28Sep

Dr. Jade Mitchell speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Water Wars: Our H20 Futures”

Jade Mitchell is an assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.

  • Her research interests include risk assessment, understanding the chemical and microbial stressors from diverse environmental exposures including bioterrorism and food safety; doing quantitative analysis, decision analysis, Bayesian statistics, and systems analysis; conducting dose-response and exposure modeling including both exogenous and endogenous fate; and risk management and environmental policy.
  • She has earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards.
  • She earned her doctorate from Drexel University.
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28Sep

Dr. David Hyndman speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Water Wars: Our H20 Futures”

David Hyndman is a professor in and chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

  • His research interests include developing novel methods to characterize the aquifers that store and transmit water supplies critical to human and ecological health, helping develop methods to clean contaminated aquifers using emerging technologies such as bioremediation, and quantifying the human impacts on changes in climate and land use on the water cycle.
  • His research involves coupling novel models with high-resolution field data to explore the physical, chemical, and ecological processes in natural and anthropogenically altered systems.
  • He earned his doctorate from Stanford University.
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28Sep

Dr. Joan Rose speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Water Wars: Our H2O Futures”

Joan Rose is the Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • She’s director of the Water Quality, Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, and co-director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment and the Center for Water Sciences.
  • She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety, publishing more than 250 manuscripts. In 2016, she was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize – the world’s most-prestigious water award.
  • She earned her doctorate from the University of Arizona.
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29Mar

Dr. Robert Montgomery speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Transforming the World: The Power of Imagination”

Robert Montgomery is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.

He is Director of the Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey Lab, which is designed to develop innovative solutions for wildlife conservation problems and train students from underrepresented backgrounds so that the future of wildlife conservation leadership can be a more diverse one.

Robert is also a research associate at the University of Oxford.

He earned his doctorate from Michigan State University.

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29Mar

Dr. Laura Apol speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Transforming the World: The Power of Imagination”

Laura Apol is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.

She teaches poetry, writing, and literature in face-to-face, international, and online environments. 

In addition to numerous professional publications, she is the author of collections of her own poems: “Falling into Grace”, “Crossing the Ladder of Sun”, “Celestial Bodies”. And her newest collection, “Requiem, Rwanda” was drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. She is currently working on a novel-in-poems for adolescents entitled Tutsi, based on the story of one survivor.

Laura earned her doctorate from the University of Iowa.

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29Mar

Vaughn W.M. Watson, Ed.D, speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Transforming the World: The Power of Imagination”

Vaughn W.M. Watson is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.

Vaughn's research focuses on the interplay of literacy learning, reimagining identities, and envisioning civic imaginaries for Black youth, immigrant youth, and youth of color across socio-cultural contexts of English education, hip-hop and education, civic learning and action, and qualitative participatory research methodologies.

He is a former public high-school English teacher of 12 years in New York City.

Prior to teaching, Vaughn published numerous music reviews as former pop music writer for The Providence Journal, and freelance music reviewer for org.

He earned doctor of education from Columbia University.

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29Mar

Dr. Ann Folino White speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Transforming the World: The Power of Imagination”

Ann Folino White is an associate professor of Theatre Studies and associate chairperson in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University.

Her scholarship on U.S. popular performance, protest, and food culture and politics has appeared in numerous journals.

Her book “Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America” received the CLR James Book Award from the Working Class Studies Association.

Ann is recipient of the 2017 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award from the Michigan Association of State Universities.

She earned her doctorate from Northwestern University.

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29Mar

Jeff Wray, MFA, speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “Transforming the World: The Power of Imagination”

Jeff Wray is a professor of English and Film Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University.

An independent filmmaker and screenwriter, Wray’s award winning feature films include “China,” made for PBS and broadcast nationally.

His film “The Evolution of Bert” premiered in the Chicago International Film Festival and was screened at the Pan African Los Angeles Film Festival, among others. In his career, Jeff’s films have screened in more than 100 festivals around the world.

He teaches film directing, screenwriting and capstone courses on narrative fiction film.

Jeff earned his master of fine arts from Ohio University.

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7Feb

Dr. Johanna Schuster-Craig speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants

Johanna Schuster-Craig is an assistant professor of German and Global Studies in the College of Arts & Letters.

  • Her research looks at German integration policies, which aim to incorporate immigrants and refugees into the nation.
  • Johanna uses fieldwork methods with social work organizations in Germany to observe how local residents negotiate these policies.
  • She earned her doctorate from Duke University.
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7Feb

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants

Stephanie Nawyn is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context.

  • Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and immigration, with a focus on forced migration, exclusion, and social inequality.
  • Since coming to Michigan State, Stephanie has conducted research on community development among immigrants and the importance of social networks and social capital to immigrant and refugee incorporation, as well as the socioeconomic advancement of African-born immigrants in the United States.
  • Through a Fulbright Fellowship in Istanbul, she studies the trafficking of migrants in Turkey, focusing on trafficking in sex and other types of labor. Currently she is working on the vulnerability of Syrian refugees to trafficking in Turkey.
  • Stephanie earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California.
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