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CMU research group is creating a digital model of a medieval city in Spain

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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.

‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

MSU study shows biodegrading plastic additives are ineffective

Earth Day is just around the corner and some researchers have landfills, recycling and sustainability on their mind.

Researchers at Michigan State University recently published a study on biodegradable plastics. They found some plastics marketed as biodegradable and more sustainable don’t work. Continue reading

U.S. Geological Survey awards $9.7 million to build new invasive species lab

Anyone who fishes the Great Lakes are probably familiar with pesky aquatic invasive species, things like sea lamprey and certain gobies.

Now, officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say they are granting $9.7 million to build a new invasive species laboratory in Presque Isle county.

The construction contract has been awarded to an Alpena county company, Crittenden. The work there will focus on how to repel and remove invasives from the Great Lakes. Continue reading

CMU receives nearly 400K for invasive species research

European Frogbit

European Frogbit


CMU has been awarded nearly $400,000 to expand its work on controlling invasive species in Michigan, which was the second highest grant amount received among 19 other organizations.

According to the DNR, the grant aims to evaluate and expand management tools for invasive species in the Great Lakes.
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Researchers say obesity is linked to cancer

It’s common knowledge that being overweight isn’t good for your health, but according to researchers weight can also increase your chances of getting cancer.

The Centers For Disease Control says 66 percent of Michigan adults are overweight, and 33 percent are obese. Continue reading

CMU undergrad awarded summer internship at Smithsonian

Allison SniderOften college students spend their summers back home, hanging poolside or working summer jobs.

One CMU student is spending her summer interning at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Continue reading