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Sustainability of the Great Lakes focus of third annual symposium

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters to deliver keynote Oct. 14

Contact: Curt Smith


​​Policy issues related to the sustainability of the ever-changing Great Lakes will be explored by panelists from throughout the country at Central Michigan University's third annual Great Lakes Science in Action Symposium Friday, Oct. 14.

The symposium, hosted by the Institute for Great Lakes Research, will feature a keynote address from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. ​Peters serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. He also served as CMU's Griffin Endowed Chair for American Government from 2007 to 2008.

Panel discussions will address the issues that policy makers need to know regarding research, monitoring, sustainability and restoration of the Great Lakes. S​​ee the full symposium schedule here.

Sen. Peters will be available to meet with media at approximately 11:15 a.m., or immediately following his keynote address, in the Biosciences Building. If you are with the media and will be attending, please contact University Communications at news@cmich.edu or 989-774-3197.

Along with CMU Great Lakes experts, panelists include state legislators and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and several nongovernmental organizations.

The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of CMU's new Biosciences Building.

2015-0497-007 Beaver Island Research CMU Students sj.jpgThe event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should notify Jessica Lapp, coordinator of CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research, at 989-774-4401 or IGLR@cmich.edu to receive a parking pass for the day. Lunch is provided to those who register.

CMU is a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes. The Institute for Great Lakes Research — with more than 20 faculty — is supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. Central oversees two $10 million EPA grants to conduct Great Lakes wetlands restoration and preservation research and allocates funds through this grant to nine other universities and three governmental agencies.


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