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Innovative and Multifaceted Control of Invasive Species
Casey Huckins, (Bio Sci/GLRC) is the principal on a research project that received a $331,979 research grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The project is titled, Innovative and Multifaceted Control of Invasive Eurasian and Hybrid Watermilfoil Using Integrative Pest Management Principles. Also involved in the project are Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci), Erika Hersch-Green (Bio Sci) and Colin Brooks (Michigan Tech Research Institute).

Foundation for Family Science & Engineering
Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and Neil Hutzler, retired past chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, collaborated with the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering to conduct a STEM Night for a sold-out crowd of 300 teachers from across the country who were attending the 2015 National Science Teachers’ Association STEM Forum & Expo last week in Minneapolis. Chadde and Hutzler are among the co-authors of the Family Engineering Activity & Event Planning Guide published in 2011. Michigan Tech received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the guide. Anza Mitchell, president of the Michigan Tech student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, assisted with the event.

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Nina Mahmoudian Receives a CAREER Award from NSF

image122229-horizNina Mahmoudian has received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious CAREER Award, which provides $500,442 to overcome this limitation. The grants are given to early career researchers who excel in both research and education, both of which are important parts of Mahmoudian’s Nonlinear and Autonomous Systems Laboratory (NAS Lab) at Michigan Technological University.

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Lake Superior Joint Monitoring Program

IMG_8027 (1280x853)Great Lakes Research Vessel NOAA RV 5501 at Michigan Tech: Lake Superior Joint Monitoring Program July 2014

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided the boat and crew and Michigan Tech provides the people who do the sampling as part of NOAA’s Great Lakes Monitoring program. Michigan Tech and NOAA share in the analysis and discovery.

Crew: Beau Braymer, Captain of RV5501; Bob Harvey, Mate of RV5501; Dr. Gary Fahnenstiel, Senior Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center and Michigan Tech Research Institute; Dr. Foad Yousef, Post doctoral research Michigan Tech and Erin Cafferty Michigan Tech Research Institute, research in freshwater biology phycology.

RV 5501 is a vessel of the NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL); The Boat Engineering Branch of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Engineering Logistics Center designed the 55′ ANB (Aids to Navigation Boat). The Coast Guard Yard completed the detailed design and contracted the initial production of 55′ ANB. The 55′ ANB is designed primarily to service aids to navigation within the inland waters, bays, sounds and harbors of the United States. It is capable and equipped to support multi-mission operations.

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View the Video Lake Superior Joint Monitoring Program at the Great Lakes Research Channel

Great Lakes Research Vessel NOAA RV 5501 at Michigan Tech: Lake Superior Joint Monitoring Program July 2014
Great Lakes Research Vessel NOAA RV 5501 at Michigan Tech: Lake Superior Joint Monitoring Program July 2014

Ocean-going ships have brought invasive species into Great Lakes

Research by CEE Chair David Hand on treating ballast water was referenced and Gary Fahnenstiel, a research scientist in the GLRC, was quoted extensively in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal article “Park Chief Puts Foot Down on Invasive Species”. Fahnenstiel discusses how ocean-going ships have been importing invasive exotic species into the Great Lakes and the importance of treating ships’ ballast water to prevent further invasions.

Arresting the Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil

Casey Huckins (Bio Sci), Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci), Rodney Chimner (SFRES), Guy Meadows (GLRC) and Colin Brooks (MTRI) have received $272,364 of $499,887 for a two-year research and development project “Arresting the Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Lake Superior,” from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

One-Celled Plants Key to Understanding Changes in the Great Lakes

Colleen Mouw calls herself an oceanographer “with one foot in the ocean and the other in the Great Lakes.” An assistant professor in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences and the University’s Great Lakes Research Center, she is using satellite-based remote sensing technology to develop new and better ways to measure and understand the changes occurring in the Great Lakes.

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