Science in the News – Week of May 31

Michigan DNR Research Vessel - DNR
Michigan DNR Research Vessel – DNR

Science in the news, headlines from across Michigan. Stay engaged and see what’s happening in science today that will make a difference tomorrow.

Aquaculture (More Research):

The State of Michigan is weighing whether to open the door to commercial fish farming in the Great Lakes. Millions of rainbow trout are raised for food by Canadians every year in Lake Huron and promoters of the business say Michigan should follow suit and could even become a world leader in aquaculture. State officials are trying to figure out what the risks are and the idea is likely to face opposition from sport fishing groups and other conservationists. (Michigan Public Radio)

Science and Roller Coasters:

The roller coaster overhead slowly climbs a 90-degree vertical section of track before dropping over the top to plunge toward the ground at 50 mph — lunging into a barrel roll, looping and spinning into a full rollover. The adrenalin-inducing Thunderhawk at Michigan’s Adventure has long been a staple of summer vacation.  Now, through a Michigan Science Center program, the seven roller coasters and other rides at the West Michigan amusement park are also part of physics and other STEM lessons for visiting students — while class is still in session. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

Team Science (Lefkofskys Donation):

Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, have donated $1.2 million to the University of Michigan Health System. The gift from the couple’s family foundation will create a clinical research scholars program to support researchers studying cancer and heart disease, according to a statement from U of M. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Drought Resistant:

As drought continues, and demand grows, researchers like Alex Mayer from Michigan Technological University are looking to new models to improve the region’s drought resiliency. Mayer, a professor of environmental engineering at Michigan Tech, is part of a unique team looking at water resources along a section of the Rio Grande. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the US Department of Agriculture, has awarded the project a $4.9 million grant to study water shortage and climate change for the next five years in the region. (Michigan Tech News)

Michigan Science Center:

Through its non-profit Visteon Fund, Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) is contributing $200,000 over four years to the Michigan Science Center (MiSci), a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-focused museum in Detroit. The donation, to be made in $50,000installments starting this year, underscores the global automotive supplier’s commitment to igniting an interest in STEM education among children. (CNN Money)

Research Vessels Back on Great Lakes:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that all four of its fisheries research vessels are back on the water, beginning their annual surveys of Great Lakes fish populations.Surveys conducted by these Great Lakes research vessels are designed to examine and collect information on all aspects of the state’s Great Lakes fish community. This information is essential in supporting the DNR’s mission to conserve, protect and manage the billion-dollar Great Lakes fishery resource for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. These surveys also continue assessment and evaluation work begun in the 1960s. (Sault Ste. Marie Evening News)

Story excerpts are sourced from their links and edited for clarity.

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