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“Water systems...can act as a powerfully unifying resource, so it is ironic to the point of absurdity that water education, management, and discourse are so fragmented. To truly assess water resources in their most holistic sense, one needs to include the many aspects of the hydrologic cycle, from meteorology to surface hydrology to soil sciences to groundwater to limnology to aquatic ecosystems. And that is just the physical system. One should also have an integral sense of the human dimensions, from economics to law to ethics to aesthetics to sociology and anthropology. Universities and management institutions are simply not organized along these lines; often they are fragmented to the point where even surface water and groundwater, quality and quantity, are separated out as if they were not inextricably inter-related.”

Aaron Wolf, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University

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2016 World Water Day Events - March 22-23
Theme: Water and Jobs
Keynote Speaker: John Austin, Author of "Blue Economy"


Friday, February 19, 2016
David Watkins, CEE
Title to be announced
GeoSeminar Series
Dow 610 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Green Film: Feeding Frenzy
Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents -- and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of obesity-related health problems. Frenzy examines the impact of the processed food industry and outmoded government policies. (63 min.)
Discussion Facilitator:
Ray Sharp
, Manager, Community Planning and Preparedness and Coordinator of Western UP Food Hub, Western U.P. Health Department
Forestry G002 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cosponsored by:
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Keweenaw Food Coop

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Rod Chimner, SFRES
“The fascinating world of wetlands: an overview of types, importance, issues and restoration of our local wetlands”
Carnegie Museum Community Room, Houghton 6:30 -8:00 pm

Monday, February 15, 2016
Renn Lambert, LimnoTech
“Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Models to support USEPA’s response to the 2010 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill”
Environmental Engineering Seminars
Dillman 214 3:00 pm
Abstract

Friday, February 12, 2016
Nancy Auer, Bio Sci
"Our Biological Sciences legacy - Fish Science at MTU"
Biological Sciences Seminar
Dow 641 4:00 pm

Friday, February 12, 2016
Stephen Techtmann, Bio Sci
"Environmental Systems Biology of Marine Oil Biodegradation"
Chemistry Seminar
Chem-Sci 101 3:00 pm

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) is holding a public meeing as part of the Torch Lake Watershed Project, funded in part through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes.

This community meeting continues the informational sessions started in 2015 and will provide the community with background on the environmental issues of Torch Lake and its watershed including PCBs and their historic origins. Noel Urban (CEE) and Carol MacLennan (SS) are the invited speakers

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. This meeting is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required, however RSVP is appreciated. This first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, February 10), in the Lake Linden-Hubbell School Auditorium . To RSVP, or for more information, contact Meral Jackson at HKCD at 482-0214, or email meral.jackson@macd.org.

Monday, February 8, 2016
Kaye LaFond, GLERL and Circle of Blue
"Communicating Science and Data: Thoughts of a (Somewhat) Reformed Engineer"
Environmental Engineering Seminars
Dillman 214 3:00 pm

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Carol MacLennan, SS
“Mine Polluted Waters: What are our Options?”
Carnegie Museum Community Room, Downtown Houghton 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Betsy Hartmann, professor emerita of development studies and senior policy analyst
Population and Development Program, Hampshire College in Amherst, MA
“Rethinking the Links Between Population & Environment: Toward a More Hopeful Future”
Green Lecture Series
G002 Hesterberg Hall & Forestry Atrium 7:00-8:30 pm

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Colin Brooks, Michigan Technological Research Institute
Webinar: “Remote Sensing Series Part II: Implementing practical field and remote sensing methods to inform adaptive management of non-native Phragmites australis in the Midwest”
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative: Webinar Series
REGISTER 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Monday, December 7, 2015
Eric A. Seagren, MTU CEE and Bruce E. Rittmann, Arizona State University
“An Integrated Evaluation Strategy For Demonstrating In Situ Bioenhanced NAPL Dissolution”
Sara Klemm, Graduate Student, MTU CEE
“Dissolution of a Dyed PCE Pool in a Model Sand Tank Aquifer System”
Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Friday, December 4, 2015
Alex Mayer (CEE) and Latika Lagalo (SBE)
" Analysis of drinking water supply choices in a rural community in the Yucatan, Mexico reveals bottled water consumption is related to distrust of tap”
Geoseminar Series
Dow 610 3:00 pm

Friday, November 20, 2015
Pengfei Xue, CEE
“Towards an earth system modeling approach: Coupling a Regional Climate Model with a 3-D Hydrodynamic Model over the Great Lakes”
Geoseminar Series
Dow 610 3:00 pm

Friday, December 4, 2015
PhD Defense: Faten Almuhanna, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Co-advisors: Ramakrishna Wusirika and Rupali Datta
“Using Plant-Microbe Interactions to Facilitate Growth and Metal Uptake in Sorghum and Maize in Mining-Impacted Soil: A Systems Biology Approach”
Admin 404 10:00 am

Thursday, November 19, 2015
2015 Green Lecture Series: Recycling in the UP: A Tale of Two Landfills
Copper Country Recycling Initiative will present a panel discussion:
• recycling efforts in Houghton County,
• new cardboard recycling facility to be constructed at the Houghton transfer station and at a satellite location in Chassell.
• find out which UP community has the goal of becoming a Zero Waste Community
Forestry G002 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cosponsored by: Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Copper Country Recycling Initiative

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Nancy Auer, Biological Sciences
"Great Lakes Sturgeon"
Carnegie Museum Seminars - Environmental Awareness in the Keweenaw: Lake Superior Futures
Carnegie Museum, Houghton 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Masters Defense: Jing Han, Applied Natural Resource Econ.
Advisor: Latika Lagalo
“Forecast Electricity Retail Sales in the US by End-user Sectors”
Chem Sci 0106 4:00 pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Masters Defense: Yuxiao Wang, Applied Natural Resource Econ.
Advisor: Gary Campbell
“A Study on Regional Water Resource Shortage in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region: Dominant Issues, Existing Problems and Suggested Solutions”
Academic Offices 201 2:00 pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Masters Defense: Teresa Munoz Martinez, Geological Engineering
Advisor: John Gierke
“Contributions of Glacier Melting to the Upper Watershed of the Pita River, Ecuador”
Dow 610 10:00 am

Monday, November 16, 2015
Tim Moore, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
University of New Hampshire
“Environmental and optical observations of developing harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie from 2013 and 2014”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, November 16, 2015
Masters Defense: Gregory Houle, Forest Ecology and Management
Description Advisor: Evan Kane
“Changes in Carbon Pools Influenced by Changes in Physiography a Decade Following Wildfire in Black Spruce Forests of Interior Alaska”
Forestry G002 10:00 am

Friday, November 13, 2015
Masters Defense: Brian Delrue, Environmental & Energy Policy
Advisor: Melissa Baird
“How an Ethnographic Lens Can Enhance Understanding of Permaculture as a Realistic Adaption for Climate Change Mitigation Policy”
Academic Offices 201 10:00 am

Friday, November 13, 2015
Veronica Webster, CEE
“Long-term Flood Risk Projections Informed by Climatic Variation and Human-Induced Shifts in Hydrologic Response”
Geoseminar Series
Dow 610 3:00 pm

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Masters Defense: Christopher Henderson, Environmental & Energy Policy
Advisor: Richelle Winkler
“Using a Hierarchical Model to Investigate the Social Habitat of Deer Hunters in Michigan”
Academic Offices 201 10:00 am

Monday, November 9, 2015
Sinan Abood, PhD, ORISE Research Fellow
Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants (WFWARP) program USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C.
“From Quantifying Oil Palm Concessions to Riparian Areas Mapping: Remote Sensing and GIS case studies”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, November 9, 2015
Roundtable Discussion: Seed for a Great Lakes Commons
Discussion Leader: Dr. Nancy A. Auer, MTU Biological Sciences
Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Friday, November 6, 2015
Masters Defense: Gregory Houle, Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Evan Kane
“Changes in Carbon Pools influenced by Changes in Physiography a Decade Following Wildfire in Black Spruce Forests of Interior Alaska”
Forestry 144 10:00 am

Monday, November 2, 2015
Anika Kuczynski, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
“Toward New Age Modeling and Management of Nuisance Cladophora in the Great Lakes”
Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 pm
Abstract

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Dr. Mary Davis, Senior Researcher
Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University
“Temporal and Spatial Perspectives on the Changing Climate”
Forestry G002 7:00 pm
ABSTRACT
Sponsored by the departments of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences and Social Sciences, the Center for Water and Society, and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series funded by the President's Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Research Center, Institute, and Core Facilities Open House
hosted by: Office of the Vice President for Research and College of Engineering
"Tech Talks" style presentations in the MUB Alumni Lounge at 4:00 pm
Poster Session in MUB Ballroom B at 5:00 pm

The Distinguished Ecology Lecture scheduled for October 27 will be rescheduled due to flight complications.
The guest lecturer is Michelle Mack from Northern Arizona University with title, "Fire and Ice: Carbon cycling feedbacks to climate in the Far North."

Monday, October 26, 2015
Wei (Wendy) Zhou, Associate Professor
Colorado School of Mines
“GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Geohazard Investigation”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 26, 2015
Nathan Zgnilec, Zoe Miller, Dr. Dave Watkins, Dr. Pengfei Xue and Dr. Marty Auer
Michigan Tech
“Cleveland - Where the River Burns No More”
Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Friday, October 23, 2015
Dr. Lorena M Rios Mendoza
University of Wisconsin Superior, Superior, WI
“Microsynthetic Plastic Emerging Contaminants in the Great Lakes"
Dow 641 3:00 pm
Contact Loredana Valenzano (lvalenza@mtu.edu ) to set up an appointment for individual faculty meetings
Sponsored by: UP section of the American Chemical Society
Abstract

Friday, October 21, 2015
Wendy Eisner, Department of Geography and the Center for Environmental Studies
University of Cincinnati
"How has Iñupiaq Knowledge Helped Our Understanding of Landscape Change on the North Slope of Alaska?"
Social Sciences Brownbag
AOB 201 12:00 pm

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Richelle Winkler, Social Sciences
“Changing Participation in Hunting and Fishing: Are we seeing a broad shift away?”
Carnegie Museum Seminars - Environmental Awareness in the Keweenaw: Lake Superior Futures
Carnegie Museum Community Room, Downtown Houghton 6:30 - 8:00pm

Monday, October 19, 2015
Nancy G. Love, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) distinguished lecturer
University of Michigan
“At the Confluence: Nutrients, Trace Chemicals and Sustainability in the Urban Water Sector”
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Monday, October 19, 2015
Jerome (Jerry) V. DeGraff, Adjunct Professor
California State University, Fresno
“Fire, earth & rain: emergency response for wildfire-induced landslide hazards”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Friday, October 16, 2015
Scott F. Collins, Illinois Natural History Survey
Kaskaskia Biological Station
"Tracking the direct and propagating effects of fish production: Experimental insights from too few salmon and too many Asian Carp"
Biological Sciences Seminar
GLRC 202 4:00 pm

Friday, October 16, 2015
Dr. Ken Hinkel, Research Professor in GMES
Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati
"The Circumarctic Lakes Observation Network: What we have learned about Arctic Lakes"
Geoseminar Schedule
Dow 610 3:00pm

Friday, October 16, 2015
Dibyendu Sarkar (Dr. Dibs), Earth and Environmental Studies
Montclair State University
"Urban Sprawl and Sustainable Risk Management of Contaminated Residential Soils: A Case Study with Arsenic"
His visit is co-sponsored by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, ADVANCE and the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Green Lecture: Yvonne Lewis, energy auditory/contractor
Efficiency UNITED, Lansing
"Energy Efficiency in your Home - What Can YOU Do?"
Forestry G002 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Co-Sponsors: Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Center for Water and Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Houghton Energy Efficiency Team

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Kerry Howe, Associate Professor
Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico
"A Tale of Two Careers in the Same Field"
Specialty Areas:
environmental engineering, physical and chemical processes for water and waste treatment, desalination, membrane processes for environmental treatment (including microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis), water chemistry, and engineering design.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Joint Graduate Seminar
Dow 642 4:00 pm

Thursday, October 15, 2015
PhD Defense: Emily Geiger, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Advisor: Rupali Datta
“Multitasking Grasses: Phytoremediation and Bioethanol Production on Metal-Contaminated Marginal Land”
Admin 404 10:00 am

Monday, October 12, 2015
Daniel Jaffe, PhD, Chair of Physical Sciences Division
University of Washington- Bothell
“An Overview of Air Quality Issues in the Western U.S.”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series (Richard Honrath Memorial Lecture)
Dow 641 4:00 pm

Monday, October 12, 2015
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis
College of Forest Resources
University of Washington
“Principles for Ecologically-Based Approaches to Management of Forest Ecosystems”
Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series
MEEM 111 12:00 pm

Friday, October 9, 2015
Colin Brooks, MTRi, Bio Sciences PhD Candidate
"Developing spectral algorithms to identify and map aquatic invasive species using UAV-enabled high-resolution remote sensing"
Biological Sciences Seminar
GLRC 202 4:00

Friday, October 9, 2015
Dr. Wendy Eisner, Geography
University of Cincinnati
"How has Iñupiaq (Eskimo) Knowledge Helped Our Understanding of Environmental Changes on the North Slope of Alaska?"
Geoseminar Schedule
Dow 610 3:00pm

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Adrian Blake, MS, Industrial Archaeology
"Failure on the Frontier: Historic Copper Smelting on Isle Royale"
Aaron Howe and LouAnn Wurst, SS
"Twelve Years in the Making: Daily Life and Resource Depletion at a Logging Camp"
Social Sciences Colloquia
Academic Offices Bldg, 201

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Colin Brooks, MTRI, Bio Sciences PhD Candidate
"Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Ecological Research"
Special Mid-Week Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Monday, October 5, 2015
Hermann Gerber, PhD
President and Chief Scientist of Gerber Scientific Inc.
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah
“POST holes”
Aircraft measurements during the POST (Physics of Stratocumulus Top) field study of stratocumulus clouds
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 5, 2015
Roundtable Discussion 2 - The Tragedy of the Commons
Led by Dr. Marty Auer
Reading Assignments for the Roundtable are available through the ENVE5991 CANVAS page (under Assignments) at or https://mtu.instructure.com/courses/1038648/assignments/5012616
Abstract. Our first Roundtable Discussion examined the concept of Peoplehood as a mean of developing and preserving a community (commons) environmental ethic. In our second Roundtable Discussion, we will explore the Tragedy of the Commons. We will draw upon concepts from the Reading Assignments to draw parallels to management of the Great Lakes. Roundtable 2 sets the stage for Roundtable 3, consideration of the value of a Great Lakes Commons, scheduled for November 9th.
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Terry Sharik, Dean, and Mark Rudnicki, Professor of Practice, SFRES
“The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Initiative: Working to create a renewable and sustainable future”
2015 Green Lecture Series
Forestry G002 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cosponsored by: Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust

Monday, September 28, 2015
Jennifer L. Miksis-Olds
Director, Center for Marine Science & Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
“Monitoring ocean dynamics through sound”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 24-29, 2015
"A World Without Ice"
Lecture:
Rozsa Center 7:30 pm (Sept 24)
Multimedia Installation:
McArdle Theatre 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Sept 25 – Sept 29)
Panel lecture & discussion:
Forestry Friday Forum 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Sept 25)
A World Without Ice
is a multimedia collaboration about climate change created by Emeritus Professor of Geophysics Henry Pollack and musicians and composers Michael Gould and Steven Rush.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Film: "Underwater Dreams"
Co-sponsored by Global City and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Made in 2014, the 90 minute film chronicles the story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build underwater robots. And go up against MIT in the process.
Fisher 135 8:00 pm

Monday, September 21, 2015
Hossein Tavakoli , PhD Student, Environmental Engineering
Air Pollution in Iran; A Case Study
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Monday, September 21, 2015
Deepak R. Mishra, PhD, Associate Professor
University of Georgia
“Remote Sensing of Water Resources: Successes and Challenges”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Dr. Hong Liao, Chinese Academy of Science
"Integrated assessment of air quality and climate change for policy-making"
Dow 641 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series funded by the President's Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Nancy Langston (SS)
"Sustaining Lake Superior"
Lake Superior Futures Seminar Series
Carnegie Museum, Houghton 7:00 pm

Monday, September 14, 2015
Jeffrey L. Stith, PhD, Senior Scientist
National Center for Atmospheric Research
“Observations of the Microscale Features of Thunderstorms and their Relationship to Lightning-produced NOx”
EPSSI Remote Sensing Seminar Series
M&M U113 4:00 pm




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