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ESPP Alumna Earns Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Fellowship

ESPP Alumna Earns Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Fellowship

June 17, 2022

Congratulations to Demetrice “Dee” Jordan, an alumna of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University, for being named a 2022 Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program Fellow (PDEP) by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Dr. Tom Dietz ranked among the top global and national social scientists

Dr. Tom Dietz ranked among the top global and national social scientists

June 13, 2022 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Dietz, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology, has been ranked as #70 top Social Science and Humanities researcher in the U.S. and #138 in the world by Research.com.

Joe Hamm Earns Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Research Award

Joe Hamm Earns Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Research Award

April 14, 2022

Congratulations to ESPP Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Joe Hamm on being awarded the 2022 Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Research Award by the MSU College of Social Science.

ESPP Interdisciplinary Team Receives Excellence Award

ESPP Interdisciplinary Team Receives Excellence Award

March 28, 2022

Congratulations to the Sustainable Climate, Agriculture, Landscapes, and Energy (SCALE) team on recently earning an Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship (EAIS) from the MSU Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

ESPP Forms Student Leadership Council

ESPP Forms Student Leadership Council

February 18, 2022

The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University has established a new Student Leadership Council. The initial cohort of Student Leadership Council members includes Brockton Feltman (Department of Community Sustainability), Jing Zhou (School of Planning, Design and Construction), and Tiffany Williams (Sociology Department).

MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program Invites Applicants for 2022 Fall Semester

MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program Invites Applicants for 2022 Fall Semester

January 6, 2022

The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Fall Semester. ESPP offers three distinct programs for graduate students at MSU--a dual major doctoral program in environmental science and policy, a graduate specialization in environmental policy, and a graduate certificate in environmental and social systems modeling. Applications are due by February 1, 2022.

Improving low-income households’ access to energy and internet needs to be a priority for federal, state and local programs

Improving low-income households’ access to energy and internet needs to be a priority for federal, state and local programs

January 5, 2022 - Karessa Weir

Energy poverty and lack of internet access need to be addressed by federal and state programs, and the programs need to include several factors including communication, social and behavioral factors, according to a new paper published by Dr. Tom Dietz, MSU University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Ward Selected as Recipient for 2022 Graduate Student Award for Community Engagement Scholarship

Ward Selected as Recipient for 2022 Graduate Student Award for Community Engagement Scholarship

November 22, 2021

Congratulations to ESPP and Sociology Dual Major Ph.D. student Kayleigh Ward! Kayleigh has been selected as a recipient of the Michigan State University 2022 Graduate Student Award for Community Engagement Scholarship for her project, “Reviving community: Rebuilding social recovery in rural post-disaster Japan.”

ESPP Alumna Wins NIH LRP Award for Health Disparities Research

ESPP Alumna Wins NIH LRP Award for Health Disparities Research

October 27, 2021

MSU Geography and Environmental Science and Policy Program Alumna and current Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School Dr. Dee Jordan has won a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program award.

Attention ESPP Alumni: We Want to Hear from You!

Attention ESPP Alumni: We Want to Hear from You!

October 13, 2021

We are in the process of updating our records at the Environmental Science and Policy Program so that we can better serve alumni like you. We love hearing what our alums are up to, and to date, many have shared news of their post-MSU activities with us. And now we’d like to hear from you!

Improving Sustainable Irrigation: When Promoting Efficiency Becomes Inefficient

Improving Sustainable Irrigation: When Promoting Efficiency Becomes Inefficient

October 5, 2021 - Diane Huhn

In recent decades, water scarcity has become an increasingly pressing problem across the globe. Under the leadership of Dr. Adam Zwickle, researchers at Michigan State University are working to determine whether arming farmers with more efficient irrigation technology versus adopting locally-derived consumption limits is a better solution to reducing the depletion rate of essential water sources.

MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program Invites Applicants for 2022 Spring Semester

MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program Invites Applicants for 2022 Spring Semester

September 28, 2021

The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Spring Semester. ESPP offers three distinct programs for graduate students at MSU--a dual major doctoral program in environmental science and policy, a graduate specialization in environmental policy, and a graduate certificate in environmental and social systems modeling. Applications are due by October 15, 2021.

ESPP Student Awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

ESPP Student Awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

August 26, 2021

Congratulations to ESPP student Kayleigh Ward on earning a Spring 2022 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from The Graduate School at MSU.

ESPP Students Publish Interdisciplinary Paper on the Social and Environmental Impact of Large Scale Infrastructure Development

ESPP Students Publish Interdisciplinary Paper on the Social and Environmental Impact of Large Scale Infrastructure Development

August 12, 2021

Three ESPP students, Yingjie Li, Yuqian Zhang, and Leigh Anne Tiffany, have recently published a paper in the journal Environmental Science and Policy.

MSU Research Initiative Developing Interventions to Address Interplay of Conflict and Climate Change

MSU Research Initiative Developing Interventions to Address Interplay of Conflict and Climate Change

July 2, 2021

Given the complexities of conflict and climate change, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Michigan State University has kicked off an initiative to better assess and develop solutions for addressing these as coupled, complex nested systems.

The widespread and unjust drinking water and clean water crisis in the United States

The widespread and unjust drinking water and clean water crisis in the United States

June 28, 2021

MSU Sociology Associate Professor Stephen Gasteyer, together with Utah State University's J. Tom Mueller, has published an article in Nature Communications documenting the full scope of water hardship in the United States and showing evidence of a regionally-clustered, socially unequal nationwide household water crisis.

Dr. Jennifer Carrera wins the Practice and Outreach Award

Dr. Jennifer Carrera wins the Practice and Outreach Award

June 21, 2021 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Jennifer Carrera, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is one of two winners of the annual Practice & Outreach Award given by the Environmental Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

The American Geographical Society Elects MSU Alumna Dr. Demetrice Jordan to Council

The American Geographical Society Elects MSU Alumna Dr. Demetrice Jordan to Council

June 11, 2021

Congratulations to MSU ESPP Alumna Dr. Demetrice Jordan on being elected to the American Geographical Society (AGS) Council.

MSU Social Scientists and Engineers Work Together for Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Amazon

MSU Social Scientists and Engineers Work Together for Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Amazon

May 12, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Social Scientists such as Emilio Moran are working with MSU Engineers to ensure that the needs of small communities, often negatively impacted by hydropower dam projects, are thoroughly considered in promising sustainable energy solutions in the Amazon.

Dr. Jennifer Carrera Receives the Inaugural Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award

Dr. Jennifer Carrera Receives the Inaugural Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award

May 6, 2021 - Karessa Weir

Congratulations to MSU Sociology Assistant Professor and core ESPP faculty member Dr. Jennifer Carrera on receiving the inaugural College of Social Science Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award.

MSU Sociology PhD Student Mark Suchyta Receives Graduate Student Teaching Award

MSU Sociology PhD Student Mark Suchyta Receives Graduate Student Teaching Award

May 3, 2021 - Karessa Weir

Congratulations to MSU Sociology and ESPP Dual-Major PhD student on receiving the College of Social Science Graduate Student Teaching Award

Chen Named Fulbright Global Scholar

Chen Named Fulbright Global Scholar

April 7, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Jiquan Chen on being named a Fulbright Global Scholar. As part of this experience, Dr. Chen will spend two to three months each at host labs in Australia and Germany working to build a network of scholars for promoting the research frontiers of global warming potentials and ecosystem services of managed landscapes, and will work towards publishing a textbook dealing with modern scientific hypothesis and experimental design across scales.

ESPP Student Publishes Research about Farm Animal Well-being

ESPP Student Publishes Research about Farm Animal Well-being

April 6, 2021

MSU Sociology and ESPP Dual Major PhD student Mark Suchyta published a new paper entitled "Environmental Values and Americans' beliefs about farm animal well-being," published in the journal "Agriculture and Human Values".

MSU, College of Social Science remembers former trustee Barbara Sawyer-Koch

MSU, College of Social Science remembers former trustee Barbara Sawyer-Koch

March 8, 2021 - Karessa Weir

The College of Social Science joins the entire Michigan State University community in remembering alumna, trustee emerita and philanthropist Barbara Sawyer-Koch, 72, who died March 6, 2021.

Applications Open for 2021 ESPP Summer Research Fellowships

Applications Open for 2021 ESPP Summer Research Fellowships

January 7, 2021

Proposals for 2021 ESPP Summer Research Fellowships are now open. Applications are due February 1, 2021.

MSU Scholar Emilio Moran Discusses Innovative Interdisciplinary Work Focused on Off-grid Hydropower in Brazil

MSU Scholar Emilio Moran Discusses Innovative Interdisciplinary Work Focused on Off-grid Hydropower in Brazil

December 17, 2020

World-renowned social anthropologist Emilio Moran discusses his latest work in the Brazilian Amazon with Russ White on a recent episode of MSU Today.

Sociology and ESPP PhD student finds that sense of place matters in energy development

Sociology and ESPP PhD student finds that sense of place matters in energy development

December 8, 2020 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology PhD student Mark Suchyta has published research in Energy Research & Social Science which shows that a sense of place can predict beliefs about energy development in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale.

MSU Interdisciplinary Team Secures $3.2M National Science Foundation Convergence Grant to Empower Off-grid Communities

MSU Interdisciplinary Team Secures $3.2M National Science Foundation Convergence Grant to Empower Off-grid Communities

October 6, 2020 - Diane Huhn

Michigan State University Researcher Emilio Moran will lead a team in the development of a convergent framework offering non-dam hydropower as a sustainable energy solution for off-grid communities while empowering and engaging residents throughout the process.

Dr. Amber Pearson to Present on Blue and Green Spaces at 2020 SHIFT Summit

Dr. Amber Pearson to Present on Blue and Green Spaces at 2020 SHIFT Summit

September 17, 2020

Amber Pearson will present at the 2020 SHIFT Summit in October.

NASA recognizes ESPP/CGCEO Faculty

NASA recognizes ESPP/CGCEO Faculty

September 23, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

ESPP Director Dr. Jiaguo Qi is part of the research team receiving the NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program grants.

Wishing Marcy Heberer happy trails after 14 years with MSU

Wishing Marcy Heberer happy trails after 14 years with MSU

August 29, 2019 - Karessa E. Weir

The Environmental Science and Policy Program at MSU has had four directors, more than 100 students, a dozen staffmembers and one Marcy Heberer.

ESPP Faculty leading study on improving health through nature

ESPP Faculty leading study on improving health through nature

August 26, 2019 - Caroline Brooks and Amber Pearson

Faculty from Michigan State University received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for an experiment to improve the health of Detroit’s residents by cultivating green spaces in the city. Amber Pearson, assistant professor of geography in MSU’s College of Social Science, is leading the five-year study that will examine how biodiversity in an urban area impacts health and wellness.

ESPP alumnus Ellis Adams receives NSF award

ESPP alumnus Ellis Adams receives NSF award

August 14, 2019

Dr. Ellis Adams (ESPP and Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences) has been awarded $399,992 from the National Science Foundation.

Wildlife trafficking has high cost to nations' development

Wildlife trafficking has high cost to nations' development

August 12, 2019 - Layne Cameron and Meredith Gore

Wildlife trafficking and more hinder nations' sustainable development

Riva Denny receives Postdoctoral Position

Riva Denny receives Postdoctoral Position

July 17, 2019

Riva Denny (PhD, 2018,) has accepted a new post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan! Starting in the Fall, She will begin her work with the School for Environment and Sustainability.

Goodbye to Associate Director Bill Cambray

Goodbye to Associate Director Bill Cambray

June 12, 2019 - Tom Dietz

ESPP is sorry to announce the passing of our first Associate Director, Dr. F. William Cambray on 2 June 2019.

Dr. Jiaguo Qi appointed as ESPP Director

Dr. Jiaguo Qi appointed as ESPP Director

December 20, 2018 - Karessa Weir

Social Science Dean Rachel Croson announces Dr. Qi's appointment