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                                  MN SEA GRANT
                                  NEWS RELEASE
10/3/02
Contact:  Marie Zhuikov, mzhuikov@umn.edu
          (218) 726-7677

SUPERIOR SCIENCE FOR YOU!
A Monthly Speaker Series About Lake Superior

With frost in the forecast, it's time to cozy up with a good speaker.
Beginning on October 9, the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
is hosting a free public speaker series featuring eight respected
scientists.  Throughout the next nine months, you can learn the latest
about Lake Superior's ecological dramas, deep-water mysteries, and
curious details from these scientist-speakers.

The hour-long talks will be held evenings in Duluth, with duplicate
presentations given alternately in Grand Portage and Grand Marais, MN.
Post-presentation receptions will allow conversations with the
researchers.

If you can't travel to the talks, they can travel to you.  The Duluth
presentations will be broadcast via live streaming video over the
Internet from the Minnesota Sea Grant Web site,
www.seagrant.umn.edu/speakerseries/index.html.  Those in the desktop
audience can e-mail questions to the researchers during the question
period following each talk.

Videos of the Duluth presentations will be archived on Sea Grant's Web
site, or you can catch the book and CD to be published late next year.

The Superior Science For You! Speaker Series was made possible by a
grant funded under the Coastal Zone Management Act by NOAA's Office of
Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in conjunction with Minnesota's
Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Project partners include the University of Minnesota's Natural
Resources Research Institute and Large Lakes Observatory, the Great
Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Great Lakes Aquarium and
Discovery Center, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, North House Folk
School, St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee, US Environmental
Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin and Michigan
Sea Grant Programs, and Northland College.


SPEAKER SCHEDULE:

October 9, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division,
Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
October 10, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Portage, Grand Portage Lodge

It's a Fish-Eat-Fish World

Presented by Professor James Kitchell, Department of Zoology and
Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

More than 70 species of fish swim in Lake Superior.  Who eats whom and
what does it mean?  Join renowned fish biologist, Dr. Kitchell, as he
examines predator-prey relationships and their role in the structure of
Lake Superior's food web.

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November 13, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division,
Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
November 14, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Marais, North House Folk School

Romancing the Sea Lamprey

Presented by Assistant Professor Weiming Li, Department of Fisheries
and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Forget wine and candlelight.  If you want to attract a female sea
lamprey, you've got to use the right cologne -- in this case, a sex
pheromone.  Dr. Li will describe his groundbreaking research, which
yielded a purified vial of this super-powered sexual attractant from a
ton of water and is expected to lead to novel management options for
controlling this damaging invasive species in the Great Lakes.

____________________________________
January 15, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division,
Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
January 16, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Portage, Grand Portage Lodge

Lake Superior's "Canaries" ­ Detecting Ecological Change

Presented by Professor Gerald Niemi, Department of Biology and the
Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research
Institute (NRRI), University of Minnesota Duluth

Just as coal miners used canaries to monitor air quality in the mines,
biologists look to Lake Superior's birds, fish, and bugs to alert us to
environmental stresses. Enjoy colorful slides and listen to Dr. Niemi,
seasoned researcher and director of NRRI's Center for Water and the
Environment, talk about a multi-million-dollar endeavor to identify
species and chemicals that can be used to assess the condition of Lake
Superior and the other Great Lakes.

_________________________________
February 12, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division,
Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
February 13, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Marais, North House Folk School

Three Quadrillion Gallons, Give or Take a Foot

Presented by Dr. Cynthia Sellinger, Great Lakes Environmental Research
Laboratory (GLERL)

Everybody knows Lake Superior has a lot of water, but does it have
enough?  Dr. Sellinger, GLERL scientist and assistant to the director,
will address issues related to the rise and fall of the Great Lakes and
Lake Superior, including how and why levels change, and what those
changes mean to lake ecology, fish, and people.

________________________________
March 12, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division,
Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
March 13, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Portage, Grand Portage Lodge

Wetlands‹They're Not Just for Mosquitoes Anymore

Presented by Dr. Janet Keough, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Mid-Continent Ecology Division

Although they are small in proportion to the open lake, the coastal
wetlands of Lake Superior generate significant biological activity.
The EPA is examining the mechanics and ecology of these often
over-looked habitats of Lake Superior.  Join Dr. Keough as she explains
how wetlands contribute to life in the lake and their relationship with
Lake Superior's seiches.

______________________________
April 9, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Gitchee
Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
April 10, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Marais, North House Folk School

Coffee Beans, Laundry Soap, and Fish Sexuality: What Comes Around Goes
Around

Presented by Professor Deborah Swackhamer, Division of Environmental
and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of
Minnesota Twin Cities

The things we eat, drink, and wash with can mess up a fish's sex life.
As they work through our lives and down our drains, some common
chemical compounds can scramble the hormonal signals that rule fish
development and reproduction.  Dr. Swackhamer, an expert on these
endocrine disrupters, will discuss her research on these chemicals and
their impact on fish in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

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May 14, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Gitchee
Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
May 15, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Portage, Grand Portage Lodge

Something's Going On Down There!  Exploring the Lake Superior Food Web

Presented by Professor Martin Auer, Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Explore the foundations of underwater life with Dr. Marty Auer, a
limnologist and engineer with over 30 years experience on the Great
Lakes.  Dr. Auer will describe some of the mysterious phenomena
observed in the lower food web of Lake Superior, relating these
findings to the stewardship of this precious resource.

____________________________
June 11, 7 pm-8 pm, Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Gitchee
Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
June 12, 7 pm-8 pm, Grand Marais, North House Folk School

Lake Superior: The Big Picture

Presented by Professor Carl Richards, University of Minnesota Sea Grant
Program

It's hugely beautiful and coldly treacherous; it's a fisheries and
water quality manager's nightmare; it's Lake Superior.  Dr. Richards
will discuss how intriguing interactions among space, time, chemicals,
and species influence our understanding of Lake Superior.  From the
moments it takes a biochemical reaction to occur inside a diatom, to
the eons it takes to sculpt the rock formations of the North Shore,
enjoy the grand finale!

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