Fall 2015 Community News

The UM Extension Water Team (John Bilotta, Karen Terry, Eleanor Burkett and Doug Malchow) has created a  classroom version of the Watershed game, Building the Knowledge of the Leaders for Tomorrow, designed for middle and high school students in both formal and informal watershedclassroomlearning environments.  Working in teams, students apply tools (practices, plans, and policies) to decrease water pollution while balancing financial resources. The goal of the activity is to reduce pollution from various land uses to the stream without going broke.   This Watershed game classroom adaptation is designed to work within formal classroom environments with up to 32 students at a time.  It features multidisciplinary educational lessons that address multiple education standards in science, social studies, and English language arts.  For more information, visit the Watershed Game website.

Sara Heger WRC, OSTP, successfully defended her PhD dissertation Evaluation of Four Milk House Wastewater Treatment Systems in Minnesota, July 16, 2015. This project evaluated and demonstrated effective techniques and/or systems to reduce environmental pollution contained in dairy milk house wastewater and disseminated the results to dairy producers in Minnesota. Heger was advised by Ed Nater.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is pleased to announce that John A. Downing, an internationally prominent aquatic researcher and educator, has agreed to become the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program’s director and a professor in the Department of Biology. Downing, who is beginning his directorship in January, is moving to Duluth from Iowa State University, where he is a Regent’s Excellence Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Chair of the Environmental Science Graduate Program. Downing is also the Chair of the Executive Board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and the immediate past-president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.