SNRE Dean Miranda To Deliver 11th Annual Sustainability Lecture: Marie Lynn Miranda, the new dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, will deliver the 11th annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability Monday, March 26. The title of her lecture is “Fostering Environments to Sustain our Children’s Health.” The Wege lecture series is one of the University of Michigan’s most visible annual events and is open to the public and academic community.  Past speakers have included His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, former Vice President Al Gore, Ford Motor Co. executive chairman Bill Ford, Jr., and John Holdren, President Obama’s science adviser. Established in 2001, the series is named to honor Peter M. Wege, retired vice-chairman of the board of Steelcase Inc., in Grand Rapids. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Rackham auditorium. A question-and-answer session follows, as does a public reception in the Rackham atrium. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems; the Department of Pediatrics at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital; The Environment Report from Michigan Radio; Office of the Provost; Office of the Vice President for Research; School of Natural Resources and Environment; School of Public Health and the School of Social Work. Miranda became dean of SNRE Jan. 1. She holds an appointment as professor in SNRE and in the Department of Pediatrics. Miranda is a Detroit native who has devoted much of her professional career to research directed at improving the health status of disadvantaged populations, particularly children. Although it is widely agreed that child health and well-being are determined by multiple forces, surprisingly little is known about the interactions of those forces. For example, elevated environmental exposures often occur in communities facing multiple social stressors like deteriorating housing, inadequate access to health care, poor schools, high unemployment, high crime, and high poverty – all of which may compound the effects of environmental exposures. This phenomenon is especially severe for low income and minority children. In her lecture, Miranda will focus on how advanced information technologies can be used to determine the impact of combined social and environmental stressors on children, and how these same technologies can and are being used as the basis for deploying interventions that effectively create more protective environments for children.

Plex Systems Webinar Explores Big Data for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses: Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online cloud ERP for manufacturers, announced a Webinar for the manufacturing industry, “What Does Big Data Mean for Small to Medium Manufacturers?” on March 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time. Led by manufacturing supply chain expert David Turbide, the Webinar will address what Big Data means and what it can do for small to medium-sized manufacturers. He also will share techniques on how to leverage use of real-time metrics, optimize operations and improve efficiency of production processes. More at