MSU Alumni Magazine - Winter 2017
Countless water endeavors ripple through most colleges, research centers, extension offices and a host of student organizations. Here are a few ways in which Water Moves MSU An assistant professor at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences has developed a SINGING GAME to honor her Native American heritage and raise awareness of threats to water. The inspiration for HONOUR WATER draws on Anishinaabe ceremonies. Honourwater.com/#intro Our extension program works to raise awareness and provide research on preventing algae growth in susceptible areas of the Western LAKE ERIE Basin. The initiative provides Michigan agricultural producers with information to monitor phosphorous losses from farm fields. The College of Osteopathic Medicine sent 31 medical students and 27 physicians to treat 2,334 patients in Peru last summer. In addition to serving residents of cities, they boarded the Amazon Queen, which became a floating clinic on which they administered care to people in remote villages along the Amazon River. Go.msu.edu/pZy Water researcher Joan B. Rose is the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. The prize is the most prestigious of its kind. It annually recognizes world-renowned water conservation and protection experts. Rose.canr.msu.edu Greening of the Great Lakes—MSU helps support a 60-minute radio broadcast on such environmental topics as sustainable use of water and other precious resources—airs at 7 p.m. Sundays on WJR NewsTalk 760. Hear its podcasts anytime at wjr.com/greening The MSU Extension was honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its efforts to help residents affected by lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint. Efforts included distribution of water filters, creation of cook books and facilitation of a 12,000-gallon milk donation. An associate professor at the College of Education has developed lessons to teach elementary students important concepts about THE WATER CYCLE. It’s designed to help fifth-graders understand the processes of evaporation and condensation by creating their own solar stills. Download the plans, they’re PDFs at the bottom of schwarz.wiki.educ.msu.edu. An associate professor in the College of Engineering has developed an autonomous ROBOTIC FISH designed to swim through the Great Lakes, monitoring tagged aquatic life. Go.msu.edu/robofish Students in the Engineers Without Borders organization are designing and implementing a rainwater collection system for a school in Buyuni, Tanzania. They’re also assisting on a composting latrine project in El Balsamar, El Salvador. Ewb.egr.msu.edu Find information on everything from septic systems to detention ponds and drought-resistant plants on the MSU Extension WATER USAGE website. Go.msu.edu/JZy The Water Science Network is funding 13 individual Water Cube teams, each tackling compelling water issues. Many will be working on new technologies such as next-generation sequencing or using microrobots to remove pollutants from water. Six multidisciplinary colleges are involved in the program. Water.msu.edu/watercube The Michigan Sea Grant’s GREAT LAKES EDUCATION PROGRAM gives schoolchildren and adults the chance to learn about water resources on Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie. Go.msu.edu/sea-grant Visit the MSU Museum from March 6 through September to immerse yourself in All My Relations: An Indigenous Perspective on Landscape. It features two extended photography projects that depict the power and beauty of nature—while communicating the concerns of how human activity threatens the planet. The Big Cloud series explores storm chasing. The storms are a version of the same forces that helped to create our galaxy, our solar system, our sun and even this very planet. Melting Away, shot in the Arctic and the Antarctic, represents a 10-year journey through endangered polar regions. Go.msu.edu/kZy For more on MSU’s outreach and research involving water, visit: water.msu.edu/water-sites and go.msu.edu/kgz
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