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  2. Safe Summer Memories Being Made at the Royal Park Hotel

    Royal Park Hotel Creates Local Summer Tour to Help Families Safely Enjoy the Season

    Family ‘Glamping’, Golf Excursions and Creekside Cabanas are a just a few of the features planned for southeast Michigan travelers this summer at Royal Park Hotel. The hotel, a four-diamond award winning hotel located in Downtown Rochester, recently announced its Travel Like a Local Summer Tour. The themed room and attraction packages are designed to help guests enjoy a Pure Michigan summer with family and friends.

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  3. Oakland University Campus Student Organic Farm launches crowdfunding campaign

    The Campus Student Organic Farm (CSOF) at Oakland University recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to expand their hoophouse, which will allow the CSOF to become even more sustainable in the future.

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  4. TreeRunner, an aerial adventure park, opens June 21 on Oakland University campus

    TreeRunner Adventure Park, which features more than 60 trails with zip lines and obstacles of varying levels of difficulty, will officially open on Friday, June 21 on the campus of Oakland University.

    “Our location offers families, students and organizations an opportunity to get outside and experience adventure in a beautiful forest setting,” said Thomas Knuth, director of operations for TreeRunner Parks.

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  5. A ‘Big Idea’ – OU professors get NSF grant for collaborative project to develop Arctic soil emissions sensor

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a two-year, $294,536 award to two Oakland University chemistry faculty, Professor Xiangqun Zeng and Assistant Professor Ziming Yang for the development of a low-cost, low-power multimodal sensor that will help researchers address the challenges of measuring carbon dioxide and methane emissions across the Arctic soil over time, as well as their environmental and economic impacts on planet Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

  6. Tip of the iceberg: OU graduate’s study of penguins helps propel interest in animal welfare

    A six-month study by Oakland University alumna Amanda Lechnar on the underwater behavior of gentoo penguins at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center is changing the way researchers are looking at how animals in captivity interact with each other and their environment.

    “Identifying and following an individual penguin underwater is no easy task,” said Dr. Matthew Heintz, animal welfare research associate for the Detroit Zoological Society. “Amanda did an incredible job observing gentoo penguins to better understand their underwater behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

  7. April is Safe Digging Month in Michigan

    – Now that a cold and snowy Michigan winter is over and spring has arrived, eager do-it-yourself residents and contractors who plan digging projects are reminded that contacting MISS DIG 811 is the best way to dig safely and protect underground utilities.

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    “The first item on any project list, before putting a shovel, auger, rototiller or any earth moving equipment into the ground, is to contact MISS DIG 811 to request marking of underground utilities,” said Charles Crews, vice president of gas operations for Consumers Energy. “At Consumers Energy safety is always our top priority. Protecting our customers, employees and the general public is paramount, and following simple and free tips before digging can help prevent injuries, damages to underground utilities and service interruptions,” Crews said.

    Gov. Rick Snyder once again declared April as Safe Digging Month in Michigan, joining MISS DIG 811, Consumers Energy, other utilities and the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Legislature in urging Michigan residents, farmers and excavators to follow the law by contacting MISS DIG 811 before using any power digging equipment. It’s free and easy to do by calling 8-1-1 or visiting www.missdig811.org

    Practicing safe digging practices can not only prevent damage and service interruptions for underground utilities like natural gas, electric, cable, fiber optic and water, but also helps keep those doing the work safe. No matter how small the digging job, from planting shrubs to installing mailboxes and decks, to large road and building projects, a contact to MISS DIG 811 is required for a safe digging project.

    Crews offered four key safe digging tips:

    1. Contact MISS DIG 811 at least three business days before digging to have underground utilities marked.
    2. Wait to start digging until you are sure all lines are marked or cleared by the utility. Confirm this by calling MISS DIG at 8-1-1 or visiting: missdig.org/positive-response.html.
    3. Respect the marks and dig with care. If the project is within four feet of the marks dig carefully with hand tools or modify your plans to be further from the marks. If using power equipment within four feet of the marks, always use a wooden handled tool to carefully expose the lines and confirm their exact location before starting to excavate.
    4. If using a contractor, be sure 8-1-1 has been contacted prior to allowing digging to proceed.

    In 2017, a total of 83 percent of damages to underground Consumers Energy facilities were because a MISS DIG 811 locate request was not made prior to digging. “This is an improvement over 2016 damages when 88 percent were due to no MISS DIG 811 call, but continued vigilance is needed,” Crews said. A total of 296 homeowner-caused damages occurred in 2017, 262 of which were natural gas and 34 electric.

    “We know that contacting MISS DIG 811 via phone or website directly correlates to the number of damages. When contact is made, damages go down and safety for those digging increases. That’s why we continue to share this important message ‘Call MISS DIG 811 Before You Dig’,” said Crews.

    MISS DIG 811 also reported a 32 percent increase in the use of 8-1-1 to request staking during 2017, while online requests increased to 57 percent, a nearly 100 percent increase since 2012.

    Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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  9. Oakland University professor’s research focuses on deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    Each year, at least 2 million people in the United States become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of those infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “It’s a real problem,” said Dr. Satish Walia, an associate professor of biological sciences at Oakland University.

    Walia has been studying the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospital wastewater and local waterways, including the Clinton River. He has been invited to share his research at the 7th International Symposium on Energy, which will take place Aug. 13-17 in Manchester, England. Read the rest of this entry »

  10. OU ecologist’s NSF grant supports research into deadly amphibian disease

    Dr. Thomas Raffel, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University, has been awarded a five-year grant totaling nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation for his research on the effects of temperature variation on chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease that has been linked to mass amphibian die-offs and extinctions throughout the world. Read the rest of this entry »