By Kate Habrel
Environmental photographer Camille Seaman saw the sky rotating when she worked as a storm chaser.
“It was so visceral,” she said. “I looked up and for a second, I was no longer on the planet. Suddenly it was like I was in a nebula watching a star being formed. And as soon as I felt that, I was back.”
This deep connection to nature has been present Seaman’s entire life. Her heritage as a Shinnecock Indian informs and inspires her photography in a powerful way.
Seaman recently visited Michigan State University, where her exhibition “All My Relations: An Indigenous Perspective on Landscape” is displayed at the MSU Museum until September. It features photographs from two of her extended projects, “Melting Away” and “The Big Cloud.”
By Natasha Blakely
Dennis Dimick has worked as a journalist and photographer and with students and schools.
But those achievements pale in comparison to his daughters, he said.
“All the work that I’ve been doing, magazine editing, coming to schools, trying to proselytize on these issues, I think that’s all very good and important,” Dimick said. “But I think the most important thing I’ve ever been able to do is produce two young, active, engaged future citizens of society.”
Dimick, the retired environment editor of National Geographic, recently visited Michigan State University to help produce more. He attended journalism classes as a guest, lectured, critiqued work and participated in a Q&A, all of that as part of his work with Eyes on Earth.
Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson with colleagues Amol Pavangadkar, far left, and Joe Grimm, far right, and College of Communication Arts and Sciences Dean Prabu David and School of Journalism Director Lucinda Davenport.
The Knight Center’s senior associate director was recently recognized by Michigan State University for efforts that promote civic engagement and service learning.
The university cited David Poulson for integrating public service news reporting into classroom teaching and for his work teaching scientists to communicate their research directly to the public.
Poulson, a 1982 graduate of MSU’s School of Journalism, was a journalist for 22 years before returning to the university to teach in 2003. He has created three environment-related news services that are used as teaching platforms, but also enable students, faculty and professional journalists to report environmental news in multi-media venues.
Kelly van Frankenhuyzen
The emerald ash borer’s devastation of ash trees in forest and cities is the subject of a website produced by a Knight Center student for her masters project.
The goal of the project by Kelly van Frankenhuyzen is to understand the impact of the insect in Michigan and Ohio. The website is geared toward middle school science students with the idea of engaging future generations in citizen science and in the skills and knowledge needed to protect natural resources.
She worked with two Forest Service scientists in Delaware, Ohio, to learn how some trees survive the insect next to those that do not.