ESPP publishes summer newsletter

Tuesday, August 09th, 2011 | Author:


A new director, new courses, new students, and new opportunities for interdisciplinary research and learning—these were all highlights of the 2010-2011 year at ESPP.

In the Summer 2011 newsletter from ESPP read about:

  • MSU expertise in modeling coupled human and natural systems, showcased in a symposium that also featured modeling expert Cathy Kling from Iowa State.  An ESPP modeling certificate program is also in the works, developed by ESPP faculty Arika-Ligmann-Zielinska (Geography), Laura Schmitt Olabisi (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies), and Sandy Marquart-Pyatt (Sociology).
  • The re-vamped ESP 800 course taught by Schmitt Olabisi and Louie Rivers (Criminal Justice, ESPP) that’s teaching core skills for interdisciplinary environmental work with a focus on cooperating in teams and understanding how policy and research work together.
  • New students to ESPP in 2010-11. The students come from the Geological Sciences, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Sociology departments.
  • ESPP Director Jinhua Zhao’s reflections on his experiences this year with ESPP and the exciting plans he has for the program’s future.
  • The work and achievements of ESPP alumni. Read about the classes they’re teaching, the exciting research they’re doing, and the how their families are growing!

To read an online copy of the newsletter, visit the ESPP website or pick up a copy in the ESPP office (274 Giltner). Thanks to all the alumni and students who contributed to the publication and we look forward to another exciting and eventful year in ESPP!

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