2Nov

Dr. Aaron McCright speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Doubting Science and Technology?”

Aaron McCright is chairperson and professor in the Michigan State University Department of Sociology.

  • Employing a range of methods and analytical techniques, Aaron explains the structure, strategy, tactics, and impacts of the US-based climate change denial countermovement; analyzes theoretically relevant patterns and trends in citizens’ climate change views; and investigates key predictors of public views of science and scientists.
  • He is the author of “The Risk Society Revisited: Social Theory and Governance,” and “Community and Ecology: Dynamics of Place, Sustainability, and Politics”.
  • He earned his doctorate from Washington State University.
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2Nov

Dr. Rick Wash speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Doubting Science and Technology?”

Rick Wash is an associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Media and Information.

  • His work involves understanding how people think about their interactions with computers, and their interactions with other people through computers.

  • His research has a particular focus on security and collaborative systems.
  • He is currently the Primary Investigator on three NSF grants, including an NSF Early Faculty CAREER award.
  • He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan.
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2Nov

Dr. Kevin Elliott speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Doubting Science and Technology?”

Kevin Elliott is an associate professor in Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, & Department of Philosophy.

  • His research lies at the intersection of the philosophy of science and practical ethics.
  • His books include, “Is a Little Pollution Good for You? Incorporating Societal Values in Environmental Research,” “Current Controversies in Values and Science,” “Exploring Inductive Risk,” and “A Tapestry of Values: An Introduction to Values in Science”.
  • He earned his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

 

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2Nov

Dr. Georgina Montgomery speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Doubting Science and Technology?”

Georgina Montgomery is an associate professor in Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History.

  • Her research focuses on the history of field science, particularly the development of field methods and sites within primatology and animal behavior studies.
  • Montgomery teaches a range of courses on the history of field science, gender and science, and the history of primatology and animal behavior studies.
  • Montgomery’s publications include a book “Primates in the Real World: Escaping Primate Folklore, Creating Primate Science,” articles for the Journal for the History of Biology and Endeavour, book chapters for Teaching the Animal and a chapter on Darwin and Gender for Cambridge University Press’ encyclopedia on Darwin.
  • She earned her doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
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4Oct

Dr. Carolyn Logan speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “A Continent of Challenge and Resilience: Africa in the 21st Century”

Carolyn Logan is an associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Political Science.

  • She is also deputy director of Afrobarometer, a collaborative survey research project that conducts public opinion research on the quality of democracy and governance in 20 African countries.
  • Logan’s research interests are in democratization and political development in Africa, especially in East Africa, the Horn, and Somaliland. She is particularly interested in the role of “traditional” leaders and institutions in democratization, and in “citizen versus subject” attitudes among African publics.
  • Logan lived and worked in Southern and Eastern Africa for nearly a decade before joining MSU.
  • She earned her doctorate from Tufts University.

 

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4Oct

Dr. Leo Zulu speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “A Continent of Challenge and Resilience: Africa in the 21st Century”

Leo Zulu is an associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences.

  • His research interests include political ecology; environment and development; community-based natural resources management in rural Africa; deforestation; food security; socio-spatial; temporal and biophysical processes of land use and land cover change in Africa and the techniques that permit their examination.
  • Zulu is editor of the African Geographical Review – the official journal of the Africa Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
  • He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

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4Oct

Dr. Terrie Taylor speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “A Continent of Challenge and Resilience: Africa in the 21st Century”

Terrie Taylor is a University Distinguished Professor in the Michigan State University Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties.

  • Taylor’s battle against malaria, has been waged since 1986.
  • An internationally recognized scientist and physician, Taylor spends six months of the year in Malawi, conducting malaria research and treating mostly pediatric patients.
  • The Blantyre Malaria Project, established by Taylor and Malcolm Molyneux, has carried out outstanding research and patient care in the area of cerebral malaria, a syndrome in which the brain is involved.
  • She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 

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4Oct

Dr. Veronique Theriault speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “A Continent of Challenge and Resilience: Africa in the 21st Century”

Veronique Theriault is an assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

  • She is working with the Food Security Group on campus and on various in-country research and outreach projects.
  • Reducing poverty and increasing food and nutrition security through improved rural and agricultural development policy in West Africa form the core of Theriault’s research agenda.
  • Her recent research projects have focused on the gender and generation gap in technology adoption and new market opportunities in the agri-food sector.
  • She earned her doctorate from the University of Florida.
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4Oct

Dr. Saweda Onipede Liverpool-Tasie speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “A Continent of Challenge and Resilience: Africa in the 21st Century”

Saweda Onipede Liverpool-Tasie is an associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

  • Her research focusses on emergent issues related to smallholder productivity and welfare within dynamic and transforming food markets in sub Saharan Africa and alongside poorly functioning markets in the region. Her current research focuses on differential effects of policies and poverty reduction strategies on farmer behavior and welfare.
  • In addition to evaluating the heterogeneous effect of poverty reduction strategies on rural household behavior and livelihood, she has a keen interest in understanding input use and input markets as well as evaluating input policies.
  • She earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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26Mar

Dr. Mark Wilson speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “All Things Auto”

Mark Wilson is a professor and program director of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction.

  • His research interests include the social, economic, and political implications of technical change, including the Internet and autonomous vehicles, with an emphasis on planning strategies and urban implications.
  • His current projects include planning for industrial parks in Africa and the Middle East, mega event planning for world’s fairs and Olympics, innovation and information technology access in Michigan, and the planning of knowledge and innovation clusters.
  • He earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
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