MSU Faculty in the News Archive 2005
Water report shows need for science and policy to converge
A lot of people are talking about water these days, be it about hurricanes and floods, or beach closures, groundwater withdrawals, water contamination and the protection of the Great Lakes. But in Michigan, a major report released by MSU shows more talk is needed. Learn more...
Biosecurity, disease to be focus of new center
MSU unveiled Oct. 24 the development of a new center that will help everyone from first responders to legislators deal with infectious diseases as well as bioterrorism threats. Learn more...
MSU Faculty Member Selected as UN Fellow
Sabrina McCormick (ESPP, Sociology) has been selected as a Fellow of the United Nations Global Environmental Outlook Project (GEO). GEO is an ongoing international effort to provide a comprehensive review of the planet's state of the environment, identify major concerns, trends and emerging issues together with their causes and their social and economic impacts.
MSU researchers to investigate possible ADHD links to environmental contaminants, hormones
A team of researchers from Michigan State University will be using two grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to determine if environmental contaminants, as well as hormonal influences, play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The largest of the grants – $3 million from the National Institutes of Health – will focus on genetics, said researcher Joel Nigg (Psychology).
MSU sociologist honored for 'common' analysis
Recognizing that one size does not fit all has earned a Michigan State University professor a prestigious national ecology award. Tom Dietz, director of MSU's Environmental Science and Policy Program, this week will accept the 2005 Sustainable Science Award from the Ecological Society of America (ESA). The award is given to the authors of a scholarly work that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.
Invasive Species Initiative launches website, expertise database
Invasive species present one of today's most important environmental and social challenges. As a hub of international travel and commerce, Michigan and the Great Lakes region are particularly vulnerable to invasive species. Michigan State University has a diverse faculty and staff with internationally recognized expertise and programs on invasive species research, education and outreach. The initiative is led by Doug Landis (Entomology) and Doug Schemske (Plant Biology)
Liu outlines striking changes to China's environment in Nature cover story
Globalization is making it a small world, after all, and the costs of this newfound neighborliness are high.
Latest Footprints examines benefits of buying local food, and sustainable shopping
Michigan enjoys the second most diverse agricultural production in the U.S. As the asparagus season ends and strawberries and cherries ripen, the opportunities for us to enjoy the benefits of our unique agricultural niche grow. Buying locally raised produce and other food has many benefits - environmental, social and economic.
Boyd, Gross, Liu earn University Distinguished Professor title
Ten Michigan State University professors have been named University Distinguished Professors in recognition of their achievements in the classroom, laboratory and community; among them are ESPP affiliates Stephen Boyd (Crop and Soil Sciences), Kay Gross (Plant Biology), and Jianguo (Jack) Liu (Fisheries and Wildlife). The designations, recommended by President Lou Anna Kimsey Simon, were approved today by the MSU Board of Trustees.
Environmental journalism program celebrates 10 years of history and grant for its future
This year's Great Lakes Environmental Journalism Institute, which starts today, comes at the 10-year anniversary for the organizing body — the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. During the 10 years that professor Jim Detjen has held the Knight Chair at MSU, the environmental journalism program has organized seven institutes for Canadian and American journalists, each with a different environmental focus.
Dietz wins 2005 Sustainability Science Award for Science paper
Tom Dietz, lead author of the paper "The Struggle to Govern the Commons" (Science, 2003), has been recognized by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) with the 2005 Sustainability Science Award. The award is given to the authors of a scholarly contribution that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.
Michigan State University receives $5.9 million Kellogg Foundation grant
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $5.9 million investment over three years in the Michigan State University Land Policy Program to support land use policy research, education and innovation in partnership with Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based private policy research firm.
paper by ESPP Director on human drivers of environmental change
This paper was co-authored by Tom Dietz.
Fall environmental law seminar series features five speakers
Underwritten by Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project / The Elton R. Smith Endowment and MSU Land Policy Program Office. Co-sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Law, James Madison College, and MSU's Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. Hosted by Michigan State University College of Law.
Invasive species symposium to examine challenges and opportunities
This symposium is part of a new campus-wide initiative to facilitate research, teaching and outreach on invasive species at Michigan State University. The primary goal of this initial symposium is to bring together MSU faculty and students with interests in the social, biological, and economic impacts of invasive species; however, non-MSU research partners are also welcome.
Knight Foundation awards MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism $2.2 million
The Michigan State University School of Journalism has been awarded $2.2 million by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to expand the educational, training and research efforts of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism over the next five years. "Our center will be able to dramatically increase its outreach and training efforts to journalists around the world," said Jim Detjen, director of the Knight Center.
What's Love Got to Do With It? Caring for Earth in Higher Education
UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Speaker Series. Peter Blaze Corcoran
ESPP faculty members to be honored in Founders' Day Celebration
Stuart Gage (Entomology), Kay Gross (Plant Biology), Phil Robertson (Crop and Soil Sciences), and Alvin Smucker (Crop and Soil Sciences) are among recipients of Distinguished Faculty Award
Antoinette WinklerPrins (Geography) will receive the Teacher-Scholar Award
Funding support from ESPP for graduate student travel
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and continue until the allocated funds are depleted.
MSU tenure-track position in Environmental Policy - Environmental Science & Policy Program
"Shaping Future Water Policy: The Role of Science" features public lectures
Shaping Future Water Policy: The Role of Science is an innovative workshop series designed to bring together nationally renowned water scientists and individuals (Water Resource Fellows) who have an interest and stake in the future of water in the State of Michigan.
Sustainability education and initiative leaders part of speaker series
In December 2002, resolution 57/254 on the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO was designated as lead agency for the promotion of the Decade. This month begins the decade long international effort to focus education efforts on the necessary knowledge skills and skills to move us towards a sustainable future.