October 2018

Outspoken Science: Using Visual Media to Tell Our Hidden Stories
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building
Speaker: National Geographic film director Clare Fieseler, assistant teaching professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program at Georgetown University.
Host: MSU Women in Nature Network
Contact: Claire HOffman
Note: Join us Wednesday October 17th for a free event showcasing a diverse set of short films from National Geographic and the Jackson Hole Film Festival and a discussion with National Geographic filmmaker Clare Fieseler! For more details see the attached flyer, visit @MSUWiNN on Facebook (event), or contact WiNN president Claire Hoffmann at

2018 Michigan Good Food Summit: Amplifying Voices for Equity
Date: Monday, October 22, All day
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Contact: For questions on registration and sponsor/exhibitor information, contact Diane Drago at or (734) 747-2746.
Note: This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify under-represented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Whether you're a food consumer, grower, or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker - join us in East Lansing to connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan.

Democratizing Knowledge: Science Shops, Knowledge Mobilization, and Broader Impacts
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Speaker: Norbert Steinhaus Coordinator, Living Knowledge: The International Science Shop Network and Board Member, Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop)
Host: University Outreach and Engagement, International Studies and Programs, The Graduate School
Series: MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series
Note: Norbert Steinhaus holds a master’s degree in agriculture from Bonn University. He has been a board member of Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Wila Bonn) since 1990. For the last 18 years he has cooperated with international projects on citizen participation in science and technology or responsible research and innovation. He is directly involved in EC-funded projects as a coordinator or consortium partner and is on the advisory boards of various Horizon 2020 (European Research Framework) projects. Since the end of 2007 he has been coordinator of Living Knowledge, the international science shop network. In 2014 he was a member of the steering committee for the Science, Innovation and Society: Achieving Responsible Research and Innovation (SIS-RRI) conference, organized by the National Research Council of Italy. He is active in the network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS). He serves on the advisory board for Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement and as an associate editor for the Research for All journal (UK). He was invited to be an auditor for European proposals in H2020 calls as well as a transfer auditor of cooperation strategies for a German university, initiated by Stifterverband for German Science and the North-Rhine Westphalian Ministry for Culture and Science. Steinhaus is an active member of the Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research, the Asian Pacific University Community Engagement Network, and several other local, regional, national, and international networks.

An Informal Conversation with Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 110, Chittenden
Speaker: Norbert Steinhaus Coordinator, Living Knowledge: The International Science Shop Network and Board Member, Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop)
Host: University Outreach and Engagement, International Studies and Programs, The Graduate School
Note: Lunch will be provided. Students must register at

ESPP Research Presentation: Zachary Curtis, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date: Thursday, October 25, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 274 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Zachary Curtis, doctoral candidate, Environmental Engineering and ESPP; Dr. Yadu Pokhrel, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Laura Young, outreach specialist, MSU IWR;
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia Fall 2018

The Science Behind GMOs
Date: Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building
Speaker: • Alison Bernstein, assistant professor, MSU College of Human Medicine; founder, Science Moms • Jennifer Carter-Johnson, associate professor, MSU College of Law • Paul Thompson, MSU W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics • Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, MSU Department of Agricultural. Food and Resource Economics, and MSU Department of Food Science Science communicator Sheril Kirshenbaum hosts the Our Table conversations.
Host: MSU AgBioResearch
Series: Our Table
Note: Tours of the Day Lab in the plant, soil and microbial sciences department will start at 4 p.m. Our Table is a series of science-based community conversations designed to give consumers tools to make more informed food choices. It is an initiative led by MSU AgBioResearch, a group of 340 researchers from eight colleges across campus. The Our Table discussions encourage meaningful dialogue to bridge the gap between the public, and agricultural and food scientists.

November 2018

ESPP Research Symposium - Balancing Act: Food, Water, Energy, Climate
Date: Thursday, November 1, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Convention Center
Speaker: TBA
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Symposium
Note: Call for Abstracts to come soon.

Network analysis of urban systems: Potential, challenges and pitfalls
Date: Thursday, November 1, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Psychology Room 230
Speaker: Dr. Ben Derudder, Professor of Human Geography at Ghent University in Belgium
Host: Global Urban Studies Program
Contact: For additional information, contact Dr. Zachary Neal (
Note: When a network analytic framework is adopted, the urban system is abstracted into a 'network' in which cities are 'nodes' connected by 'edges' capturing the strength of inter-city connections. The promises of this approach mainly relate to the fact that various urban theorists have asserted the relevance of networks as foundational theoretical constructs. But, network abstractions can obfuscate: the complexities associated with 'nodalizing' urban space, and the associated silencing of some of the rich insights that can be gained from other abstractions. There are also potential pitfalls: whereas network analysis methods have been developed in sociology where nodes can be assumed to have agency, network analysis of city-systems seems prone to overreaching because cities hardly have this level of agency. The paper draws upon concrete examples from the 'urban network literature' throughout, and reviews possible ways to deal with challenges and pitfalls as to better harness the promises of network analysis.