DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: K. Credit

Mr. Kevin Credit will defend his dissertation
Title:  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: HOW PROXIMITY TO TRANSIT AND WALKABILITY INFLUENCE BUSINESS CREATION AND PERFORMANCE

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 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)
Ashton Shortridge
Igor Vojnovic
Zenia Kotval (School of Planning, Design, & Construction CSS)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: M. Bomber

Mr. Michael Bomber will defend his thesis; 
Title: GEOBIA FOR IDENTIFYING JACK PINE SAPLINGS

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)
Ashton Shortridge
Catherine Yansa

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PRESENT AND DEFEND HIS DISSERTATION PROPOSAL: A. Kadhim

Title: Measuring and modeling the effects of sea level rise on near-coastal riverine regions: a geospatial comparison of the Shatt Al-Arab River in southern Iraq with the Mississippi River Delta in southern Louisiana, USA.

 

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:
Ashton Shortridge (Chair)
Jiaguo Qi
Lifeng Luo
Hayder Radha (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

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Triple G Colloquium Series

The Hard Winter of 1880-1881 was featured in the Laura Ingalls Wilder historical fiction account, The Long Winter, as well as in other novels and several town histories across the region. Both meteorological records and historical accounts indicate that the winter was particularly long, snowy, and cold. An understanding of the climatological factors influencing the Hard Winter, along with the context for its severity, allow us to quantify and describe its severity, as well as provide potential attribution. Additionally, the connection of the winter of 1880-1881 to a popular book written by an author who is a cultural icon provides a natural vehicle with which to communicate weather and climate concepts to multiple non-technical audiences. A narrative constructed around the books, particularly The Long Winter, provides a means of audience engagement and interest in weather- and climate-related topics.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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PRESENT AND DEFEND HER DISSERTATION PROPOSAL: L. Pierre

Title: Entrepreneurial propensity:  The constraining and enabling factors of institutional environments on women faculty in engineering

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:
Elizabeth Mack (Chair)
Joe T. Darden
Igor Vojnovic
Logan Williams (Lyman Briggs)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: R. Nagelkirk

Mr. Ryan Nagelkirk will defend his Dissertation Proposal on Friday, March 23, 2018, starting at 2:00 pm in Rm. 126 Geography Building. 

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 (Department of Media and Information)
Dr. Gary Roloff (Department of Fisheries and Wildlife)

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: K. Credit

Title:  Sustainable Economic Development: How Proximity to Transit and Walkability Influence Business Creation and Performance 

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

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: J. White

Mr. Jonah White will take his oral comprehensive examination on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm in Rm. 105 Geography Building.

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 from the student being examined.

Committee:
Igor Vojnovic (chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Zachary Neal (Psychology, College of Social Science)
Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani (Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning, Design, and Construction)

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PRESENT AND DEFEND HER DISSERTATION PROPOSAL: K Nyland

Ms. Kelsey Nyland will present and defend her dissertation proposal
Title:    “Cryoplanation Terraces: Evaluating a Century-old Geomorphic Hypothesis”

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:

  • Fritz Nelson (co-Chair)
  • Randy Schaetzl (co-Chair)
  • Ashton Shortridge
  • David Lusch
  • Grahame Larson (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
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E. James Potchen Award in Geography to recognize the “Graduate and Undergraduate Geographer of the Year.”

This award honors one outstanding graduate and one outstanding undergraduate student who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the geography department. The students who deserve the recognition will have shown remarkable professionalism and leadership skills in activities within both the department and the campus community. The students will have been a positive role model for the geography department in activities on campus and the community. The students will have also advocated for geography when interacting with for example university officials, policymakers, and campus organizations. The award is in honor of Dr. E. James Potchen, University Distinguished Professor, Radiology Chairman Emeritus, Professor of Management in the College of Business, Professor of Lyman Briggs College, and Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University. Dr. Potchen is the author of 31 books, and during his tenure at MSU, he has inspired many students and faculty members, as well as setting a positive example of ‘Team MSU.’ The winners of this award will receive a plaque and $1,000.00.

Students interested in being considered for this award must be nominated by a Geography Faculty member. One letter of recommendation (one-page maximum) from an MSU Geography faculty member must be submitted as a PDF attachment to Dr. Gary Schnakenberg (schnake2@msu.edu) by the deadline of Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00 pm. Each interested student should contact a faculty member at least two weeks prior to March 14 to allow that professor enough time to complete this task by March 14.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: N. Haghtalab

Ms. Nafiseh Haghtalab will take her oral comprehensive examination on Friday, March 16, 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 from the student being examined.

Committee:
Nathan Moore (Chair)
Jeffrey A. Andresen
Joseph P. Messina
Amirpouyan Nejadhashemi (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

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Triple G Colloquium Series

The Ohio – Michigan state line has long been one of confusion, frustration, and even war. A history of the state line(s) will be studied along with detail about the 1915 Samuel Stinson Gannett Survey. This final survey put an end to one of the most deeply disputed state lines in the United States … or did it?

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2018 Career Day & Job Fair

  • Trust yourself
  • Be patient
  • Push yourself
  • Be direct
  • Own your destiny
  • Be open
  • Get uncomfortable
  • Be proactive
  • Speak up
  • Find a way

A Big Thank You to Our Job Fair Vendors & Attendees!

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Resume Critique Drop-In Hours

Would you like assistance creating or updating your resume? 

Undergraduate and Mater students, please stop by during drop-in hours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!

 


Ph.D. students, PhD Career Services Director, Ryan Bixenmann is holding a “Translating your CV to a Resume” workshop on Feb. 20 at the Graduate School.  It is open to all graduate students. However, interested students must register at https://grad.msu.edu/events/translating-your-cv-resume-0

 

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Triple G Colloquium Series

MSU’s own Dr. Meredith Gore will speak about illegal wildlife trade and how it is now one of the largest illicit markets in the world, valued at $5-23 billion annually. Inherently transboundary, it threatens the survival of multiple species, as well as the national and regional security, economic development, and ecological security.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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PRESENT AND DEFEND HIS DISSERTATION PROPOSAL: B. PETER

Mr. Brad Peter will present and defend his dissertation proposal
Title: Photo of Brad PeterIntegrated remote sensing and crop modeling for precision agriculture across space and time scales

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 P. Messina (Chair)

Leo Zulu

Kyla Dahlin

Sieglinde Snapp (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

 

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: D. Jordan

Ms. Demetrice Dee Jordan will take her oral comprehensive examination on Thursday, December 21, 2017 starting at 9:00 am in Rm. 218B Manly Miles Bldg.Dee Jordon

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)
Joe T. Darden
Sue Grady
Susan Wyche (Media & Information)
Jinhua Zhao (Economics)

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PROPOSAL DEFENSE: V. Breeze

Ms. Victoria Breeze will present and defend her dissertation proposal Photo of Victoria Breeze
Title: China-Africa Agricultural Telecoupling
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:
Nathan Moore (Chair)
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Jamie Monson (African Studies Center)
Jianguo Liu (Fisheries & Wildlife)

 

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