Ottawa Visitor Center Presents: Fire on the Landscape

June 27, 2018

Watersmeet, MI – Investigate the role of fire in landscape management with Lisa Gowe, Ottawa National Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer. Lisa will talk about fire management practices, such as prescribed burning, that are being used to manage the landscape and help return areas to pre-settlement conditions.… Read the rest

UP English, Eh?

June 20, 2018

Marquette, MI – The Peter White Public Library invites the public to attend a talk entitled, “UP English, Eh?” by Dr. Wil Rankinen, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Grand Valley State University, part of the 2018 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series.  The talk will be Monday, June 25, at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Shiras Room and repeated at 6:00 pm.

Have you ever wondered why we sound Canadian to many outsiders?  Where in the UP is “sauna” pronounced the Finnish way and where is it not?  What shared or differing beliefs do we hold as Yoopers about language, culture and community?  How does where we live in the UP influence those set of beliefs?

In this 60-minute presentation, Dr. Rankinen will address these points and more, following up on last summer’s presentation, “Yooperese.”   After the presentation, there will be time for questions and a community discussion. … Read the rest

Ottawa Visitor Center Presents: Climate Change and the Upper Peninsula – June 28

June 17, 2018

Watersmeet, MI – What do people mean when they say the climate is changing? What changes have we already seen, and what do we expect for the future in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan? Stephen Handler and Kristen Schmitt, from the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science in Houghton, will lead an interactive quiz to test your knowledge and share the latest information!… Read the rest

NMU Plans “Reimagine STEM Youth Academy”

June 15, 2018

Marquette, MI – NMU is hosting its second “Reimagine STEM Summer Youth Academy” June 16-29. Students who have completed grades 10-12 will learn creative ways to approach science, technology, engineering and math based on Native American traditions, culture and knowledge. The academy includes one week on campus with learning activities led by NMU faculty and Native American elders, followed by one week at Camp Nesbitt.

Classes begin Monday, June 18. They include Anishinaabe language, aquaponics, sustainability@home, brain science, social psychology, cultural wellness and college, intro to Native studies and martial arts. They are being held on a rotating basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5 p.m. Locations are still to be determined for some sessions. For updated information, call 227-1397. The Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Diversity and Inclusion Office are co-sponsoring this event.

The goals of the academy are to address the lack of inclusivity of American Indian teaching methods within sciences education curricula and the low numbers of American Indian/Alaskan Native female students graduating from four-year universities, specifically within the STEM fields.… Read the rest

Porcupine Mountains State Park – Creative Writing – June 23

June 14, 2018

Ontonagon, MI – Join instructor Mollie Larsen and learn how to put your creative thoughts and stories down on paper.  Beginners are welcome and encouraged to join!  Come to class and learn how to share your ideas through creative writing and how to get them published.  The cost of the class is $35.00.  This class has a maximum of 10 students.  A minimum of 3 students need to be registered by Monday, June 18 in order to hold the class.

To register for this class or for more information about Friends of the Porkies or the Folk School, visit, call 906-884-7663 or email… Read the rest

Ottawa Visitor Center in Watersmeet Presents: Northern Lights – June 21

June 14, 2018

Watersmeet, MI – What causes the northern lights? When are they visible? How do you capture photographs of this brilliant night-time display? Learn more about the phenomenon of northern lights and an overview of photographing this night time show with Ottawa National Forest Biological Technician, Scott Pearson.… Read the rest

NASA, NMU Collaboration Begins

June 12, 2018

Marquette, MI – NASA contractors are scheduled to visit Granite Island late this week to set up an offshore solar radiation-monitoring site for NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) experiment. NMU trustee and alumnus Scott Holman agreed to host the NASA instruments on the island, which he owns, provided NMU faculty and students have opportunities to be involved in the research. Two representatives of the contractor, Science Systems and Applications Inc. of Hampton, Va., will visit the island Thursday or Friday, weather permitting. Media interested in doing a story can contact John Lenters, NMU research associate and owner of Lentic Environmental Services, at 517-294-5257.

Lenters said NASA CERES has been measuring Earth’s radiation via satellite for more than 30 years. In an effort to validate that data through ground measures—ideally over water far from land contamination—NASA looked to a Lake Superior location after a previous East Coast site had to be decommissioned because of safety issues. … Read the rest

NMU Offers CPR, Basic Life Support Courses

June 1, 2018

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s School of Health and Human Performance will offer three American Heart Association courses this summer: certification in both First Aid/CPR/AED and Basic Life Support; and a non-certified community Family & Friends CPR course. The schedule is contingent on demand and staff availability. Pre-registration is required. NMU students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees receive a $10 discount on the certification courses.

The Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED certification course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on either Saturday, June, 23, or Saturday, Aug. 25, in PEIF room 241. The fee is $87 for the general public and $77 for the NMU community. Click here to register.

The basic life support (BLS) certification course will be offered from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Fees are $70 public/$60 NMU.… Read the rest

Next Page »