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

MTU Students Present Design Project to Lawmakers

May 16, 2018

Lansing, MI – Hundreds of 2018 Michigan Technological University graduates started new jobs this week. Four took a detour to the state capitol, to share their Senior Design project—an underwater utility corridor spanning the Straits of Mackinac—with Michigan lawmakers.

The corridor, a 21-foot-diameter, 4.5-mile tunnel that would house utility lines that cross the Straits, was this year’s senior capstone project for 13 civil engineering and three construction management graduates. The four students representing the group presented the project to the state’s 15-member Pipeline Advisory Safety Board at its quarterly meeting on Monday morning. They made a second presentation, to the joint meeting of the Senate Committee on Transportation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday morning. Officials were impressed by both the concept and the students.

“I thought it important the Legislature hear that there are real alternatives for spanning the Straits with the utilities that are critical to the well-being of the Upper Peninsula—alternatives that are environmentally safe and may be economically viable,” said Senate Transportation Chair Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.… Read the rest

“Explosion!: Negaunee’s Nitro-Glycerine Tragedy” Presentation – May 9

May 6, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Marquette Regional History Center presents “Explosion!: Negaunee’s Nitro-Glycerine Tragedy” this Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

Bill Van Kosky’s fast-paced narrative describes in vivid detail what happened when three careless workers were loading 4,800 lbs. of unstable explosives into a boxcar, and the evolution of mining technology during the nineteenth century.

$5 suggested donation. For more info call 906.226.3571 or visit

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Marquette Regional History Center to Present “Explosion!!” – May 9

May 6, 2018

Marquette, Mi. – The Marquette Regional History Center will present “Explosion!!” on Wednesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Center, 145 W. Spring Street in Marquette.

Hear about the events leading up to the explosion of a boxcar loaded with nitro-glycerin on a railroad siding west of Negaunee in 1878 and the tragic aftermath. Historian, Bill Van Kosky will be the presenter.

Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For more info call 906-226-3571 or visit… Read the rest

NMU Announces Student Commencement Speaker

May 1, 2018

Marquette, MI – Alex Camarillo-Lugo of Lake Forest, Calif., will serve as the student speaker at Northern Michigan University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 5. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and was named the department’s outstanding graduating senior.

Camarillo-Lugo is a first-generation college student. She chose to enroll at Northern because it offered a criminal justice degree and the NMU Regional Police Academy to match her career interests, along with relatively affordable out-of-state tuition. She also found the distance from southern California appealing.

“I love being challenged,” she said. “I knew if I went to college far away from my mom and my hometown, and to somewhere completely different from what I was used to, it would force me to teach myself how to adapt to new surroundings and experiences. I became homesick my first semester and was ready to return closer to home, but my mom said I made the choice and should stick it out.… Read the rest

Toddler Art with Lorne Watson – May 3

April 30, 2018

Escanaba, Mich– The Bonifas Arts Center is hosting Toddler Art with Lorne Watson this Thursday, May 3 from 10:00- 10:45 a.m.

Bring your toddlers to learn with professional teachers and musicians. Fun and learning are combined to help nurture imagination, problem- solving and developing motor skills. Art stations and music provide hands-on fun!

For toddlers (mobile to age 3) and their caregivers.

Per Day: $5 or 7 Week Sessions offered. To register, please call us at 786-3833 or purchase online.Read the rest

Upper Peninsula Solid Waste Forum – May 2

April 29, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Upper Peninsula Solid Waste Forum will be at the Ramada Inn this Wednesday, May 2 from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Meet & Greet, May 1 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m.)

The Forum will focus on information about the latest issues involving solid waste management and recycling with the goal of establishing best management practices, waste reuse, and economic development.

REGISTRATION COST: $50 – includes continental breakfast and lunch May 2

*This event qualifies for 5 CEHs for Professional Engineers*

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