August 2014

AWRI in the News

“Expert explains algae blooms in West Michigan waters after dangerous Toledo incidents”
FOX 17 News, August 4, 2014
Al Steinman is interviewed about the harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, and whether this could happen in Lake Michigan.

“Meet the invasive pest fueling Lake Erie’s toxic algae bloom”
National Journal, August 6, 2014
Al Steinman was interviewed regarding zebra and quagga mussels and their role in the formation of the algal bloom in Lake Erie that affect drinking water.

“Muskegon-area nursing advocates solicit nominations for annual breastfeeding friendly business award”
MLive.com, August 7, 2014
AWRI is mentioned as a past award winner of the Breastfeeding Friendly Business.  A room here is designated for nursing mothers.

“Water, Michigan, and the growing “Blue Economy””
Get Off The Couch News, August 8, 2014
AWRI is mentioned as the recipient of a grant from the C. S. Mott Foundation to study the Blue Economy.

“Climate change negatively impacting Great Lakes, GVSU researcher says”
GVnow (a publication of Grand Valley State University), August 11, 2014
Kevin Strychar is interviewed about the impacts of climate change in the Great Lakes region.
This news article was also carried by Economist’s View; Securities Technology Monitor; Science Daily; Holland Sentinel; PR Web; Marine Technology News; Schema-root.org; cleantech.com; University Herald.com; FARS News Agency; NewsDuet.net; NewsRoomAmerica.com; ScienceNewsLine.com; BYM Marine Environment News; Top.adlesse.com; redOrbit.com; ineffableisland.com: ideas, inventions and innovations; MarineLink.com.

“GVSU researcher: climate change negatively impacting Great Lakes”
FOX 17, August 11, 2014
Kevin Strychar is interviewed about the impacts of climate change in the Great Lakes region.
This article was also carried by Newschannel 3 WWMT-TV.

“Researcher: Climate change already affecting Great Lakes”
WMUK (Western Michigan University), August 27, 2014
Kevin Strychar is interviewed about the impacts of climate change in the Great Lakes region.
This article was also carried by WGVU Broadcasting.

“Climate change negatively impacting Great Lakes”
AJJ News, August 12, 2014
Kevin Strychar is a co-author of a report titled “Science, Education, and Outreach Roadmap for Natural Resources”.
This article was also carried by U.S. Fed News Service; HighBeam Research; phys.org/new; BusByway; and Midland Daily News.

“Immersion in watershed helps teachers create student projects”
School News Network, August 13, 2014
This article is about the week-long Groundswell teacher workshop held in mid-August.  Teachers were on the research vessel W.G. Jackson as part of this experience.

“Our View: Toledo’s water crisis has lessons for W. Michigan”
Holland Sentinel, August 17, 2014
Al Steinman is quoted regarding the harmful algal blooms appearing in the Great Lakes.
This article was also covered by Dailypress.net.

“U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, candidate Gary Peters stop in Muskegon to talk about jobs, Great Lakes”
MLive, August 21, 2014
Senator Stabenow and candidate Peters stopped at the Annis Water Resources Institute for a tour of the facilities and a discussion about research being done there.

“’Never say never’” on toxic algae”
Grand Haven Tribune, August 23, 2014
Al Steinman is quoted regarding the harmful algal blooms appearing in the Great Lakes.

“Incoming graduate student’s biology research published”
Office of Graduate Studies (GVSU), News and Information, August 25, 2014
Anthony Weinke, graduate student working with Bopi Biddanda, is the first author on a manuscript published by Journal of Plankton Research on changing coastal carbon cycling.

Lake Michigan Center Events

August 1
GVSU’s College of Education brought a group of students from the West Michigan Hispanic Center Summer Camp for a program at the Lake Michigan Center and a vessel cruise on the W.G. Jackson

August 5
The West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) teachers were on the W.G. Jackson for a GLRI supported cruise.  The focus of the cruise was Muskegon Lake Restoration.

Students from the Bright Futures Early Learning Center visited the Annis Educational Foundation Classroom for hands-on activities.

August 6
Sailing students from the Muskegon Yacht Club had a program in the Annis Educational Foundation Classroom and a tour of the Lake Michigan Center.

August 8
The ADAC Automotive group held a luncheon meeting at the Lake Michigan Center.

August 14
The Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership held a public meeting at the Lake Michigan Center.

August 15
The Mona Lake Watershed Council held a technical advisory meeting at the Lake Michigan Center.

Adults from Pioneer Resources visited the Lake Michigan Center for a tour and a classroom program. Pioneer Resources is “dedicated to helping people with disabilities and senior citizens attain independence and dignity by creating opportunities for participation in the community.”

August 21
Senator Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representative Gary Peters held a press conference at the Lake Michigan Center and spoke on the topic of “How the Great Lakes influence Michigan”.

August 26
AWRI hosted a “Ballast Water Roundtable” meeting in the Field Station Conference Room; the meeting was led by Congressman Huizenga.  Attendees included Tim Eder (Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission; Joel Brammeier (President, Alliance of the Great Lakes; Jon Allan (Director, MDEQ Office of the Great Lakes; Robert Lewis-Manning  (President, Canadian Shipowners Association), and Al Steinman among others