2006 News and Events Roundup

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Nils Peterson has been selected as a FAST Fellow for 2006-07 by MSU. This is the first year for the program to help doctoral students with great potential to become successful faculty members.

Jack Liu and Bill Taylor, along with Garik Gutman, NASA program manager, have been honored with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award by the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for the Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) for the NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards Program, which has supported about 20 students attending the annual US-IALE meetings since 1998 when Liu and Taylor hosted the 1998 US-IALE at MSU.

Bill Taylor received the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for advancing international studies and programs at MSU.

Sara Hughes, CSIS graduate student, was awarded the West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Schrems Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a current MSU student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife who works to fulfill the SWMTU's mission to conserve, protect and restore West Michigan's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Sara plans on using the scholarship to further her work on groundwater withdrawals’ impacts on coldwater fish, and value-based decision making for, and impacts of, groundwater policy.

Panda research was featured on Discovery Channel as an online supplement to the Planet Earth series that aired beginning March 27. There are animal profiles for these episodes: Shallow Seas, Deserts, Jungles, Forests, and Mountains. CSIS panda research is featured in the Mountains website pages.

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

Nick Reo received an AISES A.T. Anderson Scholarship.

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

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

Tom Dietz co-authored a paper in Science, “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Research Needs.”

CSIS helped sponsor Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, visit to MSU and public lecture on Oct. 17.

Nils Peterson received a NASA Earth Systems Fellowship. This is the fourth time a CSIS student has received this award.

Former student Sara Hughes has completed her master's degree and has moved to University of California at Santa Barbara to earn a doctorate.

Jack Liu has been given a Guggenheim Fellowship Award.

CSIS hosted the visit of Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies and president of Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. He received an honorary degree from MSU and was the commencement speaker for advanced degree candidates on May 5. In addition to his commencement speech, Ehrlich also met with MSU administrators, faculty members and students.

Li An, Marc Linderman, Jiaguo Qi, and Ashton Shortridge and Jack Liu received the Best Paper Award by US-IALE for "Exploring Complexity in a Human-Environment System: An Agent-based Spatial Model for Multidisciplinary and Multiscale Integration."

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