February 2018

The Wildlife that Surrounds Us: Understanding the Animals that Call Cities Home
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 12:10 p.m.
Location: MSU Main Library Green Room (4 West)
Speaker: Remington Moll (Fisheries and Wildlife)
Host: MSU Library
Contact: Eric Tans
Series: MSU Library Environmental Series
Note: Description: It's tempting to think that most wild animals live somewhere "out there", far away from humans and cities. Yet many wildlife species, from mice to deer to coyotes, have shown a remarkable ability to thrive side-by-side with humans in urban environments. Remington Moll, a Ph.D. candidate in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department, will discuss how a large-scale ecological research project in a major US metropolis is revealing the secret lives of the wild creatures that call the city their home.

Presentation by ESPP Director Candidate Dr. Jiaguo Qi
Date: Friday, February 23, 2 p.m.
Location: Room 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Dr. Jiaguo Qi, Professor of Geography
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Note: Dr. Jiaguo Qi (pronounced Chee) is Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, and Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. Dr. Qi serves as a Project Scientist for NASA’s MAIRS (Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Studies) program. He also serves as director of the International Studies & Program’s Office of China Programs.

Freshwater Security in the Great Lakes Region
Date: Monday, February 26, 2:30 p.m.
Location: 105 Kellogg Center
Speaker: Dr. Alan Steinman, Director, Annis Water Resources Institute, Professor of Water Resources, Grand Valley State University Director Jon Allan, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Dr. William Taylor, MSU Professor (Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife) & Michigan Sea Grant Associate Director Dr. Heather Treizenberg, MSU extension specialist, Fisheries and Wildlife Department and Center for Systems Integration and Organized by Zach Curtis, Civil and Environmental Engineering and ESPP
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia Series
Note: Free and open to the public with snacks.

Gender in Forestry from Landowners to Professionals
Date: Monday, February 26, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 201 International Center
Speaker: Dr. Emily Huff, Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry.
Host: Center for Gender in Global Context
Series: Gender, Justice and Environmental Change
Note: Dr. Huff will present her past and current projects examining the role of gender in forest landownership and forest management. She will also explore how gender has shaped professionals in forestry. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Open the Black Box: The Implementation of Financial Emergency Management in Michigan
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 457 Berkey Hall
Speaker: Dr. Shu Wang, Center for Local Government Finance and Policy, MSU
Host: Global Urban Studies
Series: Global Urban Studies Workshop
Note: ABSTRACT PA 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act in Michigan, authorizes the state government to intervene in local fiscal affairs by appointing emergency managers. To investigate the challenges and obstacles for its implementation, we drew from policy implementation theory, and interviewed both state officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury and local officials from municipalities that are currently or were previously under state intervention. Coupled with data collected from financial statements and budgets of local governments, we find conflicts in the top-down approach taken by state officials and the bottom-up approach by local officials. The top-down approach emphasizes centralized decision-making and cost reduction whereas the bottom-up approach values community engagement and long-term economic development. We recommend a synthesis between the two approaches to enhance the effectiveness of implementation.

March 2018

A Matter of Balance: Managing Soil and Crop Nutrient Systems to Protect Water Quality
Date: Friday, March 2, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Speaker: Dr. Carrie Laboski, Professor of Soil Science, Soil Extension Specialist, Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Michigan Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society
Contact: Daniel F. Kesselring, Sec.
Note: Dr. Laboski will make two presentations during our Seminar on March 2nd. Her topics are: In-season N Applications for Corn: Pros & Cons; and Dairy Manure N Availability as Influenced by Application Timing, Manure Treatment, and Nitrification Inhibitor Use.

Indigenous Approaches to the Ethics of Knowledge Exchange
Date: Friday, March 2, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union
Speaker: Dr. Kyle Whyte, Philosophy
Host: Center for Interdisciplinarity
Series: University Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Note: Coffee and refreshments provided.

Quiet Water Symposium
Date: Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Pavilion
Series: ANR Week
Note: For the 23rd year, the Annual Quiet Water Symposium (QWS) brings people together who love the outdoors. Our speakers' program allows attendees to meet experts in many areas of nonmotorized outdoor recreation. The exhibit floor is packed with displays of “how to,” “where to” and “why to” get outdoors. QWS offer beginners and experts a chance to learn more about outdoor clubs, friends' groups, watershed protection activities, boat-building skills, outfitters' services and equipment suppliers. Our goal is that you leave the event with new knowledge, new plans and new friends.

The Great Lakes: Focusing on the Present, Planning for the Future
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Dr. Alan F. Arbogast, Geography; Dr. Jia Wang, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; Dr. Laura Symonds, Environmental Canine Services; Sarah LeSage, Water Resources Division, DEQ; Dr. Guy Meadows, Michigan Tech Gret Lakes Research Center; Devin Gill, Outreach Specialist, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research;
Host: MSU Institute of Water Research
Series: ANR Week
Note: The Great Lakes are one of Michigan’s greatest resources, providing recreational opportunities, a premier fisheries resource, water for agriculture, manufacturing and other industries, and multiple other uses. They are also subject to major problems such as invasive species, climate change and harmful algal blooms. This conference will address some of these key topic areas along with highlighting the evolution of coastal dunes, variability in Great Lakes ice cover, autonomous vehicles for underwater monitoring and poop-sniffing dogs for beach monitoring (with a potential demonstration). The cost to attend the conference is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Find additional information, including a full agenda and registration at

A Framework for Capturing Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Date: Friday, March 16, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union
Speaker: Dr. Nida Abdullah, Art, Art History and Design
Host: Center for Interdisciplinarity
Series: University Interdisciplinary Colloquium Spring 2018
Note: Coffee and refreshments provided.

Looking Without Seeing: Illusion and Consumption of the Indian Body
Date: Friday, March 30, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union
Speaker: Dr. Rocio Quispe-Agnoli, Romance and Classical Studies
Host: Center for Interdisciplinarity
Series: University Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Note: Coffee and refreshments provided.

April 2018

Bioremediating Greenness - Rethinking Human Exceptionalism
Date: Friday, April 13, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Kresge Art Center, Room 108
Speaker: Dr. Adam W. Brown, Art, Art History and Design
Host: Center for Interdisciplinarity
Note: Coffee and refreshments provided.

Small Animals Day
Date: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: MSU Pavilion
Host: Department of Animal Science
Note: Small Animals Day is slated from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Admission is $3 per person, infants under 1 year old are free. Parking is available at the MSU Pavilion.

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