Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Co-generation Plant Permit Appealed
Northern is moving ahead with the planning and design process for its combined heat and power co-generation plant, despite an organization’s challenge of the air-emissions permit approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The Sierra Club has filed an appeal with the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board. Whether the board dismisses the case or proceeds with a hearing, federal rules dictate that construction “be stayed” until the appeal is resolved.
The facility is planned as an addition to the west side of the Ripley Heating Plant (pictured). Full Story
Two NMU Residence Halls Achieve 'Green Building' Status
Northern can claim two of eight campus residence hall renovations in the United States—and the first in the Midwest—to achieve sustainability benchmarks set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Meyland and Van Antwerp Halls have received “certified” and “silver” designations, respectively, through the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Full Story
House Approves Higher Education Funding Plan
The Michigan House approved a higher education funding plan that would raise Northern’s state appropriation by 3.1 percent, or about $1.4 million. It breaks down as increases of 2.7 percent for NMU operations and 0.4 percent for the unfunded Indian tuition waiver mandate. Full Story
Burn Named Peter White Scholar
Stephen Burn (English) is the 2008-09 Peter White Scholar at NMU. The contemporary literature specialist is writing a book that will explore the impact of neuroscience on the American novel.
Burn said some authors have embraced the idea of using the chemical and physical structure of the brain to explain their characters’ thoughts, emotions and behavior.
Others, such as Jonathan Franzen, have challenged the authority neuroscience has in our culture.
SLFP Mentors Needed
Northern’s nationally recognized Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is seeking mentors. The SLFP pairs individuals who are active on campus and in the local community with students.
Kathy Richards (Engineering and Planning), left, is pictured with her first student fellow, Dana Toenjes.
Cytogenetics Lab Accredited
Marquette General Health System/NMU's cytogenetic and molecular pathology laboratory has been accredited by the Commission of Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. Dr. Ramakrishnan Sasi of MGH serves as director of the laboratory and as a visiting NMU faculty member in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. There are 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.