Seminar Series

The GCSC seminar series presents some of the best researchers–from around campus and across the country–whose work sheds light on global change and sustainability.
’20-21 seminars will be held virtually at 4:00 pm on the dates below, and will be recorded.
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Seminars are open to all, and students who are enrolled in the Seminar course, SUST 6800, have additional opportunities to engage with the speakers. GCSC-affiliated faculty  are invited to nominate speakers for the Seminar Series. See grey box below for links to seminar videos.

 See grey box below for links to seminar videos.


february 2, 2021
  • Steven Burian, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, U Water Center, University of Utah.
    “Catalyzing Higher Education Capacity to Advance Water Security in Pakistan”
february 9, 2021
  • Daniel Sarewitz, Professor of Science and Society, Arizona State University
    Intersection of science policy decisions, scientific research, and social outcomes
february 16, 2021
  • Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Research Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Wilson Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    “The New Maritime Arctic: Changing Access, Global Connections and Geopolitics”
february 23, 2021
  • Mercedes Pascual, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, The University of Chicago
    “Changing climate and vector-borne infections: some challenges of scale”

march 2, 2021

  • Shima Hamidi, Assistant Professor of American Health, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    Built environment and social determinants of health
march 9, 2021
  • Mary Miss, artist
    City as living laboratory – Sustainability made tangible through the arts
march 16, 2021
  • Adrienne Cachelin, Professor (Lecturer), Environmental & Sustainability Studies
    Nalini Nadkarni, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of  Utah
    “Citizen Scientists or Scientist Citizens: Exploring Research-based Inclusive Public Engagement”
March 23, 2021
  • Pamela McElwee, Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University
    “Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia in a Post-COVID Era”
    Co-sponsored with the Asia Center.
april 6, 2021
  • Asia Dowtin, Assistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry, Michigan State University
    Urban forestry and ecology 
April 13, 2021

  • Divya Chandrasekhar, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
    “A grassroots view of disaster recovery”
    How communities recover from disasters, the interactions underlying this recovery, and what it means to be disaster resilient in a complex, uncertain and unjust world.    Read more here | View flyer
September 22, 2020
  • Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies at UC Davis
    “Interdisciplinarity, Intersectionality and Environmental Justice: The Time is Now ”
    What role can colleges and universities in particular, and specific fields (sustainability, environmental policy, etc.)  play in addressing climate and other crises?     Read more here | View flyer
October 13, 2020
November 10, 2020
  • Sarah Hinners, Director, Center for Ecological Planning + Design, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
    “Campus as a Living Lab: Embedded Research for Sustainability Innovation in the Built Environment”
     Read more here |  View flyer
december 1, 2020
  • Joan Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan
    “Cues to care in socio-hydro-ecological systems”
    This talk will describe how mechanisms for the effectiveness of cues to care relate to properties of socio-hydro-ecological systems as exemplified by a transdisciplinary green stormwater infrastructure project in Detroit, MI, USA.
    Read more hereView flyer

Video recordings of most seminars (Spring 2015-on) are available for viewing by those with a U of U Network ID.
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Past seminars are listed here.