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.

Great Lakes Connectivity Decisions
Joseph Wagenbrenner (SFRES/GLRC), is the principal investigator on the project Informing Great Lakes Connectivity Decisions: An Enhanced Online Portal for High-Resolution Barrier Data and Species-Specific Benefit Analysis, that has received a $42,105 research and development grant from the University of Wisconsin. Casey Huckins (Bio Sci) and David Watkins (CEE) are co-PIs on the two-year project.

Spatial Analysis in Historical Demography
Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) co-hosted a scientific panel on Spatial Analysis in Historical Demography last week at the Université du Québec in Quebec City. Sponsored by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the panel brought together researchers from around the world to discuss emerging scholarship in spatial demography and to strengthen dialogue between historical and contemporary demographers.

Developing a Talent Pipeline
Andrew Barnard, (MEEM, GLRC), is the principal investigator and Guy Meadows (GLRC) and Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM) are co-principal investigators on a project that received a $599,620 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense-Office of Naval Research. The project is, “Developing a Talent Pipeline: Inspiring Future Naval Engineers and Scientists Using Real-World Project Based Instruction.” This is potentially a three-year project.

Service Fishery
An article by Nancy Auer, (Bio Sci) appears in Fish Lines a bi-monthly on-line publication by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fisheries-Midwest Division, which highlights activities conducted by Service Fishery personnel in the Midwest States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. Read the article.

Spiny water flea
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) aired a news story about the invasive species called the spiny water flea. MPR reporter Dan Gunderson quoted Professor W. Charles Kerfoot (BioSci).

Canadian Historical Geographic Information Systems Partnership
Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) has received a $193,008 partnership development grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a project titled, “Canadian Historical Geographic Information Systems Partnership.” This is a two-year project.

Governor Appoints Meadows to Board
Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a 15-member standing advisory board to implement recommendations on Michigan oil pipeline safety included in a state report focused on Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board includes Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, as well as members of the U.S. Coast Guard, National Wildlife Foundation, Marathon Pipeline Co. and Enbridge Inc., which operates a 62-year-old twin pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Lake Superior Research Experience for Grad Students
BL5421 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. Read More and see the Photo Gallery

Straits of Mackinac New Monitoring Buoy
Environmental Monitor, an environmental news service, reported on the Michigan Tech GLRC’s deployment of a buoy to monitor water conditions in the Straits of Mackinac.
Associated Press, the Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, WJMN-TV and other news outlets around Michigan covered Michigan Tech’s announcement of Enbridge’s sponsorship of a new monitoring buoy that will be deployed and operated by Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the Straits of Mackinac. Read more here “Governor Rick Snyder at Great Lakes Research Center”
See the “Finding safe harbor: Michigan Tech monitoring buoy will enhance weather forecasting in the Straits” article from Enbridge
Technology Century, a science and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center’s new buoy for monitoring water conditions in the Straits of Mackinac. The buoy is sponsored by Enbridge Energy Partners, the firm that owns a pipeline in the Straits.
Keweenaw Now, a news blog about the Keweenaw area, featured an article about the Great Lakes Research Center’s deployment of a new water conditions monitoring buoy in the Straits of Mackinac.


Top 10 in the nation for bachelor’s degree programs for natural resources and conservation

College Factual, a website member of USA Today’s College Partner Network, has ranked Michigan Tech in the top 10 in the nation for bachelor’s degree programs in the general area of natural resources and conservation and 5th in the nation for its forestry programs within natural resources and conservation. College Factual lists four undergraduate degrees in three areas within the field of natural resources and conservation at Michigan Tech. The areas are natural resources conservation, forestry and wildlife management.
Most college rankings are based on surveys of deans, faculty and students. College Factual says its rankings are based on more objective data, including outcomes-based metrics, which College Factual defines as: “Can students in these programs actually make a living after graduation?” In Michigan Tech’s case, the website determined that they can.

Teachers attend Teacher Institute to better teach students
News media covered the teacher programs at GLRC and Michigan Tech. Links to an article at UpperMichigan Source It also includes a YouTube Video Teachers attend Teacher Institute to better teach students Also a group picture

Phytoplankton Distribution in a Sub-Arctic Basin
Colleen Mouw (GMES/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a student fellowship project that has received a $30,000 grant from NASA. The project is titled, CDOM Variability and its Influence on Phytoplankton Distribution in a Sub-Arctic Basin. Also involved with the project is Co-PI Bruce Grunert (GMEW/GLRC).


Foster Great Lakes Literacy, Identity and Stewardship

Joan Schumaker-Chadde (CEE/GLRC) has received $5,000 from Michigan State University for the public service project Governance Approaches to Foster Great Lakes Literacy, Identity and Stewardship: An Integrated Assessment.

Side-scan Sonar
“From wrecks to research: the work of the side-scan sonar” featured in a Daily Mining Gazette article about the work of Tech Coordinator of Marine Operations Jamie Anderson. See the article. A story “MTU finds shipwreck with side-scan sonar” also appeared in the Marquette Mining Journal. See that article here.

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.

Bio-inventory for the Keweenaw Land Trust
Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, was a participating scientist for a bio-inventory for the Keweenaw Land Trust Marsin Monitoring Project, conducted by the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School tenth-grade biology class. The event was held yesterday at the Marsin Center. The students monitored amphibians and insects and brainstormed native landscaping ideas for the KLT.

Urban Forestry Project Honored by US Forest Service
An urban forestry institute for Detroit school teachers has been named one of the US Forest Service’s 2015 Success Stories. The project involving teacher workshops at Belle Isle was coordinated by Joan Chadde of the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education at Michigan Tech. Find out more about urban forestry institute for Detroit school teachers

Native Fish Species Stewardship
Nancy Auer (Bio Sci/GLRC) has received $90,025 from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for a two-year research and development project, “Native Fish Species Stewardship, Restoration and Research.”

Climate Change and Shoreland Management
Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center, and Lorelle Meadows, Pavlis Honors College dean, published a paper titled “What if (Inland) Sea Levels are Falling…Then Rising…Then Falling…? Climate Change and Shoreland Management on the Laurentian Great Lakes,” in a special issue of Geography Research Forum, 34, pp. 59-73.

Ice on Great Lakes
Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center, was interviewed live on WJR radio, Detroit, last weekend about ice on the Great Lakes.