Feb. 17, 2012

Science is about facts, but the science of sustainability also involves questions underpinned by values. So a Michigan State University environmental sociologist is asking scientists to consider how art can provoke people to consider their perceptions of sustainability.

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Feb. 15, 2012

An interactive web tool has been developed to improve the accuracy and extent of global land use and forest cover information. The new 'Geo-Wiki' uses Google Earth and information provided by a global network of volunteers to fill in 'data gaps' and to verify existing land cover information. Developers this week have launched a Geo-Wiki competition to raise awareness of the tool and to encourage community involvement in environmental monitoring.

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Feb. 7, 2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting is a known hotbed of human and natural systems coupling.

A quick look at this year’s schedule shows CHANS-Net members presenting on sessions entitled:

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Jan. 31, 2012

National parks often are established to help preserve species native to a particular region, but it appears that some species preservation is more successful if a significant portion of land adjacent to a park also is left as natural habitat.

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Jan. 21, 2012

With support from the National Science Foundation, CHANS-Net offers CHANS Fellowships each year. The CHANS Fellows present posters or give talks at a significant national meeting and have opportunities to interact with prominent CHANS scientists to learn the latest research developments and build their professional networks.

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Jan. 13, 2012

Science Magazine wants to hear from the next generation of scientists on the practice and future of science. Each month the Voices of the Next Generation (NextGen VOICES) feature asks a question that young scientists are encouraged to answer.

In the Jan. 6 issue, NextGen VOICES asked: How will the practice of science change in your lifetime? Responses are now available.

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Jan. 10, 2012

Besides authoring “Large-scale Environmental Monitoring by Indigenous Peoples” in BioScience with Jeffrey Luzar, Kirsten Silvius, Han Overman, Sean Giery and Jane Read (Luzar and Read are also CHANS-Net members), member Jose Fragoso has taken on two new post-doctoral students to work on his CHANS project.

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Nov. 10, 2011

Human societies have a lot in common with ant, wolf, dolphin and chimp societies, so adding some biological tools and techniques to the traditional methods used to study can help show these similarities, as well as differences, a group of researchers assert.

Studying human societies using biological tools can expose certain patterns – consistent relationships between economic growth and energy use, and energy use and fertility, for example -- that traditional sociological and anthropological tools may miss.

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Nov. 4, 2011

Students who want to expand their professional networks should apply for a 2012 NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award.

Students who receive the awards give oral or poster presentations at the Annual Symposium of the U.S. Regional Association for the International Association for Landscape Ecology. The 2012 US-IALE Annual Symposium is April 8-12 in Newport, RI.

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