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Science News – June 21

Aerial View (Rendering) of University of Detroit  Jesuit High school STEM Center

The University of Detroit Jesuit High School is building an amazing STEM facility, the Michigan Science Center is teaching robotics, and Great Lakes benefactors talk algal blooms and how to make a difference. Check out this week’s science headlines.

University Of Detroit Jesuit High School Is Building A New $16 Million STEM Center:

The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, the largest and oldest of the three Catholic high schools in Detroit, has broken ground on its state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Center. The center is expected to be completed in August 2016, and it will be the only high school facility of its kind in Detroit. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) center is the largest monetary investment in science and technology at any Michigan high school in recent years…. (Daily Detroit)

Michigan Science Center gears up for summer of science with new Robot Lab:

The Michigan Science Center gears up for its summer of science with the opening of the new ‘Robot Lab’. The ‘Robot Lab’ debuted Friday as students from Detroit Public School’s Ronald Brown Academy got to explore the exhibit for the first time…. (MLive)

Ontario, Michigan and Ohio pledge 40% phosphorus cut to reduce algal blooms:

After a toxic algal bloom cost Pelee Island more than $1 million last summer, Mayor Rick Masse knows the urgency of putting less phosphorus into Lake Erie. Ontario, Michigan and Ohio agreed last week to reducing the phosphorus heading to Lake Erie’s western basin by 40 per cent in 10 years. Phosphorus can come from fertilizer runoff (farms or lawns), faulty septic systems and combined sewer overflow discharges from sewage treatment plants during storms. The interim goal is a 20 per cent reduction by 2020….. (The Windsor Star)

WKAR’s ‘Curious Crew’ makes science fun for kids:

Inside Impression 5 Science Center, three cameras focus on Rob Stephenson and a trio of kids in bright blue T-shirts. It’s Monday and the museum is closed, but its bright, second-floor exhibit space has temporarily become a TV studio. It’s the first day of recording for the second season of WKAR’s kids’ science show, “Curious Crew.”….. (Lansing State Journal)

Detroit STEM programs launch local youth into science, tech careers:

S-T-E-M. Remember those letters! They stand for science, technology, engineering and math, and jobs in those fields are jumping right now. Michigan will need to fill an estimated 274,000 STEM-related positions by 2018, according to a report from Unfortunately, the state is struggling to produce workers qualified to take those jobs….. (InspirED Michigan)

Generosity of local farmer creates national impact:

Harold and Edythe Marshall’s gift of their 300-acre farm to Michigan State University has been a major boon to understanding the ecology of new biofuel crops, producing research results with national impact by scientists at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station. Under a unique partnership between the Marshalls and MSU, the farmland east of Hickory Corners in Barry County is enabling scientists from the KBS Long-term Ecological Research and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to conduct unique biofuel research with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation….. (MSU Today)

On the road to ubiquity (NSF support of laser research):

When the National Science Foundation (NSF) was founded in 1950, the laser didn’t exist. Some 65 years later, the technology is ubiquitous. As a tool, the laser has stretched the imaginations of countless scientists and engineers, making possible everything from stunning images of celestial bodies to high-speed communications. Once described as a “solution looking for a problem,” the laser powered and pulsed its way into nearly every aspect of modern life…. (NSF)

Majority of adults favor ban on powdered alcohol:

This was one of the featured stories of the week — see our full article on how the public feels about powdered alcohol.

Andrew Christlieb: Taking a large-scale step:

Large data is coming up everywhere within science these days. The problem is, the data sets are growing in size faster than our computing technology is growing. Further, the use of computational modeling as a technique to investigate the world around us has become a critical third leg of science, after experimentation and analysis. As a result, computational science has developed into a discipline in its own right…… (MSU Today)

Four top Michigan teachers earn ag foundation grants:

Foundation for Agriculture (MFA) has named four outstanding teachers from around the state as the recipients of its 2014-15 educational grants to help fund exemplary classroom projects that teach school children about the importance of agriculture…… (Farmers Advance)

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