Weekly Update (1/22/2024)

ESPP News & Announcements

  • Congratulations to Xiang Yu (F&W) and Abhinav Kapoor (SPDC) for receiving 2024 ESPP Competitive Research Grants.

    Xiang's proposed research will study the impacts of Russian-Ukraine war on global environmentally sustainable development, and Abhinav's research will focus on the effects of cannabis legalization on agriculture, investment, and tourism in Thailand.

  • Congratulations to Corinn Rutkoski (KBS) and Graham Diedrich (PLS) for being selected as the winner and runner-up for the ESPP Student Research Symposium Best Presentation Award

    Corinn's presentation was titled "Are Prairie Strips Insecticide Sinks? Examining Insecticide Transport in Rowcrop Agricultural Fields with Prairie Strips", and Graham's talk was titled "Assessing the Interplay between State Climate Plans and the SDGs: A Case Study in the Great Lakes Region".

  • Pei-Jyun Lu (AFRE) is the recipient of ESPP Student Leadership & Mentorship Award for her exemplary leadership within the Graduate Student Organization in AFRE and her active engagement in various ESPP activities. Congratulations!

  • Test of campus alert system on Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 10 AM

    The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety will conduct a full system test of our campus alert notification system on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at 10 a.m. This is standard at the beginning of every semester. The test will include text and email alerts, computer notifications, SafeMSU app notifications, MSU Green Light emergency phones and the outdoor siren system. Phone calls will not be made during the test, but may be utilized in the event of an actual emergency. Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA, also will be tested by Ingham County Emergency Management. To receive these alerts, individuals must be within the geofence Ingham County has created and have test alerts enabled on their mobile device. For more information and to review or update your notification preferences, visit http://alert.msu.edu.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Funding Opportunities

Seminars, Workshops, and Other Events

  • Community Sustainability Hamm-Norris Seminars: Heather Navarro | 1-2 PM, Jan 26, 2024 | Virtual

    Join the Department of Community Sustainability for the Hamm-Norris seminar series where scholars share the latest in environment and sustainability. This week’s talk features Heather Navarro, Director of Midwest Climate Collaborative. You will learn how a multi-sector network can equitably reduce emissions and build resiliency for a cleaner, healthier region.

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: J. Marshall Shepherd | 9 AM, Jan 25, 2024 | Virtual

    J. Marshall Shepherd, Associate dean for research, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia and director of its Atmospheric Sciences Program, will deliver a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture via Zoom at 9:00 (ET) on Thursday, January 25, 2024. His lecture is entitled “Cloudy with a Chance of Science: Shaping a discussion at the intersection of wicked problems and society”.

    Professor Marshall Shepherd is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a former president of the American Meteorological Society. He is routinely asked to brief Congress, the White House, and other agencies on weather-climate-science related topics and recently moderated a discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris on climate-related topics. A zoom registration is recommended.

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Bonnie J. McCay | 9 AM, Feb 1, 2024 | Virtual

    Bonnie J. McCay, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, will deliver a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture via Zoom at 9:00 (ET) on Thursday, February 1, 2024. Professor McCay is a leading expert in human ecology, based on fieldwork among people who make their livelihoods from the oceans, as well as serving on committees engaged in marine science policy. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and also a fellow of the American Fisheries Society and other professional organizations. Her lecture is entitled ‘What can “the commons” mean to policy and practice in a rapidly changing climatic, cultural, and political world?’ Please do a very simple registration to receive the Zoom link for the event.

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Christopher B. Barrett | 9 AM, Feb 15, 2024 | Virtual

    Dr. Christopher B. Barrett is a leading agricultural and development economist at Cornell University, the Stephen and Janice Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, an International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and a Senior Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. He is co-editor-in-chief of Food Policy, edits the book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is an editorial board member for the PNAS. He is elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. His lecture is entitled “Agrifood Systems Innovations to Boost Human and Environmental Resilience to Shocks”. Please do a simple registration to receive the zoom link.

Job and Training Opportunities

  • Graduate Assistantships: Communication Consultants | Application Deadline: Friday, Jan 26, 2024

    The EY Communication Center (EYCC) is seeking two communication consultants to join our team for the 2024-25 academic year. The consultants will develop the professional communication skills of M.S. students in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the following areas: business writing, public speaking, teamwork, resume development, and interviewing.

  • 2024 Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development at Columbia University | April 5-6, 2024 | NYC or Zoom

    Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is pleased to announce its fifteenth Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD), to be held in hybrid at Columbia University in New York City and on Zoom on April 5-6 2024. The IPWSD provides a forum for young researchers working at the intersection between human development and the environment to present, receive feedback on, and discuss their research work. It also aims to foster a network among students pursuing research across disciplines generating a broader interdisciplinary dialogue around sustainable development.

    Applications for IPWSD 2024 are now open. Please submit your application by filling out the online form by January 31, 2024, 23:59 EST. All applicants will be notified of the final decision regarding their application by the middle of February 2024. If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact the planning committee at susdev@columbia.edu. Feel free to circulate this call for applications within your departments and networks.

  • Geospatial Analyst position in Texas A&M Forest Service

    Texas A&M Forest Service is seeking a highly motivated team member passionate about applying geospatial analysis to natural resources. This individual will be part of an integrated team of talented professionals in the Forest Resource Development division that delivers tools and information to support the agency mission of assuring the state’s trees, forests, and related natural resources are protected and sustained. The position is located in College Station, TX, and the salary level is $65K minimum.