Great Lakes Research Center

World Water Day — March 19-26, 2020

Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day 2020 from March 19-26 with events related to the United Nations theme, "Water and Climate Change". 

Russell Headshot

Prof.  Joellen Russell is the keynote speaker. Prof. Russell is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science and a Professor of Geosciences, Planetary Science, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences and Applied Math at the University of Arizona. Prof. Russell has a PhD in Oceanography (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California), and an AB in Environmental Geoscience (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University). Prof. Russell's research focuses on the ocean's role in climate.  

March 23 @ 4pm (MUB Ballroom): "Climate and the Deep Blue Sea"

The ocean is changing rapidly, taking up heat and carbon that would otherwise be warming Michigan and Arizona and the rest of the globe. Come hear how University of Arizona oceanographer, Prof. Joellen Russell, is using robot floats and supercomputers to measure the ocean and predict future climate.  

(This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.) 

World Water Day 2020 Poster Awards 

Original Research: Coursework/Informational: People's Choice (new):         
1st Place: $300 1st Place: $300  Award:     $200  
2nd Place: $200 2nd Place: $200  
3rd Place: $150 3rd Place: $150  

 

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 13, 2020

9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Ojibwa Casino Bingo Hall

16449 Michigan Avenue

Baraga

Tribal Water Day

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resources Dept. is hosting its 2nd annual celebration for our region's water, including focus on the KBIC 'Treatment as a State' application for water quality, the Fisheries program, and KBIC monitoring and research partnerships. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit announcements here: http://nrd.kbic-nsn.gov/flyer.   

  

  KBIC Logo

Monday night, March 16

Poster Registration Deadline

Poster Registration Information

(Course work or Original Research, graduate or undergraduate students, any major) 

 

Fill out Registration Form

Note:
 Submit pdf versions of posters using the form http://bit.ly/WWD2020student   by midnight on March 19, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Deadline for students to submit Poster Registrations.  

WWD Call for Posters Vertical

Thursday, March 19

7–8:30 p.m.

Forestry Bldg, Hesterberg Hall (G002)

 

 

Sustainability Film:  Saving Snow

Facilitator:  To come 

 Saving Snow - Snowmobiles

 



Art Show:   More information forthcoming

Thursday night, March 19

Digital Poster Deadline

Deadline for students to submit PowerPoint versions of their posters
email to: glrcadmin-l@mtu.edu

 

FM Radio station broadcast times:

  • To come 

World Water Day on Radio Stations

 

Monday, March 23

Noon–2 p.m.
Dow 873, Dow 875, and Dow 804

 

 

 

World Water Day Poster Judging

 

  • Individual judging sessions of oral poster presentations
  • Students will be notified of time and place of presentation
  • Presentation format includes 1 minute poster review by judges, up to 5 minutes for oral presentation and 2 minutes for questions

Monday, March 23
2–4 p.m.
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Poster Session


  • Nominate a poster for the People's Choice Award.  Students are available by their posters for informal discussions with visitors to the poster session.  

Monday, March 23
4–6 p.m.
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

 
Russell Headshot

 

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Joellen Russell

 

"Climate and the Deep Blue Sea"

The ocean is changing rapidly, taking up heat and carbon that would otherwise be warming Michigan and Arizona and the rest of the globe. Come hear how University of Arizona oceanographer, Prof. Joellen Russell, is using robot floats and supercomputers to measure the ocean and predict future climate. 

 

(This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.)

 

The Keynote lecture will be preceded by a Welcome Song from the Woodland Singers who are from the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe and Menominee Nations. The lecture will be followed by an announcement of the winning posters and an open reception.  
 

 

Tuesday, March 24
12:30–2:00 p.m.
East Reading Room

Van Pelt and Opie Library  

  Sophia Kianni

Youth Keynote Lecture by Sophia Kianni
 

Sophia Kianni is an 18 year old climate activist based in Washington, DC.  She works on the Fridays for Future USA national media team and This is Zero Hour national partnership team, and is an international spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.  Excerpts of Sophia's speeches have been featured in these news outlets:  The Guardian, Reuters, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post.  Join us to hear Sophia's passionate story about climate advocacy and her experiences as a youth leader.    

 

Tuesday, March 24
3:30–4:50 p.m.
GLRC 202

 

 

Film "Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier" (1:20) trailer here

 

Earth & Sky

   

 

Tuesday, March 24

5:00 p.m.

GLRC 202

Panel Discussion


Moderator:

 

  • Valoree Gagnon, Director of University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center                   

Panelists:

 

Dr. Joellen Russell is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science and Professor of Geosciences, Planetary Science, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences and Applied Math at the University of Arizona. As an oceanographer, Russell is using robot floats and supercomputers to measure the ocean and predict future climate. (WWD keynote speaker)
Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is a Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, and is currently serving as the interim director of the Center for Native American Studies. His work focuses on American Indian treaties, equitable education, food sovereignty, and more recently, a Native Green New Deal that is inclusive of Ojibwa teachings.
Sophia Kianni is an 18 year old climate activist based in Washington, DC.  She works on the Fridays for Future USA national media team and This is Zero Hour national partnership team, and is an international spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.  Excerpts of Sophia's speeches have bieen featured in these news outlets:  The Guardian, Reuters, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post.
Dr. Martha Gerig is an MSU Extension educator at Michigan Sea Grant in the Upper Peninsula, Extension offices in Delta and Marquette counties, working to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues. Her focus areas include coastal resiliency, environmental change, and fisheries.
 
Refreshments following panel discussion.

 

Tuesday, March 24

6:00 p.m.

GLRC 202

 

Art Opening and Reception

 

Tuesday, March 24

6:30 p.m.
GLRC 202

Concluding ceremony - the Woodland Singers

 

World Water Day Sponsors:

We extend sincere gratitude to all of our World Water Day partners, funders and event sponsors. This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. We acknowledge the generous support of the Great Lakes Research Center; Institute for Policy, Ethics, & Culture (IPEC); Tech Forward Diversity & Inclusion Initiative; Tech Forward Sustainability & Resilience Initiative; J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library; College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science; Visual & Performing Arts; University Marketing and Communications; and departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Geological & Mining Engineering Sciences.

 

Previous World Water Day Themes/Guest Speakers