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When in Doubt, Go to the Library”: Relearning what I thought I already knew

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 2:04pm
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Ciara Hovis is working toward her PhD with Dr. Jack Liu studying the global soy trade using the telecoupling framework between the United States, Brazil and China.

 

 “Because that's what Hermione does,' said Ron, shrugging. 'When in doubt, go to the library.”

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Another summer, another field season…

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:38pm
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April 6, 2017

Anna Herzberger is an MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability doctoral student studying soybean production the Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China and in the United States. She hails from the farmlands of Virginia, Ill.

As the snow retreats and the days grow longer, I am again turning my attention towards summer fieldwork. I have fond memories of relaxing by the pool and spending time with my friends and family during high school and undergraduate summer breaks.

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Who am I and why am I at MSU?

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:28pm
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Feb. 21, 2017

Ciara Hovis is working toward her PhD with Dr. Jack Liu studying the global soy trade using the telecoupling framework between the United States, Brazil and China.

A professor posed these two questions to my first year grad student cohort. And I realized I did not have a clear answer. If he asked me a year ago and replaced MSU with my undergrad alma mater, I would have fired off a response, no problem. I was a college student studying ecology and sustainability, with the goal of getting into graduate school to get a PhD. Since graduating this past spring, however, my mindset and situation has completely shifted.

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