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April 2018

Heeding Social & Self-Related Motives in the Design of Effective Risk Communications
Date: Friday, April 27, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CAS 145
Speaker: William M. Klein, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Behavior Research Program at the National Cancer Institute
Host: MSU Department of Communication, Health & Risk Communication Center
Series: 2018 Bettinghuas Lecture

Roundtable discussion on interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Sharing strategies and experiences to strengthen research that addresses the needs of stakeholders
Date: Friday, April 27, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Room 11 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture
Speaker: PANELISTS: KABIR KAYODE SALMAN (PhD) Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Salman’s primary interest is “Towards Human Development and Emancipation of the Less Privileged.” His research interests include risk management, social capital, household welfare, poverty and income inequality as well as the political economy of various agricultural policies. He has a graduate student spending 2 semesters at MSU as a Project scholar. JENNIFER HODBOD (PhD) Assistant Professor, Department of Community Sustainability, MSU. Dr. Hodbod researches and teaches themes including resilient food systems – environmentally and economically sustainable food systems that can equitably feed a growing global population whilst adapting to security threats such as climate change, changing preferences and economic shocks. Jennifer practices applied research in order to test and disseminate potential solutions in food systems. Her collaborators include members of key research and engagement organizations, academics from multiple disciplines and universities, local and national governments, NGOs, and smallholder and commercial producers. PHILIP IJIRBEE AGBER (PhD) Associate Professor, Department of Soil Science, College of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Makurdi. Dr. Agber’s current research is focused on selected amendments to soil productivity improvement. A current contribution of his to knowledge: The effectiveness of Soil Productivity Index (PI) Model was tested on selected soils from Makurdi in Benue State, Nigeria. His graduate student is spending two semesters at MSU as a Project scholar AARON MCKIM (PhD) Assistant Professor, Department of Community Sustainability, MSU. Aaron's research focuses on the role education must play in developing the human potential to solve ecological and social problems. In a current research effort, Aaron is considering the role school-based agricultural educators can play in developing this problem-solving potential by illuminating the nexus of science knowledge and practices, agriculture, and leadership within their curriculum. OLUBUKOLA OSUNTADE (PhD), Lecturer of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development is a faculty at Babcock University Nigeria. She is the Agricultural Extension Expert of Cassava adding Value in Africa ( CAVA) II project and specializes on climate change issues. She is currently an African Partner of the Alliance for African Partnership at MSU on Climate Change Mitigation among Poultry Farmers in Nigeria. Her research interests include the uptake and dissemination of agricultural innovations in smallholder farming systems and sustainable livelihoods and its gender components. ANGELA MANJICHI is a PhD Student at Michigan State University. Her research area is technology adoption and the role of agricultural extension and advisory services in Southern Africa. In Mozambique, she works in the Instituto Superior Politecnico de Manica (Higher Polytechnic Institute of Manica) as a lecturer. She has been involved in several research and development projects mainly in technology upscaling, innovative ways of delivering agriculture information and gender issues in agriculture. Her research and work experience have enabled her to understand the technology pathways in Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia, where she started an SMS-based system for dissemination of agriculture technology. ERIC OWUSU DANQUAH is a research scientist with the Crops Research Institute of Ghana (CRI). He is currently a graduate research assistant at the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at MSU. His research interest is in cropping systems and sustainable food production in the face of climate change.. Eric was the leader of the Yam Agronomy team at CRI, a research project which used a participatory aproach to work with farmers to address the challenges of yam production. He is also the African PI of the African R&D Connect of the Alliance for African Partnership of MSU whose objective is to enable continued interdisciplinary networking among MSU students and faculty members for agricultural development in Africa. Facilitator: Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Host: The Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, The MSU African Studies Center and the African Graduate Students Association (AGSA)

May 2018

Macrosystems ecology: Developing a macroscale understand of ecosystem properties
Date: Thursday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Lake Superior Hall, 4840 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Speaker: Dr. Patricia A. Soranno, Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU
Contact: Email contact: Scott.Purdy@noaa.gov
Series: CIGLR Great Lakes Seminar Series
Note: Abstract: Macrosystems ecology is the study of diverse ecological phenomena at the scale of regions to continents and their interactions with phenomena at other scales. This emerging subdiscipline addresses ecological questions and environmental problems at these broad scales. In this talk, I will discuss how empirical macrosystems ecology can help to develop macroscale understanding of ecosystem properties at continental scales by providing the needed understanding of spatial and temporal variation and the multi-scaled controls of that variation. I will describe how we are starting to develop such an understanding of lake nutrients and productivity in thousands of lakes in the upper Midwest and northeastern US using a recently-developed database called LAGOS-NE, which is publicly accessible and includes in situ water quality measurements on almost 10,000 lakes, and ecological context data on all 50,000 lakes in the study area. I will end with a discussion of how such a macroscale understanding can inform important goals of ecology including extrapolation, scaling up, and forecasting. Bio: Dr. Patricia A. Soranno is a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She is a broadly-trained aquatic ecologist who conducts both basic and applied research that integrates freshwater ecosystems into a landscape perspective from local to continental scales. She has spent the last 20 years conducting collaborative research on lakes to build a more formal conceptualization of landscape limnology based on a foundation of landscape ecology and limnology. Further, in collaboration with many biological, terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric scientists, she is helping to identify the critical needs for the emerging discipline of macrosystems ecology which views ecological systems from the very finest to the very broadest scales, is data-intensive and often interdisciplinary, and will be needed to address many ecological problems in the coming decades that are regional to global in nature. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s newest open-access journal, Limnology & Oceanography Letters.

Re-Imaging the Built Environment Forum
Date: Monday, May 7, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Center
Speaker: Professor Julian Allwood, author of "Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open" and head of the Use Less Group
Host: The Domicology Team, MSU Center for Community and Economic Development
Note: Registration for this event is $20, and includes a continental breakfast and a free parking pass in the Kellogg Center parking structure; students may register for free by contacting MSU CCED.

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