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Alan Arbogast Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Kansas
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-355-5262
dunes(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Alan Arbogast is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, and is a physical geographer specializing in Late-Quaternary landscape evolution of eolian and fluvial environments. He is best known for his research on the geomorphic history of coastal sand dunes along Lake Michigan. This work has demonstrated that the dunes are much younger than originally thought and that they have grown episodically through time. Activation cycles are likely related to lake level fluctuations and, perhaps, drought episodes.

Safoi Babana-Hampton Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Maryland
Department: Romance and Classical Languages
Phone: 517-884-6311
babanaha(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Babana-Hampton´s most recent book, Réflexions littéraires sur l´espace public marocain dans l´oeuvre d´Abdellatif Laâbi (Summa Publications, 2008), focuses on the work of eminent Moroccan writer Abdellatif Laâbi. Her publications also include articles and book chapters examining conceptions of multicultural citizenship, transnational identities and artistic hybridity in Francophone literary and filmic narratives from North Africa, the North African diaspora in France and Québec. Her current research project is a comparative study of images of multicultural citizenship in literary and filmic productions in the Maghreb and the Maghrebi diaspora in France. 

Gary Anderson Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Chicago
Department: School of Social Work
Phone: 517-355-7515
ander664(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Gary Anderson has been involved in three Hartford Foundation projects designed to infuse gerontological content in undergraduate education, expand continuing education for professionals in a variety of health-related disciplines who are working with older adults, and in an innovative field practicum pilot that involves rotation internship experiences for graduate social work students. He has edited a book on Health Care Ethics, and published articles on issues related to grief and loss. The School leads a Kinship Care Resource Center that provides information, resources and advocacy for older adults who are raising their grandchildren or other relatives. This project is supported by the State of Michigan Office on Aging and the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. 

Steven Bursian Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Department: Animal Science
Phone: 517-355-8415
bursian(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Steven Bursian, Associate Chair, Animal Science, conducts research examining the effects of toxicants of industrial, agricultural, or natural origin on domestic animals or on wildlife species maintained in a laboratory setting. He lectures in undergraduate toxicology courses to better inform students of chemical contaminants in the environment and to prepare students for more advanced studies in the field. 

Rique Campa Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Michigan State University
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-432-7340
campa(at)grd.msu.edu

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Biography: Associate Dean in the Graduate School and professor of wildlife ecology, Rique Campa’s research interests are in the areas of wildlife-habitat analysis and management, ecosystem management, habitat disturbance impacts, and wildlife nutrition; also, the career and professional development associated with graduate education. 

Siddharth Chandra Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University
Department: James Madison College
Phone: 517-353-1680
chandr45(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Siddharth Chandra is Director of the Asian Studies Center and Professor of Economics in James Madison College at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, his A.M. (Ph.D. pass) in economics from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. (with honors) in economics from Brandeis University. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he was Director of the Asian Studies Center and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Manuel Chavez Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Sociology and Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Department: Journalism
Phone: 517-432-1411
chavezm1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Manuel Chavez, PhD, is the MSU Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He also teaches courses on the press, society and government in Latin America, and on the sociology of journalism. He also teaches qualitative research methods in the Journalism School, graduate program. For the last four years, his research focuses on community-participatory models in editorial decision-making in newspapers and its impacts on news and the community.

David Closs Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Marketing, Logistics and Management Science, Michigan State University
Department: Supply Chain Management
Phone: 517-432-6406
closs(at)msu.edu

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Biography: David J. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Dr. Closs has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning. Dr. Closs's primary research interests include supply chain strategy, information systems, security and planning techniques. He was one of the principle researchers in two studies completed by Michigan State University investigating world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities.

Joseph Codde Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Philosophy, Michigan State University
Department: Teacher Education
Phone: 517-432-1547
joecodde(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joseph Codde, Professor Emeritus, Counseling, Education Psychology and Special Education. His interests focused on educational reform, teacher professional development and the effect professional development had on the use of computer and mobile technologies in education. Dr. Codde developed and managed one of the University’s largest outreach programs targeted at teaching Michigan’s in‐service K12 teachers and educators. The three‐course nine credit program has served over 50 Michigan school districts and enrolled over 3,000 teachers over the past 14 years. 

Joe T. Darden Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Geography, University of Pittsburgh
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-432-1843
jtdarden(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joe T. Darden is Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and former Dean of Urban Affairs Programs from 1984 to 1997. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1984. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, 1997 to 1998. Dr. Darden's research interests are urban social geography, residential segregation, and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies. He has written numerous books on race and social issues. Dr. Darden's research has focused on racial and class residential segregation and neighborhood inequality in metropolitan areas, with an extensive focus on Detroit. He has conducted research specifically on social and economic consequences of residing in racially segregated neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and the effects. Dr. Darden will provide interpretative analyses and understanding of the relationship between race, class and neighborhood inequality and the effects of the different environmental conditions on the population groups.

C. Kurt Dewhurst Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., English/American Studies, Michigan State University
Department: Outreach: Folk Arts Division, MSU Museum
Phone: 517-355-2370
dewhurs1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: C. Kurt Dewhurst was a founder of the Folk Arts Division at the museum. In addition to his administrative duties, he coordinates a variety of folk life research, collection development, and outreach and engagement programs. He is one of the founding directors of the Festival of Michigan Folk life, a coordinator for the National Folk Festival (when it was in East Lansing), and co-Director of the Great Lakes Folk Festival. His research interests include cultural change and continuity in folk arts, material culture, ethnicity, and occupational folk culture. Other areas of research include museum studies theory and practice and national and international cultural heritage policy. He teaches courses in folk life, material folk culture, and museum studies-including an annual MSU Education Abroad Program on expressive arts, cultural heritage and museum studies in South Africa. 

Ross Emmett Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Economics, St. John's College, University of Manitoba
Department: James Madison College
Phone: 517-432-6139
emmettr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ross B. Emmett, Professor of Political Economy and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Director, Smith - Tocqueville Center for Studies in Political Economy, James Madison College, has also been a visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, France and the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University, and he was a Julian Simon Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana in summer 2005. Currently serving as the co-director of the Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity, he directs research on the problems Michigan and the Midwest face in revamping their economies to succeed in a global, high-tech world. Ross is a citizen of both the US and Canada, and often uses Canadian comparisons in discussing political economy issues. Prior to coming to Michigan State, he lived in western Canada for more than 20 years.

Eric Freedman Title and Alma Mater: M.S., Resource Development, Michigan State University
Department: Communication Arts and Sciences
Phone: 517-355-4729
freedma5(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Eric Freedman is a Professor of Journalism and Chair of the Knight Center for Environmental Jounalism. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for reporting. Freedman is a former Fulbright senior scholar in Lithuania and Uzbekistan and has conducted training workshops for professional journalists in Central Asia sponsored by the State Department, Internews, Freedom House, and other organizations. Freedman's research interests include press rights and journalistic practices in Central Asia and media coverage of international environmental issues. His research interests include press systems and journalism practices in the former Soviet Union: international journalists’ professional standards and education; public affairs reporting; news coverage of human and political rights; and U.S. political history.

Stephen Gasteyer Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Iowa State University
Department: Sociology
Phone: 517-355-3505
gasteyer(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephen Gasteyer researches the structures and processes that influence community level access to critical natural resources and capacity to manage those resources. Relatedly, he also applies a systems analysis to understanding community leadership and economic development decision making. 

Lynne Goldstein Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Northwestern University
Department: Anthropology
Phone: 517-353-4704
lynneg(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lynee Goldstein’s research is especially focused on the late prehistoric period in U.S. Great Lakes archaeology, on historic period cemeteries, and on the analysis of mortuary practices. In addition to research on the Wisconsin and Illinois, she has worked in California and Arizona on historic period cemeteries. She has worked at the Mississippian site of Aztalan, in southeastern Wisconsin for many years. In 2013, Goldstein returned to the Aztalan site with two colleagues where they collected data from two sets of excavations in order to allow better interpretation of the site structure. Beginning in 2007, Goldstein created the Campus Archaeology Program – a research outreach and training program that focuses on the archaeology of MSU. The program is funded by the university and allows both graduate and undergraduate students to get real world experience in doing archaeology and interacting with various offices and people on and off campus.

Sue Grady Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., City University of New York
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-432-9998
gradys(at)msu.edu

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Biography: As a medical geographer, Sue Grady's research aims to improve the health and well-being of infants, children, men and women living in high poverty urban and rural areas. Grady utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial epidemiological methods to analyze large, health-linked mortality and enviornmental datasets to model these multilevel and space-time relationships.

Norman Graham Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Columbia University, Political Science
Department: James Madison College
Phone: 517-353-3372
grahamn(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Norman Graham's interests include international security and economic relations, international organization, Central and Southeastern Europe, and Central and South Asia. He is a Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean at MSU's James Madison College. He also serves as Director of the University's Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. His current research focuses on industrial and technology development in the European Union; technology transfer and defense conversion in Europe, Japan, Korea, India, and Russia, the future of Eurasian security, and the political economy of transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is also the coach of the MSU Archery team.

Dorothy Hall Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Maryland
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-355-4649
halldoro(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dorothy Hall is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography, and a Senior Scientist Emeritus at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland where she retired as Associate Chief of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory.  Currently she leads the NASA Snow Office located at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and is on the organizing committee of NASA’s multi-year SnowEx aircraft mission (2016-2021) for testing sensors to measure snow-water equivalent remotely. She has focused her research on the remote sensing of sea ice, lake and river ice, small glaciers, snow cover and the Greenland Ice Sheet. In recent years she has been focusing on snow-cover mapping and measuring the surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet using Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite data. While at NASA she led a team in the development and production of algorithms to map snow cover and sea ice using MODIS data. She also led the development of daily ice-surface temperature maps of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Philip Handrick Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University
Department: Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science (CISSS)
Phone: 517-355-1882
handrick(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Assistant Professor Ermitus, Center for Integrative Studies - Social Science

Daniel Hayes Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Michigan State University
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-432-3781
haynesdan(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Associate Chair Daniel Hayes' position is funded through the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management, a cooperative venture between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University. His primary research interest is to determine how fish habitat affects their population dynamics. By linking population dynamics with habitat, he hopes to help fishery managers in their goal of sustaining valuable fisheries. In addition to this, he is also interested in the impact of fishing on fish populations, as well as the general ecology of fishes. 

Gordon Henry Title and Alma Mater: Anishinabe poet and novelist; member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota.
Department: English
Phone: 517-355-7570
henryg(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Gordon Henry's poetry has been published in anthologies such as Songs From This Earth On Turtle's Back: Contemporary American Indian Poetry (1983) and Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers(1994). His novel The Light People (1994) was awarded The American Book Award in 1995. He has also co-authored the textbook The Ojibway (2004), to which he contributed a number of essays on Native American culture. Currently, Henry teaches courses in American literature, creative writing, and American Indian literature.

Heather Howard Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Toronto
Department: Anthropology
Phone: 517-353-4600
howardh(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Heather Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She teaches cultural and medical anthropology courses, including Indigenous Peoples' Health. Her Native research interests include women and youth, the role of history in community and social service organizing, and transformations in community-based health knowledge and practice. She is currently developing research projects which examine Native experiences with and approaches to Type-2 Diabetes in Michigan, and in Toronto where she has worked with the Native community since 1995. Dr. Howard has also worked as a professional ethno historian for tribes in California and in the Great Lakes area on projects involving resource rights, tribal jurisdiction, federal acknowledgment and land claims. She is preparing publications of research she conducted on connections between Canadian boarding school and contemporary Native experiences of chronic illness, as well as on the impact of the vicissitudes in federal policy on Native people's health in early twentieth century central California. 

Dana Infante Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-432-7232
infanted(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dana Infante's research interests include the effects of landscape-scale factors (i.e., geology, land cover, climate) on physical and biological features of river systems; river catchment hydrology and stream channel geomorphology; ecological assessment and sustainable management of aquatic systems.

Michael Jones Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Zoology, University of British Columbia
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-432-0465
jonesm30(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Michael L. Jones' research program focuses on fish population dynamics and ecology, resource management, and simulation modeling. He is especially interested in how uncertainty and risk affect resource management decision-making. He works closely with fishery management agencies to apply my research findings to current and emerging management issues. Together with Co-Director Jim Bence, he established the Quantitative Fisheries Center in 2005 to facilitate this relationship and foster better management of fisheries, especially in the Great Lakes region.

Mohammad Khalil Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Department: Religious Studies
Phone: 517-884-4463
khalilmo(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Mohammad Hassan Khalil is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, an adjunct professor of Law, and the Director of the Muslim Studies Program. Before returning to his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan, he was an assistant professor of Religion and visiting professor of Law at the University of Illinois. He specializes in Islamic thought and is author of Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Rex Lamore Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Department: Director, Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED); Outreach & Engagement Partnerships
Phone: 517-353-9555
lamore(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rex LaMore is State Director of the Michigan State University's Community Economic Development Program and a member of the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the newly established School of Planning, Design and Construction at MSU. His current research is focused on Michigan's "knowledge economy and creative communities" where he and a team of scholars at MSU have developed a knowledge economy index for Michigan's counties and municipalities. As the architect of the 1992 Outreach Partnership Act with Senator Don Riegle of Michigan, Dr. LaMore's work has affected the nature of University/Community partnerships nationwide. In 1995 he was the national recipient of the Community Development Society's Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his leadership and sustained commitment to excellence in community development. 

Jianguo (Jack) Liu Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Harvard University
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-432-5025
liuji(at)msu.edu

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Biography: A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University and serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. Area of Expertise: Coupled human and natural systems (CHANS); sustainability; telecoupling; China's environment; household-environment interactions; systems integration and modeling.

David Long Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Kansas
Department: Geology - Earth and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 517-353-9618
long(at)msu.edu

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Biography: David Long does research and teaching in the areas of Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry.  He has been: studying the biogeochemical cycles and interactions of elements (including trace and heavy metals) and dissolved organic compounds in surface environments (e.g., wetlands, rivers, lakes, groundwater); working to understand both the natural and human induced changes in water chemistry as it moves through the water cycle using stable isotopes, multivariate statistics, and geochemical modeling; quantifying the influences of human activities on environmental systems using sediment chronologies; and relating knowledge learned from the above studies to evaluate the influences of the environment on human health through exposure analysis.

Daniel F. Lynch Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Department: Dalhousie University, Halifax
Phone: 902-494-6248
dan.lynch(at)dal.ca

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Biography: Daniel Lynch is a partner with Global Logistics Development Partners and an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for International Trade and Transportation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is an expert in North American supply chain issues and his research includes: global supply chain alliances, supply chain & marketing strategy, e-commerce, transportation and sustainability. His professional managerial experience includes over twenty years of retail ownership, transportation administration / engineering, and warehouse operations. Dr. Lynch's executive education and consulting include companies such as IBM, the Department of Homeland Security, UPS, AT Kearney, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MASCO Corporation, Clipper Windpower, Steelcase, Siemens, and Conway / Menlo Logistics.

Marsha MacDowell Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Michigan State University
Department: MSU Museum
Phone: 517-355-6511
macdowel(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Marsha MacDowell is a Curator of Folk Arts at the Michigan State University Museum as well as a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History where her primary responsibility is in the Museum Studies Program. Some of her research interests include documentation, description, and analysis of quiltmaking traditions; Folk arts and folklife in education, and museums and technology.

John Melcher Title and Alma Mater: M.S., Resource Development, Michigan State University
Department: Center for Community and Economic Development
Phone: 517-353-9555
melcher(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Melcher is the Associate Director for the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) and is also an Academic Specialist for Outreach & Engagement Partnerships.

Steven Melnyk Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Department: Supply Chain Management
Phone: 517-432-6410
melnyk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Steven A. Melnyk is Professor of Operations Management for the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management specializing in operations management. From 1995-1999, he was chosen as one of the 10 Best MBA faculty at MSU's Eli Broad School of Business by Business Week. In addition, he has won many grants including a research grant from the Manufacturing Research Consortium in 1994, and a National Science Foundation grant in Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing from 1995-1997. 

Steven R. Miller Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Department: Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics
Phone:  517- 355-2153
mill1707(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Steven R. Miller specializes in applied economic methods for forecasting and impact analysis. As a graduate, Steven maintained and programmed the Oklahoma State University Econometric Forecasting model and served as investigator on several Oklahoma Department of Human Resources studies of TANF funding, and child support studies for impact and needs assessments. He has produced numerous impact assessments for Wichita, Kansas area businesses seeking state and local sponsored incentives, produced papers on aviation demand across competing regional airports, and papers on alternative estimation methods of systems modeling. 

Dylan A. T. Miner Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., History, Washington State University
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)
Phone: 517-884-1323
dminer(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dylan A.T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. Miner holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was granted an Artist Leadership Fellowship at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions – with five more planned in 2015-16 – and has been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press, while his solo exhibition Silence of Sovereignty opened this spring in Montréal. Miner is currently completing Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy (Bloomsbury, expected 2016) and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I seek to learn).

Nathan Moore Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Duke University
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517--884-0546
moorena(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Nathan Moore's research interests include regional climate modeling, Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC), integrating models of human and natural systems, food security, remote sensing and water issues.

Cheryl Murphy Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-432-7771
camurphy(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Cheryl Murphy is interested in the way fish respond to endocrine-disrupting chemicals like steroids, PCBs and mercury. Her research is especially concerned with the sub-lethal effects of chemicals on fish.

Frederick (Fritz) Nelson Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-355-4619
fnelson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Fritz Nelson has conducted field research in Alaska almost continuously since the late 1970s, and has field experience in Siberia, Mongolia, Tibet, and subarctic Canada. He has served as President of the U.S. Permafrost Association, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Arctic Institute of North America, as Councilor and Vice-President of the American Geographical Society, and as a Councilor of the International Permafrost Association. Nelson’s research group focuses on several themes: (1) the evolution of cold, nonglacial (periglacial) landscapes; (2) the impacts of climatic change in permafrost environments; (3) terrain-climate interactions (topoclimate); (4) the distribution and mapping of permafrost and periglacial features; and (5) the history of American geography and cold-regions science. He has supervised M.S. and Ph.D. research in each of these areas. He is currently a co-PI on the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) program, an international global-change monitoring effort involving investigators from 15 countries and more than 200 permafrost observatories operating in Antarctica, the Arctic, the Tibetan Plateau, and several high-elevation regions in the mid-latitudes. Nelson also co-manages an extensive field-based climatology program in the Upper Peninsula’s Huron Mountain Club, one of the largest areas of old-growth forest in the eastern United States.

Jennifer Olson Title and Alma Mater:
Department: Comm Arts - Media and Information
Phone: 517-432-3234
olsonjj(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jennifer Olson helped spearhead the Information and Communications Technology and Development (ICTD) program, a joint CommArts/Engineering undergraduate minor, research program and study abroad. She also conducts research on the impact of climate change on agriculture and communities in East and Southern Africa. The projects involve climate modeling, climate data coupled to spatial crop, ecosystem and hydrology models, remote sensing, and socioeconomic and ecological fieldwork.

Maria Porter Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Chicago
Department: Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics
Phone: 517- 355-2161
mporter1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Porter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She is currently involved in research projects in Burkina Faso, China, and the UK. This research involves work on intra-household labor allocation decisions, factors influencing households' adoption of new agricultural technologies, understanding adult children's motivations for giving transfers and support to parents, and household bargaining between spouses. She employs a variety of research methods, including randomized control trials, laboratory experiments, and survey data analysis. Maria holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Before coming to MSU, she was a research fellow at the University of Oxford. She has taught graduate courses in household and development economics, and undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomics and development economics. 

Steven Pueppke Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Cornell University
Department: Michigan Agriculture Expirement Station
Phone: 517-355-0123x110
pueppke(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Steven Pueppke works to translate MSU's land-grant roots and values into a strong, vibrant foundation of research and technology transfer that continue to be an engine for economic development in Michigan. He is also director of the Office of Biobased Technologies.

Dawn Pysarchik Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., 1982, Michigan State University; M.S., 1973 Cornell University
Department: Communication Arts and Sciences
Phone: 517-355-2351
pysarchi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dawn I. Pysarchik regularly works with academic and support units at MSU. As the oversight administrator of the internationally-recognized Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone, Japan, she collaborates with the 15 public Michigan universities, the Presidents Council- State Universities of Michigan and partner universities in Japan. Dr. Pysarchik has a keen interest in the development and impact assessment of campus internationalization, and serves on a campus-wide committee to internationalize students' curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences at MSU. Dr. Pysarchik serves in leadership positions on the Michigan-Shiga (Japan) Sister-State and Sister-City Boards and assists a variety of organizations to expand their international community outreach.

Laura Reese Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Political Science, Wayne State University
Department: Global Urban Studies Program
Phone: 517-353-5942
reesela(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Reese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP). Professor Reese's main research and teaching areas are urban politics and public policy, economic development, and local governance and management in both Canada and the US. She has conducted large-scale evaluations for the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Her research on sub-state economic development programs includes Tax Increment Finance Authorities and Industrial Tax Abatements. 

John Reifenberg Title and Alma Mater: Graduate Fellow, Yale Law School; J.D., University of Denver College of Law
Department: College of Law
Phone: 517-432-6892
reifenbe(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Prior to joining the faculty in 1978, Professor Reifenberg was an Instructor at Southern Methodist University Law School, and Assistant Professor of Law at Nova University Law School. Professor Reifenberg is the Executive Director of the Center for Canadian-United States Law and Chair of the International and Comparative Law Program at the Law College. He was the author of the 1987 Jessup International Moot Court Problem. During the 1990-91 academic year, Professor Reifenberg was a Fulbright Fellow at Wuhan University Law School in the People's Republic of China. He teaches Torts, International Law, International Business Transactions, and various comparative law courses

Douglas Roberts Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Michigan State University
Department: Institute for Public Policy and Social Research
Phone: 517-353-8911
douglas.roberts(at)ssc.msu.edu

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Biography: Douglas Roberts, Director Emeritus- Institute for Public Policy & Social Research, holds more than 28 years of experience in Michigan government, including 10 years as state treasurer, time as director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, deputy superintendent of the Department of Education, deputy director of the Department of Management and Budget (DMB) and acting director of DMB. He played a major role in the creation and adoption of what is now called "Proposal A." He also served for two years as a vice president with Lockheed Martin IMS. 

Michelle Rutty Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Waterloo
Department: Community Sustainability
Phone: 517-353-9501
mrutty(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Michelle Rutty is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Tourism in the Department of Community Sustainability. Her research involves interdisciplinary scholarship that brings together social and natural scientific approaches (surveys, focus groups, micro-meteorological measurements, downscaled climate change scenarios) to examine human dimensions of climate change, particularly as it relates to the tourism sector. Prior to joining MSU, Michelle was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo (Canada). During this time, her research examined the vulnerability of coastal tourism in the Caribbean, as well as winter sports tourism (Canada, USA, Olympic Winter Games), to climate change.

Christopher Scales Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)
Phone: 517-884-6000
scalesch(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Christopher Scales' research interests include traditional and contemporary Native American music, the North American popular music industry, and global indigenous political movements. His current research focuses on contemporary Northern powwow culture and musical creation both on the powwow grounds and in Aboriginal recording studios, specifically engaging the effects of technology and mass mediation on powwow performance aesthetics. Chris has also been active collaborating with indigenous musicians and has produced, recorded, or performed on several powwow and "Contemporary Native music" CD projects for Arbor Records and War Pony Records, independent record labels specializing in North American Aboriginal music. An active musician, he also performs southern Appalachian music on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, as well as Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe, playing mbira dzavadzimu.

Kim Scribner Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Georgia
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: 517-353-3288
scribne3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kim Scribner is an evolutionary ecologist with broad interests in population genetics and vertebrate life history, demography and behavior. Research in his lab involves novel application of molecular genetic markers and evolutionary theory to examine important questions in ecological genetics and conservation biology including: levels of gene flow through heterogeneous aquatic and terrestrial landscapes, the evolution of life history traits as adaptations to thermal spawning environments, how environmental heterogeneity and mating systems affect inter-individual variance in reproductive success and genealogical relationships within populations, intra-specific and comparative phylogeography, and development of non-invasive DNA collection methods to estimate population abundance and spatial genetic structure. He is one of several faculty in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife who holds a cooperative appointment through the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM) program with regional Fisheries and Wildlife agencies. His appointment is affiliated with the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

Janice Siegford Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Neuroscience, Washington State University, Pullman
Department: Animal Science
Phone: 517-432-1388
siegford(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Janice Siegford has two main areas of research interest: (1) animal behavior and (2) animal welfare. My interests in animal behavior include cognition, communication, social behavior, and their neural basis, as well as companion animal behavioral therapy, and interspecific interactions. Her interests in animal welfare focus generally on understanding what current practices or environments impact animal welfare and determining how we can practically address these situations. In addition, she seeks to develop non-invasive automated strategies for collecting data about animal behavior and welfare from animals in their home environments. 

Anita Skeen Title and Alma Mater: M.A., Bowling Green University
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)
Phone: 517-432-2024
skeen(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Anita Skeen is the author of four volumes of poetry, and her poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She has completed a new volume of poetry, Never the Whole Story, begun while she was a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is working on a collection of short stories and a first novel. Anita is the director of the Creative Arts Festival and Writing Festival held annually at Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She has taught in the MSU Education Abroad Program in England and Ireland, and served as a Visiting Writer and Writer-in Residence in numerous venues, most recently as the Sara Lura Matthews Self Writer in Residence at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and as a Visiting Writer at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Michael Stamm Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., History, University of Chicago
Department: History
Phone: 517-432-9245
stamm(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Michael Stamm specializes in American media and journalism history and holds a joint appointment at MSU in the Department of History and the School of Journalism. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006, where he studied American cultural and political history. Stamm's other areas of research include media reform movements, the relationship between radio sound and print culture, religious broadcasting, the intellectual history of communication theory, and the business history of the American newspaper. 

Igor Vojnovic Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Toronto
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-355-7718
vojnovic(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Igor Vojnovic is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. Vojnovic specializes in urban built environments, travel behavior, urban public health, equity, and urban design. He has already been extensively involved in designing the survey instrument and along with the project manager will be organizing the details of the mail-out and collection of the survey. He will also provide the theoretical foundation for the research on the urban built environment, travel behavior, and disadvantaged communities. In addition, Vojnovic will be involved in producing 3D CAD images, analyzing the results, and the simulation modeling.

Edward Watts Title and Alma Mater:
Department: English
Phone: 517-432-0905
wattse(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Edward Watts is associate chairperson for undergraduate studies and a professor of English. His focus is American literature and studies before 1900, in the intersections of postcolonial theory, settler nationalism, border and frontier studies, and historical narrative. Currently, Dr. Watts is engaging book projects on race, violence, and madness on the frontier, as well as a comparative study of historical fiction and settler nationalism in the United States, the Confederacy, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia before 1914.

Jeremy M. Wilson Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Philosophy in Public Administration, The Ohio State University
Department: Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection
Phone: 517-353-9474
jwilson4(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jeremy Wilson is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice. At MSU, he founded and directs the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) and the program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services (PCaSS). Both programs are built specifically to develop through research and disseminate through education and outreach evidence-based lessons for decisionmakers, practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. The A-CAPP is the first and only University program dedicated specifically to building a science of product counterfeiting and anti-counterfeit strategy. Also unique in its University home, the PCaSS program focuses on understanding the nature, function, implementation, costs and benefits of all forms of police consolidation, shared services, and contracting. 

Kyle Powys Whyte Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Department: Philosophy
Phone: 517-432-1034
kwhyte(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kyle Whyte, a leading researcher and authority in the ethical and political issues surrounding climate policy and indigenous peoples, has been named as the inaugural Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. Whyte’s primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Whyte is currently working with six federally recognized tribes in the Great Lakes region on envisioning ethical planning scenarios for climate change preparedness.

Catherine Yansa Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-353-3910
yansa(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Catherine Yansa's research focuses on reconstructing past environments in north-central North America since the last glacial maximum (over the last ~20,000 years) by studying plant fossils (pollen and plant macrofossils) preserved in lake sediments. The objectives and implications of her research are documenting past responses of plants to climate changes at various temporal and spatial scales and using these as analogs for potential responses of plants to predicted global warming; and interpreting the landscape contexts for prehistoric Native American occupations to explore long-term human-environment interactions. She also works to interpret the landscape contexts for prehistoric human occupations by investigating plant fossils from archaeological contexts as well as from wetland sediments adjacent to archaeological sites. Time periods investigated range from Paleo-Indian to Upper Mississippian just prior to Euro-American contact.

Jay Zarnetske Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D, Oregon State University
Department: Geology - Earth and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 517-353-3249
jpz(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jay Zarnetske's research interests cover hydrologic processes of the Earth’s Critical Zone: Water quality and resources; Groundwater – surface water interactions; Hydrological and biogeochemical responses to climate and land use change; Hydroecology – coupling of hydrology, biogeochemistry, and aquatic ecosystems; Aquatic ecosystem services and restoration; Cryosphere hydrology and biogeochemistry

Phoebe Zarnetske Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D, Oregon State University
Department: Forestry
Phone: 517-355-7671
plz(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Phoebe Zarnetske is interested in how the composition and geographic distribution of ecological communities are affected by species invasions, biotic interactions, biophysical feedbacks and climate change. 

Jinhua Zhao Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Department: Economics
Phone: 517-353-9935
jzhao(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jinhua Zhao holds joint tenure system appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. He is also Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. He conducts research in the broad area of environmental and resource economics, with special interests in global climate change, energy economics, technology adoption, dynamic decision making under uncertainty, and applied microeconomics in general. He has conducted research on climate change adaptation, international climate negotiations, emissions trading, soil carbon sequestration, renewable energies, and the long-run relationship between international trade and the environment.

Daniel Bronstein Title and Alma Mater: S.J.D., University of Michigan
Department: Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies
Phone: 517-432-1277
bronstei(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Emeritus Daniel Bronstein taught in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as the Medical School. Professor Bronstein was admitted to the bar in both Michigan and Maryland. In the American Bar Association he served as Chair of the Committee on Environmental Law and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Rules and Procedure. He was one of the seven founders of the International Association for Impact Assessment and edited its international journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, from 1993-1999. He also served as a consultant to local, state and federal government agencies, private corporations and international organizations. 

Grant Gunn Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., University of Waterloo
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-353-9030
gunng(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Grant Gunn is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences. His main research and teaching areas are discuss physical dynamics and the remote sensing of lake and sea ice formation, phenology and in the quantification of ice properties such as ice thickness and composition across Arctic and sub-Arctic environments. He is particularly interested in the use of passive and active microwave remote sensing technologies to relate in-situ physical properties of snow and ice to observations acquired from ground, air, and spaceborne sensors. His work has focused on several cold regions in Canada’s north, including Churchill (Manitoba), Inuvik (Northwest Territories) and Resolute (Nunavut).

Michael Lockett Title and Alma Mater: Ph.D., Queen's University, Ontario
Department: Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology
Phone: 517-355-5482
mlockett(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Michael Lockett is a curriculum scholar with a background in literary studies and mathematics. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University and he’s held teaching posts at the University of Calgary, the Royal University of Bhutan, and Simon Fraser University. Though Michael’s approach to education is influenced by a variety of scholars both contemporary and classical, two Canadian academics, Jan Zwicky and Ross Leckie, are of paramount importance to his practice. He finds the pairing of pragmatic and theoretical concerns in curriculum work rewarding and he’s particularly interested in educational questions pertaining to pedagogical language and aesthetic experience.