March 2015


Travis Ellens, graduate student working with Carl Ruetz, and Andrya Whitten, research assistant in the Ruetz lab, attended a workshop on the identification of non-game fish species at Michigan State University on March 11.  The workshop was sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Rick Rediske and Janet Vail coordinated a Science Olympiad “Green Generation” event for middle school and high school students on March 28.  Rick, Janet and Ann Hesselsweet, science instructor on the research vessel W.G. Jackson, were judges for the event.  Bopi Biddanda was there as a volunteer.

Carl Ruetz attended career day at South Elementary in Coopersville on February 27, where he discussed being a professor and ichthyologist.

Al Steinman chaired the meeting of the Environmental Committee of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County on March 17.  Al was reappointed Chair for another 3-yr term. They are reviewing proposals for funding.

Al Steinman attended the National Estuary Research Reserve Systems (NERRS) meeting in Ann Arbor on March 31.  The group is reviewing pre-proposals.

Al Steinman has been invited to serve a second term on the Management Council of the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystem Research (CILER), extending until 2017.

Al Steinman has been invited to be an Associate Editor of Freshwater Biology.  With the journal now being published by Wiley, the former Editorial Board has been disbanded. A new Editor and Associate Editors have been assigned.

Janet Vail and Mark Luttenton attended the annual “Grants on the Grand” event sponsored by the GVSU Office of Sponsored Programs on March 19.