Oct. 17, 2014 Budget

Oct. 17, 2014 – Week 6

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HARBORS: New federal grants will help coastal communities in Michigan take advantage of their harbors to increase boating tourists. Four communities in Michigan, including at least one on Lake St. Clair, will take part in a study. We hear from a Sea Grant expert for the Northwest Lower Peninsula and the Alpena city manager. By Ian K. Kullgren. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, MARQUETTE, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, ST. IGNACE, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.

TEACHERSHORTAGES: The Education Department is searching for solutions to Michigan’s shortage of teachers to fill vacancies in math, science, technology, world languages and special education. Detroit and rural areas are hardest hit. Problems include the fact that Michigan’s 38 college and university education programs pump out too many students who want to teach elementary school or in already-full subjects, the superintendent of public instruction says. We hear from an Ottawa Area Intermediate School District expert. Senators from Hillsdale, Battle Creek and Grand Ledge want to make it easier for retiring teachers to return to the classroom. By Jordan Bradley. FOR BLISSFIELD, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.

SPAWNINGREEFS: A new 4-acre spawning habitat for whitefish, lake sturgeon and walleye is under construction at Harts Light in the St. Clair River, three times larger than one recently finished near Algonac. It’s part of a series of Sea Grant spawning habitat restoration projects in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers system. We hear from Michigan Sea Grant, U.S. Geological Survey and Ontario experts. By Katie Amann. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, ALPENA, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA & ALL POINTS.
w/SPAWNINGREEFSGRAPHIC: Diagram of spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant.

TURKEY: Turkey’s new strategy for winning long-anticipated membership in the European Union is unlikely to succeed, according to Turks in Michigan. We talk to Turkish citizens in Southwest Michigan and experts at MSU. By Duygu Kanver. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

SPINYWATERFLEA: The self-sustaining populations of the invasive spiny water flea, a crustacean, suggest a great problem in the Great Lakes region, according to researchers. It’s now in all five Great Lakes and many inland waters, including the U.P.’s Lake Gogebic, which is known for its yellow perch and walleye, as a Muskegon-based fisheries biologist explains. By Amanda Proscia. FOR LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, ALCONA, ALPENA, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE & ALL POINTS.
SPINYWATERFLEAGRAPHIC: Department of Natural Resources advice to prevent the spread of the spiny water flea and other invasive aquatic species.
SPINYWATERFLEAPHOTO: Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison.

NURSETRAINING: While the Ebola crisis is focusing attention on the ability of the U.S. health care system to respond, nursing programs in Michigan see an opportunity to enrich the education of their students. Meanwhile, the state’s largest nurses union criticizes the readiness of hospitals and the Snyder administration to protect staff and patients in such crises. We hear from experts at Calvin College, Andrews University, Northern Michigan University, the Michigan Hospital Association, Michigan Nurses Association and Michigan Center for Nursing. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GREENVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, LANSING CITY PULSE, DEADLINE DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.

MINORITYENROLLMENT: Two universities in the state – U of M and MSU –are among the top 100 nationally in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students, a new study finds. But when the numbers are broken down, Central Michigan, Cooley Law School, Oakland University and University of Detroit Mercy appear among the top 100 in some categories. We also hear from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING CITY PULSE, DEADLINE DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.


Too many teachers? Not enough? Both


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LANSING – The Department of Education is working on solutions to Michigan’s teacher shortage.

A number of factors led to the K-12 education system shortage, the state superintendent of public instruction, Michael Flanagan said.

These include the poor economy and recent graduates leaving to teach out of state, but what some people may not consider is that college students are learning to teach in subjects that don’t need more teachers.
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Harbors study ways to attract big yachts


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LANSING – A yearlong economic study funded by the federal government will help Great Lakes coastal communities capitalize on the growing recreational boating market.

The federal government awarded $471,000 to Michigan Sea Grant that includes a portion to help communities come up with ways to draw more tourists to their local harbors.

Sea Grant will choose four coastal communities around the state, including at least one on Lake St. Clair, to participate in the study over the next year.
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Some Michigan universities make top-100 list in minority degrees

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LANSING – Two universities in the state are among the top 100 nationally in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American students, according to a new survey.

The University of Michigan ranked 62nd and Michigan State ranked 87th for the 2012-13 academic year.

For master’s degrees, U of M, Central Michigan and Wayne State appeared in the top 100. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, U of M and Wayne State made the top 100 for professional degrees in fields — like law, divinity and medicine – and for doctorates.

Cooley and University of Detroit Mercy are the only private institutions in the state to make any of the lists.
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Train nurses for all crises, not just Ebola, experts say


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LANSING – The spread of Ebola to health care workers in the United States and the attack of enterovirus D68 among American children are drawing headlines, but nursing experts say both developments highlight the need for up-to-date training and preparation of nurses and hospitals for more than a single crisis.

The broader question is improving quality and safety for both nurses and patients., said Donald Wasserman, the communications manager at the Michigan Center for Nursing in Okemos. The nonprofit center is a health-promotion organization for nurses and other health care professionals they work with.

“One of our big initiatives is advancing nursing education and achieving a’ triple aim’ goal, Wasserman said: reduce health costs, improve the outcome for patients and enhance the health of “the community as a whole.”
Meanwhile, nursing programs across the state are incorporating the latest developments and treatments in what they teach their students.
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Spiny water fleas thrive, disrupt all Great Lakes


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LANSING – Self-sustaining populations of the spiny water flea, an invasive species in the Great Lakes, suggest a greater problem, according to researchers.

“They reflect a disruptive food web in the Great Lakes,” said Steven Pothoven, a research biologist stationed in Muskegon for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Despite its misleading name, the spiny water flea is a crustacean rather than an insect. Its diet consists mostly of zooplankton. Small fish can’t eat the spiny water flea because of its long, barbed tail spine, but larger species of fish such as an adult paddlefish can do so.
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EU membership will elude Turkey, Michigan Turks say


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LANSING — Turks in Michigan say they’re not hopeful about the success of an initiative by the new government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to accelerate negotiations to win European Union membership for Turkey.

In the second cabinet meeting after Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s election as president, “the focus and primary agenda was the European Union,” said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc.

Arinc outlined a three-step plan to begin this year as “a new but scheduled course of action” to be carried out within five years. The strategy aims at preparing Turkey for EU membership by 2019.
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New river reefs built to encourage fish spawning


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LANSING – Whitefish, lake sturgeon and walleye will soon have a new place to breed.

A team from Michigan Sea Grant and its research and industry partners is currently laying rock for a new spawning habitat at Harts Light in the St. Clair River.


Diagram of spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant

This new habitat will span four acres, which is about three times larger than the spawning reef built earlier this year at Pointe aux Chenes near Algonac.
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