Emma Norman (SS/GLRC) presented the keynote address at the University of Nevada–Reno’s World Water Forum titled “Governing Water across Borders: How Problems can Solve Innovative Solutions.”
By his barren office in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), one can tell that Pengfei Xue is new to campus. The assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering just started Oct. 1, but he’s already hard at work, beginning to model Great Lakes and coastal US regions using Superior, Michigan Technological University’s new supercomputer.
Half of the people in Greenland have toxic levels of PCBs in their blood. A harmful cocktail of contaminants, including mercury and dioxin, has led to fish consumption advisories in all of the Great Lakes, including Superior. Pollutants like these find their way north via a complex web of human and natural systems. Now, a team led by Michigan Technological University’s Judith Perlinger is working on a three-year project to better understand how those systems interact and find ways to address the problem.
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” Continue reading