AWRI Newsletter #49: January 2006

As we enter the new year, we can both reflect back on a very successful 2005 and anticipate upcoming events in 2006.  Some of the 2005 highlights include:

  • The formation of a new scholarship fund named after Bill and Diana Wipperfurth
  • AWRI faculty and staff receiving over $850,000 in grants and contracts, and making over 80 presentations to local, state, national, and international audiences
  • Hosting over 100 events at the Lake Michigan Center
  • Placing over 6,000 passengers on the D.J. Angus and W.G. Jackson
  • AWRI faculty and staff published 23 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 13 technical reports and manuals

Just a few of the anticipated events in 2006 include:

  • AWRI's 20th anniversary celebration in September
  • Renovation of our field station
  • Addition of an electrofishing boat to our fleet
  • Construction of the Grand Haven Harbor Island D.J. Angus dock

AWRI faculty and staff continue to provide their expertise on multiple fronts.  At the local level, Michael Chu is providing hydrologic modeling expertise in nearby watersheds, Carl Ruetz and his students are examining the impacts of the round goby - a problematic invasive fish species, while Rick Rediske and his staff are working on sediment toxicity studies in our neighboring lakes and streams.  At the regional level, John Koches and his staff at the Information Services Center are working with the West Michigan Strategic Alliance's Green Infrastructure Leadership Council to provide geospatial and information technology services.  At the state level, Janet Vail has recently completed updating the air quality curriculum for middle school students in Michigan, while Al Steinman has been working on the state's future groundwater policy through his service on the Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council.  At the Great Lakes Basin level, Don Uzarski and his lab are addressing the impacts of human disturbance on coastal wetlands, while Bopi Biddanda is looking at deep underwater vents in Lake Huron, and their impacts on the microbiota. 

These are but a few examples of the diverse work currently going on at AWRI.  For more information on these and many other projects, please contact us to receive our recently published 2005 Year in Review.

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