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Thank you for a Successful Conference!

The Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University, the Greater Lansing Chapter of United Nations Association, and experts in the fields of water and food security for solutions-based conference appreciate your participation in the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.


MSU

Environmental Science and Policy Program
International Studies Program

United Nations Association of the United States of America - The Greater Lansing Chapter

Greater Lansing Chapter

October 27-29, 2013

All sessions were held at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 3 blocks north of the MSU campus.

 

AGENDA

Sunday, October 27

Session 1: The United Nations Perspective

Time Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING
6:00pm - 6:45pm DINNER
6:45pm - 8:30pm

PROGRAM INCLUDING PRESENTATION

  • Dr. Ana Persic - "The global water management challenge" Dr. Persic is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) liaison to the United Nations Water Initiative

Photographs by Sean Lawrie

Dr. Hess and Jon Allan ParticipantsDr. Hess receiving an awardDr. Ana Persic

Monday, October 28

Session 2: Major Challenges and Opportunities in the Water and Food Security Nexus

Time Event
8:15am - 8:45am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:45am - 9:00am

Dr. Jinhua Zhao

INTRODUCTION AND WELCOMING REMARKS

  • Dr. Jinhua Zhao, Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Professor, Department of Economics and Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, MSU
  • Dr. Joseph Hess, President, Greater Lansing Chapter, United Nations Association

9:00am - 10:10am

Dr. Ana Persic

SESSION KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Dr. Ana Persic - "Major issues in the water and food security nexus"
10:10am - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am - 12:00pmPanel 1

PANEL: MSU'S CAPACITIES AND ACTIVITIES IN WATER AND FOOD

MODERATOR: Dr. Steven G. Pueppke, Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, MSU

PANELISTS

  • Dr. Steve Hamilton, Professor, Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Zoology, MSU
  • Dr. Umesh Adhikari, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, MSU
  • Dr. Duncan Boughton, Associate Professor, International Development Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU
  • Maria Rodriguez Murphy, J.D. Program Manager of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCHEON

Session 3: Technological and Institutional Innovations to Alleviate the Water/Food Crisis

Time Event

1:00pm - 2:10pm

Dr. Joan Rose

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Dr. Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, co-director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU

2:10pm - 2:30pm BREAK

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Erin Dreelin

Panel 2

PANEL: Technological and Institutional Innovations to Alleviate the Water/Food Crisis

MODERATOR: Dr. Erin Dreelin, MSU

PANELISTS

  • Dr. Jon Bartholic, Professor, Department of Community Sustainability and Crop and Soil Sciences, Director, Institute of Water Research
  • Dr. Alvin Smucker, Professor of Soil Biophysics, MSU
  • Dr. Laura Schmitt-Olabisi, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Sustainability and Environmental Science and Policy Program, MSU
4:00pm - 5:00pm POSTER GALLERY

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Dr. Ajit Srivastava

DINNER AND PRESENTATION

  • Dr. Ajit Srivastava - "Opportunities for Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Addressing the Global Food Security Challenge" Dr. Srivastava is the Co-Director of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation and Professor and Chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, MSU

Tuesday, October 29

Session 4: Building Adaptive Capacity in a World of Transformations

Time Event
8:15am - 8:45am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:45am - 9:00am

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS SESSIONS

  • Dr. Jinhua Zhao

9:00am - 10:10am

Dr. Tom Dietz

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Dr. Thomas Dietz, Professor, Department of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy Program, MSU
10:10am - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am - 12:00pm

PANEL: ADAPTATION IN WATER AND FOOD CAPACITIES FACING CLIMATE CHANGE

MODERATOR: Dr. Thomas Dietz

PANELISTS

  • Dr. Jan Stevenson, Professor, Department of Zoology, MSU
  • Dr. Joseph Messina, Professor, Department of Geography, Acting Director, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations
  • Dr. Robert Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Community Sustainability
12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCHEON

Session 5: Transboundary and Transdisciplinary Collaboration and Partnership

Time Event
1:00pm - 2:30pm

PANEL: TRANSBOUNDARY AND TRANSDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIP

MODERATOR: Dr. Gretchen Niesler

PANELISTS

  • Dr. Doug Gage Assistant to Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
  • Jon Allan, Director, Office of the Great Lakes - Michigan
  • David Sweetnam, Executive Director, Georgian Bay Forever, Ontario
2:30pm - 3:30pm NETWORK RECEPTION

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Speaker Bios

 

Dr. Umesh Adhikari

Dr. Umesh Adhikari

Dr. Umesh Adhikari is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. During his graduate research, he conducted research to quantify pollution reduction and water quality improvement potential of constructed wetlands. His particular focus was on reducing pathogen and nutrient pollution originating from the animal agriculture and from land application of animal manure. Currently, he is working under Megatrend I: ‘Population Growth, Climate Change and Pressure on the Land’ in GCFSI project. His areas of interest include impact of climate change on water resources and agricultural production systems and adaptation measures to cope with the climate change.

 


 

Dr. Jon Allan

Dr. Jon Allan

Dr. Jon Allan is the director of the Office of Great Lakes in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He has a strong background in fisheries, wildlife and the aquatic sciences. With several decades of experience in environmental policy and law, he has taught courses in biology, ecology, environmental impact assessment and marine biology and island ecology at MSU and other institutions. His research on wetlands, stream ecology, impact assessments and water policy has been published in journals in Canada and the U.S. He has served as advisor to the Great Lakes Compact negotiations, co-chaired Michigan's Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council and the Water Resources Advisory Council. He was also the chair of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Quality Committee.

 


 

Dr. Jon Bartholic

Dr. Jon Bartholic

Dr. Jon Bartholic is Director of the Institute of Water Research and Professor in the Departmentís of Community Sustainability, and Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). He works closely with local, state, regional, and federal government agencies and organizations on water quality and quantity, and appropriate land use practices to determine susceptible groundwater contamination. His work transcends U.S. boundaries to address critical issues on an international level. His approach encompasses water and land use issues from a watershed perspective by developing accessible information web-based systems including remote sensing and GIS technologies to aid users in making sound decisions. Most notably, Dr. Bartholic contributed significantly to the design and implementation of a series of Virtual University Watershed Courses at MSU.

 


 

Dr. Duncan Boughton

Dr. Duncan Boughton

Dr. Duncan Boughton is an associate professor of International Development, Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. He has lived and worked for most of his professional life in sub-Saharan Africa. He served as country coordinator for the Department's Agricultural Policy Analysis project in Mozambique, co-funded by USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Before moving to Mozambique, Dr. Boughton worked as a senior scientists with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics based in Malawi.

 


 

Dr. Thomas Dietz

Dr. Thomas Dietz

Dr. Thomas Dietz is a professor of sociology and environmental science and policy. He holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Kent State University. At MSU he was Founding Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science Dr. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and the Outstanding Publication Award, also from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society and the Gerald R. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. At the National Research Council he has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and currently is Vice Chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America's Climate Choices study. Dr. Dietz has also served as Secretary of Section K (Social, Economic, and Political Sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the former President of the Society for Human Ecology. He has co-authored or co-edited eleven books and more than 100 papers and book chapters. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues. Dr. Dietz is an active participant in the Ecological and Cultural Change Studies Group at MSU.

 


 

Dr. Erin Dreelin

Dr. Erin Dreeling

Dr. Erin Dreelin is the Associate Director of the Center for Water Sciences and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. She received her PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2004 where she began work on the development and implementation of innovative stormwater management practices and policies to protect aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Dreelinís work places a strong emphasis on outreach and engagement. She works with diverse stakeholder groups to implement strategies that protect aquatic ecosystems and maintain valuable ecosystem services.

 


Dr. Doug Gage

Dr. Doug Gage

Dr. Doug Gage is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Research, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Doug Gage has primary responsibility for support and development of major interdisciplinary research programs in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. He serves as the primary administrative point of contact for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, MSUís $125M DOE-funded grant with the University of Wisconsin to develop next generation biofuels. Previously, Doug was an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2002 Doug left the University to take a position at Pfizer Global Research and Development in Ann Arbor where he was a Senior Director and Department Head leading the Discovery and early Clinical Development biomarker effort. He returned to an administrative role at MSU in the Fall of 2007. Gage earned his bachelorís and masterís degrees in Biology from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin. He did his post-doctoral training at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and at the MSU NIH Mass Spectrometry Research Resource.

 


 

Dr. Steven Hamilton

Dr. Stephen Hamilton

Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton is a Professor of Ecosystem & Biogeochemistry. His principal research interests involve ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, with particular attention to aquatic environments and the movement of water through landscapes. Current research projects include studying the various aspects of aquatic ecosystem in southern Michigan, including wetlands, streams, lakes and watersheds. He also works on tropical ecosystems in South America and dryland river ecosystems in Australia. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California - Santa Barbara.

 


 

Dr. Joseph Hess

Dr. Joseph Hess

Dr. Joseph Hess is the president of the Greater Lansing Chapter, United Nations Association. He is a retired professor of family medicine and has served on the faculties of Wayne State University and University of Utah medical schools. He also served as medical education consultant for the World Health Organization in Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.

 


 

Dr. Joseph Messina

Dr. Joseph Messina

Dr. Joseph Messina is Professor of Geography (Ph.D. 2001 UNC-Chapel Hill), Acting Director (2013) of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, Member of AgBioResearch, Member of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Member of the African Studies Center, Member of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program at Michigan State University. He has been awarded research honors from NASA through the New Investigator Program, the National Institutes of Health Roadmap Program, and the Sigma Xi / MSU Young Scholar of the Year. His research centers on land change science and health, dynamic spatial simulation models, and complex systems theory, all in a developing world context.

 


 

Dr. Maria Rodriguez Murphy

Maria Rodriguez Murphy, J.D.

Maria Rodriguez Murphy, J.D. is manager of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations (GCSI), a development lab part of the U.S. AID Higher Education Solutions Network. GCFSI is a development lab focused on working with U.S. AID to apply science and technology to define and solve key problems in global food systems. GCFSI works on several megatrends that have broad implications for global food systems including climate change, population growth, urbanization, and the shortage of skilled labor. GCFSI is funded by a cooperative agreement between Michigan State University and U.S. AID with government funding totaling $25 million and university matching $22.5 million.

 


 

Dr. Gretchen Niesler

Dr. Gretchen Niesler

Dr. Gretchen Neisler is the director of the Institute of International Agriculture. Prior to this appointment, Gretchen served as the Associate Provost for strategic planning at Albion College where she facilitated and coordinated the development and implementation of a new College strategic plan. Gretchen is no stranger to International collaboration at MSU. Prior to engaging in higher education strategic planning Gretchen assisted in the development of the Global Higher Education Institute at Michigan State University. Her last international post was in Islamabad, Pakistan where she worked with 15 Pakistani Universities to develop new curriculum and faculty development programming. Gretchen has also worked in Egypt, and many countries in Africa focusing on organizational change in Education. Gretchen has extensive experience developing sustainable partnerships among university faculty, school administrators and the macro-school community. Gretchen also administered and taught in MSU’s Institute of AgriculturalTechnology. Previous career experience includes work as a high school Agriscience and Biology educator at a mid-sized secondary school in Michigan. Her current research interests include partnership formation and sustainability among academic institutions and foreign assistance agencies; gender equity issues as they relate to the education of women; and impact evaluation of international development projects. Gretchen received her BS in Animal Science and MS in Agriculture Extension Education and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from MSU.

 


 

Dr. Ana Persic

Dr. Ana Persic

Dr. Ana Persic is the Science Specialist at the UNESCO Liaison Office in New York. Ecologist by training, she holds a PhD in ecotoxicology from the University of Paris-South (XI). She joined UNESCO's Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences in Paris in 2006 where she served the Secretariat of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme. Her work mainly focused on promoting science-policy dialogue in the area of environmental sciences, facilitating international scientific collaboration in the field of biodiversity management and ecosystem services and exploring the links between biological and cultural diversity in close collaboration with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). She joined UNESCO's office in New York in 2011 where she is closely following major UN discussions on sustainable development and post 2015 development agenda, including the contribution of the International Year of Water Cooperation to these global discussions.

 


 

Steven G. Pueppke

Dr. Steven G. Pueppke

Dr. Steven G. Pueppke is Associate Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University and Director of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. He is Chair of the Board of Advisors of the MSU Bio- Economy Network and has university-based responsibility for a portfolio of research focused on land use, water, climate change, food and agriculture, and renewable energy. Dr. Pueppke is past president of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Food and Agricultural Research and past chairperson of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council. He has served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture and on the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission.

 


 

Dr. Robert Richardson

Dr. Robert Richardson

Dr. Robert Richardson is an applied economist and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. He holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics, and his research focuses mainly on sustainable development, particularly the role of ecosystem services and natural resources in supporting the welfare, livelihoods, and food security of households and communities. His research has included assessments of the role of natural resources in poverty alleviation and food security, vulnerability to climate change, and tradeoffs in decision making about natural resource management. He has conducted research in southern and eastern Africa, Central America, and southeast Asia, in addition to several regions of the USA. Dr. Richardson is an affiliate faculty member with MSU's Environmental Science and Policy Program, Center for Advanced Study of International Development, the African Studies Center, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

 


 

Dr. Joan Rose

Dr. Joan Rose

Dr. Joan Rose serves as the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, the Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) and the Director of the Center for Water Sciences (CWS). Dr. Rose received her B.S., in 1976 from University of Arizona, her MS from University of Wyoming in 1980 and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Arizona in 1985. She served as a Professor in the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida (USF) from 1998-2002 and Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science, USF from 1994-1997. In 1995, she was an Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, USF, and from 1986-1989, she served as Research Associate/Lecturer, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UAZ. Dr. Rose is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety publishing more than 250 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work has examined new molecular methods for waterborne pathogens and zoonotic agents such as Cryptosporidium and enteric viruses and source tracking techniques. She has been involved in the study of water supplies, water used for food production, and coastal environments as well as drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, reclaimed water and water reuse. She specifically interested in microbial pathogen transport in coastal systems and risks to recreational waters. She has been involved in the study of climate factors on water quality. Dr. Rose has been involved in the development of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) frameworks, methods and data sets and considered one of the international experts in this evolving arena.

 


 

Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi is a quantitative modeler exploring the dependence of human economies and societies on material and energy flows provided by natural systems. She works with system dynamics, geographic and statistical models to ask questions about some of the most important threats to the sustainability of complex human and natural systems. Her past and present research has addressed soil erosion, population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, water sustainability, and land use change, for example. She's also interested in using participatory techniques to integrate knowledge streams from natural scientists, social scientists, policymakers, and local experts. Combining the learning generated through these participatory processes with the insights quantitative modeling can provide-all in the service of promoting sustainable development and adaptive capacity-will be a key focus of her future research.

 


 

Dr. Alvin Smucker

Dr. Alvin Smucker

Dr. Alvin J.M. Smucker is a Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty recipient in the Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Department. Professor Smucker's research program emphasizes the study of plant root physiological and morphological responses to soil biophysical and biogeochemical soil components. His micro-tomographic exploration of soil aggregate pore geometries contributing to soil carbon sequestration has led to new discoveries of biogeochemical mechanisms controlling soil carbon sequestration. He has completed four sabbatical leaves to universities and national research centers.  In 2004, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany recognized Smucker’s leadership in soil carbon sequestration with dual AvH Research Awards. Michigan State University recognized the importance of his applied research and teaching by honoring him with a MSU Distinguished Faculty Award in 2005. He is a fellow in five scientific research societies and serves on research panels of the USDA, NSF, NAS PEER, DOE, BARD and the DFG in Germany and the NSF for Scotland.

As world populations and competition for water have increased, Professor Smucker’s priorities turned toward the development of novel subsurface water retention technologies (SWRT) that expand water and nutrient saving capacities within plant root zones growing on highly permeable soils. His developed mechanical processes for installing SWRT membranes into soil profiles at depths which conserve water, reduce groundwater pollution, maximize water use efficiency and plant growth approaching world yield records. Commercialization of these SWRT membranes coupled with prescription management of water and nutrients are augmenting food production by marginal soils globally. His teaching and research interests have taken him to 62 countries for invited lectures, seminars, collaborative research projects and consulting services to multinational institutions and national universities.

 


 

Dr. Ajit Srivastava

Dr. Ajit Srivastava

Dr. Srivastava is the Co-Director of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation and Professor and Chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, MSU.

 


 

Dr. R. Jan Stevenson

Dr. R. Jan Stevenson

Dr. R. Jan Stevenson is Professor of Zoology at Michigan State University. He specializes in algal ecology, aquatic ecology and environmental science. He employes his technical expertise in algal taxonomy and ecology to test ecological theory and to develop approaches for solving environmental problems. He is particularly interested in how ecological systems respond to environmental change.

 


 

David Sweetnam

David Sweetnam

David is the Executive Director of Georgian Bay Forever. David is an entrepreneur who has spent his career in environment and high tech industries. He has always been interested in protecting the environment through sound business practices to yield sustainable outcomes. His business ventures have included the first G.R.E.E.N. chemical drum recycling program, state of the art atmospheric instrumentation development to monitor UV levels and the ozone hole, as well as aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem health. David has always been focused on research and education. David manages the scientific research programs for Georgian Bay Forever as well as leading its communications and educational activities and managing the finances, fundraising and day to day operations of the charity. David holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. He has spent years boating and camping throughout Georgian Bay and its waterways.

 


 

Dr. Jinhua Zhao

Dr. Jinhua Zhao

Dr. Zhao holds appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. He was a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2005-07) and is on the editorial council of JEEM and the Review of Development Economics.