Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research’s first doctoral graduate, John Hartig, is back as a visiting scholar.Conservation scientist John Hartig, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research’s first doctoral graduate, is back as a visiting scholar.

Institute’s first grad returns as visiting scholar

The first graduate to earn a PhD at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research is back after 33 years.

John Hartig, an internationally-renowned conservation scientist, has returned to GLIER as a visiting scholar.

“It’s like coming home,” Dr. Hartig said, just before his first seminar Nov. 30 on areas of concern in and along the Great Lakes.

Hartig, who was born in Vancouver, Wash., but grew up in the Detroit area, studies the cleanup and restoration of the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes. He has authored five books and more than 100 papers on the environment, and his award-winning research makes him a much sought-after speaker.

“We’re really pleased to have John here,” said Trevor Pitcher, GLIER’S acting executive director. “He’s all about solution-based science… He’s a pioneer in the area.”

As well as being a resource for students and faculty, Hartig plans to continue his inter-disciplinary research during his one-year stay, putting out a special issue of a journal, an edited monograph, and a review article in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.

He said he hopes to have a graduate student from GLIER collaborate with a graduate student in Michigan, reflecting the necessity for a binational approach to Great Lakes remediation.

Most recently, Hartig was the refuge manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and held the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ont. He has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, was on the board of directors of the Detroit Waterfront Conservancy, and was the environmental secretariat of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission, a bi-national body set up by the federal governments of Canada and the United States with jurisdiction over shared water boundaries.

Among his accolades are the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the 2016 Edward G. Voss Conservation Science Award from Michigan Nature Association, and the 2017 Community Peacemaker Award from Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Hartig’s most recent book, Bringing Conservation to Cities, won a gold medal from the Nonfiction Authors Association in the “sustainable living” category and a bronze medal from the Living Now Book Awards in the “green living” category.

Calling him a “wise elder,” Dr. Pitcher said Hartig has unsurpassed experience and knowledge that will lend greater networking possibilities for the University of Windsor.

“He fits everything GLIER stands for… John encompasses GLIER’s mandate in one person.”

—Sarah Sacheli

student working on jigsaw puzzlePiecing together a jigsaw puzzle is one of the relaxing activities offered by the Leddy Library to offset exam stress.

Library offers activities to lower stress levels

The Leddy Library hopes to change student distress to de-stress with activities to relieve exam worries.

Its de-stress station will operate through Dec. 21, with word and number puzzles, colouring, jigsaw puzzles, and origami — colour a square to add to the quilt! Two sessions offer free button-making:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13

The activities are located on the first floor adjacent to the circulation desk.

image from movie poster Gremlins: hands holding gift-wrapped box with paws emerging from under lidThe Windsor Film Society will screen the 2014 feature “Gremlins” at the Green Bean Café on Thursday.

Film screening to support food drive

A screening of the 1984 horror-comedy Gremlins will accept a donation of food to the Downtown Mission as payment for admission, Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Green Bean Café.

The movie details the destruction wreaked on a small town by a horde of monsters inadvertently spawned by a Christmas gift gone awry.

Get in for free by bringing a non-perishable food item toward the mission’s holiday food drive.

The Windsor Film Society has organized the event, set for 7:30 p.m. in the café, located at 2320 Wyandotte St. West.