Events


SEP
28
Date:
Thursday, 28 Sep 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Room 201, International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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About the Presentation

Sarah and Robert will discuss their work in Namibia which examines how microorganisms survive and drive ecosystems in very very dry areas. We discuss our findings and share field adventures from the last two years working in one of the driest and oldest deserts in the world.

About the Speakers

Sarah is an assistant professor at Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) and the Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University. She is a microbial and ecosystem ecologist and her lab examines how climate change affects soils, microorganisms, and agriculture. She became interested in ecology, and especially in water as a limiting resource, while teaching environmental education in Namibia, which Robert would go on to do as well. Robert is a graduate student at KBS and received his bachelor's degree at Grinnell College. He is interested in understanding how microorganisms influence global processes like climate change. For his dissertation, he studies how microbes in one of the world's driest deserts release car-bon dioxide into the air as they decompose dead plants and the potential climate change implications of this.

OCT
5
Date:
Thursday, 05 Oct 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Room 201, International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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About the Speaker

Anne Pitcher is Professor of African Studies and Political Science and a faculty associate in the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.  She also serves as President of the African Studies Association.  Her research focuses on urban politics, party systems, and service delivery especially in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya and South Africa. Pitcher has authored several books and numerous articles on the political economy of African countries. Her last book, Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa's Democracies (Cambridge, 2012) won Honorable Mention for best book award from the African Politics Conference Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association and the African Studies Association. Currently, she is a co-editor with Kelly Askew of African Perspectives, a book series at the University of Michigan Press.

OCT
12
Date:
Thursday, 12 Oct 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Room 201, International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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About the Speaker

Dr Emila Afonso Nhalevilo is Associate Professor in Math & Science Education and Director of the Center of Mozambican Studies and Ethnoscience, Pedagogical University in Mozambique

Date:
Thursday, 12 Oct 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Room 201, International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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About the Speaker

Dr Emila Afonso Nhalevilo is Associate Professor in Math & Science Education and Director of the Center of Mozambican Studies and Ethnoscience, Pedagogical University in Mozambique