March 2021

LMC Activities

AWRI’s Science Advisory Board met virtually on March 3rd and 5th. SAB members include Dr. Carol Johnston (South Dakota State Univ.), Dr. Harvey Bootsma (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Jennifer Haverkamp (Univ. of Michigan).  Dr. Gary Lamberti (Univ. of Notre Dame) did not participate this year due to a conflict. 

Sarah Hamsher volunteered as an interviewer for the Virtual Mock MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) held by the CLAS Advising Center on March 8th.

Sarah Hamsher and Sean Woznicki participated as event supervisors for the virtual regional Science Olympiad Water Quality C competition held March 15th – 20th. They developed an activity and an exam for their event.

Jim McNair has been participating in weekly Zoom meetings with Molly Lane, Rick Rediske, scientists from EGLE, Michigan State University, and several other Michigan universities regarding a new project dealing with statistical analysis and interpretation of qPCR beach-monitoring data.

Carl Ruetz virtually attended the annual meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on March 16th and 17th.

Carl Ruetz attended the virtual joint meeting of the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership’s habitat committee and the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly’s resource committee on March 23rd.

Rick Rediske attended the PFAS Data Repository Group of the Green Science Policy Council on March 9th.

Rick Rediske participated in a meeting of the Rockford Community Advisory Group on March 18th and lead the discussion on the Feasibility Study for the House Street Dump Site.

Al Steinman has been trained to administer the COVID antigen testing to GVSU staff and students in the Lakeshore area. He is planning to offer testing at the LMC once a week, on varying days and various times, to better accommodate current staggered schedules.

Al Steinman and Emily Kindervater held a virtual meeting with the steering committee for their upcoming CIGLR-funded summit on groundwater in Michigan, to be held June 3rd and 4th (virtually).

Al Steinman was interviewed by Alison Passejna for her high school project on water quality. Alison is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy in Bloomington Hills.

Al Steinman was interviewed regarding the revision of the "Building Sustainable Communities" course for the MPA program on March 29th.

Al Steinman attended board and committee meetings for the West Michigan Symphony and Goodwill Industries of West Michigan.

Al Steinman attended the Climate-Governance Variability in the Great Lakes Virtual Workshop on March 25th and 26th. He is a member of the steering committee for this NSF-funded RCN.

Al Steinman attended virtually the Great Lakes Advisory Board public meeting on March 30th and March 31st. Al is a member of the GLAB, serving on the nutrient and invasive species working groups. 

Amanda Syers is a middle school water quality event supervisor for the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad.

Amanda Syers is mentoring a GVSU student who is developing lesson plans for the MiRCLE project; this is funded by Michigan Space Grant. The final MiRCLE webinars were held on March 10th and March 24th. 

Janet Vail continues to work with the planning committee for the 2021 virtual Project WET conference.

Janet Vail and Amanda Syers have been attending webinars on Project WET’s new programs and virtual learning training opportunities.

Janet Vail attended the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership meeting on March 2nd.

Janet Vail attended the 2021 Great Lakes Conference hosted by Michigan State University on March 9th.

Janet Vail and Amanda Syers participated in the Michigan Environmental Educators Training Bureau meeting on March 11th. This group was updated on integrating the EE materials guidelines into Project WET workshops.

Janet Vail met with the Groundswell professional development committee and attended a Groundswell event on indigenous people on March 16th.

Sean Woznicki’s graduate student, Jon Walt, submitted an abstract which was accepted for presenting at the International Association for Landscape Ecology-North America chapter annual conference to be held virtually from April 12th-16th.

Sean Woznicki met with the BioSense Institute, University of Novi Sad, Serbia to discuss potential collaboration on a NASA ROSES proposal for the land cover - land use change program.

Sean Woznicki met with Matthew Gammans, assistant professor of agricultural economics at MSU, to discuss collaboration on a NASA ROSES proposal.

Sean Woznicki met with USGS colleagues on March 4th regarding their draft manuscript, tentatively titled: Lessons learned from 15 years of monitoring suburban development with watershed-scale green stormwater infrastructure in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Sean Woznicki met with the MSU Center for Intelligent Water Resources Engineering to discuss potential future collaboration on March 8th; he was invited as an affiliate member.