Weekly Update (11/06/2023)

ESPP News & Announcements

  • ESPP Student Listening Sessions on November 13, 2023

    ESPP will host two student listening sessions on Monday, November 13, 2023. The first will be at 11 AM and the second will be at 1 PM with an option for lunch at noon. Dionardo Pizana, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialist at MSU Extension will run these two listening sessions for us. The goal is to create a truly open forum for your to express your thoughts. Dionardo’s task for us is to collect the ideas of the group and report them back. For those of you who can’t make the sessions, we’ll be sending out the list of questions that he will cover in the listening session and you are all welcome to add your thoughts and send them back to him directly. A calendar invite will be send to you once we have the room set.

  • Call for nominations for ESPP Awards

    ESPP has the following awards and research funding opportunities available. All three are due November 15, 2023.

  • Future weekly update emails will be sent out from the official ESPP email (espp@msu.edu), please make sure you save this email address in your contact book to avoid missing important announcements and news.

Scholarships, Awards & Fellowships

  • The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship

    The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (KCP-FFF) application for the 2024-25 Academic Year is open October 1, 2023 to February 16, 2024. The KCP-FFF program aims to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. The program is implemented in partnership with the State of Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).

  • Urban Community Engagement Fellows Program

    The Urban Community Engagement Fellows (UCEF) Program is a joint initiative of Michigan State University’s Graduate School and the Office of University Outreach and Engagement. UCEF will pair a multidisciplinary team of MSU graduate students with Lansing-area community partners to envision and complete community-identified projects that make a substantive difference in revitalizing Lansing.

    For the pilot period (Spring and Summer 2024), fellows will engage with community partners in the Greater Lansing area to design the UCEF program for Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 and subsequent years. Fellows in the pilot cohort will not be completing community-identified projects but will focus on developing the curriculum for the subsequent cohorts of fellows. Fellows will receive $7,500 total for the two semesters. Three to five applicants will be accepted into the program. Applications are due November 17, 2023.

Seminars, Workshops & Other Events

  • Re-Imagining Solutions to Address Emerging Contaminants in Recycled Irrigation Water | November 6, 2023, 2 PM | International Center room 303

    This VIPP seminar features Dr. Amy Sapkota, MPower Professor and Director of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. In this talk, Dr. Sapkota will share findings generated from the CONSERVE Center regarding the evaluation of emerging microbial and chemical contaminants in recycled irrigation water. She will also discuss the development and implementation of novel, decentralized technologies that can remove these contaminants and ensure the safe use of recycled water sources on irrigated food crops.

  • Ethics and Water Symposium | November 6, 2023, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Minskoff Pavilion

    MSU’s Ethics Initiative and the Broad College of Business Center for Ethical and Socially Responsible Leadership are partnering with True Elements to host The Ethics and Water Symposium on Monday, November 6, 2023. Highlights:

    • Keynote speaker, Mr. Saroj Kumar Jha, Global Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice (GP), will provide a high-level overview of ethical issues and challenges he faces in his field.
    • Scholars from the MSU community will deliver five-minute flash talks to provide an overview of their research and work in water.
    • True Elements will share how their organization utilizes state of the art scientific and AI capabilities to translate water’s complex, multi-dimensional and interrelationships into clearly understandable patterns and scores for reliable analysis, forecasting, and informed decision making.
    • The event will close with a “fireside chat” with MSU experts highlighting how scientists, and business leaders and policymakers can work together to address water challenges.

    Please see https://ethics.msu.edu/2023-symposium/ for more details and to register.

  • PSM Seminar: Sensor-informed Soil Processes Monitoring and Modeling Under Climate Change and Human Disturbance | November 8, 2023, 4:00 PM | MPS 1200

    Dr. Jingyi Huang from University of Wisconsin Madison will visit MSU and give a talk titled “Sensor-informed Soil Processes Monitoring and Modeling Under Climate Change and Human Disturbance”. His work focuses on:

    • To integrate proximal and remote sensing and process-based models to improve the fundamental understanding of water, carbon, nutrient, and energy cycles under climate change and human disturbance
    • To combine soil sensing technologies, big data analytics, and machine learning to monitor, model, and map water, carbon, nutrient, and energy fluxes across scales for sustainable natural resources management
  • MSU Water Alliance Kick-off Virtual Engagement Session | November 9, 2023, 9:00 - 10:30 AM | Online

    The MSU Water Alliance brings together experts across MSU to push the boundaries of discovery and find solutions to water-related challenges through research, education, and engagement with communities and industries. This group will be a bridging organization among existing water science units on campus and among faculty and staff with water expertise across the state to address challenges that require an aligned effort. Join the MSU Water Alliance as they introduce and share a brief summary of outcomes from the October 6, 2023, lunch meeting. After the summary, participants are invited to contribute their thoughts on themes, focus areas, and activities for the MSU Water Alliance. At this event, you will:

    • Help shape the Water Alliance
    • Network with MSU water colleagues
    • Engage with the Water Alliance to help promote and amplify all MSU water expertise All are invited to this event regardless of participation in the October 6 meeting.
  • Rescuing the Rougarou: Preserving Culture in a Changing Climate | November 16, 2023, 7:00 PM | Broad Business College Complex N130

    Join us on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation by Cajun folklorist and environmental activist Jonathan Foret entitled “Rescuing the Rougarou: Preserving Culture in a Changing Climate.” The event will explore the challenges of sustaining the traditional cultures of coastal Louisiana for future generations in the face of land loss and climate migration. This is one of Geography Awareness Week events.

Job and Training Opportunities

  • Environmental Social Scientist Job Opening - Maryland Department of Natural Resources | Deadline November 14, 2023

    The Center for Economic and Social Science within the Chesapeake and Coastal Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for a new Social Scientist position. This permanent state government position will take a lead role in developing and coordinating frameworks and processes for 1) building effective community level partnerships around shared natural resource goals and 2) designing scientific research projects that support the understanding of how people benefit from and are impacted by their natural environment and climate change. This center conducts geospatial research to understand the relationships between environmental, social, and economic factors that influence the implementation of successful, socially equitable natural resource management strategies across the state. The job listing and online application can be found on the State of Maryland job website at this link.

Upcoming ESPP Events

  • November 17, 2023: Faculty Forum (Topic: Water Pollution)