Events Archive

October 2011

Oct 30 – Dan Ariely: “The Irrationality of Sustainability”

Dan Ariely, Erb Speaker SeriesSunday, October 30
11am -12:30 pm in the Ross School of Business, 6th Floor Colloquium Room
Talk will be followed by Q&A

Dan Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke. He authored the best sellers Predictably Irrational”, and “The Upside of Irrationality.

Using simple experiments Dan Ariely studies how people actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational. His interests span a wide range of daily behaviors and his experiments are consistently interesting, amusing, and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom. Dan is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, where he holds appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the School of Medicine and the department of Economics.

Sponsored by the Erb Speaker Series.  Free and open to the public
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Oct 27-29 – National Net Impact Conference

Oct 27 – Navara Foundation to host Microfinance Critic Aneel Karnani

The Navara Foundation is hosting a speaker event with Aneel Karnani, a renowned professor at the Ross School of Business, specializing in strategies for growth, global competition, and the role of business in society. The speaker event will focus on Karnani’s opposition to microfinance and gives students the opportunity to challenge his criticisms.  7PM, R1230.

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Oct 26 – SNRE Lecture Series / Xiaowei Ma

Culture in ecological design of the new China
Landscape Architecture Lecture: Xiaowei Ma
Founding principal, AGER Group
5-6 p.m., Room 1046 Dana Building

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Oct 26 – SNRE PhD Seminar / Yu-Chun Kao

“Identifying Causal Links among Recent Changes in the Lake Huron Food Web.” Dana 2024, noon – 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Yu-Chun Kao is a PhD candidate at SNRE. His primary research interest is aquatic ecosystem management and ecology of aquatic invasive species. Specifically, many organisms in Lake Huron experienced sharp decline in abundance between 2002 and 2004, including cladocerans and the exotic prey fish alewife. Potential drivers of these declines include nutrient reduction, invasions of dreissenid mussels and the predatory waterflea Bythotrephes, and over abundant Chinook salmon. Using statistical correlation and food web modeling, Yu-Chun investigates the causal links among potential drivers and observed changes. Preliminary statistical results showed that dreissenids and Bythotrephes have significant effect on lower trophic levels. Food web analysis showed that the alewife collapse is likely a consequence of Chinook salmon predation.


Oct 25 – PitE Speaker Series Event / Wendy Abrams

Advocating for Change.” 5:10pm, Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weil Hall, School of Public Policy.

PitE is hosting environmental advocate Wendy Abrams as part of the PitE Visiting Speaker Series. Wendy Abrams will share her story of her transformation from career businesswoman to environmental advocate, and speak directly to PitE students about how to apply and leverage your current skills and academic knowledge to bring about environmental change on the local, national, and global scale. Reception to follow.

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Oct 24 – Erb Colloquium Brown Bag / Brian Min

“Electricity for the Poor: Distributing Power in India.”
12 – 1:30 PM, Ross E0550
Open to the University community
The Erb Colloquium is an informal gathering, please feel free to bring your lunch.

Brian Min studies the political economy of development, with a focus on the politics of energy, ethnic politics, and civil conflict. His current research asks: How do governments distribute basic public services when budget constraints necessitate their rationing? Using satellite imagery of nighttime lights and other high-resolution geo-coded data available across the entire globe and over time, he analyzes how political institutions affect the delivery of electricity to the poor.
His other stream of research focuses on ethnic politics and conflict, including the collection of a large new dataset (with Lars-Erik Cederman and Andreas Wimmer) on Ethnic Power Relations (EPR) in all countries of the world from 1946–2005.

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Oct 24 – Battling Asian Carp: How Biology, Law and Politics are Threatening the Great Lakes

Battling Asian Carp: How Biology, Law and Politics are Threatening the Great Lakes
6:30-8:00pm, Hutchins 250.

Asian Carp, the species of giant fish, are poised to invade the Great Lakes and wreak ecological and economic havoc. These exotic species are decimating native fish species and damaging ecosystems, but despite the dangers, we have only managed to slow their march toward the Great Lakes. Four leading experts in the legal, policy and scientific efforts to stop these invaders will share their perspectives. The event is free and open to the general public. Details (pdf)

The presentation will be videotaped and later uploaded to the ELPPP website.

Oct 20 – Kenneth Lieberthal: Prospects for US-China Relations

6-8pm, Ross School Blau Auditorium. Sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.  Details.

Kenneth Lieberthal

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Oct 20 -21- Fall 2011 External Advisory Board Meeting

Thursday, Oct 20 – Student Master’s Projects presentations and dinner with the EAB (Erb students strongly encouraged to attend).

Friday, October 21 – Institute updates, student and career advising, discussion of  future curriculum development, meeting to adjourn at 3:30pm.

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