Kate Ballard: From Sea Grant Scholar to NASA Statistician

Kate Ballard is a data scientist. Eight months ago, the former Weston Scholar and Sea Grant student landed a job as a statistician at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Virginia.

One Step Closer to Curbing Columnaris

A pair of Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers are unraveling the mysteries of one of commercial aquaculture’s greatest bacterial threats–is a vaccine on the horizon?

New, Free Podcast Series Demystifies Wisconsin Aquifers and Watersheds

Water flows both above and below ground, traveling through watersheds on the land surface and infiltrating the soil to flow through underground aquifers. In fact, 25 percent of the world’s freshwater supply is contained in the lithosphere – the top 60 miles of earth beneath our feet. A new, free podcast series produced by the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute demystifies two fundamental concepts of the physical geography of water – aquifers and watersheds.

Maps Featured in April River Talk

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Apr. 15, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Tom Hollenhorst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present, “Remembering the Cultural History of the St. Louis River Estuary Through Maps.

River Talk to Feature Two Talks in March

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Mar. 18, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Caitie McCoy with Illinois Indiana Sea Grant will present, “Restoring the Spirit to the River: The U.S. Steel Superfund Site on Spirit Lake.”

A special bonus talk in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit will be held on Tues., Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Barker’s Island, Superior, Wis.) Lizzie Condon, a former staffer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will present, “The St. Louis River in Your own Words: Results from NOAA’s Stakeholder Engagement Interviews in the St. Louis River Estuary.”

Sue Zanne Tan: A Former Weston Scholar Engineers Microorganisms at MIT

In 2010, Sue Zanne Tan received the Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to promising undergraduate students working on Aquatic Sciences Center-supported projects. Now, five years later, her scientific exploration continues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.