May 15, 2008

Michigan State University has partnered for years with the world’s epicenter of giant panda research and preservation, and now is continuing as the area in China struggles to recover from the devastating earthquake.

While communications to the Wolong Nature Reserve remain severely challenged and information sparse, Jianguo “Jack” Liu, leader of MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, has confirmed that the three graduate students who work on his projects have survived the earthquake and are helping with rescue efforts.


Dec. 31, 2007

AMBIO published "Coupled Human and Natural Systems" in the December 2007 issue.

Vanessa Hull's work with tracking giant pandas has been highlighted by the NSF.

PNAS published "Environmental Impacts of Divorce".

Zai Liang presented a seminar titled "Migration Networks and Migration Processes: The Case of China" at CSIS on Nov. 29.

Science published "Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems."


Dec. 10, 2007

Michigan State University’s panda habitat research team has spent years collecting mountains of data aimed at understanding and saving giant pandas. Now people can join a graduate student as she works to catch crucial data that’s black, white and furry. 

Vanessa Hull, 25, a Ph.D. candidate, is in the snowy, remote mountains of the Sichuan Province of China – which also is the heart of panda habitat. She’s hoping to capture, collar and track up to four wild pandas using advanced global positioning systems.


Sept. 13, 2007

No one says marriage is easy – but an international group of 16 natural scientists and social scientists, including three from Michigan State University, are saying the wedding of natural sciences and social sciences is called for.


Feb. 12, 2007

Often, it’s like scientists are from Mars, and communications specialists are from Venus.

The professions usually have different languages, different paces and deadlines, different cultures.

But their common ground – the audience – is crucial.


Dec. 31, 2006

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.


April 11, 2006

Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability was among 187 winners of the 2006 Guggenheim Fellowships, awarded to artists, scholars and scientists for distinguished past achievements and exceptional promise of future accomplishments.He also is a member of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program.


Dec. 31, 2005

Ann E. Krause won the 2005 Albert S. Hazzard Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The award is given in recognition of excellence in student research in fisheries or aquatic biology at a college or university in Michigan. She received the award for her dissertation, "The role of compartments in food-web structure and changes following biological invasions in southeast Lake Michigan."


June 29, 2005

Globalization is making it a small world, after all, and the costs of this newfound neighborliness are high.

Two internationally acclaimed scientists present sweeping evidence that China’s challenges – from polluted air and water to making and consuming goods to family life – already are making a big impact on the environment and human well-being in China and other parts of the world, including America and Europe.