School of Natural Resources and Environment

Systainable Systems News & Highlights

For Rocky Rohwedder, MS ’79, environmental destruction and global poverty are inextricably linked. It all began with the question: “Are there highly successful examples of communities lifting themselves out of poverty while simultaneously lowering their ecological footprint?” The answer is a resounding, YES.

Butt and Xu win CAREER awards

Two SNRE assistant professors recently earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards — the organization’s most prestigious program for supporting early-career scientists. According to the NSF, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. 

Professor Shelie Miller

SNRE Assistant Professor Shelie Miller was appointed as the Jonathan W. Bulkley Collegiate Professor of Sustainable Systems, effective for a five-year renewable term beginning May 1, 2016.

“Professor Miller is an accomplished researcher who has built a nationally recognized body of work, a gifted teacher and mentor devoted to continually improving her methods, and a dedicated colleague who devotes significant time to improving the academy,” said SNRE Professor and Interim Dean Dan Brown in his recommendation of Miller for the appointment.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Launch Conservation Scholars Program

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched a new program to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce. The program, funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, enables U-M to join four other universities across the country that administer the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program: Northern Arizona University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Florida, and University of Washington.

The Telangana Ponds Project, a project which started in SNRE's Center for Sustainable Systems but has grown to include students from the School of Public Health, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Ross School of Business, and Ford School of Public Policy, was recently recognized as a semi-finalist in the 2014  Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).

Last Thursday, the second annual University of Michigan Innovation In Action competition concluded, with six stunning student pitches for startups that could make a significant dent on the health and well-being of communities. It was a great example of what can be achieved at the intersection of public health, entrepreneurship, and the creativity and energy that students can bring to real-world problems.