Center for Water and Society
Water, a most vital element...

Its presence and quality defines the success of every individual, community, and society.

“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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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
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

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
PhD Defense: Emily Geiger, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Advisor: Rupali Datta
“Multitasking Grasses: Phytoremediation and Bioethanol Production on Metal-Contaminated Marginal Land”
Dow 642 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
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"
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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