July 2015

KBS Eminent Ecologists presents Dr. Nelson Hairston Jr.
Date: Monday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, Academic Building, Kellogg Biological Station
Speaker: Dr. Nelson Hairston, Jr. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

Photochemistry and Photobiological Implications of Functionalized Fullerenes in Aqueous Systems
Date: Thursday, July 16, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 3540 Engineering Building
Speaker: Dr. Samuel Snow, Environmental Quality Analyst, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Host: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: Lori Larner
Series: Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Note: Since their discovery 30 years ago, fullerenes have been found to possess many unique physicochemical and photochemical properties. Great research effort has been spent on fullerenes and particularly on C60, which is the most stable and readily synthesized fullerene structure. The capability of C60 to photosensitize reactive singlet oxygen upon irradiation by UV or visible light is of particular interest for biological and environmental applications. The hydrophobicity of C60, however, causes aggregation and consequent loss of photoactivity in aqueous media. Chemical functionalization has been proposed as a method to overcome fullerene aggregation in water and is examined in depth here. A stark contrast is found between most derivatives which exhibit little or no photoactivity and those with cationic functional groups, which are found to be extremely effective at virus (MS2 bacteriophage) inactivation under natural sunlight. Characterization of fullerenes synthesized with three classes of functional groups, each with one, two, or three addends is discussed. Physical, chemical, biological, and theoretical methods are used in a synergistic approach to probe the mechanisms driving the presence or lack of photoactivity in C60 aggregates. The interactions of O2 with C60 within the solvent shell of C60 are implicated as a possible explanation of the differential photoactivities of the fullerene derivatives.

5th Annual BioResearch Product Fair
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Atrium of Molecular Plant Science Building
Contact: Laura Braden
Note: Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

September 2015

ESPP Open House
Date: Thursday, September 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Contact: Karessa Weir
Note: All are welcome to stop by and learn more about the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

October 2015

Green & Grow Your Congregation: 10th Annual Sustainability Conference of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
Date: Friday, October 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Location: People's Church, 200 W. Grand River Avenue, East Lansing
Speaker: Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK Executive Director; Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy; the Rev. George Heartwell, mayor of Grand Rapids
Host: Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
Contact: Cathy Marshall

2015 ESPP Research Symposium: International Research Collaborations - Addressing Environmental Challenges
Date: Friday, October 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Center
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Note: Registration to come.

United Nations Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies
Date: Sunday, October 25, Oct. 25-27
Location: Abrams Planetarium and the MSU Henry Center
Note: In conjunction with MSUís International Business Center Global Business Club, Abrams Planetarium, and the Environmental Science and Public Policy Program, we are pleased to announce our annual United Nations Day program on October 25-27. Join us on the evening of the 25th at Abrams Planetarium for hors d-oeuvres and our opening presentation. Then join us again on Monday at the MSU Henry Center for more information about light and light-based technologies research, and what you can do locally and globally to make an impact on creating a more sustainable environment for all.

ESPP Colloqia Series: Antibiotic Resistance Lecture and Roundtable
Date: Thursday, October 29, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Kellogg Center
Speaker: Dr. Edward Topp, Principal Research Scientist, Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre, AgriCanada. During the roundtable discussion, Dr. Topp will be joined by Dr. Hui Li, Associate Professor of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; Dr. Bo Norby, Associate Professor in Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Syed Hashsham, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Shannon Manning, Associate Professorr of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
Host: Dr. Wei Zhang
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Colloquia Series
Note: Registration to come.

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