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2004-2003 News and Events

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William W. Taylor was recently given the "Fisheries Excellence Award" -- the highest honor that the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society offers to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the fisheries profession. Bill has devoted much of his professional life to fisheries research and conservation and is an exemplary recipient that the award attempts to recognize. The award was presented to Bill at the 65th annual Midwest Fisheries and Wildlife Conference held on December 13th, 2004, in Indianapolis, IN.

Anita Morzillo (Ph.D. student) has received a NASA Earth System Fellowship and Honorable Mention of the Canon Park Scholarship. Anita also received a grant from Texas Parks Service and is being given another grant by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for her to work on an integrated ecological and socioeconomic study of Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.

Vanessa Hull (Ph.D. student) is a recipient of NSF Graduate Fellowship and MSU’s University Distinguished Fellowship.

Nils Peterson (Ph.D. student) has received a Budweiser Conservation Scholarship.

CSIS goes "Green"

Jack Liu has been appointed by National Academy of Sciences to serve on the new Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. This Committee was established to meet a congressional mandate to review the $8 billion restoration project in Florida. Other committee members include Rita Colwell (former Director of NSF).

Dr. William J. Mitsch (Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University), laureate of the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize ("Nobel Prize in Water Research", a global award under the patronage of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden), spoke at 3:30 pm on November 11 (Thursday). Dr. Mitsch gave the laureate address that he delivered when receiving the prize, entitled "Applying Science to Conservation and Restoration of the World's Wetlands." In addition to the address, Dr. Mitsch had a lively breakfast meeting with students in FW852 ("Systems Modeling and Simulation") on November 12. More information about the Stockholm Water Prize is available at http://www.siwi.org/stockholmwaterprize. Another recipient of the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize is Professor Sven Jorgensen, who visited us and gave lectures at MSU in 2003 and 1998.

Dr. David Anderson (Colorado State University and USGS) gave a special seminar entitled "Model Based Inference in Ecology" 9:00 am on October 28. In addition, he delivered a guest lecture to FW852 ("Systems Modeling and Simulation") at 1:00 pm on October 28. Dr. Anderson has made enormous impacts on ecology and has provided distinguished service to wildlife conservation, through his 15 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as teaching and workshops around the world. He has won many prestigious awards, including a number of best publication awards and the 2004 "Aldo Leopold Memorial Award and Medal", which is the highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society and is considered the ultimate recognition for a professional wildlife ecologist. More information about his research can be found at http://www.cnr.colostate.edu/~anderson/.

Dr. Jacqueline Geoghegan from Clark University presented a special seminar about the effects of government policies on land use and residential development at 9:00 am on December 2 (Thursday), 2004. In addition, she gave a guest lecture to the students in FW852 ("Systems Modeling and Simulation") at 1:00 pm on December 2. Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Geoghegan has been on the faculty of the Department of Economics and Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. She is also affiliated with Clark's Program in Environmental Science and Policy. Dr. Geoghegan's research focuses on developing spatially explicit models of land use change using Geographic Information System (GIS) and other quantitative methods. More information about Dr. Geoghegan is available at http://www.clarku.edu/departments/econ/faculty/geoghegan.cfm

Congratulations to Li An (Ph.D. 2003), who has been chosen as the recipient for the 2004 "MSU Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Global Studies." MSU recognizes and awards one graduate student each year for her/his outstanding doctoral dissertation, completed the preceding year, focusing on global studies. This award is named after Dr. Gill-Chin Lim, former Dean of International Studies and Programs. Li will be honored at the Fourteenth Annual International Awards Ceremony on March 29.

Two former Ph.D. students (Chris Lepczyk and Marc Linderman) have received NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships.

One recent Ph.D. student (Li An) is doing his postdoctoral research on an NSF Biocomplexity project at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

Ed Laurent (Ph.D. student) has received a NASA Fellowship and a Budweiser Scholarship for his work on integrating field data with satellite imagery to describe landscape patterns in ways that promote a strong inference approach for investigations into causal mechanisms.

Scott Bearer (Ph.D. student) has received a Fellowship on GIS and Remote Sensing from the Smithsonian Institution.

Nils Peterson, a doctoral student and University Distinguished Fellow, is expanding the study of household impacts on biodiversity and the environment.

Mason Bradbury is a Professorial Assistant and Alumni Distinguished Scholar (one of the top 20 students in the 2003 class of more than 6000 freshmen) who is studying long-term changes in household sizes.

Dr. Paul Ehrlich at Stanford University was honored with the McPherson Endowed Professor for the Understanding of Science in 2004. He visited MSU from April 13-16, 2004 and gave a public lecture to the MSU community and a seminar to the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program. For more information, visit (http://www.stanford.edu/group/CCB/Staff/paul.htm) and (http://www.newsbulletin.msu.edu/june1/mcpprof.html).

Dr. Jane Lubchenco was given an Honorary Doctoral Degree by MSU in May, 2003. She was also the first ecologist and environmental scientist to be chosen as a Commencement Speaker in the history of MSU. Visit http://www.newsbulletin.msu.edu/april24/leaders.html for more information.

Nature Paper: Effects of household dynamics on resource consumption and biodiversity

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