Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Lecture Feb. 4 Showcases Ocean Research

The Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Lecture Series presents “Salt Water Encounters: Conducting Research Beneath, Beside and Across the Oceans.” The lecture, sponsored by the Michigan State University (MSU) Honors College, will take place on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in Room AB of the MSU Union.

The MSU faculty panelists coming together for this unique discussion include Peter Beattie, Ph.D., Department of History; Eva Kassens-Noor, Ph.D., Global Urban Studies Program, School of Planning, Design & Construction; Nathaniel Ostrom, Ph.D., Department of Zoology; Masako Tominaga, Ph.D., Department of Geological Sciences; and Gail Vander Stoep, Ph.D., Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies. The panel will be moderated by Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Ph.D., Dean of the Honors College.

The event is free. Questions about the event can be directed to Joyce Samuel at

Co-sponsors are: the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; the College of Natural Science; the College of Social Science; James Madison College; Lyman Briggs College; the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities; the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies; the Department of Geological Sciences; the Department of History; the Department of Zoology; and the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Established in 2011, Sharper Focus/Wider Lens is a lecture series is designed to give students, faculty and staff members, and the off-campus community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format. The lectures showcase the work and talents of MSU faculty members to heighten the likelihood that students will be exposed to faculty members with whom they may take a class, do research or otherwise interact. The series covers a wide array of topics to match the needs of the university today, not only for perspective on critical issues, but on the questions of the centuries.