May 2022

Faculty, Staff, and Student Activities

The W.G. Jackson staff had an intensive week of curriculum training, set up, and drills the week of May 2nd, and started cruises on May 9th. Both boats, the W.G. Jackson and D.J. Angus are now running trips as normal.

The outreach staff held classroom programming for a group of 4th – 6th graders on May 19th. We experimented with a different format, doing many activities outdoors on the AWRI grounds and at Heritage Landing, for enhanced place-based learning opportunities.

The Biddanda lab deployed the Muskegon Lake observatory buoy for the 12th year in a row in early May.

Christina Catanese attended the Groundswell Professional Development Committee meeting on May 10th.

Christina Catanese attended a webinar through University of Wisconsin titled “Weaving Water and the Arts” on May 11th.

Christina Catanese attended the monthly NAML Education Committee webinar on “Minorities in Shark Science” on May 20th.

Sarah Hamsher attended a meeting with the Pentwater Lake Association to learn more about their interests in managing Pentwater Lake.

Charlyn Partridge attended weekly Zoom meetings to discuss the COVID wastewater project and the summer beach sampling project.

Charlyn Partridge’s abstract (which focused on Maggie Petersen’s research) for the joint Ecological Association of America/Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution meeting was accepted. The meeting is in August in Montreal, Canada.

The Rediske lab tested wastewater samples for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the levels remain elevated. They obtained permission to send samples to the University of Missouri for sequencing to help resolve some potential hybridization we are seeing in the Omicron variant.

Rick Rediske was EMCEE for the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame event held in Grand Rapids on May 10th.

Rick Rediske led a discussion reviewing the House Street Disposal Site Capping Plan at the meeting of the Wolverine Community Advisory Group on May 19th.

Science Instructors participated in the STEAM at the Lakeshore event in Muskegon on May 7th.

Al Steinman will be on a NERR science collaborative panel reviewing proposals from June 14th – 16th.

Al Steinman is hosting a CIGLR-funded summit on integrated use of mesocosms in the Great Lakes to be held in Ann Arbor from June 22nd – 24th.

Al Steinman co-chaired the Local Arrangements Committee and served on the Fundraising Committee for the JASM 22 meeting on May 14-20.

Al Steinman served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the AOC conference on May 24-26.

Ian Stone, Nate Dugener, Janelle Cook and Jillian Greene (students from Bopi Biddanda’s lab), attended the AOC Conference in Muskegon, Michigan on May 24th – 25th.

Amanda Syers and Janet Vail conducted a virtual Project WET workshop on May 3rd and 11th.

Janet Vail attended Project WET meetings on conference planning (May 2nd), Water Education (May 18th), and using education standards (May 18th).

Janet Vail attended the monthly Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership meeting on May 3rd.

Janet Vail facilitated a Groundswell Professional Development Committee meeting on May 10th.

Janet Vail attended a Project WET workshop that was held at the Grand Rapids Water Treatment Plant on May 24th. Eileen Boekestein, EGLE Environmental Education Coordinator, was the facilitator.

Jon Walt, Sean Woznicki’s 2nd year graduate student, has accepted a position with MI EGLE in the Gaylord office as an Environmental Quality Analyst in the Water Resources Division, starting in July.

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