Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lana Pollack of International Joint Commission to present World Water Day lecture at Michigan Tech March 22

HOUGHTON -- Can science save the Great lakes? It’s an appropriate question to ask on World Water Day, which is Thursday, March 22, and even more appropriate since Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center is nearing completion and scheduled to open this summer.

Lana Pollack, chair of the US Section of the International Joint Commission, will examine the threats to the health of the Great Lakes and discuss how research data-based policy-making can protect them, at a free public World Water Day Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Electrical Energy Resource Center (EERC) on the Michigan Tech campus. The International Joint Commission is an independent, bi-national organization that works to prevent and resolve boundary waters disputes for the common good of the US and Canada.

Before the lecture, the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (CWS) will sponsor a graduate poster session and competition to highlight the ongoing research on water at MTU. The poster session is scheduled for 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the front atrium of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering building.

In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of water research and CWS, students from six different departments have registered posters -- in two categories, research and classes. The posters will be judged and cash awards made in both categories.

"World Water Day is the signature event for CWS," Noel Urban, CWS director and Michigan Tech professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "The poster session, guest speaker and reception provide an opportunity for CWS members from all of 11 departments represented by the center to socialize and sow seeds for future collaborations."

The lecture is sponsored by the CWS and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series. A reception will follow the lecture in the Dow 6th floor lobby.

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