October 2018

2018 Michigan Good Food Summit: Amplifying Voices for Equity
Date: Monday, October 22, All day
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Contact: For questions on registration and sponsor/exhibitor information, contact Diane Drago at or (734) 747-2746.
Note: This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify under-represented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Whether you're a food consumer, grower, or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker - join us in East Lansing to connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan.

Democratizing Knowledge: Science Shops, Knowledge Mobilization, and Broader Impacts
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Speaker: Norbert Steinhaus Coordinator, Living Knowledge: The International Science Shop Network and Board Member, Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop)
Host: University Outreach and Engagement, International Studies and Programs, The Graduate School
Series: MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series
Note: Norbert Steinhaus holds a master’s degree in agriculture from Bonn University. He has been a board member of Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Wila Bonn) since 1990. For the last 18 years he has cooperated with international projects on citizen participation in science and technology or responsible research and innovation. He is directly involved in EC-funded projects as a coordinator or consortium partner and is on the advisory boards of various Horizon 2020 (European Research Framework) projects. Since the end of 2007 he has been coordinator of Living Knowledge, the international science shop network. In 2014 he was a member of the steering committee for the Science, Innovation and Society: Achieving Responsible Research and Innovation (SIS-RRI) conference, organized by the National Research Council of Italy. He is active in the network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS). He serves on the advisory board for Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement and as an associate editor for the Research for All journal (UK). He was invited to be an auditor for European proposals in H2020 calls as well as a transfer auditor of cooperation strategies for a German university, initiated by Stifterverband for German Science and the North-Rhine Westphalian Ministry for Culture and Science. Steinhaus is an active member of the Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research, the Asian Pacific University Community Engagement Network, and several other local, regional, national, and international networks.

Job Guarantee Forum
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Location: Lake Huron Room, MSU Union
Speaker: Abdul El-Sayed
Host: Sunrise Movement
Contact: Shelby Krohn
Note: Brief presentation, followed by round-table discussion in small groups. Presenters include Sunrise, Abdul El-Sayed, and others TBA.

An Informal Conversation with Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 110, Chittenden
Speaker: Norbert Steinhaus Coordinator, Living Knowledge: The International Science Shop Network and Board Member, Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop)
Host: University Outreach and Engagement, International Studies and Programs, The Graduate School
Note: Lunch will be provided. Students must register at

ESPP Research Presentation: Zachary Curtis, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date: Thursday, October 25, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 274 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Zachary Curtis, doctoral candidate, Environmental Engineering and ESPP; Dr. Stephen Hamilton, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station; Dr. Yadu Pokhrel, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Laura Young, outreach specialist, MSU IWR;
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia Fall 2018

The Science Behind GMOs
Date: Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building
Speaker: • Alison Bernstein, assistant professor, MSU College of Human Medicine; founder, Science Moms • Jennifer Carter-Johnson, associate professor, MSU College of Law • Paul Thompson, MSU W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics • Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, MSU Department of Agricultural. Food and Resource Economics, and MSU Department of Food Science Science communicator Sheril Kirshenbaum hosts the Our Table conversations.
Host: MSU AgBioResearch
Series: Our Table
Note: Tours of the Day Lab in the plant, soil and microbial sciences department will start at 4 p.m. Our Table is a series of science-based community conversations designed to give consumers tools to make more informed food choices. It is an initiative led by MSU AgBioResearch, a group of 340 researchers from eight colleges across campus. The Our Table discussions encourage meaningful dialogue to bridge the gap between the public, and agricultural and food scientists.

November 2018

ESPP Research Symposium - Balancing Act: Food, Water, Energy, Climate
Date: Thursday, November 1, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Convention Center
Speaker: TBA
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Symposium
Note: Call for Abstracts to come soon.

Network analysis of urban systems: Potential, challenges and pitfalls
Date: Thursday, November 1, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Psychology Room 230
Speaker: Dr. Ben Derudder, Professor of Human Geography at Ghent University in Belgium
Host: Global Urban Studies Program
Contact: For additional information, contact Dr. Zachary Neal (
Note: When a network analytic framework is adopted, the urban system is abstracted into a 'network' in which cities are 'nodes' connected by 'edges' capturing the strength of inter-city connections. The promises of this approach mainly relate to the fact that various urban theorists have asserted the relevance of networks as foundational theoretical constructs. But, network abstractions can obfuscate: the complexities associated with 'nodalizing' urban space, and the associated silencing of some of the rich insights that can be gained from other abstractions. There are also potential pitfalls: whereas network analysis methods have been developed in sociology where nodes can be assumed to have agency, network analysis of city-systems seems prone to overreaching because cities hardly have this level of agency. The paper draws upon concrete examples from the 'urban network literature' throughout, and reviews possible ways to deal with challenges and pitfalls as to better harness the promises of network analysis.

Moral Entanglements: Conserving Birds in Britain and Germany
Date: Friday, November 2, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 457 Berkey Hall
Speaker: Dr. Stefan Bargheer, Department of Sociology, University of California Los Angeles
Host: Department of Sociology
Note: At the center of Stefan Bargheer's account of bird watching, field ornithology, and nature conservation in Britain and Germany stands the question of how values change over time and how individuals develop moral commitments. Using life history data derived from written narratives and oral histories, Moral Entanglements follows the development of conservation from the point in time at which the greatest declines in bird life took place to the current efforts in large-scale biodiversity conservation and environmental policy within the European Union. While often depicted as the outcome of an environmental revolution that has taken place since the 1960s, Bargheer demonstrates to the contrary that the relevant practices and institutions that shape contemporary conservation have evolved gradually since the early nineteenth century. Moral Entanglements further shows that the practices and institutions in which bird conservation is entangled differ between the two countries. In Britain, birds derived their meaning in the context of the game of bird watching as a leisure activity. Here birds are now, as then, the most popular and best protected taxonomic group of wildlife due to their particularly suitable status as toys in a collecting game, turning nature into a playground. In Germany, by contrast, birds were initially part of the world of work. They were protected as useful economic tools, rendering services of ecological pest control in a system of agricultural production modeled after the factory shop floor. Based on this extensive analysis, Bargheer formulates a sociology of morality informed by a pragmatist theory of value.

Why One Health Matters: Environmental and Behavioral Factors that have lead to the Perfect Microbial Storm
Date: Monday, November 5, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Room E100, CVM
Speaker: Heather Bair-Brake, MS, DVM, DACVPM, Veterinary Public Health Officer, CDC
Host: College of Veterinary Medicine
Series: One Health Seminar Series
Note: Biography: CDR Heather Brake, MS, DVM, DACVPM is a veterinary public health officer who has been with CDC since 2003. Over the last 15 years, she has served in a communications role within the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Enteric Diseases, the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, and most recently as the Director of Communication Science for the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Since joining CDC she has been instrumental in the development of several communication programs most notably: Get Smart on the Farm, a partnership with agriculture on antibiotic resistance in livestock; the Zoonoses Education Coalition, a collaboration among pet industry and public health stakeholders to educate pet owners on risks of zoonoses; Veterinary Student Day, a biennial seminar to teach veterinary students about careers in public health; and, Healthy Pets Healthy People, the only federal website devoted to educating the public about pet-associated zoonotic diseases and handling pets safely. CDR Brake has actively participated in 12 emergency responses including Hurricane Katrina, Japan Nuclear Radiation, H1N1, the Ebola response, and the 2017 Hurricane Response. She received her Bachelor of Science at Hope College, her Master of Veterinary Science from the University of Kentucky, her Aquatic medicine certificate from AQUAVET, and her veterinary degree from Michigan State University. CDR Brake lives in Tucker, GA with her two boys, two dogs, guinea pigs, and numerous fish.

Casting a Wide Net: The Utility of Network Science for Public Health, Evaluation and Implementation Science
Date: Monday, November 5, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Psychology Room 230
Speaker: Douglas Luke, Professor and director of the Public Health Sciences PhD program at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Host: Department of Psychology
Note: Many of the most challenging public health and implementation science problems are embedded in complex organizational, political, commercial, and social systems. Network science provides a rich set of concepts and methods, which are extremely useful for studying the structural and relational aspects of those systems. In this talk I will introduce network science methods, and provide examples of their application in public health research and evaluation, as well as for implementation and team science. These applications will highlight network visualization, network description, and statistical network modeling. In addition, I will provide tips for those who are interested in incorporating network analysis into their own research and evaluation work.

What Should We Do With 'Moral Status'?
Date: Friday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.
Location: 105 S. Kedzie Hall
Speaker: Ronald Sandler, Northeastern University
Host: Department of Philosophy
Note: The concepts of ‘moral status’ and ‘full moral status’ often play a prominent role in contemporary ethical theories. They are typically used to refer to things that we need to take into account for their own sake. In recent decades, ethicists who work in environmental and animal ethics have frequently argued that there is no morally relevant difference between nonhuman animals and human beings that justifies greater moral status for humans. However, the view that animals and humans have the same moral status has been criticized in recent years by several ethicists who work in disability ethics. Moreover, several ethical theorists have argued that the concept of moral status is itself problematic or unnecessary and should be eliminated from ethical theory. This paper takes up the question of whether it is possible to develop an account of moral status that incorporates the insights of each of these three views.