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October 23, 2015
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University

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Theme for 2015 Event: International Research Collaboration - Addressing Environmental Challenges

Michigan State University’s Environmental Science and Policy Program requests that you Save the Date for this fall’s Research Symposium. This year’s theme focuses on collaborations between scholars across disciplines and across geographies working together to identify and address pressing environmental challenges. We propose this conference as a means to connect ideas and researchers from a myriad of backgrounds and regions. A holistic approach toward sustainability requires multiple perspectives, and this program intends to foster this interdisciplinary sharing. The symposium will explore opportunities and angles to better unite present and future academics in addressing the state of the environment.

Strengthened environmental decision making requires researchers who can critically integrate diverse perspectives and methodologies when conceptualizing, investigating, and addressing environmental challenges. Students from all departments are invited to present work at any stage in its development through oral presentations, poster presentations, and discussion groups. Please mark Oct. 23 on your calendar for the symposium and keep an eye open for our calls for abstracts and the opening of registration.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Arup K. SenGupta, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University

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Dr. SenGupta’s research interests include preparation, characterization and innovative use of novel adsorbents; ion exchangers; reactive polymers; specialty membranes in environmental separation and development of sustainable environmental processes. He is a leader in environmental technology research and education, and has guided dozens of graduate students to successful careers in engineering practice and research. Dr. SenGupta’s award-winning research has expanded the field of ion exchange science and technology in solving critical environmental problems, and has led to the development of new classes of hybrid ion exchangers that have been incorporated into water and wastewater treatment processes globally. He heads an international, interdisciplinary effort to develop and promote a sustainable treatment system that provides drinking water free of arsenic to thousands of people all over the world. He developed and helped to commercialize the first polymer-based absorbent for arsenic in the U.S., a product that provides arsenic-safe water to well over one million people in both the developing and the developed waorld.  SenGupta currently has seven US patents.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN

The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University is now welcoming abstract submissions from undergraduate and graduate students for the annual ESPP Research Symposium: International Research Collaborations - Addressing Environmental Challenges, to be held on October 23rd, 2015 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Top poster and oral presentations will receive first and second place awards of $500 and $300.

Abstract Submission Deadline is Sept. 15


This year's theme focuses on collaborations between scholars across disciplines and across geographies working together to identify and address pressing environmental challenges. We propose this conference as a means to connect ideas and researchers from a myriad of backgrounds and regions. A holistic approach toward sustainability requires multiple perspectives, and this program intends to foster this interdisciplinary sharing. The symposium will explore opportunities and angles to better unite present and future academics in addressing the state of the environment.

Strengthened environmental decision making requires researchers who can critically integrate diverse perspectives and methodologies when conceptualizing, investigating, and addressing environmental challenges. Students from all departments are invited to present work at any stage in its development through oral presentations, poster presentations, and discussion groups. Proposals may consider research collaborations in any environmental context, including but not limited to:
 

  • Climate mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering
  • Water policy and management
  • Resource use and extraction
  • Agricultural cultivation, distribution, and consumption
  • Human and physical dimensions of wildlife policy and management
  • Social, political, psychological, and economic factors in risk perception and assessment
  • Challenges in the conceptualization and communication of environmental problems
 


Accepted proposals will be organized by shared themes but will strive to bring together unique perspectives on each phase in the development of a comprehensive research project. Abstracts can be submitted for consideration at www.espp.msu.edu/events/research_symposium/abstract.php.

Please direct any questions to espp@msu.edu.
 

2015 Planning Committee

Udita Sanga (Community Sustainability), Brad Peter (Geography), Oishi Sanyal (Engineering), John Keven (Natural Science)

 

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Agenda

Time Event Location

9:00am
9:05am

Introductory Remarks - Dr. Volodymyr Tarabara, ESPP Associate Director Kellogg Center, Conference

9:05am
9:50am

Keynote Speaker - Kellogg Center, Conference
9:50am
10:00am
Networking coffee break Kellogg Center, Conference
10:00am
11:00am

Student Presentations:

Kellogg Center, Conference
11:00am
12:00pm
Panel Discussion Kellogg Center, Conference
12:00pm
1:00pm
Professional Development Lunch for Graduate Students Kellogg Center,

1:00pm
3
:00pm

Student Presentations:

Student Presentations:

  • "A Water Sustainability Hazard for Michigan's Coastal Communities" by Zachary Curtis
  • "Stormwater Management Monitoring and Development on Michigan State's Campus" by Rebecca Bender
  • "Molecular Measurements from Sediments Cores in Lake St. Clair Linking Pollution and Watershed Management" by Yolanda Brooks
  • "Penotypic and Geotypic Diversity of Pseudomonas and Aeromonas of the Red Cedar River" by Karen Davidge
  • "The Speciation of Copper in Sediment and Water of Copper Mining-Impacted Lake: Role of Dissolved Organic Compounds for Controlling Copper Solubility of Lake" Chaiyanum Tangtong
  • "Phages Metagenome in Activated Sludge Samples" by Mariya Munir
  • "Human and Bovine Viruses and Bacteroides as Microbial Source Tracking Tools in Selected Great Lake Beaches" by Ziqiang Yin
  • "Chlorophyll Concentration Response to Zebra Mussel Invasion in the Great Lakes" by Shengpan Lin

Kellogg Center, Conference Room 104 A & B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kellogg Center, Room 106

3:00pm
3:15pm
Networking coffee break Kellogg Center, Conference Room 104 A & B
3:15pm
4:30pm

Student Presentations:

Kellogg Center, Conference Room 104 A & B and Room 106
4:30pm
5:15pm

Keynote Speech

Concluding Remarks and Student Awards- Dr. Jinhua Zhao, ESPP Director

Kellogg Center, Conference Room 104 A & B