News for NMU Employees


Mike Letts (Art and Design) was awarded “Best in Show” at the 70th Anniversary Art Annual of the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wis. The exhibit runs through May 10. The Art Annual is open to artists in the 24 counties of northeastern Wisconsin and the 14 counties of the Upper Peninsula. Of the 54 artists who applied this year, 22 had work accepted into the show, which addressed a theme of Legacy. Michael Letts had two paintings selected for inclusion in the exhibit, “Monument II” and “Sanctuary,” which won the top honor (Photo courtesy of Neville Public Museum).

Four NMU physics majors have secured summer research internships. Kylee Branning of Marshfield, Mo., will work at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, where physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. She will do research in high-energy particle physics. Daniel Wilbern of Cary, Ill., will be at Argonne National Laboratory. Biidaaban “Daabii” Reinhardt of Gwinn will be at the Colorado School of Mines and Will Jessup is doing a summer school program in theoretical physics at Indiana University.

Catherine Bammert (Clinical Laboratory Sciences) co-published "Lysosomal Targeting with Stable and Sensitive Fluorescent Probes (Superior Lysoprobes): Applications for Lysosome Labeling and Tracking During Apoptosis" in Scientific Reports. This publication is the result of collaborative research performed by Bammert with faculty and researchers from Michigan Technological University, Stony Brook Translational Research Laboratory, Washington State University, the National Genome Research Institute and HeBei Medical Center in China. The research team designed and synthesized a series of new fluorescent probes (Superior Lysoprobes) that have the capacity to label acidic organelles and monitor lysosomal pH. Superior Lysoprobes were utilized to visualize lysosomal response to lobaplatin therapy in human cholangiocarcinoma cell lines. They also were employed to characterize the role of lysosomes in autophagy, correlate lysosome function with microtubule strength and observe morphological changes that take place in lysosomes during apoptosis. 

Northern Michigan University international students Wenfei Kou, Wilson Goh and Yufeng Zhuo took top honors in two categories at the eighth annual New Business Venture Competition sponsored by the College of Business. The team’s Hobby Car Malaysia, a destination for vintage American automobiles and classic muscle cars for enthusiasts in Malaysia, won first place for the best business plan presentation as well as top trade fair display. Second place in the business plan category and best elevator pitch went to Justina Liss for Superior Shores Bike Park, a business that aims to keep mountain bike riders on their bikes through the winter. Third place went to Micah Argeropoulos with the business proposal for Cardboard World and fourth place went to Brett Etengoff with his business Specular Restraint.