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From East Lansing to Fukuoka by Tony Van Witsen

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 | Author:

East Lansing Michigan to Fukuoka Japan–such a l-o-o-o-o-o-o-n-g journey!  Train to Chicago, overnight in Chicago, flight to Toronto, second flight over Alaska and the Bering Sea to Tokyo, third flight to Fukuoka.  Cab ride to my AirBNB apartment with a driver who couldn’t find the place despite my maps and his, and was too proud to ask for directions.  But my apartment (once I found it) had the quietest air conditioner I have ever (not) heard.  Why don’t we have these in the United States?

 

Ohori Park

Ohori Park

ASM Boston 2016: A macroscopic view of the trending topics in Microbiology

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 | Author:
Sanjana Mukherjee (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) attended the American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston this spring.

Sanjana Mukherjee (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) attended the American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston this spring.

Carl Sagan once said, “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge”. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Conference- Boston 2016 housed 11,000 brilliant minds over a span of five days from 16-20 June 2016. The atmosphere at the conference was electric, with the meeting rooms buzzing with brilliant ideas and out-of-the box thoughts!

The conference started on a high note, with Bill Gates and Dr. Richard Besser spearheading the opening session where they highlighted the importance of global health and microbial sciences. The next few days went by in a frenzied blur, where I attended many seminars and sessions on a wide variety of topics such as hospital pathogens, global infectious diseases, diagnostic microbiology and outbreak investigations!  I also got an opportunity to attend a lecture by Dr. Donna Wolk, a pioneer in Clinical Microbiology, where she discussed her path to becoming involved in clinical microbiology and some revolutionary diagnostic research she had been involved in.

Making international connections can create a holistic view of fisheries around the world

Monday, June 20th, 2016 | Author:

When looking at graduate schools, I wanted a program that would give me the opportunity to have lots of international experiences. Dr. Bill Taylor’s lab at Michigan State University, where I just started my PhD, fits that criterion perfectly. While at MSU, I have been fortunate enough to participate in numerous international conferences and study opportunities. Through these experiences, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Germany, Canada, and Italy, just to name a few countries.

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So-Jung Youn (Fisheries & Wildlife) arrives at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, Korea

Going against the flow: Modeling stream temperature from above and below

Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Author:

Brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout support valuable recreational fisheries throughout the United States. Unfortunately, growth, reproduction, and survival of these fishes may be reduced as climate change increases air temperatures and water temperatures in cold water streams. Brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout are distributed throughout nearly 20,000 miles of streams in Michigan and support ecologically, socioeconomically valuable fisheries. Streams are projected to become warmer in the future due to climate change, but effects on growth, reproduction, and survival of these trout species are largely unknown. Thus, it is important predict the impacts of climate change on cold water stream ecosystems to develop management strategies that sustain healthy, fishable trout populations.

Andrew Carlson, doctoral student in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife

Andrew Carlson, doctoral student in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife

Achieving Social and Economic Development through Ecological and Organic Agricultural Alternatives by Jelili Adebiyi

Monday, June 06th, 2016 | Author:
Jelili Adebiyi (ESPP and Community Sustainability)

Jelili Adebiyi (ESPP and Community Sustainability)

ESPP provided me with part of the funding I used to attend the 3rd African Ecological Organic Agricultural Conference, which held between October 5 – 9, 2015, at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos, Nigeria. The theme of the conference was “Achieving Social and Economic Development through Ecological and Organic Agricultural Alternatives.” The conference attracted over 220 participants from across 28 African countries, including farmers, pro-organic CSOs, African national organic coordinating bodies, policy-makers, private and public stakeholders, representatives of African Union Commission, and academics. International pro-organic development organizations and research institutions such as UNEP-UNCTAD, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM), FAO, Swiss Agency for Development (SDC) and the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) participated in the 5-day conference.

Tourism, Ecosystem Services, and Human Well-being by Min Gon Chung

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Author:
Min Gon Chung, ESPP and Fisheries and Wildlife

Min Gon Chung, ESPP and Fisheries and Wildlife

With the ESPP travel grant, I attended the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology’s (US-IALE) 2016 Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC. I presented a result of interdisciplinary research in Qinghai province (China), “Telecoupled interaction among tourism, ecosystem services, and human well-being.” This interdisciplinary research can be a kind of capstone experience in the ESPP because co-authors are from policy, geography, and natural resource science and determined how tourism and relevant policies interacted with ecosystem services and local economy. In addition, I had a chance to start a new project with collaborative researchers who met in this conference workshop. For 1-2 years, we will investigate how to strengthen our understanding of the relationships between ecosystem services and disturbance within the teleoupling framework. Because researchers have increasingly used “urban”, “ecosystem services”, “global climate change”, and “sustainability” in the conference, theses topics have become attractive issues in the next era for landscape ecology.

The feedback effect of telecoupling: A study case of Payment for Ecosystem Services program by Hongbo Yang

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 | Author:
ESPP student Hongbo Yang (Fisheries & Wildlife)

ESPP student Hongbo Yang (Fisheries & Wildlife)

As a major conference in landscape ecology, the Annual Symposium of the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) offers a unique opportunity for landscape ecologists to share their knowledge and experiences. I am truly grateful to receive the ESPP Travel Fund which afforded me to attend this symposium in April 2016, in Ashville, NC.

Territorial Effects of U.S. Corn Trade on Mexico’s Maize Production by Yankuic M. Galvan Miyoshi (Geography)

Monday, May 16th, 2016 | Author:
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Yankuic M. Galvan-Miyoshi

Last April I attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in San Francisco, CA. This year more than 9k scholars and practitioners from all over the world attended the conference. I appreciate forums like this because newcomers to the field can have a glimpse of the vast range of themes embraced by Geography and it is a unique opportunity to meet leading scholars from all corners of the discipline. So, I believe the AAG meeting is particularly useful for students who enjoy interdisciplinary forums and who want to do some networking. San Francisco was my fourth AAG conference. This time, I presented a paper titled Territorial Effects of US Corn Trade on Mexico’s Maize Production, where I presented some results from my dissertation research and explored additional hypotheses regarding the effects of maize imports on Mexico’s maize production geography.  Talking to other people about my research, getting feedback, and learning from other presenters feed me with energy and new ideas to improve my dissertation. I even got an invitation to submit a paper to a journal. A plus was the location, since this was my first visit to San Francisco, in fact, my first visit to California. I loved the food, the Golden Gate Park, and Muir Woods. I am thankful for the ESPP Interdisciplinary Conference Funding, which made this trip possible.

Producers’ preferences for crop diversification in the coffee sector of Nicaragua by Aniseh Sjona Bro

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 | Author:
Aniseh Sjona Bro

Aniseh Sjona Bro researches coffee crops in Nicaragua

I was invited to present results from my PhD research to the 12th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, held in Portland (OR) on 20-24 January 2016.  This was a great opportunity for me to present my research to a diverse audience of academics and professionals who work in the field of sustainability: from urban planners to government officials, from international development workers to local activists and policy makers.

 

Personally, this was an interesting experience as most of my research has ever been presented to practitioners and academics who work in very similar fields, unlike this conference, where the uniting theme is a very abstract concept that can be interpreted very differently and applied to many different fields (sustainability).  I felt outside of my element much of the time, yet deeply connected to the core belief that research, planning, design, and growth need to be centered on the sustainability of the endeavor.  This conference opened my eyes to how different epistemologies merge as organizations begin working together to make sustainability a driving item in research and policy agendas around the world.

Application of Manifold Methods for Data Assimilation in Integrated Earth System Models by Ammar Safaie

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 | Author:
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Ammar Safaie at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting

“Thanks to the ESPP travel grant award, I was able to attend the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting between the 14th and 18st of December 2015 in San Francisco, California. The AGU Fall Meeting with nearly 24,000 attendees from around the globe, was the largest interdisciplinary Earth, ocean, and space science meeting in the world. In this meeting, I proposed a novel manifold-based method to assimilate different types of spatiotemporal data in integrated earth system models. During my presentation, I received constructive advice and feedback on my work from the attendees. Moreover, it was a great opportunity for me as a PhD student to hear about the latest scientific research and develop my professional network. It is needless to say that such achievements would be impossible without the support of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University.”