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2006 News and Events

Selected Research Projects

Nils Peterson has been selected as a FAST Fellow for 2006-07 by MSU. This is the first year that MSU initiates this program to help who have great potential to become successful faculty members in the future.

Together with Garik Gutman (Program Manager of NASA),, Jack Liu and Bill Taylor have been recognized with the "2006 Distinguished Service Award" by the US-IALE (US Regional Association of the International Association for the Landscape Ecology) for the NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards Program, which has supported about 20 students to attend the annual US-IALE meetings since 1998, when Liu and Taylor hosted the 1998 US-IALE at MSU.

Bill Taylor received the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU [2006].

Sara Hughes, a graduate student in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, was recently awarded the West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Schrems Scholarship award (2006). This is awarded to a current Michigan State University student of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife who works toward the mission of SWMTU to conserve, protect and restore West Michigan's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Sara plans on using the scholarship to further her work on groundwater withdrawals’ impacts on coldwater fish, and value-based decision making for, and impacts of, groundwater policy.

Panda research is featured on Discovery Channel. It is an online accompaniment to the Planet Earth TV series that will air on Discovery Channel beginning on Mar 27. There are animal profiles for the following episodes: Shallow Seas, Deserts, Jungles, Forests, and Mountains. Our panda research is highlighted under Mountains. You can go directly there following this link. Note that for each animal there are several sections to the profile: Intro, Sight Unseen, Unique Behavior, Status/Conservation and Outlook. It aired in the UK already but was revoiced by Sigourney Weaver for a US audience.

Jack Liu was recently recognized by the National Research Council of The National Academies for his “Outstanding Service” on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress of the National Academies. The committee was established at the request of the US Congress to evaluate the achievements and issues of the $10.8 billion restoration project.

Nick Reo has been given an AISES A.T. Anderson Scholarship Award.

Former student Ann Krause has taken a faculty position at the University of Toledo.

Former student Branda Nowell has taken a faculty position at North Carolina State University.

Tom Dietz co-authored a paper in Science, entitled “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Research Needs” (Science: October 13, 2006)

Merritt Turetsky’s research featured in Time.

Lester Brown, Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, visited MSU and gave a public lecture on October 17, 2006. The event was co-sponsored by CSIS.

Nils Peterson received a NASA Earth Systems Fellowship. This is the fourth such a fellowship received by students in CSIS.

Former student Sara Hughes has completed her MS degree and has moved to University of California at Santa Barbara for her Ph.D. Program.

Jianguo (Jack) Liu has been given a Guggenheim Fellowship Award (2006).

Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies and President of Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, has been selected to receive an Honorary Degree of Science from MSU and serve as the Commencement Speaker for the candidates for advanced degrees on May 5. MSU President Simon has asked CSIS to host Professor Ehrlich's visit. In addition to the Commencement Speech, Professor Ehrlich will meet with MSU Administrators, faculty, and students including those at CSIS.

Li An, Marc Linderman, Jiaguo Qi, and Ashton Shortridge and Jack Liu have been given the Best Paper Award by US-IALE (US Regional Association of the International Association for the Landscape Ecology for the paper entitled "Exploring Complexity in a Human-Environment System: An Agent-based Spatial Model for Multidisciplinary and Multiscale Integration".

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