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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

Events-

Friday, November 21, 2014
Seth DePasqual: Cultural Resource Manager, NEPA Specialist
Isle Royale National Park
Social Sciences Brown Bag lunch series
12:00pm

November 20-21, 2014
Dr. James Gibbs, Professor of Vertebrate Conservation Biology and Associate Chair
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
Director of Roosevelt Wild Life Station
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series
Thursday, Nov. 20 in Forestry G002 at 12:30pm
“Integrating science and management to advance giant tortoise conservation in Galapagos, Ecuador”
Friday, Nov. 21 in Forestry G002 at 3:00pm
“Saving Russia's last snow leopards”

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Dr. Richelle Winkler, Social Sciences
Jay Meldrum, Director, Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center
“Using Mine Water for Geothermal Energy in the Keweenaw”
2014 Green Lecture Series
G002 Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building 7:00 – 8:30pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
MS Defense: Colin McCorkle, Environmental Engineering
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
“Tank Sizing and Optimizing Loop Placement in a Branched Water Distribution System”
Dow 875 9:00 am

2014 Water Festival photos and videos

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sarah Green, Chemistry
“Lake Superior’s natural history and future ”
Carnegie Museum Seminar Series: Natural History of the Keweenaw
Carnegie Museum Seminar Room, Downtown Houghton, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
MS Defense: Justina Silva, Applied Ecology
Ann Maclean & Erik Lilleskov, Advisors
“The Use of Geospatial Tools for Novel Methodologies of Complex Soil and Minirhizotron Imagery Analysis and the Assessment of the Relationship between Landform and Riparian Zone”
Forestry G002 8:00 am

Monday, November 17, 2014
Charles Brumleve, Environmental MIning Specialist
Jessica Koski, Mining Technical Assistant
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
“The Role of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in UP Mining Issues: A Closer Look at Groundwater & the Eagle Mine”
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00pm

Monday, November 17, 2014
MS Defense: Donald Norris, Mechanical Engineering
Michele Miller & John Gershenson, Advisors
“Water Access and Maintenance in Karonga, Malawi”
MEEM 405 10:00 am

Thursday, November 13, 2014
MS Defense: Yaoxian Huang, GMES
Shiliang Wu, Advisor
“Global modeling of atmospheric ozone and aerosols: model improvements and applications”
Dow 875 12:00 pm

Monday, November 10, 2014
Noelle Selin, MIT Global Change Institute
“Biogeochemical Cycling of Toxic Pollutants: Constraints from Global Modeling ”
EPSSI Seminar
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, November 10, 2014
Jessica Daignault, SEH, Inc.
"From Student to Consultant: Building a Career after Michigan Tech"
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 pm

Monday, November 10, 2014
MS Defense: Paul Pebler, Civil Engineering
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
“Double Vault Composting Latrines in Rural Paraguay: Feasible Construction and Optimal Use ”
GLRC 202 10:00 am

Friday, November 7, 2014
MS Defense: Timothy Veverica, Applied Ecology (SFRES)
Evan Kane & Amy Marcarelli, Advisors
“Ionic Liquid Extraction Unveils Previously Occluded Humic-Bound Iron in Peat Porewater”
Admin 404 11:00 am

Monday, November 3, 2014
Jeff Collett
Atmospheric Chemistry / Air Quality Program, Colorado State University
“The Increasing Importance of Ammonia for U.S. Air Quality”
EPSSI Seminar
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, November 3, 2014
Jianqiu Zheng, Atmospheric Sciences, Michigan Tech
“N2O emissions”
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 2014
W. Charles Kerfoot, Biological Sciences,
“A Plague of Waterfleas: Exotics Impact Aquatic Food Webs”
Biological Sciences Seminar
Dow 642 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Abhilash Kantamneni, PhD student, Computer Science
"Solar Powering Michigan"

Many local markets in Michigan present significant opportunities for solar photovoltaic development due to high electricity rates. The presentation will cover the basics of going solar on your own property, and the future of solar in the regional energy mix.
2014 Green Lecture Series
G002 Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Bldg 7:00-8:30 pm

Monday, October 27, 2014
Hunter Carrick
Central Michigan University
“Occurrence of Key Members in Lake Michigan’s Microbial Food Web: Contribution to a Changing Ecosystem”
EPSSI Seminar
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 27, 2014
Alex Mayer, Judith Perlinger, and David Watkins
Michigan Tech
A Panel Presentation on Interdisciplinary Research on Coupled Natural Human Systems in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at MTU
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
M&M U113 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
2014 Lake Superior Water Festival
The Water Festival is designed to: offer students (Grades 4-8) engaging standards-based experiences taught by Michigan Tech scientists, students, and community experts involved in Great Lakes and STEM career fields. Activities will span content areas and will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.
GLRC 8:45 – 3:00

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Alex Mayer, CEE/GMES
“The (un)natural history of Huron Creek, a working stream on the Keweenaw Peninsula”
Carnegie Museum Seminar Series: Natural History of the Keweenaw
Carnegie Museum Seminar Room, Downtown Houghton, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Monday, October 20, 2014
Zhong Lu, Professor of Geophysics
Southern Methodist University
“Frontiers of Radar Remote Sensing”
EPSSI Seminar
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 20, 2014
Dr. Steven Chapra
Tufts University
Research Interests: Water Quality Modeling, Numerical Methods, Advanced Computer Applications in Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Dr. Peter B. McIntyre, Associate Professor,
Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin
"Making Connections: Linking Migratory Fish and Tributary Ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin"
Dow 642 2:00pm
Abstract
Co-sponsored by CWS, GLRC, and Biological Sciences

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Camden Burd, a PhD student from the University of Rochester
"Environmentalism at the Point of Extraction: Viewpoints, Politics and Memory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the Environmental Movement "
Van Pelt and Opie Library's East Reading Room 4:00 pm

Monday, October 13, 2014
Andrew Detwiler, Professor
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program and Department of Physics
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
“Atmospheric Physics: Observing Electrification and Lightning in Thunderstorms”
EPSSI Seminar
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 13, 2014
Fernanda Lares Orozco

Natural Resource Management at the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON), Mexico
“Life Cycle Assessment of Wheat Production Systems in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico”
Dr. Agustin Robles, Associate Professor (via Skype)
Dept. of Water and Environmental Science and School of Natural Resources at the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON), Mexico
“Ecohydrological Monitoring Program for the Adaptation to Climate Change in Northwest Mexico: An Overview”
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
2014 D80 Conference ("Engage in Community")
The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall every year to give a platform to the voices of university students working with under-served communities both domestically and abroad. The public is always invited to join us.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Jonathan Mellor (CEE/PCMI ' 09), Yale Climate & Energy Institute Keynote Address: "The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health"
Register by September 28 for a free conference t-shirt and by October 4 for a free conference lunch (http://mtu.libcal.com/event.php?id=791868). Registration for attendees closes on October 8, 2014. If you would like to present at this year's conference, please indicate this on the registration form.
Location: Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Bldg. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monday, October 6, 2014
Richard C. Flagan, California Institute of Technology
“Much Ado about Almost Nothing — Atmospheric Nanoparticles”
EPSSI Seminar - Richard Honrath Memorial Lecture
M&M U115 4:00 pm

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Dr. Leena Finér, Professor of Agriculture and Forestry
University of Helsinki, Finland
“Interactions between forest management and water quality in boreal landscapes”
Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series
Forestry G002 12:30 PM

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Bill Rose, GMES
"Geoelements of Keweenaw and Isle Royale"
Carnegie Museum Seminar Series: Natural History of the Keweenaw
Carnegie Museum Seminar Room, Downtown Houghton, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Carol MacLennan (SS)
will offer remarks and slides on her recently published book
"Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai'i"
Nexus: the Scholar and the Library series
East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library 4:00 pm

Monday, September 29, 2014
Michael Dutter & Matt Zika
NOAA/National Weather Service, Marquette
"Building a Weather-Ready Nation through Science and Research"
EPSSI Seminar
M&M U113 4:00 pm

Monday, September 29, 2014
Abhilash "Abhi" Kantamneni, Computer Science
"Solar Powering Rural America"
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Barry Solomon (SS)
"Policies for the Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Pan-America: A Review and Synthesis of Five Countries"
Social Sciences Brown-bag lunch
AOB 201 12:00 noon

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Carol MacLennan (SS)
"Creating the Torch Lake Industrial District and Its Environment"
"Fourth Thursday in History" series
Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Auditorium 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Dr. Ariel Lugo, Ecologist
Director International Institute of Tropical Forestry
US Forest Service, Puerto Rico
"Novel ecosystems: humans accelerate a 200-year-old process"
Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series
G002 Forestry 12:30 pm

Monday, September 22, 2014
Pei Hou, Ph.D. Candidate, Atmospheric Sciences, Michigan Tech
"Impact of Climate Change on Extreme Meteorological Events and the Implications for Air Quality"
Yaoxian Huang, Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech
"Evaluating GEOS-Chem simulations of ozone and ozone precursors at Summit, Greenland"
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Dr. Celia Chen, Research Professor
Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
"Factors Controlling Mercury Fate in Aquatic Food Webs"
Biological Sciences Seminar Series
Dow 642 2:00pm
Abstract
CWS is sponsoring a joint reception for Dr. Spears and Dr. Chen from 11:30-12:30 on Friday, Sept 19 on the 1st floor of the GLRC building. All are welcome.
CWS is a co-sponsor of this visit, along with Biological Sciences and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture Series (VWMSL) 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.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Fred Quivik (Social Sciences)
“Managing Underground Development from Afar: Anaconda's Walker Mine in California ”
Social Sciences Brown Bag Lunch
Academic Office Building 201 12:00 pm

Friday, September 19, 2014
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) Poster Session
MTRI scientists and engineers will be available from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. to discuss projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. The session is intended to outline the Institute’s current activities and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships. MTRI focuses on education, research and development of technology to sense and understand natural and man-made environments.
For additional information, contact Lisa Phillips at lphillip@mtu.edu or visit the MTRI website.
6th floor Dow Atrium (campus side) 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

September 17-19, 2014
Dr. Ellen Spears, Environmental Historian
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Sept 18: “Circulating Toxics: PCBs and the Campaign for Toxic Chemical Policy Reform”
GLRC 202 2:00 pm
Sept 19:Toxic Knowledge: Race, Pollution, and Social Movements for Environmental Justice
AOB 201 9:30 – 11:00 am
Abstracts, Flyer
CWS is sponsoring a joint reception for Dr. Spears and Dr. Chen from 11:30-12:30 on Friday, Sept 19 on the 1st floor of the GLRC building. All are welcome.
CWS is a co-sponsor of this visit, along with Social Sciences and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture Series (VWMSL) 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.

Monday, September 15, 2014
“Global Environmental Issues-Graduate Student Perspective”
Peace Corps Masters International students who have recently returned from their field experiences and new international students in the environmental engineering graduate program will share their unique insight into the most urgent environmental issues facing their home or Peace Corps countries. Student presentations will address the key environmental issues facing China, Ghana, India, Iran, Panama, and Paraguay. A panel discussion/question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.
Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
2014 Green Lecture Series presents: Rethinking Local Energy Choices & Costs
By Abhilash Kantamneni, PhD student, MTU Dept. of Computer Science
G002 Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building, 7:00-8:30 pm
Co-sponsored by:
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Dept. of Social Sciences, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Petroleum Day
Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers
Company Expo: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, East Reading Room, Van Pelt & Opie Library
Panel Discussion: 5:00 – 7:00 pm, M&M U115
Participating companies include: Chevron, Baker Hughes, Marathon, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount, Flint Hills Resources, Trendwell Energy Corporation, and Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA).

Monday, September 8, 2014
Eric Seagren (CEE)
"Environmental Impacts of Scientific Research"
Environmental Engineering Seminar
GLRC 202 3:00 p.m.


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Houghton, Michigan, 49931-1295, USA

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