Honors abound for CSIS students

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Spring has found CSIS members blooming with honors and opportunities.

Andrew CarlsonPhD student Andrew Carlson has received the Science to Action Fellowship, which is provided through a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and Michigan State University (MSU).

The program supports graduate students in developing a product that puts science into action, directly applying scientific research related to climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, or ecosystems to decision making about natural resources.

The $10,000 fellowship provides the opportunity to collaborate closely with NCCWSC staff throughout its year-long duration and spend two months working at the USGS headquarters just outside of Washington D.C., in Reston, VA.

Carlson, under the guidance of Professor Bill Taylor, will study brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, which support valuable recreational fisheries throughout the United States.

Growth, reproduction, and survival of these fishes may be reduced as climate change increases air temperatures and water temperatures in coldwater streams, Carlson said. Streams are projected to become warmer in the future due to climate change, but effects on growth, reproduction, and survival of these trout species are largely unknown. Thus, it is important predict the impacts of climate change on coldwater stream ecosystems to develop management strategies that sustain healthy, fishable trout populations.

Molly GoodPhD student Molly Good has been selected as a 2016-2017 Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellow by the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Steering Committee.

The primary goals of the FAST Fellowship Program are to provide opportunities for a diverse group of graduate students to have mentored teaching experiences and to gain familiarity with materials on teaching and assessment techniques. Her mentor will be Fisheries and Wildlife Professor Henry "Rique" Campa, III.

The FAST program is for doctoral students with interests in teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education who are enrolled in programs associated with the Colleges of Natural Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine and whose college or department has an approved Certification in College Teaching Program. This program was developed in response to the national need to prepare future faculty for the changing needs and expectations in higher education.

Five CSIS members were among 119 MSU students bestowed Heart and Soul Awards for their time, effort, and personal commitment to community engagement. The awards were given by Michigan Campus Compact during National Volunteer Week earlier this month.

Heather Triezenberg, extension specialist and program coordinator for Michigan Sea Grant Extension, nominated Good, Amanda Guthrie, Betsy Riley, So-Jung Youn and Erin Jarvie for their ongoing work with Michigan Sea Grant Extension, MSU Extension and other partners.

Michigan Campus Compact is a statewide organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.

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