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Positions Announcement

Research Associate and Post Doctoral positions
Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
The Research Associate is responsible for utilizing remote sensing imagery, data analysis, field and laboratory observations to characterize optical, biological, and physical variability of lakes and oceans to understand how aquatic systems are responding to climate and ecological change. The position is funded for two (2) years with extension dependent upon external funding.

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Lake Superior Water Festival

The 2012 Lake Superior Water Festival was held at the Great Lakes Research Center
Friday, October 5, 2012. The Water Festival program
enthralled over 1,000 students in grades 4-8 classes from regional schools, in addition to triggering excitement amongst their teachers and the parent chaperones who accompanied them.

There were a total of 67 presenters volunteering their time throughout the day, in addition to 34 Michigan Tech students who served as guides leading the classes to their various sessions in and around the Great Lakes Research Center. A total of 30 different sessions on a wide range of topics related to Lake Superior and water resources were presented.
Link for photos and videos of Lake Superior Water Festival –

Pennington, AGI to Provide Input to United Nations

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor, University Marketing and Communications

Wayne Pennington, chair of geological and mining engineering and sciences, is participating in discussions to help the United Nations’ advance peoples’ right to “enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.”

Pennington, who is also president of the American Geosciences Institute, is part of a focus group led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition. Historically, this process has not included input from scientists and engineers; but this year the geoscience community is contributing.

“It may surprise some, but most inequities in the world start with a geologic situation,” Pennington said. “Earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods are obvious examples but so are mineral wealth and its management or soil quality and farming practices.”

Pennington and AGI President-Elect Sharon Mosher join members of the Geological Society of America (GSA), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, and AAAS to promote different scientific interests, including those from early-career geoscientists. Findings generated from this and other focus groups will be presented to the United Nations.

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition is a network of scientific and engineering organizations that includes the Association of American Geographers, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. AGI, GSA, the Association of Earth Science Editors, and the Soil Science Society of America are Affiliated Organizations.

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists.

First-Year Engineering Lecture Series: David House

This Fall Semester the new class of engineering students assembled in the Rozsa Center Performance Hall to hear a speech by Michigan Tech alumnus David House on September 4th, first day of classes. He shared his engineering experiences from a 47 year career.

Watch the Video “David House Speaks to the Engineering College at Michigan Tech”
on Engineering – Michigan Tech Channel on Vimeo


Great Lakes Research Center Dedication

The Great Lakes Research Center dedication ceremony for Michigan Technological University’s newest building was on Thursday, Aug. 2. The speakers were Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz; Stephen Hicks, chair of the Board of Control; and Guy Meadows, director of Great Lakes initiatives at the GLRC.

The three-story, 50,000-square-foot center has three distinct areas: a boathouse for the University’s three research vessels and environmental monitoring buoy network, a complex of research laboratories, and a public area that includes conference facilities and space for K-12 education.

Read more about it from news media stories and view Video News Clips

Videos from the Great Lakes Resarch Center Symposium