SEAS students, faculty, and staff joined the U-M community in a return to in-person classes and activities for the new academic year. Orientation, welcome receptions, and Campfire brought us all together and made for a busy—and fun!—start to the fall semester.
For nearly three decades, SEAS has been at the forefront of environmental justice education and research. Today, SEAS is at the nexus of environmental justice thought leadership, and is recognized as a trusted resource for expertise on both state and national levels.
In the sustainable mobility space, there is no shortage of innovation. And as the old barriers begin to fall, we must navigate the choices—with a clear eye on the road ahead. For real direction, not detours, we look to the leaders in research.
“Obtawaing” is the Anishinaabemowin word for “at the halfway place.” It was the name for the center of the Odawa village that used to stretch 16 miles along northern Lake Michigan, near the town of Harbor Springs and the hamlets Good Hart and Cross Village. Now, the word has been adapted to describe the Obtawaing Biosphere Region, a newly awarded designation springing from the U-M Biological Station in Pellston.
Recent graduate Eva Roos (MS/MLA ’21) collaborated with the Cheboiganing Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for her master’s practicum, “Izhi-Minoging Mashkikiwan // Place Where Medicines Grow Well.” She credits this collaboration to her time as a teaching assistant with Great Lakes Arts, Cultures, and Environments, the U-M Biological Station humanities program.
Many people spent the early days of the pandemic learning a new skill or hobby. Madeline Walker Miller, a PhD student at SEAS, opted for a different path—starting her own sustainability-focused business in her hometown of Detroit.
SEAS Assistant Professor Meha Jain’s research examines the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production and strategies that farmers may adopt to reduce negative impacts.
Research highlights from SEAS faculty.
We share the winning entries in our “Year of COVID” photo contest.