Research presented by NMU students swept the top honors at the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiaive Conference held in March in Tustin. Julian “Gary” Palmer, a biology department adjunct professor and graduate student from Saginaw, and Jeremy Halka, a senior environmental conservation major from Davisburg, won the Best Presentation Award for “Radar Ornithology and Wind Energy in the Great Lakes.” Their research showed how publicly available weather radar data can be used to examine bird migration corridors and how that information can be used to improve wind farm siting plans. Brittney Dodge, a senior biology and physiology major from Macomb, won Best Poster Award for “DNA-Barcoding Identifies Unknown Bird Blood Samples to Species.” Organizers gave this year's awards in honor of the late William Robinson, NMU biology professor emeritus who served students for 34 years. The conference attracted bird conservationists from state and federal agencies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Ten NMU students attended with Alec Lindsay (Biology).

NMU's Lake Effect Show Choir, under the direction of Sharon Green (Music), performed an afternoon show at the Erickson Center in Curtis last month. The Newberry News published a feature story with a photo and gave the 90-minute performance a favorable review, stating "...the bright, spirited choir left Curtis a warmer, happier place."

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