Portage Health Foundation Helps Michigan Tech Grad Earn Prestigious Postdoc Fellowship

With a brand new PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech, Chassell native Robert Larson is heading for Iowa to do what he loves best: cardiovascular research. 

And the Portage Health Foundation, through its health sciences partnership with Tech, is helping him do it.

Larson is one of the first recipients of a PHF Graduate Assistantship that enabled him to focus on finishing the requirements for his doctorate. That helped him win the competitive Lundbeck Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the American Autonomic Society to do research with Mark Chapleau, a professor of internal medicine, molecular physiology and biophysics at the University of Iowa. Chapleau heads one of the world’s premier cardiovascular research centers.

Larson will study hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition in which the heart muscle thickens and the heart enlarges, making it hard for the heart to pump blood and potentially leading to heart failure.  Current treatments for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy focus on the symptoms—shortness of breath, chest pain and arrhythmias. Larson is looking for new treatment strategies that target the cause and development of the disease.

Read the full story.

Reminders

OAP Hosting Leave No Trace Trainer Course with Subaru Traveling Trainers July 7-8

Looking to expand your outdoor skills? Look no further. The OAP is offering a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course here in the Keweenaw in partnership with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.

Course dates are July 7-8 and cost is $125. It does include an overnight camping trip the night of July 7. For those looking for a shorter experience, the OAP and the Keweenaw Land Trust will host an Awareness Workshop with the Traveling Trainers on Saturday, July 9 at the Boston Pond Nature Area on US-41.

For more information see the original Tech Today story.

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Traffic Changes for Today's Bridgefest Parade
 
From 5 - 8 p.m. today, Cliff Drive will be one-way, westbound only. Starting at 5 p.m., participants in the Bridgefest parade will line up along Cliff Drive. Parking Lots 8, 5 and 9 will remain open and available for parking.
 
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Dale Tahtinen's Retirement Social
 
The President's Office invites the campus community to a retirement social for Dale Tahtinen from noon to 2 p.m. today (June 17) in the Lodge area of Hillside Place.

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Iranian Cuisine at Khana Khazana
 

Iranian cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the food trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features Chicken Eggplant Stew, Iranian Corn and Halva Shirazi. 

Cost of the full meal is $6.95. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

 

In the News

TV6 in Marquette ran a story about the two Summer Science Camps conducted by Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. Watch the story here.