Mohey Mowafy (HPER) has been appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition for a term that expires in June 2011. The seven-member board will be charged with licensing dieticians and nutritionists on an individual basis. Mowafy said Michigan was late to join the list of other states that have established licensure boards, in part because of the "turf battles" that have ensued between the two professions. "To be a registered dietician, there are clear pre-requisites," he said. "You have to graduate from an undergraduate program approved by the American Dietetic Association, participate in a practicum of six ot 10 months at a hospital and pass a national registration exam. The problem with nutritionists is that there are no regulations to tell consumers who's really qualified. It's been too easy for anyone to consider themselves a nutritionist." Mowafy is a registered dietician and also certified by the American College of Nutrition. He said the board is a good cross-section of physicians and individuals representing the two fields.

Deanna Pozega and Ryan Camps (Engineering Technology) represented NMU at Windpower 2007, the largest wind energy conference and exhibition held annually in North America. The trip was sponsored by WE Energies in an effort to increase awareness of alternative energies in its service area through local educators. Many states in the U.S. have set goals to attain a certain percentage of "green energy"
production over the next several years. This year's conference identified major challenges and solutions. It also focused on what actions are required to make wind energy a significant part of the U.S. electricity portfolio. Pozega and Camps can incorporate what they learned into the curriculum, which is expected to further enhance the new alternative energy minor offered at Northern.

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