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Seminar Series 2020-21 Academic Year

Amidst the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, the Marsh Institute will not be hosting stand-alone seminars during the fall semester. Although the Institute will continue to co-sponsor the following lecture with the Graduate School of Geography Colloquium.

Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood
MIT Media Lab, Director of the Space Enabled Research Group
“Sustainability in Space and on Earth: Research Initiatives of the Space Enabled Research Group”

October 1, 2020: 12 noon – 1:00 pm via Zoom

The presentation will present the work of the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT Media Lab. The mission of the Space Enabled Research Group is to advance justice in Earth’s complex systems using designs enabled by space. Our message is that six types of space technology are supporting societal needs, as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These six technologies include satellite earth observation, satellite communication, satellite positioning, microgravity research, technology transfer, and the infrastructure related to space research and education. While much good work has been done, barriers remain that limit the application of space technology as a tool for sustainable development. The Space Enabled Research Group works to increase the opportunities to apply space technology in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and to support space sustainability. Our research applies six methods, including design thinking, art, social science, complex systems, satellite engineering and data science. We pursue our work by collaborating with development leaders who represent multilateral organizations, national and local governments, non-profits and entrepreneurial firms to identify opportunities to apply space technology in their work. We strive to enable a more just future in which every community can easily and affordably apply space technology. The work toward our mission covers three themes: 1) Research to apply existing space technology to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; 2) Research to design space systems that are accessible and sustainable; and 3) Research to study the relationship between technology design and justice. The presentation will give examples of research projects within each of these themes.

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Seminar Series 2019-20 Academic Year

Cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

Martín Abregú, Vice President for International Programs, Ford Foundation
“Natural Resource Extraction as a Problem of Social Justice: What Role for Civil Society?”

artín Abregú,University Center, Tilton Hall
Thursday, April 2, 2020
4:30 – 6:00 PM


Theo EisenmanCancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

Theo Eisenman, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst
“Architecture and Regional Planning – Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Greening Theory and Practice”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, March 26, 2020


Cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

Sara Fletcher

Sara Fletcher, Postdoctoral Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
“Addressing Water and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa Using Uncertainty Quantification and Systems Models”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
12:15 – 1:15 PM


Robert JohnstonRobert J. Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute & Professor, Department of Economics
“Secrets of Research Proposal Success: What Top Grant-Writers Know”

ASEC Building, Room 202
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Noon – 1:00 PM


Chi Ho ShamChi Ho Sham, VP & Chief Scientist, Eastern Research Group, Inc.
“Protection of Drinking Water Supply Sources: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, January 30, 2020


Jenn BakaJenn Baka, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Penn State
Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Geography
“Cracking Appalachia: A Political-Industrial Ecology Perspective”

University Center, Grace Conference Room
Thursday, November 21, 2019


Adrian TrevesAdrian Treves, Professor, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture
“Scientific Integrity in the Just Preservation of Nature”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, November 14, 2019


Michael MannMichael Mann, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, George Washington University
Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture
“Predicting High-Magnitude, Low-Frequency Crop Losses Using Machine Learning: An Application to Cereal Crops in Ethiopia”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, October 3, 2019


Youjin ChungYoujin Chung, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University
Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Geography
“Feminist Political Ecology of Land-Water Enclosures in Coastal Tanzania”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, September 12, 2019

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