Science News – July 12

MARLO the bi-pedal robot -- University of MichiganMeet MARLO (pictured right) the robot — University of Michigan’s new two-legged robot with human feet. He can walk on his own and that’s a huge deal. 

New DTE Float To Feature In National Cherry Festival Parade

One of the key sponsors of the parades here at the National Cherry Festival is back in the lineup this year. DTE Gas has built up a brand new float for this year’s festivities. DTE’s president says this year’s float is designed to honor four subjects important for kids to learn: science, technology, engineering and math…. (9&10 News)

Two-legged robot with human feet can now walk independently

Humans evolved to walk on two legs, but getting robots there has proven quite challenging so far. That’s why it is amazing to see this bipedal robot, developed by the University of Michigan, walk without the help of a support beam…… (Popular Science)

Students get hands-on with science and technology at Learning Fair

There were a number of odd sights outside the Ella Sharp Museum on Thursday, July 9, including pickles with an orange glow and bananas that could be played like a keyboard. It wasn’t a haunted market. Rather, it was two examples of science that students in the Jackson area experienced at the 22nd annual Learning Fair, which continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 10. Admission is free….. (MLive)

Researchers predict severe algal bloom in Lake Erie

Another severe algal bloom will hit western Lake Erie later this summer, according to environmental scientists from the University of Michigan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Last August, high levels of cyanobacteria shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply…. (Michigan Radio)

Michigan Tech Names New Provost

Jacqueline Huntoon has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University.  Huntoon has been dean of Michigan Tech’s Graduate School since 2005 and associate provost since 2011.  She is also a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences….. (Michigan Tech News)

WMU medical school to acquire Southwest Michigan Innovation Center

The Southwest Michigan Innovation Center located in Western Michigan University’s Business, Technology and Research Park is being acquired by the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. The WMU Board of Trustees approved the acquisition at a regular business meeting Wednesday, but the deal won’t be finalized until it also is approved by the medical school board and the boards of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and Southwest Michigan First… (MLive)

MSU Ag Tech expands off-campus certificate programs and sites this fall

The Institute of Agricultural Technology at MI (MSU IAT) has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years. In addition to local access to MSU academic programs serving agriculture, the community college collaboration enables students to obtain an Associate’s Degree through supplemental coursework…. (MSU Extension)

Michigan State University and Wipro Announce Graduation of First Cohort of 25 Teachers of US Urban STEM & Leadership Fellowship Program

Wipro Limited, a global information technology, consulting and business process services company, in partnership with the Michigan State University College of Education, today recognized 25 Chicago Public School (CPS) educators for their completion of the MSU-WIPRO Urban STEM & Leadership Fellowship… (MarketWatch)

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