July & August 2015

LMC Activities

The W.G. Jackson was in Waukegan, Illinois for trips on July 7-11, 2015.  The Waukegan Citizen’s Advisory Committee coordinated the visit.

The research vessel W. G. Jackson hosted two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) trips, which were held in Muskegon on July15, followed by five trips in Holland held on July 17 and 18.  Macatawa Area Coordinating Council representatives were onboard to talk about watershed projects in Holland.

Paula Capizzi, Ann Hesselsweet, and Michele Smith (all AWRI vessel instructors) provided hands-on activities at AWRI’s booth at the Macatawa Water Festival.  Close to 1,500 people attended, with over 700 children engaged in learning activities associated with the restoration of the watershed.

Rod Denning and Janet Vail provided a tour of AWRI’s grounds for the participants on a green infrastructure field trip on August 4.  This was part of the West Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference, held at GVSU. 

Nicole Horne, former graduate student who worked with Bopi Biddanda, and Janet Vail presented a program in the Annis Education Foundation classroom on July 21 for students in the Mount Zion Summer Academy/Club 188 program.

Scott Kendall gave a tour of AWRI for the local Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) group on August 3.

Carl Ruetz and Al Steinman participated by phone on a technical review panel to evaluate 24 proposals submitted to Minnesota Sea Grant.  The committee met on August 20.

Al Steinman was interviewed on Michigan’s Blue Economy as part of WGVU-TV’s West Michigan Week: http://video.wgvu.org/video/2365528349/

Al Steinman was interviewed by WOOD-TV on August 6 about possible algal blooms in Lake Michigan.

Janet Vail attended the Project WET USA Advisory Council meeting on August 2 in Oklahoma.

Anthony Weinke, graduate student working with Bopi Biddanda, successfully passed his qualifying exam on August 6.