CNS budget, Oct. 7, 2022

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Week 5 – 10/7/22

CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

Welcome to the fifth CNS file of the 2022 fall semester. 

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295,

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640;

Here is your file:

COOLEST THINGS: Mattresses that stay cool on hot nights, an electric motorcycle, a table for performing back surgery and a hand-crafted boat that took a year to build are in the running for the Coolest Thing Made in Michigan. The Michigan Manufacturers Association contest is down to 10 candidates that exemplify diversity of the state’s manufacturers. A winner is set to be announced Nov. 10. By Liam Jackson. FOR HOLLAND, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, HILLSDALE, ADRIAN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINES, CORP! and ALL POINTS.

w/COOLEST THINGS PHOTO 1: A demonstration of how patients will use the Spine Tabletop, a Coolest Thing Made in Michigan top 10 contest winner. Credit: Domico Med-Device

w/COOLEST THINGS PHOTO 2: The CX5e Electric Minicycle model by Cobra MOTO, a Coolest Thing Made in Michigan top 10 contest winner. Credit: Cobra MOTO

w/COOLEST THINGS PHOTO 3: The Instant-Trace wearable badge with ultra wideband technology, a Coolest Thing Made in Michigan top 10 contest winner. Credit: Fleetwood Electronics

w/COOLEST THINGS PHOTO 4: Dreamboat on the water, a Coolest Thing Made in Michigan top 10 contest winner. Credit: Van Dam Custom Boats

PUBLIC HEALTH EMPLOYMENT: More than a third of Michigan’s top county public health officers have left their jobs in the past year with burnout from the pandemic identified as a major reason. But there’s hope on the horizon with the uptick of students choosing public health majors. A dozen Michigan universities offer master’s degrees in public health, including Ferris, Grand Valley and Wayne State. We talk to the head of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health, officials at CMU and MSU as well as a public health major. Other programs are at U-M , Eastern, Western ,Saginaw Valley, Andrews, Madonna and Oakland. By Janelle James. FOR DETROIT, BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, WKTV, MIDLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.


HEALTH COMMUNICATION: One of the challenges in addressing the monkeypox virus was how to get information to the most high risk populations versus adding to stigmatization of gay men. Health officials from Ottawa and Kalamazoo counties explained how they handled their messaging. Health coordinator at a LGBTQ+ resource center in Grand Rapids weighs in on the messaging and concerns. By Sarah Atwood. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, WKTV and ALL POINTS

ECO-FICTION STORY: Michigan native Kim Conklin’s debut novel, “King of Hope,” looks at the struggle to do the right thing when faced with environmental disaster. In this case, it’s nuclear waste and the fictional town of Port D-Espere. Conklin resides in Windsor. By Nicoline Bradford. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS. 

w/ECO-FICTION STORY PHOTO1: The debut novel of Kim Conklin, a Michigan native living in Windsor, Ontario, has been published by Palimpsest Press. Credit: Courtesy photo.

w/ECO-FICTION STORY PHOTO2: “King of Hope,” book jacket. The debut novel by Kim Conklin looks at the threat of nuclear waste in the fictional town of Port D-Espere, Ontario. Credit: Kim Conklin.


GL-SOUNDS: Shipping vessels make Lake Superior one of the loudest freshwater lakes in the world, but ice makes it one of the quietest during winter, a recent study reports. University of Minnesota researchers captured Lake Superior sounds with underwater microphones placed offshore of Duluth. The results could help advance the study of marine wildlife. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT SAINTE MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN and ALL POINTS

w/GL-SOUNDS PHOTO1: Lake Superior in winter is quieter, about the same volume as steady breathing. Credit: National Parks Service

DIY TRANSDUCER: A University of Windsor student created a do-it-yourself device to measure the impact of boat wakes on shoreline erosion. The device usually costs $7,000 but Ben Chittle’s version is just $200. With pressure on coastal managers to do more with less, the DIY version holds promise, researchers say. By Jack Armstrong. FOR ALL POINTS

w/DIY TRANSDUCER PHOTO1: Third-year University of Windsor student Ben Chittle helps strap one of his DIY pressure sensors to a cement block to keep it submerged. Credit: Ben Chittle

w/DIY TRANSDUCER PHOTO2: Ben Chittle, a University of Windsor student, shows one of his homemade water wave sensors, which will be used to better understand the effect of boat wakes on shoreline erosion. Credit: Ben Chittle.


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