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Lake Superior State University is Working on Expanding Their Aquatic Research Laboratory

Lake Superior State University is planning a 12 million dollar renovation of its aquatic research laboratory.

Ashley Moerke (mer-key) is a professor of Biology and co-director of the aquatic research lab at Lake Superior State University.

“What we’ve proposed is a 12 million dollar expansion of our existing aquatic research laboratory at Lake Superior State University. And this is a building that would be enhancing our capabilities in areas of freshwater research, public education and outreach, student training and in community involvement in our region.”

Moerke said the project would be funded with state funds and that it’s a priority in the governor’s  budget.

She said state funding would cover 75 percent of project costs. The rest will come from fundraising and private donations.

The project aims to create new facilities for students to get hands-on experience.

It would also create a center for the general public, in an attempt to educate the community about issues facing the Great Lakes.

“We’re working on it being a true center. So we’re trying to bring in collaborators from other agencies, from other universities that will conduct research at our center for freshwater research and education, that may have offices in that center. So it will provide a community of experts of Great Lakes issues in this region.”

The project will begin as soon as funding is secured.

CMU Professor named Michigan Distinguished Professor

faculty wards. President award. Gary Dunbar

Dr. Gary Dunbar has accomplished alot in his 33 years here at Central Michigan University. From being with the neuroscience program from the beginning, to seeing it become top in the nation in 2013. Continue reading

Lawmakers take aim at antiquated, duplicative reporting requirements for schools


State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.

Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.

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State Board of Education considers taking Snyder to court over executive order


The state Board of Education (SBE) is considering a court challenge to an executive order signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The order takes control of Michigan’s School Reform Office away from the elected SBE and state education officials. It puts the office, which is meant to oversee Michigan’s lowest performing schools, directly under Snyder’s control.
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Grand Traverse County College faculty vote to unionize

NMC courtesy photo

NMC courtesy photo

Officials at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City said their faculty has voted to unionize.

Officials said faculty voted to join the Michigan Education Association.

Marguerite Cotto is with Northwestern Michigan College.

“This is a change in status for faculty that is not driven by questions of compensation- basic salary or wages- this is a very different type of conversation that is emerging for a desire to have a different role and scope of conversation within the college,” Cotto said.

She said the vote was 65 to 16 in favor of unionizing. One vote was not counted due to a spoiled ballot.

Cotto said students shouldn’t notice any changes from the vote.

MEA certification is scheduled for March 23.

Michigan Historical Commission approves four new historical markers

MI_His_CenterResidents and tourists in Michigan have some new historical destinations to learn about.

The Michigan Historical Commission has added four new historical markers to the more than 1700 green and gold signs found across the state. Continue reading

State Senate sends budget cuts to Gov. Snyder that divert surplus school aid dollars

State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $500 billion dollar budget hole.

The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund. Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments. Continue reading