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December 2017/January 2018

LMC Activities

Nick Gezon, graduate student working with Kevin Strychar, successfully defended his master’s thesis on Dec 1st.  The title of his presentation was: “Surveying the Circular Rep Encoding Single Stranded (CRESS) DNA viral consortium found in invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and sediments of the central Lake Michigan benthos”.

Katie Knapp, graduate student working with Bopi Biddanda, attended a course at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in New York from January 2nd – 12th, 2018.  The course was titled “Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology”.

Charlyn Partridge coordinated a Data Carpentry event held on the GVSU Allendale campus on December 18th & 19th, 2017.  There were 21 participants from five different GVSU departments.  Others from AWRI included: Ben Giffin, Katie Knapp, Sarah Lamar, Maggie Oudsema, Syndell Parks, Charlyn Partridge, Hailee Pavisich, Carl Ruetz, Kurt Thompson, and Anthony Weinke.

Al Steinman attended the Ottawa County Groundwater Task Force meeting as a member on December 14th.  MSU presented their final report to the county regarding groundwater sustainability.

Al Steinman hosted a meeting with representatives from MSU, as well as Bob Smart, about possible future collaborations held at the Lake Michigan Center on January 10th.

Al Steinman and Rick Rediske met with Michigan house and senate representatives from the Rockford area and GVSU President Hass to discuss collaborative approaches to address the Wolverine Water Crisis on Jan 12th. Al and Rick submitted a proposal to the elected officials.

Janet Vail attended the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships annual conference on January 11th in Traverse City via teleconference.  Janet assisted in the planning of this conference.