresen (chair)
Julie Winkler
J. Roy Black (Agricultural Food and Resource Economics)

 

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: A. Frake

Ms. April Frake will present and defend her dissertation proposal. grad_frake_profile_photo

Title: “Investigating the role of land transformation for irrigated agriculture on malaria disease dynamics: a case study at Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme, Malawi.”

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:
Joseph Messina – Chair
Sue Grady
Leo Zulu
Edward Walker (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics CNS)
Pouyan Nejadhashemi (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: J. Nikolic

Ms. Jovanka Nikolic will present and defend her dissertation proposal. SONY DSC

Title:  “The effects of a forest canopy on smoke dispersion and transport”

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:
Sharon Zhong (Chair)
Julie Winkler
Jeff Andresen
Phanikumar Mantha (Civil and Env. Engineering)
Joseph Charney (Forest Service Northern Research Station)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: Koh

Mr. Keumseok Peter Koh will defend his dissertation. grad_koh

Title:  GEOGRAPHIC IMPACTS OF FEDERALLY FUNDED STATE-BASED OBESITY PROGRAMS ON ADULT OBESITY PREVALENCE IN THE UNITED STATES

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

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)
Joe Darden
Igor Vojnovic
Todd Elder (Economics)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: A. Yang

Ms. Anni Yang will defend her thesis. grad_a_yang_2014

Title:  A Cost-benefit Analysis of Tsetse Fly Control in Tanzania

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:
Joseph Messina (chair)
Sue Grady
Raechel Bianchetti

 

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J. Andresen Dessert With Discussion

The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is hosting Jeff Andresen on May 3, 2016 for our Dessert with Discussion Series. This is a FREE community event highlighting MSU research while offering free locally sourced desserts, coffee, tea and a cash bar before the lecture.  This lecture series is KBS’s most popular so FREE registration is appreciated for seating.

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: L. Johnson

Ms. Laura Bowen Johnson will defend her dissertation. 2014_GTU_Johnson

Title:  TOWARD A RELATIONAL AGRO-FOOD SYSTEM:THE CASE OF THE BLUE RIDGE WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE HIGH COUNTRY FARM TOUR

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

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:
Gary Schnakenberg (chair)
Catherine Yansa
Cynthia Simmons
Kyle Whyte (Philosophy)
Rebecca Martusewicz (Eastern Michigan University)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE NOTICE: C. Fung

Ms. Cadi Fung will present and defend her dissertation proposal. 2014 Cadi Fung at GTU

Title:  “Spaces of Conflict and Conservation: Shifting Relationships Between Humans and the Amazon River Dolphin in Brazil.”

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:
Cynthia Simmons – Chair
Leo Zulu
Sarah Nicholls
Linda Kalof (Sociology)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: E. Adams

Mr. Ellis Adams will defend his dissertation. Ellis Profile_smaller_news

Title:  DECENTRALIZATION, INSTITUTIONS, AND ACCESS TO POTABLE WATER IN MALAWI’S URBAN AND PERI-URBAN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

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

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:

Leo Zulu (chair)

Lifeng Luo

Stephen Gasteyer (Sociology)

Anne Ferguson (Anthropology)

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Triple G Spring Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, April 29th, as we host Dr. Moira Zellner from the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Zellner’s research examines the value of complexity-based modeling for participatory policy exploration and social learning with stakeholders. She will be presenting on participatory modeling.

Hope to see you on Friday!2016_April29Flyer_Zellner

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