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A Central Michigan University research group returned from Spain this month, where they digitally mapped a medieval city.
Without ever digging in the ground – a CMU research team is working to recreate a 15th century city digitally.
Scott de Brestian is an art history professor at CMU.
He said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.
“So Nájera is today a fairly small, sleepy town of a few thousand people, but in the past it was a royal capital it had one of the most important monasteries in northern Spain and it has a very rich history.”
De Brestian said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.
“One technique that we’re using is photogrammetry, which is a way of taking photographs of a building or an object from various objects and combining them, and that creates a 3D model then that you can actually import into our database.”
De Brestian said he’s looking forward to working on more projects like this in the future.
Over 500 celebrities were in Lapeer County earlier this month, well, their autographs were.
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The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same sex marriage has caused immediate reaction around Michigan, both for and against.
Several same sex couples lined up first thing this morning at their local clerk’s office, ready to receive a license.
One took place on the campus of CMU today.
A crowd of more than 70 students gathered to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson. Students held signs and chanted things like , “Hands up, don’t shoot!”.
Kim Raymond, a senior at CMU, attended the protest.
She said, “I think it’s sad but seeing all the violent protests in Ferguson I think that’s even sadder. I feel like they should practice non-violence like Martin Luther King did and not light things on fire or hurt people.”
CMU Senior Hannah Mollett helped organize the protest.
She said she’d like to see a couple of changes in society.
“I think one is underlying racist culture. I think that the exponential amount of young black boys and men that are killed by police in this country is absolutely disgusting. I also think that relates back to violence and gun violence in our culture, the police misuse of power, so I think it’s kind of a combination of factors.”
Another protest also took place in front the University Center on campus later in the afternoon.
The family of Michael Brown and President Obama have called for protests to be peaceful in the wake of the verdict.
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If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a faraway place, but don’t have the time or money right now, how about a trip to Saginaw instead. At one of the city’s culture centers you can literally set foot in Japan.
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Drivers on some Michigan highways may have noticed billboards offering the chance to “Gain Peace,” discuss Islam, and obtain a free copy of the Muslim holy book. It’s all part of an Islamic outreach group’s attempt to change the conversation about the religion.
Dr. Sabeel Ahmed is the director of the Gain Peace campaign, which he said is not about trying to convert anyone, but simply an educational effort.
“We want to make sure that we work on the commonalities that there may be between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths,” he said. “If they are activists in the church or in the synagogue, we would like to work with them for the betterment of the society.”
Gain Peace is a national organization supported by the Islamic Circle of North America. In addition to the billboards, the group has taken out newspaper, television, and radio ads in different parts of the state.
Ahmed said that, despite Michigan being home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country, there are still many misconceptions about the religion and what he described as a certain degree of “Islamophobia” in the state. He said the response to the campaign has been largely positive.
“Not only (do) we have our Christian friends and our Jewish friends calling, we’ve also had a few atheist people who are calling, and they want to know who is doing this, and they want to engage with us about discussing topics within Islam,” he said.
According to FBI statistics, hate crimes against Muslims nationally jumped 50 percent in 2010 and remain at what the Bureau calls “relatively high levels.”
On The Web:
Gain Peace Campaign: www.GainPeace.com
This story was produced by Mona Shand with the Michigan News Connection.
State education officials have launched an initiative that will leverage private donations to improve literacy and build a “culture of reading” in Michigan.
Since the world’s globalization, cultural awareness has become increasingly important. Central Michigan University hosted an event Tuesday focusing on cultural diversity and how studying abroad can provide a better experience for students on a global scale. Continue reading