Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Researchers from MSU, U-M, Wayne State and LSSU to discuss economic, environmental issues.

WHAT: Michigan’s three major research universities that make up the University Research Corridor (URC) – in partnership with Lake Superior State University – will host a roundtable discussion with community leaders, tribal leaders and economic development officials to discuss ways to work together on issues related to maritime trade and vital shipping infrastructure such the Soo Locks, the world’s busiest locks. The research conducted at URC universities – Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – focuses on maximizing shipping efficiency while minimizing the environmental impacts of commercial shipping on the Great Lakes. The media is invited to attend the roundtable discussion and to interview participants after the event.

WHO:

Dr. Britany Affolter-Caine, URC Executive Director

Dr. Rodney S. Hanley, Lake Superior State University President

Dr. Jennifer Read, Water Center Director, Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan

Dr. Kevin L. Kapuscinski, Assistant Director of Research for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior State University

WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019

WHERE: Lake Superior State University Crow’s Nest 650 W. Easterday Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

About Michigan’s University Research Corridor

Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University and the leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. URC universities collectively invested over $1.64 billion in infrastructure research and development from 2012-16, finding solutions to issues around the state.

About the URC’s Infrastructure Innovation Tour

The May 28 event is one of six stops in the URC’s Infrastructure Innovation Tour that kicked off last fall and will wrap up this summer. Here are details of stops on the tour:

Water Infrastructure, Monroe City Hall, Monroe, Oct. 31, 2018

Rural Broadband Access, Sanilac Career Center, Peck, Nov. 19, 2018

Roads, Velocity, Sterling Heights, April 8, 2019

PFAS & Water, Southwest Michigan First, Kalamazoo, April 29, 2019

Soo Locks & Shipping/Commerce, Sault Ste. Marie, May 28, 2019

Tour Summary, Detroit, June 25, 2019


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