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Center for Water and Society World Water Day 2012


The Center for Water & Society ~ World Water Day Lecture
Lana Pollack, Chair of the U.S. Section
of the International Joint Commission

at Michigan Technological University

Can Science Save the Great Lakes?
The five Great Lakes face a host of challenges that require a renewed commitment to scientific research. Threats from climate change and invasive species, contaminants from historic and pending mining operations, and pollution that originates half way around the world in Asia - all require more research for better data-based decision-making.
What level of scientific certainty will suffice to persuade the public and government leaders to take measures essential to protect the Great Lakes? What role will U.S. and Canadian cultural values play in protecting the lakes for future generations?
In order to better understand the dynamics of the Great Lakes we need to examine the human dynamics that will determine what measure of respect we are ultimately willing to afford these unique inland freshwater seas.

“Can Science Save the Great Lakes?”  Video on the Great Lakes Research Channel on Vimeo

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 Lana Pollack, U.S. delegate, International Joint Commission meeting withsome members of the audience at Michigan Tech
“Can Science Save the Great Lakes?”  Video on the Great Lakes Research Channel on Vimeo 1 hour 3 minutes
 Lana Pollack, U.S. delegate, International Joint Commission

Center for Water and Society World Water Day Poster Competition Awards

Event photos and videos provided by Michigan Tech College of Engineering: Promoting interdisciplinary research

The Center for Water & Society World Water Day poster competition was held Thursday March 22, 2012. Awards were made in two categories: Original Research (presentation of thesis or project research) and Coursework/Informational (presentation of coursework or literature-based research). Following are the awards and recipients.

View a few sample research projects on Video Player above or select video clips from a Playlist

Award Winners

See Posters as PDFs

Original Research Category:
1st - Marcel Dijkstra ($250)
2nd - Aparupa Sengupta ($150)
3rd - Jonathen Ebel ($100) and Ashley Coble ($100)

Coursework/Informational:
1st -  Bethany Blease ($250)
2nd - Paula Giryn ($150)
3rd - Stephanie Tulk ($100)


Marcel Dijkstra

First Place Award Original Research

Marcel Dijkstra

Advisor: Marty Auer

Predicting Ecosystem Changes in Lake Superior Insights Regarding Thermal Structure and the Spring Algal Bloom  

Video Clip


Aparupa Sengupta

Second Place Award Original Research

Aparupa Sengupta

Advisor: Rupali Datta & Sue Bagley

Degradation of antibiotics in wastewater using tetracycline resistant microbes recovered from an invitro hydroponic phytoremediation system

Video Clip


Ashley A. Coble

Third Place Award Original Research (Tie)

Ashley A. Coble

Advisor: Amy Marcarelli

Nutrient spiraling and export responses to seasonal changes in a 1st-order tributary of Lake Superior  


Jonathon Ebel

Third Place Award Original Research (Tie)

Jonathon Ebel

Advisor: Amy Marcarelli

Biofilm Response to Nutrient Mitigation Using Salmon Carcass Analog in Central Idaho Streams  


BL4465 Biological Oceanography

First Place Award Coursework/Informational

BL4465 Biological Oceanography: Josh Papacek, Abby Raguse, Bethany Blease, Alicia Doyle, Mike Kraft, Taylor Luginbill,       Danielle Scott, Jade Woiderski, and Melanie Lemerande

Advisor: Nancy Auer

Human Noise Pollution and its Impact on Marine Life  


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Second Place Award Coursework/Informational

Paula Giryn

Advisor: John Gierke

Land-use change effects on the Mississippi River Basin  


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Third Place Award Coursework/Informational

Stephanie Tulk

Management of Hydrological Systems near Alpine Glaciers  


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Neil Baltes, Tony Geglio, Kyle Hanson, Coleen Huling, William Pearson, James Robinson

Advisor: John Gierke

Aqua Terra Tech Enterprise

Characterizing the Hydrology and Sustainability of a Water Resource


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Emily Bouckaert

Advisor: Nancy Auer

Assessing the Distribution and Drift of Larval Lake Sturgeon in the Lower St. Clair River  


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Alex Bruns

Advisor: Sarah Green

Lake Superior: A warming to be concerned with?  


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Alex R. Collins

Advisor: Molly Cavaleri

The Effects of Experimental Warming and Irrigation on the Water-use of Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum) in a Northern Hardwood Forest


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Aleta Daniels

Advisor: Evan Kane

The effects of peatland plant functional types and altered hydrology on dissolved porewater chemistry  


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Jacob Woolley, Elliot Rouleau, Will McSorley, Laura Schaner, Eric Shepeck, Andrew Reed, Guokun Zhang (Senior Design)

Advisor: John Gierke

Locating Contamination Near the Torch Lake Superfund Site  


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Rasika Gawde (presented by Marcel Dijkstra)

Advisor: Marty Auer

Predicting Ecosystem Changes in Lake Superior: Hydrodynamics  


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Emily Gochis

Advisor: John Gierke

The role of vegetation on the water balance of a catchment area  


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Martin Hobmeier

Advisor: Charlie Kerfoot

Inland Spiny Water Flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) Dispersal and Impacts on Zooplankton Communities  


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Meral Jackson

Advisor: Tom Pypker

Wetland and Stream Restoration Effects on Hydrology, Vegetation, and Gas Flux within Seney National Wildlife Refuge


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Jamie La Duc

Advisor: Charlie Kerfoot

Predator-Prey Interactions: Spiny Water Flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) and Fish


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Renn S. Lambert

Advisor: Marty Auer

Great Lakes Tributary Phosphorus Bioavailability  


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Nicole Matthias

Advisor: Amy Marcarelli

Nutrient Limitation of Biofilm Biomass in Streams of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan  


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Tony Mathys

Advisor: Casey Huckins

Influence of Introduced Species and Excess Sand on Habitat Use by Stream Salmonids in the Salmon Trout River, Marquette County, MI.


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Ali Mirchi

Advisor: Dave Watkins

A system dynamics approach to integrated TMDL policy for Lake Allegan, Michigan  


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Cassandra Ott

Advisor: Rod Chimner

Total Carbon in Peatlands of the Great Lakes Region of North America


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Julie A. Padilla

Advisor: Noel Urban

Inventory of mining-impacted streams in the coastal zone of the Keweenaw Peninsula  






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