NMU Center Named ‘Oasis of Excellence’

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom is the newest “Oasis of Excellence” identified by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. An ACTA press release stated the center has been “extremely active in promoting civic dialogue and robust debate for students” through campus presentations. This includes the April 22nd event featuring Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

NMU’s center is administered by English professor Gabriel Brahm and a board of faculty advisers. It becomes the 68th Member of ACTA’s Oases of Excellence Network of faculty-led, donor-funded programs and initiatives across the country. Oases of Excellence programs “share ACTA’s commitment to educating students for informed citizenship in a free society by maintaining the highest academic standards, introducing students to the best of the foundational arts and sciences, teaching American heritage, and ensuring free inquiry into a range of intellectual viewpoints.”

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Read the full press release, which also quotes an NMU student and recent grad, here.

Gillman Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowship

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Biology graduate student Sierra Gillman is the first Northern Michigan University recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF), one of the most prestigious awards available to students in the STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States.

The fellowship will support her thesis project, “Human foods in a wild carnivore’s diet: micro-changes with macro-consequences.” Gillman, who works with Assistant Professor Diana Lafferty, also won first place among graduate students for a related research poster presentation at NMU’s Celebration of Student Scholarship.

“I’m researching the different microorganisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract of black bears,” Gillman said. “The human microbiome plays an important role in host health, but we still don’t know much about the functional role of wildlife microbiomes. I was fortunate to work with local hunters and guides during the annual black bear harvest season to collect samples in the field. I then extracted DNA from the samples, so it’s really the best of both worlds: field work and lab work. The hunters and guides were super-supportive, so I’m looking forward to getting the results and communicating my findings with them.”

Gillman joined the master’s program in NMU’s Biology Department to have the opportunity to work with Lafferty in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science Lab, with the goal of conducting research that will result in meaningful advances in wildlife ecology and conservation. Gillman expressed gratitude to Lafferty for her mentorship and constant encouragement throughout the fellowship application process.

“Sierra successfully competed with graduate students at Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Berkeley, known for their rigorous ecological research programs, to secure this incredible fellowship,” Lafferty said. “She is the first graduate student to join my lab and it’s been a highly successful pairing; we’re a great team. She’s incredibly kind, ambitious, dedicated and highly productive. I’m proud of the great progress she’s made, which shows in the achievements she’s been able to accumulate through her work.”

Lafferty said the highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are selected by a panel of scientists based on the intellectual merits of the proposed work and broader impacts such as engaging diverse citizen scientists and making a strong connection between the work proposed and advancement of human knowledge.

“I hope this motivates undergraduate students to also apply and take the chance,” Gillman told attendees at the NMU Celebration of Student Scholarship. It’s attainable and I’m here to help if you ever want it.”

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Vendor Applications Available

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Vendor applications for the 2019 season of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market are now being accepted. The 20th season of the Saturday Summer Market opens Saturday, May 25 and runs every Saturday through October 26 at the Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third St. in Downtown Marquette. The hours of the market are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. New this year is the addition of a Wednesday Evening Market, which will run from June 12 through September 25, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The Late Fall Market will operate again this year on Saturdays from November 2 to December 14, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm inside at the Marquette Commons.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is operated and sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA). The MDDA Board of Directors has committed $13,000 to the 2019 operations of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Fees have been adjusted to offset market deficits above this level.

Applications received by Friday, May 3, will receive
priory placement and scheduling at the market. Applications are available at www.mqtfarmersmarket.com or can be picked up from the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at 337 W. Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market attracted more than
2,000 weekly visitors throughout the 2018 season, with $1,500,000 in estimated sales. Seasonally, more than 100 vendors participate in the market, selling fresh Michigan grown produce and farm produced goods, baked goods, and various artisan wares.

Questions can be directed to Myra Zyburt, Market Manager at 906-362-3276 or marketmanager@mqtfarmersmarket.com.

Anderton’s Earth Week Begins at NMU

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University is celebrating its fifth annual Anderton’s Earth Week April 15-19. Several activities are planned to honor John Anderton, a former geography professor and department head who passed away unexpectedly in March 2014. Students from NMU’s Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society planned the events, all of which are free and open to the public.

An art installation will be displayed in the Jamrich Hall lobby outside room 1100 from 11 am to 2 pm each day. Here is the remaining schedule:

Monday, April 15:

-Screening of the film Wasteland, Whitman Commons, noon

-Brad Neumann and Mary Martin address land management and off-grid living, 6 p.m. in West Science 3710

-Film Food for Change, 7 p.m., West Science 3710

Tuesday, April 16:

-Rochelle Dale will present on water preservation, 5 p.m., West Science 3710

-Geography Trivia Night, 5:30 p.m., West Science 3710

-Sigma Xi and Jes Thompson will address “Changing the Climate Conversation,” 7:30 p.m., Jamrich 1100

Wednesday, April 17:

-Nancy Warren will discuss citizen involvement, 2 p.m., West Science 3710

-Kathleen Henry and Scott Jordan will present on eco-tourism and getting involved after graduation, 6:30 p.m., West Science 3710

Thursday, April 18:

-Rod Chimner will address carbon stocks in tropical peatland ecosystems, 9 a.m., Jamrich 1318

-Kristen Carlson will present on climate change, 6 p.m., West Science 3710

-Screening of the film Bluefin, 6:30 p.m., West Science 3710

Friday, April 19:

-Northern Climate Network presentation on local resiliency in the face of climate change, noon, Jamrich 1318

-Gisele Duehring will speak on the Ripley Power Plant, 6 p.m., West Science 3710

-Screening of the film Cheshire, Ohio, 6:30 p.m., West Science 3710

Earth Day Documentary Screening at NMU

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University student group SAAE will be hosting a documentary screening of Cowspiracy on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm in Room #2902 West Science Bldg at NMU . We’ll be providing plenty of snacks and food!

At a time when whole regions are in drought, our oceans are dying, and severe weather is becoming the norm, Cowspiracy seeks to find the real reasons why and what we can do about it. Through intense conversations with the nation’s leading environmental advocacy groups this film explores the blind spots that are leading us down a road we won’t be able to drive our electric car out of.

Admission and food: FREE
After the documentary we’ll have an open Q & A session.