School of Natural Resources and Environment

News and Research Digest

SNRE alumni participated in the DC Career Trek.

Supported in part by the SNRE Class Gift Fund, 22 SNRE students traveled to Washington DC in October to explore career opportunities and connect with alumni working in the nation’s capital. The trip was part of the SNRE Career Trek series, which takes students to major US cities for networking and place-based learning.

“This was a great opportunity for students to learn about and hear first-hand the types of jobs and career paths other SNRE grads before them have taken,” said student Elena Husiman.

SNRE Professor Tom Princen discusses "Why food? Why now?"

The second annual “Fast Food for Thought” event brought together interdisciplinary faculty members from across campus to give a series of fast-paced, five-minute talks related to food and/or agriculture. Hosted by the U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and held at SNRE on October 27, 2015, the event drew a crowd of more than 200.

Close to 50,000 government leaders, private industry innovators, environmental advocates, and others will be gathering in Paris from November 30 through December 11, 2015, for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21), a meeting of the countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Among them are eight University of Michigan students and two faculty members, this year’s U-M delegation, which has been part of the annual event since 2009.

Joan Nassauer in Cody Rouge. Photo by Chris Faust.

A University of Michigan Water Center research team collaborated with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA), and Cody Rouge neighborhood organizations to create an innovative form of green infrastructure (GI) for vacant properties in Detroit.

Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez next to two of her paintings during her recent exhibit at WSG Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. Image credit: Mike Wood

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ANN ARBOR—"Don't you feel like you're taking a dip in the lake as you come into the gallery?" asks SNRE Associate Research Scientist Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez as she enters the Washington Street Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor, arms outreached as if she could feel the ocean breeze, paintings charged with blues and occasionally green and brown specks on both sides of the entrance.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha with residents at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha spotted a problem and wouldn't let it go until others paid attention, according to Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan’s chief medical executive. Well-known around Flint's Hurley Medical Center as Dr. Mona, the SNRE alumna fought tirelessly to get the city to recognize that its water supply was poisoning residents—and especially for its children—with lead.

Megan Schuknecht, the Biomimicry Institute’s director of design challenges

Megan Schuknecht and Gretchen Hooker of the Biomimicry Institute envision a world in which people view nature not as a warehouse of goods but as a storehouse of knowledge and inspiration for sustainable solutions. The pair visited SNRE Sept. 29, 2015, to present case studies revealing the myriad ways entrepreneurs are applying lessons from the natural world to solve environmental and industrial challenges. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems and Ford Motor Company.