Calendar – Education – Video-Conference on “The Iran Nuclear Deal; Separating Fact From Fiction” – Aug. 31

Marquette – A video-conference titled “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Separating Fact from Fiction” will be offered on Monday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Marquette/Nicolet Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

The speakers will be Reza Marashi, first research director at the National Iranian American Council, and Mark Johnson, former U.S. ambassador and deputy inspector general of the U.S. Department of State. NMU political science faculty members will hold a panel discussion after the video-conference to further explore the topic and answer questions.

The teleconference is offered at NMU in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, and is free to the public. For more information, call 227-2510.

Calendar – Outdoors – A Day at the Mayapple Cottage Farm – Aug. 30

Iron Mountain – Join Northern Vegans and Borderland Vegans for a day at Mayapple Cottage Farm on Sunday, August 30 at 11 a.m. EDT/10 a.m.CDT, at W8756 Peterson Drive in Breitung Township in Dickinson County.

Bring a vegan lunch of your own and spend a peaceful summer day on the Farm visiting with the animals, tasting fresh herbs, or participating in a craft project. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit or

Calendar – Community – Love Your Neighbor Family Fun Night – Aug. 30

Ishpeming – Love Your Neighbor Family Fun Night will be held on Sunday, August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hope Free Lutheran Church in West Ishpeming.

There will be a free car wash, groceries, games and a barbecue. All ages are invited to attend.

Calendar – Outdoors – Lake Linden Farmers Market – Aug. 29

Lake Linden – The Lake Linden Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Village Park on Highway 26 in Lake Linden.

This family friendly market showcases farm fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, local entertainment, hand crafted items, community causes and local information about the area.

In the case of bad weather, the Market will be moved to the gym at the Lake Linden-Hubbell school.

Calendar – Education – Sexual Assault Awareness Program – Aug. 28

Marquette – Sex Signals, an unorthodox sexual assault awareness program that combines education with humor and improvisation, will be offered on Friday, August 28 at 8 p.m. in 1100 Jamrich on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

A two-person team of qualified educators will take the audience on an interactive, relevant, and often-humorous exploration of beliefs, behaviors, and gender stereotypes related to dating and sexual interaction. Then, through several semi-improvisational scenes, and one that depicts a rapist describing a rape, the program reaches out to students who have mislabeled coercion as consent, with the hope of changing behaviors and encouraging bystander intervention.

The program is free and open to the public.

Calendar – Community – Eagle Mine Humboldt Mill Public Tours – Aug. 28

Humboldt – Eagle Mine will offer public tours on Friday, August 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. at Humboldt Mill in Humboldt.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s only primary nickel mine operations. The tours are free. For more information, or to sign up for a tour, call 273-1550.

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Marquette – Aug. 27

Marquette – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a Bloodmobile blood drive on Thursday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elder Agency, 500 South Third Street in Marquette.

For an appointment, call Claire Bissonnette at 228-9292.

Calendar – Outdoors – Silver Creek Farmers Market – Aug. 27

Harvey – Silver Creek Thrift will host a Farmers Market on Thursday, August 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey.

Local farmers and crafters will offer a variety of produce and hand-crafted items. The market will be held every Thursday through October 29.

To learn more about becoming a vendor or for further information, please call Silver Creek Thrift at 273-2473.


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DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program offers September salmon fly-fishing workshop in Mackinac County

Women interested in expanding their fly-fishing capabilities have a great opportunity to learn more during a three-day outing on the Carp River (Mackinac County), located in the Hiawatha National Forest.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering the Beyond BOW salmon-fishing workshop for women.

The event will begin at noon Friday, Sept. 25, and end at noon Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Carp River Campground, situated about 15 miles north of St. Ignace off I-75 and Mackinac Trail.

“Many of the women who have attended this event in the past asked us to expand the workshop by a day, and we have been able to accommodate that request,” said Sharon Pitz, DNR BOW program coordinator. “The program is for women who have previous fly-fishing experience and would like to expand on their abilities.”

A few details to consider: 

  • Participants should bring their own fly-fishing equipment, if they have it. A few rods and waders will be available on site.
  • Cost for the workshop is $125.
  • Previous fly-fishing experience is required for this program.
  • An all-species fishing license is required for participation in this event. (Cost for Michigan residents is $26 for an annual license, $10 for a 24-hour license or $30 for a 72-hour license ).

“The fishing trip will include three days on the Carp River with instruction on several topics, including tackle, a knot-tying refresher, casting skills, fly selection and, of course, fly fishing for salmon,” Pitz said. 

The Carp River has Chinook, pink and Atlantic salmon.

Pitz said participants should keep in mind that: 

  • Lunch Saturday, Sept. 26, will be provided. Otherwise, participants will need to make their own arrangements for meals.
  • Participants will need to make their own lodging arrangements. Camping is available on site. Campsite fees are $16, and reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or go to the campground’s reservation website at
  • Participants must be 18 years old or older.
  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Deadline for registration is Sept. 18.
  • This is an all-weather event.

Class information and registration materials are available online at Registration fees can be paid online at

For more information, contact Sharon Pitz at 906-228-6561 or

Parade of Nations Announces 2015 Theme: World of Lore and Legends

Dragons, serpents and a host of other mythical characters are headed for Houghton in September, when the annual Parade of Nations celebrates its 2015 theme: World of Lore and Legends.

The Parade of Nations and the Multicultural Festival that follows in the Dee Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. Organizations at Michigan Tech, Finlandia University and in the community are being invited to build floats or march in traditional dress in the parade.

Flags from more than 60 countries will be unfurled.International foods and crafts will be on sale at the Dee at the Multicultural Festival right after the parade, with free entertainment from many lands.

This is the 26th year that the Parade of Nations has celebrated the ethnic diversity in the Keweenaw.  It traditionally draws thousands of visitors from all over Michigan and nearby states.

For the full story, see

For more information, contact Darnishia Slade,, 906-487-2160.

Thanks for your interest in Michigan Tech.

Jenn Donovan

Jennifer Donovan, Director of News & Media Relations
University Marketing & Communications
Michigan Technological University
906-487-4521; cell 906-281-7530;
“The Weir” will be performed on stage at the Peter White Public Library on September 24-26

Marquette, Michigan – Irish playwright/screenwriter/director Conor McPherson’s award winning ghost story, “The Weir” will be performed on stage at the Peter White Public Library on September 24-26 in the library’s community room. Tickets are now available for purchase at the Peter White Public Library circulation desk.

In an ‘acting Tour de Force’, Vertigo Theatre Company takes the audience to a small rural pub in Ireland where the locals are swapping tales of the supernatural. Winner of the1997 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, “The Weir” showcases the veteran actors’ amazing talents in this fully staged event.

The play is as much about lack of close relationships and missed connections as it is about anything else. The weir of the title is the name of the pub, named for a dam on a nearby waterway. It anticipates and symbolizes the flow of the stories into and around each other, and how they have all collected together in one place to be recounted together.

First performed in London England in 1997 and then on Broadway in 1999, “The Weir” has been staged in multiple cities across the United States, in Canada and Great Britain.

Multi-award winner Conor McPherson is known for his films The Eclipse (2009), The Actors (2003) and I Went Down (1997) and in addition to The Weir, his award winning plays include The Good Thief, The Shining City , The Seafarer and Dublin Carol.

Vertigo Theatre Company strives to produce theatre that is both thought-provoking and of the highest quality. This group of local, experienced professionals produces quality, forward-thinking theatre that challenges and enriches both artists and audiences. Previous acclaimed performances of Vertigo Theatre Company include “ A Christmas Carol”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Fat Pig” and “Last Five Years”.

Audiences ages 16 and up are invited to experience the eerie drama of “The Weir” at performances on Thursday September 24 and Friday September 25 at 7:00 pm, with a Saturday September 26 matinee at 2:00pm in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room. The Weir is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Tickets for admission cost $7.50 each and are only available in advance at the library circulation desk, on the main floor, or by calling 906-228-9510. Proceeds benefit the library. Advance purchase is required due to space constraints. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Visit or call 228-9510 for more information.

The Weir by Conor McPherson

The Weir by Conor McPherson

Better Together: Graphene-Nanotube Hybrid Switches

Houghton, MI – Graphene has been called a wonder material, capable of performing great and unusual material acrobatics. Boron nitride nanotubes are no slackers in the materials realm either, and can be engineered for physical and biological applications. However, on their own, these materials are terrible for use in the electronics world. As a conductor, graphene lets electrons zip too fast—there’s no controlling or stopping them—while boron nitride nanotubes are so insulating that electrons are rebuffed like an overeager dog hitting the patio door.

But together, these two materials make a workable digital switch, which is the basis for controlling electrons in computers, phones, medical equipment and other electronics.

Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics at Michigan Technological University, has worked with a research team that created these digital switches by combining graphene and boron nitride nanotubes. The journal Scientific Reports recently published their work.

“The question is: How do you fuse these two materials together?” Yap says. The key is in maximizing their existing chemical structures and exploiting their mismatched features.

Read more about how Yap brought this power couple together:


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