Satellites orbit our lives in so many ways. They beam our favorite TV shows to our living rooms, predict tomorrow’s weather, and tell us how to get where we want to go. Now scientists from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) are using satellite data to determine where harmful algal blooms (HABs) are proliferating in the Great Lakes and what threats they may pose to water quality and public health.
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. Continue reading
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.” Continue reading
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).
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.
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.
August 9, 2013
GLRC faculty, staff, and associates participated in water safety training exercises during the GLRC BBQ picnic. Tours of the R/V Storm and R/V Agassiz were held, the coast guard presented a safety session, and the survival suits were tried and tested. Continue reading
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) visited the GLRC with the R/V Storm for 2 weeks in August, with another opportunity for Michigan Tech researchers to take advantage of longer excursions into the Great Lakes. Continue reading
June 23-30, 2013
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) visited the GLRC with the R/V Sturgeon for a week in June, giving Michigan Tech researchers the opportunity to conduct overnight sampling trips, and to explore the possibilities of extended boat time that has currently been restricted to single day excursions with the facilities on the R/V Agassiz. Nancy Auer was able to perform some night time research, and the R/V Sturgeon also assisted in some work on the instrumented buoys located near the North and South entries into Lake Superior. Continue reading