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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Save the River looks to boost its education program
TWC News - Syracuse, NY (8/20)
A volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to protecting the St. Lawrence River has published a book to benefit the cause.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance aims to raise awareness of Bay City's schooner Appledore, other STEM teaching tools
MLive (8/20)
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance ambassadors and board members, joined Bay City, Mich. area educators and members of the media for a STEM excursion aboard the schooner Appledore IV.

Local teachers travel to study lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/4)
An Indiana high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a weeklong summer program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

TEACH Calendar of Events
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Interview with Dr. Frank Quinn

table of contents
Introduction/About GLERL
Dr. Quinn's area of expertise
The changing lake levels
Advice for students
All about the lakes!
Conclusion and more information

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Interview with Dr. Frank Quinn
Senior Hydrologist
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
March 23, 2001

Tell me a little about GLERL
and what kind of research occurs here.

Frank Quinn The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the same folks who bring you the weather everyday. GLERL was founded in 1974 and replaced the Lake Survey District of the Army Corps of Engineers, which had been around since the 1840's. Researchers were also recruited from the International Field Year on the Great Lakes, which took place on Lake Ontario in the early 1970's and was the largest scientific program ever run on the Great Lakes.

GLERL is a broad-based interdisciplinary laboratory. The researchers here study all aspects of the Great Lakes environment, such as the entire food chain from bacteria to fish, waves, ice, current, and water levels. Our recent focus has been the potential impacts of climate change.

How many researchers are at GLERL?
GLERL has around 75 researchers and support staff in its Ann Arbor, Michigan, office and the Lake Michigan Field Station in Muskegon, Michigan. Most scientists are working for the U.S. federal government, but many are part of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research here in Ann Arbor.

Our researchers have varied backgrounds. We have zooplankton biologists, hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, remote sensing specialists, oceanographers, geochemists and nuclear physicists on staff!

In a broad-based lab, everyone learns from each other, and you have a real synergy from people working together in different fields to really understand the Great Lakes system. They then can use that understanding to help create better resource policies for the Great Lakes.

In an effort to highlight Great Lakes careers for students interested in pursuing a career on the lakes, TEACH will be conducting interviews with professionals from around the region. Contact us if you would like to make a suggestion!

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