For the Great Lakes Research Center Anniversary a special cake was served along with a pizza lunch. The Great Lakes Research Lecture was given by Nancy Langston, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University. Her topic was: “Mining and the Mobilization of Toxics: Lessons from History”
Thursday, October 17, 2013
High school students from the five western UP counties will spend today at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, learning about the Great Lakes, water research and careers they might consider in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Water Festival is sponsored by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, based at Michigan Tech.
Presentations start at 8:45 a.m., in the GLRC and continue until 2:50 p.m.
More than a dozen scientists, students and representatives of groups involved in Great Lakes conservation will make presentations to the high schoolers. They include professor Marty Auer (CEE); Associate Professor Nancy Auer (BioSci); Assistant Professor Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM); Operations Manager Robert Handler (SFI); director of operations Mike Abbott (GLRC); Adam Johnson, assistant director of corporate partnerships; Andrea Bal, Engineers Without Borders; Chad Norman, environmental science educator; Anika Kuczynski and Jen Fuller, environmental engineering graduate students; Karena Schmidt, laboratory supervisor (SFRES); SOAR Dollar Bay High School Enterprise students; Lake Superior kayakers Matt and Hannah Abbotts; and Nathan Miller and Pat Toczydlowski, Keweenaw Land Trust.
The goals of the Water Festival are to motivate high school students to study STEM fields in college, to introduce them to a variety of STEM and Great Lakes-related careers, to encourage Great Lakes stewardshp and to showcase Michigan Tech’s new Great Lakes Research Center.
The Water Festival is funded by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, and Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and coordinated by Michigan Tech Center
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Posted by ehgroth under Outreach
Michigan Tech’s Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education is inviting children in grades 1-7 to spend six Monday afternoons after school learning about science and engineering.
Classes for grades 1-3 begin Monday, Oct. 14 and run through Monday, Nov. 18. Children will design and build wind turbines and engineer animal sounds. The instructor is Betsy Tahtinen, who has a master of science in applied ecology and forest management.
Students in grades 4-7 will meet Nov. 11 through Dec. 16. They will learn 3D printing, video game design and robotics.
Classes will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) on campus. Houghton school buses will drop off participants at the GLRC.
Each six-week session costs $75 per student. Advance registration is required. Register online:
Oct 14 – Nov 18 After School Class for Gr. 1-3 at MTU’s NEW Great Lakes Research Center! Go to the online registration link
To pay by credit card, call the Michigan Tech cashier at 7-2247. For more information on the classes, contact the WUP Center at 7-3341.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Houghton Middle School will bring their entire 7th grade class (83 students) to the Great Lakes Research Center to experience the Agassiz research vessel, limnology lab, and several other exciting opportunities including a knapweed pull along the GLRC waterfront and using cell phone technology to do environmental monitoring More than ten Michigan Tech scientists, graduate students and staff will help lead the activities.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Posted by cjasiala under Research
IVER 3, Michigan Tech’s new Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) arrived at the GLRC on Saturday, September 7. It’s first debut into the Keweenaw waterway is happening today (Sept 10).
The IVER 3 was manufactured by Ocean Server Technology, Inc. in Fall River, MA, and represents a new generation of far more advanced and capable AUV’s for underwater exploration and research. Once a mission is programmed, the AUV executes that mission ( 8 – 12 hours in duration) with no human intervention.
- Advanced EdgeTech, 3-D mapping sonar with simultaneous 600 and 1600 kHz frequencies. Provides Side Scan Sonar plus a full digital depth map over a swath of 10 X the height above the bottom.
- RDI Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler and Doppler Velocity Log
- Speed of sound sensor
- HD video (not yet installed)
- GPS, WiFi, four onboard computers and data mass storage
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Norm Yan of York University, Ontario, Canada is visiting Michigan Tech, presenting seminars and working on collaborations. On Monday September 9th , he presented “Regulators of recovery of acid and metal-contaminated lakes in Sudbury, Canada” for the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series. He also will present another seminar, 2:00pm Friday, September 13 in Dow 642 entitled “The widespread threat of calcium decline in Canadian Shield lakes.”
Norman Yan’s long-term professional goal is to understand the impacts of multiple environmental stressors on the biota, particularly the animal plankton, of Canadian Shield lakes. He completed his Master’s degree at the University of Toronto on the effects of acid rain on phytoplankton, and his doctoral degree at University of Guelph on the factors regulating the accumulation of toxic metals in zooplankton. After working for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for 25 years, Yan joined York University in Toronto in 2000, and he now splits his time between the university and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Dorset Environmental Science Centre. Yan’s current areas of research are: 1) determining the individual and joint impacts on lake ecosystems of invading predators, and changes in climate, metals, acidity, calcium and nutrients; and 2) quantifying the regulators of recovery of lakes from past environmental damage. Yan has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, a body of work that has been acknowledged with both provincial and national awards of excellence in fundamental and applied research on Canadian lakes. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Posted by ehgroth under Research
Aparupa Sengupta, a PhD student in biological sciences, took third place for her oral presentation “Using a Biological Remediation System to Address Antibiotic Contamination in Aquatic Sources” at the International Conference on Medical Geology Annual Meeting 2013, held Aug. 25-29 in Arlington, Va. She was selected from among 30-35 student presenters from around the world. Sengupta received a certificate, a book and $100 prize. Her coauthors were Adjunct Professor Dibyendu Sarkar and her advisors, Professor Emerita Susan Bagley and Associate Professor Rupali Datta (Bio Sci).
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Posted by cjasiala under Research
The Slocum Glider, owned by the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), was brought to the GLRC by Dr. Jay Austin for extended times to follow the Ranger III route across Lake Superior from the North entry to Isle Royale. A 13-day mission resulted in 2 round trips to Isle Royale where the glider gathered profile data of the water from the surface to the lake bottom. A second 5-day mission was a single round trip across the same route. The data gathered by the glider will complement data gathered by instrumentation on the Ranger III on every trip it makes to Isle Royale.
The glider is programmed to move vertically as well as horizontally in the water to collect profile data. When the glider periodically surfaced, it transmitted data back to the operations computer, so researchers could monitor its progress. At the end of each mission, the glider surfaced and transmitted its current location coordinates to the pick-up crew on the S/V Polar for retrieval. This is the beginning of a great collaboration between the GLRC and the Large Lakes Observatory at UM-D.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The R/V Agassiz has had a record number of launch days scheduled for summer and fall 2013. Over 70 days have been scheduled out on the water for research, outreach, and course lab work. Researchers include Drs. Mouw, Fahnenstiel, Kerfoot, and Urban. Outreach activities include community and K-12 class tours and the GM Ride the Waves program with Joan Chadde, Rob Handler, and Dr. M. Auer. Drs. Urban, Marcarelli, and Rose have scheduled the R/V Agassiz for lab courses and field trips.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Posted by cjasiala under News
August 28, 2013: Visits by Michigan State Representatives
Scott Dianda (110th House Representative) and Sam Singh (69th House Representative) visited the GLRC and toured the facilities with Dale Tahtinen, Glen Mroz, and Michael Abbott.
August 29, 2013: Visits by Michigan Governmental Agencies
Officials from MDOT, Kirk T. Steudle and MI-DNR, Keith Creagh, the State Budget Director John Nixon, the Governor’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore, and the Governor’s Chief Strategist Bill Rustem visited the GLRC. They toured the facilities, and met with Michigan Tech Administrators in sessions throughout the day.