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Wednesday, February 15

Healthy Urban Waters

Dear Supporters of the Great Lakes,

I’m sending our regular notice of events to a broader audience than usual because it includes events that may be of interest throughout the Great Lakes.  We would be delighted if you would forward this email (or the relevant portions) to others who may be interested.  If you don’t regularly receive event emails from me and would like to, please let me know.

Erie Hack: Innovate Around the Lake is an international, tech-driven water innovation competition and accelerator program taking place Feb-April 2017 in the major metropolitan areas around Lake Erie that will create publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive economic vitality. Winners of the competition will share in more than $100,000 in prizes, including cash and entrepreneurial acceleration services.  Coders, designers, engineers and water experts are needed to generate creative solutions to the biggest challenges of the Lake Erie Basin.  The project is seeking team participants, sponsors, data contributors, and mentors to provide expertise and context for the hacking teams.  For more information on the ErieHack challenge statements and events, and to sign up to participate, see eriehack.io.  To sign up to attend the February 23rd Detroit kickoff (5-8 p.m. at TechTown Detroit), please RSVP

Water@Wayne Seminar - Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. at Wayne State University Bernath Auditorium in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.  A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.  Talk title:  "Global change, hydrology, and freshwater biodiversity," with Dr. Jason Knouft, St. Louis University. His research focuses on the impacts of human activities on freshwater resources and the distribution and diversity of aquatic species.  This seminar will focus on various studies integrating field-based research with hydrologic, water temperature, and landcover models as well as global climate model data to predict the responses of freshwater systems to human activities, particularly land use change and climate change. Results suggest that hydrologic characteristics of freshwater systems are regulated by complex physical systems and the response of biodiversity to alterations of these systems varies spatially, temporally, and among taxonomic groups.

Ballast Technology Exhibit – You are invited to the opening of a new exhibit at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, February 24, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  The exhibit, about the history and current developments in the design of ballast systems for Great Lakes ships is produced by the Ram Laboratory at Wayne State University, with content provided by Jeffrey Ram (Wayne State) and Matthew Daley (Grand Valley State); design by Esther Rhee (Wayne State graduate) with mentoring by Siobhan Gregory (Wayne State); and videography by Joe Aloisio (Wayne State graduate).  The exhibit is sponsored by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.  News about the event:  http://verifyballast.med.wayne.edu/news.php?id=22178; Video "trailer" about the exhibit:  https://youtu.be/79zJJ7_3oDc;  RSVP if planning to attend:  http://verifyballast.med.wayne.edu/nmglballastexhibit.php
The Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes is seeking volunteers for its annual Michigan legislator Lead Education Day, March 8th, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  PleaseRSVP early to allow MIALSH to plan meetings with lawmakers.  No experience is required.


Lara Treemore Spears, Program Coordinator
Healthy Urban Waters
Wayne State University
2157 Engineering
5050 Anthony Wayne Dr.
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Cell:  734-223-1224