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Our vision is to create a research community that encourages diverse perspectives and collaborates toward a sustainable future. Our mission is to connect and collaborate on human-environment research at the University of Michigan.

MUSE is here to serve anyone and everyone interested in sustainability and the environment at U-M. To learn more about MUSE, visit our website

Rethinking the role of personal behavior for global environmental change
Jennifer Carman, Environment and Sustainability
Thursday, July 18, 5-7pm (Dana 1006)

What is sustainability?
Scott Campbell, Urban Planning
Thursday, July 25, 4-6 pm (Dana 1006)

On-the-ground decision-making in the face of climate change

Richard Norton, Urban Planning
Thursday, August 8, 4-6 pm (Dana 1006)

Skills workshop: Socially engaged design
Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED)
Thursday, August 15, 4-6 pm (Dana 1006)

Dealing with the scope of the climate crisis
Missy Stults, City of Ann Arbor
Thursday, August 22, 3-5 pm (Dana 1006)
2019 Conference Highlights

The 2019 conference was organized around nine overarching themes: environmental communication; urban systems; business & sustainability; food systems; policy, politics & governance; materials & waste; public impact; health; and energy.

The conference drew attendance from 148 students, post-docs, and faculty. Attendees were from 35 departments, spanning 16 schools and institutes within UM. We received positive feedback from the attendees and speakers alike, especially in terms of networking and learning about new and relevant projects.

We'd like to give a huge thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters, particularly SEAS, CoE, CLASP, and The Erb Institute - without you this would not have been possible. See you at the 2020 Conference next year (February 20-21 -- save the date)!
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Writing Retreat

This May, we hosted our annual writing retreat at the Edwin S. George Reserve. At the retreat, MUSE members reviewed and shared feedback on each others’ manuscripts over two days. The reserve’s peaceful atmosphere provided time and space for constructive discussion, intensive writing, and deep, collegial relationships among the participants.
Announcing the 2019-2020 MUSE Leadership Team

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Conference Chair: 

Katie Hummel (English Language and Literature)
Workshop Co-Coordinators:
Tim Williams (Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Nathalie Lambrecht (Nutritional Sciences)
Michael Lerner (Political Science & Public Policy)
Conference Committee:
Stefania Almazán-Casali (Environment and Sustainability)
Calli VanderWilde (Environment and Sustainability)
Surabhi Balachander (English Language and Literature)
Lixi Liu (Mechanical Engineering & Environment and Sustainability)
Yongxian Zhu (Mechanical Engineering)
Matthew Vedrin (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Amelia Burke (Anthropology & History)
Zak Gersten (Nutritional Sciences)
Tessa Swanson (Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Valerie Washington (Industrial and Operations Engineering)
At large:
Jennifer Carman (Environment and Sustainability)
Anna White (Industrial and Operations Engineering)

Thank you again to the outgoing conference committee. We wish you the best of success, hope you stay in touch, and encourage you to join the alumni network.

If you'd like to join MUSE's leadership team in any capacity, feel free to reach out to any one of us.
MUSE Faculty Ambassadors

Our newly-appointed faculty ambassadors support and advocate for MUSE within their departments. 

Sue Ann Bell (Nursing)
Seth Guikema (Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Lesli Hoey (Architecture and Urban Planning)
Andrew Jones (Nutritional Sciences)
Josh Newell (Environment and Sustainability)
Scotti Parrish (English Language and Literature)
Barry Rabe (Public Policy)
Perry Samson (Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering)
Adam Simon (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Joe Trumpey (Art and Design)
Margaret Wooldridge (Mechanical Engineering)
Graduating MUSErs

Congratulations to Tom Logan (website) for successfully defending his PhD dissertation. He is moving to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he has a faculty position in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering. Tom's proactive leadership has been an invaluable asset to MUSE over the past three years. He encourages us all to visit him in NZ!
Updated Website

Check out the updated website here for further information about MUSE.

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