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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.

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.

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.

Great Lakes News Briefs

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Algae Bloom Insight
Gary Fahnenstiel, senior scientist at the Great Lakes Research Center, provided insight into an Ohio River algae bloom in an ABC News article. The article, written by Associated Press Writer John Seewer, was carried by several major news outlets throughout the country including Phys.org and Stars and Stripes.

Mass Spectrometer
Tech Century, a science and engineering news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on Lynn Mazzoleni’s (Chem) team effort to acquire a mass spectrometer for Michigan Tech, using a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation award. The instrument will be located in Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes
Research Center, part of its new Microanalytical Facility, a core facility specializing in mass spectrometry equipment.

Toward Undersea Persistence
Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM) has received a $57,708 grant from the Office of Naval Research for her research project titled, “Toward Undersea Persistence.”

Monitoring the Water Condition
WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids reported on Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center work with Enbridge Energy to monitor the water conditions around Enbridge pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

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Governor Rick Snyder at Great Lakes Research Center

snyder1aMichigan Governor Rick Snyder toured the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center on Thursday August 13. He was given a presentation by GLRC staff on four current projects, including a collaboration to provide real-time environmental monitoring of the water conditions in the Straits of Mackinac.
Links to the several news media articles follow:

WJMN Video: “Governor Snyder’s U.P. tour continues at MTU”

Keweenaw Now: “Gov. Snyder visits Michigan Tech’s GLRC”

The Keweenaw Report “Snyder Visits Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center”

UpperMichiganSource WLUC TV Governor Rick Snyder views new buoy at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

Dianda Pleased with Michigan Tech, Enbridge Partnership

Daily Mining Gazette article “Snyder Visits Tech”

Daily Mining Gazette article “Oh buoy: MTU sentinel will track state of Straits”

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Lake Superior Research Experience for Grad Students

IMG_6377BL5421 Lake Superior Explorations for Graduate Students Summer 2015

This is a field intensive Biological Sciences course at the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University with significant time spent on research vessels (R/V Agassiz or NOAA R/V 5501) where students learn the use of a variety of state-of-the-art techniques to characterize biological communities and measure important physical and biological processes.

Instructors: Nancy A. Auer, Amy Marcarelli, Gary Fahnenstiel, Casey Huckins, (all Biological Sciences.) and Marty Auer (CEE) and Guy Meadows, Director of GLRC.

Explorations take students to several Lake Superior environments, weather permitting, including the Ontonagon River, Huron and Keweenaw Bays and several sites along the western shoreline of the Keweenaw Peninsula. This voyage of discovery targets ecosystem processes, seeking signals of their presence along boundaries in time and space, including day/night sampling and over gradients found at the interface between tributaries and the open lake, along the major axis of embayments and across the coastal margin.

Areas of coverage include: Collection of standard light, temperature, DO profiles, use of drogues/drifters to track current, Autonomous vehicle application, Sonar profiles, Primary production by microbes and algae, day and night comparisons of zooplankton, benthos and fish, and ROVs to observe these organisms, and standard PONAR and sediment collection.

Click here to see the Photo Gallery for Lake Superior Explorations at the Great Lakes Research Center BL5421

See videos of Lake Superior Explorations for Graduate Students

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Lake Superior Explorations at the Great Lakes Research Center BL5421