Fall 2005

Research Assistant Ashley Winker and UW-Oshkosh Professor Bob Stelzer investigate the role that deep stream sediments play in removing nitrogen from the environment. Photo: John Karl.
Generations Go Back to School

This summer, UW Sea Grant and the UW Center for Limnology helped prove you’re never too old—or too young—to learn something new.

Limnology and Marine Science was one of 10 “majors” offered at this year’s Grandparents University, a two-day workshop that gives children and their grandparents a chance to learn together on the UW campus.

Jim Lubner, UW Sea Grant’s marine education specialist, challenged students to a game of “Great Lakes Jeopardy” and explained how researchers use remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to collect information underwater. Phil Moy, fisheries and aquatic nuisance species specialist, introduced some of the Great Lakes’ least desirable inhabitants, including purple loosestrife, Asian carp and zebra mussels. Students received watch cards so they could keep a lookout for these and other invasive species.

Later, John Magnuson, director emeritus of the UW Center for Limnology, took the students for a tour of Lake Mendota aboard the R/V Limnos, the university’s 26-foot research trawler.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association and the UW-Extension Family Living Programs offer Grandparents University each summer. For more information, visit the program's Web site.

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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