Monday, November 13, 2006

NMU Studies Impact of Proposal 2


The measure approved by Michigan voters that bans affirmative action programs in education and other areas is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 22. NMU plans to make productive use of the next 40 days assessing the full reach of the amendment and its potential impact on university programs. President Les Wong is directing a task force to address the issue. Full Story

Brady Documentary Explores Green Energy Economy

At one time, what was good for the environment was often viewed as bad for business. But a new television documentary titled Michigan’s Green Energy Economy takes a closer look at how investment in solar, wind and biofuels is creating economic growth in the state.

Dwight Brady (CAPS, pictured) produced the program for an upcoming edition of the Emmy-award winning public television series Michigan at Risk. The half-hour documentary will air at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 15, on WNMU-TV and all other Michigan Public Broadcasting affiliates. Full Story


Mali Singer's Campus Visit Topic of CAPS/WNMU-TV Production

West African pop diva Nainy Diabate’s visit to campus is the focus of another documentary produced with assistance from WNMU-TV that will air on the station this month.

From Mali to Michigan: A Musical Bridge will be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 29. The program combines footage of the cultural and musical heritage of Diabate’s native Mali, located on the fringes of the Sahara in West Africa, with performance video from her concerts in Marquette with local musicians. Full Story


Essay Contests Established

A nonfiction essay contest and literary award, "The Lois and Willard Cohodas Prize Endowment," has been established at NMU. It is open to all undergraduate students, with cash prizes for the top three submissions. The "One Book, One Community" program in Marquette is also sponsoring an essay contest for students and adults around the theme "The New American Dream." Full Story


Future Science Teachers Receive Lessons in Hands-on Learning

NMU education majors are using a hands-on approach to studying the Lake Superior watershed. Greg Coverdale (Education) is giving them a taste of inquiry-based learning in the hope that they will adopt a similar strategy as future K-8 science teachers. Guided by the theme “Great Lakes in Our World,” his science methods class has participated in a variety of outdoor projects this semester.

Students are assessing the impact of power plants and paper mills on water quality; comparing mercury levels in Deer Lake and Teal Lake; and analyzing differences in water quality between inland lakes and Lake Michigan. They are also studying other region-specific environmental issues related to forestry and wolves. Full Story


‘Writing with Light’ Project Begins


American Indian students from across the Upper Peninsula will develop skills in photography and use the visual medium as a vehicle for storytelling and personal reflection through a project titled “Writing with Light: Waaseyaasibii’ige.”


The project begins this month with a series of hands-on workshops and will culminate in a celebratory exhibit at the U.P. Children’s Museum in late March. Christine Garceau and April Lindala (Center for Native American Studies), pictured left to right, are collaborating on the program. Students will learn how to use a camera, make contact prints, process 8-by-10 inch photographs and mat and frame their prints for exhibition. Each participant will contribute at least one image, along with a written narrative on cultural memory, to the public display. Full Story

Politics and Science Addressed

Michael Halpern of the Union of Concerned Scientists will present Politics and Science: Building the Capacity to Restore Scientific Integrity to Federal Policy Making at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Mead Auditorium. His speech will focus on such topics as air quality and global warming and how government science on these issues is being “censored and manipulated on an unprecedented scale, which has a dangerous impact on our health, safety and environment.” He will also discuss the role universities play in educating students and the public about the relationship between science and public policy            


The Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 scientists and citizens. For more information, visit the UCS Web site at Halpern’s visit is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the teaching and learning advisory council, and by the office of the dean of graduate studies and research.


As a child, Phyllis Zaenglein (Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences) wanted to be a nurse. Her career has followed a different path, but she is still in the service profession as the senior secretary of her department, the surgical technology program and the nursing arts lab.


“My personal goal is to do whatever I can to make life easier for the faculty and students,” she said. Full Story


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