Pengfei Xue Interviewed on Lake Climate Projection

image98360-persHOUGHTON — A Michigan Technological University researcher is leading the effort to create a comprehensive model for the complicated and diverse climate of the Great Lakes region.

Pengfei Xue developed a model combining climate and water models with assistance from Loyola Marymount University, LimnoTech and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

“When we have that component, the entire water cycle and surface water cycle would be complete. Then we could estimate the water level change over years.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.

This blog post was re-posted from the Michigan Tech Physics Newsblog with permission from Heather Dunn from Michigan Tech’s University Marketing and Communications department.

World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017:  Wastewater

Michigan Tech GLRC celebration dates: March 20-23, 2017George_Tchobanoglous

Dr. George Tchobanoglous, professor emeritus from the University of California, Davis, has accepted our invitation to present the World Water Day Distinguished Lecture.  His areas of interest include wastewater treatment and solid waste management, and he has been the author or co-author of 23 textbooks and eight engineering reference books.

This year’s activities will include

  1. “Water’s Edge: Paintings by Danielle Clouse Gast” (GLRC, March 14 – April 30)
  2. Wastewater Footprint Display (MUB Commons Area, March 20-23)
  3. Student Poster Competition (Dow Lobby-Campus side, March 21-22)
  4. Dr. Tchobanoglous’ World Water Day Keynote Lecture (5:00 pm in Dow 641, March 21)
    “Planned Potable Reuse: The Last Frontier”
  5. Panel Discussion “Wastewater: Health, Energy, Ecosystems, and Sustainable Communities”  (10:00 am in GLRC 202, March 22)
    Moderator: Latika Gupta, School of Business and Economics, Michigan Tech
    Panelists:

    1. George Tchobanoglous, UC-Davis
    2. Evelyn Ravindran and Stephanie Kuznich, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
    3. Neil Hutzler, Portage Lake Sewage Authority
    4. Ratish Namboothiry and Joe Azzarello, Kohler Co.
  6. Dirty Water Competition (4:00 pm in the MUB Commons Area, March 22)
    Register your team of 3-4 people
  7. Green Film, “Last Call at the Oasis” (7:00 pm in Forestry G002, March 23)

 

The “Call for Posters” for the Student Poster Competition is out.  Download the Poster Registration form and return to Carol Asiala at glrcadmin-l@mtu.edu by midnight on Monday, March 13, 2017.

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Return to the Great Lakes Research Center News page for updates on World Water Day activities.

Sponsors include the Great Lakes Research Center, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Social Sciences, Sustainable Futures Institute, Ecosystem Science Center, Biological Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts, The Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

Former Deputy Oceanographer of the Navy to Speak

Science and technology have been an integral part of the Navy for the past 70 years.  The period from 1960 to the 1980s was an important time in the history of oceanography and underwater acoustics in the Navy.  Understanding the ocean and development of new sensing and observational technologies remain as important today as they did for many decades.  In his presentation titled, “The Ocean, the Navy ad challenging career and technical opportunities” former deputy Oceanographer of the Navy, Robert S. Winokur will discuss Navy careers and the opportunity to work on key real-world challenges.  Winokur also served as the Assistant Administrator of the National Environmental Satellite Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Winokur’s talk, scheduled for Thursday, October 6 at 5 PM in GLRC 202, will provide an opportunity to discuss how civilians support the Navy, the importance of oceanography and science and technology for future naval capabilities, and a perspective from a career that included underwater acoustics and naval oceanography, environmental satellites, and ocean policy.

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With 47 years of federal service, Robert Winokur has provided testimony on a number of occasions on oceanographic ships, climate services, satellite and space programs, ocean observing systems and environmental data services to Senate and House subcommittees for the Navy and NOAA.

Winokur’s visit to campus is sponsored by the SENSE Enterprise, the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, and the Great Lakes Research Center.

October 3 SENSE Seminar: Surviving a Great Lakes rip current

In the last few years, deaths in the Great Lakes as a result of dangerous nearshore currents (longshore currents, rip currents and structurally induced currents) have increased at an alarming rate, averaging 11 fatalities and 25 rescues per year.  Warmer temperatures, increased water levels and storm intensity, and more people at the beach have all contributed to this threat. Mr. Jamie Racklyeft has experienced a near fatal encounter with a Great Lakes rip current and will describe his personal experience and resulting motivation.

On Monday, October 3rd at 5 PM, Racklyeft will talk about his experience and effort to help others avoid the dangers associated with nearshore currents.  His talk, What it’s like to drown: Surviving a Great Lakes rip current, will be held in the East Reading room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

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Jamie Racklyeft leads the new Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium with members from eight Great Lakes states and Ontario who partner to increase awareness and safety to end drownings in the Great Lakes.

 

Racklyeft is a Lake Michigan rip current survivor. Exhausted and hopelessly battling the relentless current and waves off Van’s Beach in Leland, Michigan in 2012, he knows he’s lucky to be alive. Since then, he has dedicated himself to helping people avoid, escape, and save others from dangerous currents by applying human-centered design thinking principles and communication strategies.

Currently a Communication Director at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), Racklyeft has been in the communication profession for more than 30 years, serving research, corporate, healthcare, non-profit, academic, and entrepreneurial fields. He now leads the new Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium, with members representing all eight Great Lake states and Ontario, working together to end drowning. Racklyeft earned a Master’s in Education from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in General Studies from the University of Michigan, focusing on communication, psychology, and art history.

Rachlyeft’s visit and talk is hosted by the SENSE Enterprise, the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, and the Great lakes Research Center.

 

Geoheritage: Stamping Through History

Michigan Tech’s on-line research blog “Unscripted: Science and Research” recently published a feature on the geoheritage of the Copper Country.  Geoheritage explores the geological and human history of an area.  Every summer, aboard the university’s research vessel R/V Agassiz, Geotour participants learn about the history of mining in the region and are given a unique viewing of its expansive legacy while researchers from the Great Lakes Research Center  explain the scientific necessity to monitor and understand its evolving impacts.  Click here for the full feature.

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Geotour participants aboard the R/V Agassiz. Photo courtesy of University Marketing and Communications.

Local Online Media Highlights GLRC Water Festival

An online blog by Keweenaw Now is featuring photos and an article about the Water Festival held on August 5, 2016 at the Great Lakes Research Center.  The Water Festival was held in celebration of Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion and the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival.

Click here to view the blog post.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

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U.S. Coast Guard’s 47-foot motor life boat and Michigan Tech’s R/V Agassiz, pictured above, provided tours to alumni and Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival participants. Photo courtesy of Michele Bourdieu.

 

Xinyu Ye Selected as Best Student Poster Presentation at the 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction

Environmental engineering PhD candidate Xinyu Ye was selected as having the best student poster presentation at the 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction earlier this month.

Sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, the conference was held August 15-19 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Her poster, “Lake-Atmosphere Feedbacks in a Coupled Regional Climate Model Over the Great Lakes,” is about the two-way coupled regional climate modeling over the Great Lakes, which fits well with the research theme of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

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Buy a Fish Campaign Announced

Alumni and friends are invited to show their support of fresh water research, education and outreach at Michigan Tech. “As Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) continues to evolve into a world-class facility where faculty, students and staff engage in multidisciplinary initiatives, donor support is critical in helping us carry out our mission,” explains Guy Meadows, Director, Great Lakes Research Center and Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering. The Buy a Fish program provides an opportunity to recognize individuals and families who contribute to the GLRC. Funds committed through the Buy a Fish campaign will support student development opportunities, new research, and facilities improvements.

Since its construction, the Center has quickly become a premiere location for events offering state-of-the-art meeting technology and a beautiful waterside location. “We’re thrilled to offer donors to the GLRC an opportunity to show the thousands of annual visitors to the facility their commitment to the Center, our mission, and our people,” comments Meadows. The Buy a Fish campaign allows individuals to purchase a personalized acrylic fish that is creatively displayed on a donor wall located in the first floor lobby.

Working with a local company, Industrial Graphics, the donor wall and sample fish will be installed in time for Michigan Tech’s 2016 Alumni Reunion. The fish measure 10 ($250+ donation), 12 ($500+ donation) and 14 ($1,000+ donation) inches in length and will be attached to the display using brushed silver standoffs at varying depths. The wall display is constructed of cabinet-grade birch veneer with a vinyl graphic overlay adding a subtle wave pattern. The fish will be arranged in groups or “schools” based on the giving year.

Artist Rendering of Donor Wall Display

Image above: Artist rendering of the Buy a Fish donor recognition wall in the first floor lobby of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. Image below: Sample donor fish.

Sample Donor Fish

On Thursday, August 4th, from 3:00-4:00 PM, the GLRC will dedicate the display. Fish purchased by July 25th will be featured at the August 4th dedication. To buy a fish on-line, use the Support the GLRC link on the Center’s website and specify your two lines of personalized text in the special instructions box. Employees of Michigan Tech can also elect their donation through payroll deduction by contacting the Michigan Tech Fund.

Summer Outreach at the GLRC

Summer is a great time for outreach! Martin Auer, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at the GLRC, discuss the 2016 science camps presented by the GLRC. The introduction is followed by a news clip from WLUC.

Community Outdoor Nature Programs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach is coordinating a monthly outdoor program for families and children. Two programs focused on nature exploration are planned each month through December—Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. There is no need to register and no cost to attend; all are welcome.

Attendees can expect a variety of presenters who will lead each program focused on a different topic. Events are designed to engage parents and children in nature outdoors in a various locations. Information on the events are as follows:

Community Outdoor Nature Programs for Families: free & open to the public

7:30 -11:00 AM, Saturday, Oct 10 ~ Trapping & observations of birds & small mammals
with Jesse Knowlton & Dan Haskell, MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science keweenawlandtrust.org

Find out what lives at the Marsin Nature Area! The Keweenaw Land Trust is looking for citizen scientists (no experience necessary!) to help document observations of birds, small mammals, and other wildlife on the property. The event will be held Saturday, October 10 from 7:30 to 11:00 am. Guided hikes will leave the Retreat at 8:00 am, rain or shine.

6:00-7:30 pm, Monday, Oct. 12 ~ Making Apple Cider (Bring Your Own apples & jugs to take home!) with Chris Hohnholt, MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, at Nara Nature Center

What to Bring: Dress for the weather. Wear good walking shoes.

This program is funded by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education and the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach.

As with any outdoor event—dress accordingly for the weather. For more information call 7-3341 or visit wupcenter.mtu.edu.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact the Center by calling: 906-487-3341

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SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 7:30-11 AM

MARSIN NATURE CENTER

Trapping & observations of birds & small mammals   keweenawlandtrust.org

Jesse Knowlton & Dan Haskell, MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

MONDAY, OCT. 12, 6:00 PM

NARA NATURE CENTER

Apple cider making – BRING YOUR OWN APPLES & JUGS!

Chris Hohnholt, MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

SATURDAY, NOV 7, 2:00 PM

MAASTO-HIITO CHALET

Leaf & needle ID: Do you know what’s growing in your backyard?

Denise Landsberg, Outdoor Science Educator, Michigan Tech

MONDAY, NOV 16, 6:00 PM

NARA NATURE CENTER

Sensory night hike: Discover your senses coming alive at night!

Marcy Erickson, Outdoor Science Educator, Michigan Tech

SATURDAY, DEC.12, 2:00 PM

NARA NATURE CENTER

Finding your way: Compasses & treasure hunts

Denise Landsberg, Outdoor Science Educator, Michigan Tech

MONDAY, DEC 7, 6:00 PM

NARA NATURE CENTER

Luminary night walk at the Nara Boardwalks

Marcy Erickson, Outdoor Educator, Michigan Tech