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Knight Center student wins Teddy Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen attended the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow in DeBeque, Colorado on the Glassen Memorial Foundation- Thoedore (Teddy) Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship. vanFrankenhuyzen was awarded a fellowship for $2500 to further her professional development as a future leader in natural resources and conservation based organizations and agencies. van Frankenhuyzen will be graduating in May with a masters in  environmental journalism. This conference was a four day conference focused on hunting awareness and conservation education among academic programs and government agencies. vanFrankenhuyzen was able to learn the biological, social, cultural, economic and recreational aspects of hunting.

When science meets poetry

By Eric Freedman

Last summer, Knight Center Senior Associate Director Dave Poulson suggested that researchers
present their findings in haiku as a way to emphasize the importance of clear, concise writing
and avoidance of jargon.

I found that an intriguing idea, so I carried out a quick experiment with a class of about 20
doctoral and master’s students in MSU’s Environmental Science & Policy Program. Their
instructors, Professors Wei Zhang (Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences) and Adam Zwickle
(Criminal Justice) had invited me to lecture about science communication, and I seized the

In case you don’t remember what a haiku (俳句) is from your high school creative writing or
literature classes, it’s a short 3-line poem with a 5-7- 5 syllable structure and uses sensory
language to capture a feeling or image.

I gave the students this definition and four science-related examples from and
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LAND GRAB documentary screening

Land Grab Documentary

Land Grab Documentary

Join us for a screening of the Detroit documentary Land Grab.  Free admission.  Following the screening, director Sean O’Grady, and Hantz Farm president, Mike Score, will lead a discussion about what blight means to communities.

Wednesday, February 15th at 3 pm

Room 145 Comm Arts & Sciences.

Knight Center director analyzes election, teaches environmental journalism in Nairobi


Knight Center Director Eric Freedman is in Nairobi this week leading a training workshop for East African environmental journalists.

The workshop is organized by the Graduate School of Media and Communications at the Aga Kahn University.

Freedman, a Pulitizer Prize winning former political reporter for the Detroit News, was asked by African media to analyze the U.S. presidential election while he was in town.