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The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 6

Economic Development
Volume No. 6 is a special edition about the ways in which MSU is working to improve the economic well-being of the state and its citizens.


Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
Deadline for Manuscripts: March 31, 2012

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship:
Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, Volumes 1 and 2

Now available from MSU Press

For Faculty: Tools of Engagement
Learn about new curriculum modules available to faculty that introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement and help instruct the next generation of scholars.

For Graduate Students: MSU Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement
The program prepares graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Toward an Ethical Understanding of the Environment Michael P. Nelson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Lyman Briggs College
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department of Philosophy, College of Arts & Letters
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Conservation Ethics Group

Toward an Ethical Understanding of the Environment

While environmental and sustainability issues are frequently in the headlines, there is not always agreement about what actions should be taken, or even about how to think about the issues.

Environmental scientists and environmental ethicists are two groups who share the goal of understanding how we ought to relate to nature, but who employ very different methods and philosophies. And, according to associate professor Michael Nelson, who holds a joint appointment in MSU's Lyman Briggs College, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Deparment of Philosophy, there has been little collaboration between these groups.

So in 2007, Nelson, along with colleague John Vucetich, an associate professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan Technological University, created the Conservation Ethics Group (CEG), to help address this situation ... read more

A Scientific Approach to Sports Leadership and Youth Development Daniel Gould, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology
Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
College of Education

A Scientific Approach to Sports Leadership and Youth Development

Sports can be a critical component in many children's lives, and those involved in youth athletic programs have developed a variety of goals to enrich adolescent sports participation. Dan Gould, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, has dedicated his career to the pursuit of scientific evidence that guides improvements in youth athletic experiences.

The Institute has a clear mission: to provide leadership, scholarship and outreach that "transforms" the face of youth sports in ways that maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU Institute of Public Utilities Facilitates Michigan Forum on Economic Regulatory Policy

MSU Institute of Public Utilities Facilitates Michigan Forum on Economic Regulatory Policy

Annual Michigan Forum on Economic Regulatory Policy engages policymakers and stakeholders in contemporary trends and issues

MSU's Institute of Public Utilities (IPU), founded in 1965, is one of the longest standing centers on MSU's campus. Its mission is to support informed, effective, and efficient regulation of public utilities.

Dr. Janice Beecher, Professor in MSU's College of Social Science and IPU Director, believes that the Institute's academic affiliation is critical to its role in providing objective educational opportunities and applied research to the regulatory policy community.

Since 2003, the IPU has offered the Michigan Forum on Economic Regulatory Policy, a one-day seminar for policymakers and stakeholders focusing on Michigan regulatory issues in telecommunications and energy within the changing national context ... read more

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Upcoming Events

MSU Broad College of Business Executive Forum
Detroit, Michigan
November 8, 2011

Michigan World Usability Day: Making Social Media Work for You
East Lansing, Michigan
November 10, 2011

The Evaluation Circle Workshops, 2011-2012
A series of workshops on evaluation theory and practice
East Lansing, Michigan
November 11, 2011; January 20, 2012; February 3, 2012; April 13, 2012

The Engaged Scholar Speaker Series and World View Lecture Series
Robert Sternburg, Ph.D.
East Lansing, Michigan
November 16, 2011

Engage 2011: Making an Impact
Bristol, United Kingdom
November 29-30, 2011

MSU Library Environmental Series – Michigan's Energy Future
East Lansing, Michigan
November 29, 2011

MSU College of Engineering Design Day
East Lansing, Michigan
December 9, 2011

MSU Awards Convocation
Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center
East Lansing, Michigan
February 14, 2012

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference
Houston, Texas
April 18-21, 2012

2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conference
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
September 30-October 3, 2012

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University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a partnership with community partners to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our University-Community Partnerships (UCP) staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Bob Brown at (517) 432-1450 or brownr23@msu.edu.

Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI

Opportunities for partnership exist around the following areas: Service-Learning, Student Internships and Placements, Faculty Research Partnerships, and Development of Innovative Solutions to Pressing Social Problems. For more information, contact Deborah E. Fisher at (313) 494-4306 or fisherd@focushope.edu, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.

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