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Updated – picture locations for Lake Superior Explorations BL5421

Great Lakes Exploration

Updated with  a map LakeSuperiorExplore_photolocationsshowing the GPS locations for the pictures taken by Colin Brooks.  Each color represents a different day; each dot indicates the GPS location that Colin’s GPS linked camera recorded. They covered a lot of water!

 

See photos from the BL5421 course Lake Superior Explorations on the GLRC Flickr page.

Also see the list of YouTube videos including aboard the research vessel as well as underwater footage.

 

Updated: Durocher and colleagues publish two papers

Congratulations to Dr. John Durocher and colleagues on their new publication:
 Recent PhD graduate Erich Petushek (CLS; MSU College of Human Medicine), Associate Professor Edward Cokely (CLS), Assistant Professor John Durocher (Bio Sci), Paul Ward (University of Huddersfield, UK), Sean Wallace (Illinois Institute of Technology), and Gregory Myer (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) published the paper “Injury Risk Estimation Expertise: Assessing the ACL Injury Risk Estimation Quiz,” in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2015 43: 1640-1647. The Am J Sports Med is currently ranked 2 of 72 for Orthopedics and 3 of 81 for Sports Sciences based on Impact Factor. Here is a link to the article:http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/43/7/1640.full.pdf+html?sid=51b1fdd9-109c-4b1b-8346-5840921ed2a3
Assistant Professor John Durocher (Bio Sci), Professor Jason Carter (KIP), William Cooke (University of Texas at San Antonio), Angelea Young (Bio Sci & KIP), and Morton Harwood (Bio Sci) published a paper “Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity During Combined Lower Body Negative Pressure and Cognitive Stress,” in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, Volume 86, Number 8, August 2015, pp. 688-692. Here is a link to the article abstract: http://michigantechmi.library.ingentaconnect.com/content/asma/amhp/2015/00000086/00000008/art00003

Michigan Tech Experts Weigh in on Mine Remediation

See the original Michigan Tech Article here

Released: 13-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT 
Source Newsroom: Michigan Technological University

Mine waste is dangerous to human and environmental health. The recent mine waste spill in Colorado is a stark reminder of that, but while details on the event may be sparse, the science behind remediation is not. Rupali Datta, an associate professor of biology at Michigan Tech, delves into how the heavy metals found in mine waste affect biological systems. She focuses on biochemistry and genetics to understand how metals are taken up by plants and animals–and how those metals are detoxed.

“The impacts from acid mine drainage affect the aquatic ecosystem mainly due to very low pH and high levels of bioavailable heavy metals,” Datta says, “Which can severely affect the biological community structure.”

Datta collaborates with Dibs Sarkar, a professor of environmental geochemistry in Montclair State University, New Jersey who is also an adjunct professor at Michigan Tech. They work on an abandoned coal mine site in Southern Illinois, testing the effectiveness of a “green” technology that they have developed to combat acid mine drainage problems in impacted water and soils. Sarkar says the spill is not a unique situation and could have been prevented.

“This was a totally avoidable situation,” he says. “It shouldn’t have happened with proper oversight, which unfortunately, is the case with many mine sites that produce acid mine drainage.”

Acid mine drainage is a routine problem in surface coal mines and metal mines, but are mostly not properly managed and the sites are abandoned. This current spill, which is from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River outside Durango, Colorado is getting media attention because of its scale, which is so vast that it would be difficult to fully gauge its impact on the environment right away. Long term impacts of the spill on the Animus River basin will need to be studied carefully. Datta and Sarkar do say the Environmental Protection Agency has taken quick steps to tackle the situation.

“However, their treatment process is generating a huge amount of solid waste in the form of contaminated sediments that they have to deal with down the road, and I hope, they will look for “green” methods instead of just dumping them in landfills,” Sarkar says.

Datta and Sarkar are available for comment on the Colorado spill to better put the event in the context of remediation science and long-term impacts of heavy metals.You can reach Rupali Datta at rupdatta@mtu.edu, office: 906-487-1783 and Dibs Sarkar atdsarkar1@mtu.edu, office: 973-655-7273

Enhanced Med School Program to Expand

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its Upper Peninsula higher education partners, including Michigan Tech, will announce an agreement today to establish a cooperative program of premedical education by which students of Bay College who transfer as undergraduate premedical students will have the opportunity to be granted an enhanced opportunity for admission to MSU College of Human Medicine. Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan are also part of the agreement.

The formal announcement will take place at 11 a.m. today at Bay College in Escanaba. Stacy Cotey, academic advisor and director of pre-health professions, will be on hand to represent Michigan Tech.

Alumna joins UP Health – Portage ER Department

Tara RobinetteUP Health System – Portage Adds Dr. Robinette to Emergency Department

HANCOCK, Mich. – UP Health System – Portage is proud to welcome Tara Robinette, MD to its Emergency Department. Dr. Robinette is a board certified emergency medicine physician and began seeing patients on August 1, 2015.

Dr. Robinette completed medical school at Michigan State University in 2011 and residency training at the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Emergency Medicine program in June 2015.

“I have completed rotations in the ED here at Portage during my residency and know that it is a great place to work,” Dr. Robinette said. “I enjoy the ED because you make a quick difference in a patient’s life and work in a fast-paced environment.”

Originally from Swartz Creek, Mich., Dr. Robinette received her bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-med from Michigan Technological University in 2007. She was also a student-athlete for the Huskies, running cross country and track.

Dr. Robinette enjoys traveling, running, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in her spare time. Her husband Darrell is also a Tech graduate.

“I first fell in love with this area while going to college at Michigan Tech and have always had the desire to move back after I completed my medical training,” Dr. Robinette said. “I enjoy the outdoor recreation, peacefulness, and small-town atmosphere that the Keweenaw Peninsula has to offer.”

Since 2007, the UP Health System – Portage Trauma Center has been verified as a Level 3 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. UP Health System – Portage was the first in the state to earn this designation. As of 2012, UP Health System – Portage was one of just two verified Level 3 Trauma Centers in the state.

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About UP Health System – Portage
UP Health System - Portage owns and operates a 36-bed acute-care hospital, a 60-bed skilled nursing unit and related health care services in Hancock-Houghton, Michigan. More information about the UP Health System can be found at UPHealthSystem.com.