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Tech recognized for number of women getting doctorates

Michigan Tech is on a recently released list of schools who have the most women earning physics doctorates. 

Excerpt: The American Physical Society--an organization that works to advance and spread knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach and advocacy--just issued a report listing the universities that awarded the highest percentages of PhDs in physics to women between 2010 and 2012.  Michigan Tech placed 12th in the nation with 42 percent of physics PhDs earned by women. 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

U.P. wins Flannel City Face-Off

While the Upper Peninsula isn't a city, it did manage to win the title of "Flannel City" in a recent contest.

Excerpt: With almost 27,000 total votes the U.P. is now the flannel capital of America.

The U.P. faced off against Duluth, Minnesota in the Duluth Trading Company's "Flannel City Face-Off."

For the whole story, click here.

Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Keweenaw makes Most Scenic Roads list

It's no secret to U.P. folks that the Copper Country is a great place to take a scenic drive in the fall, and now it's official in Country Magazine.

Excerpt: A travel magazine has listed U.S. 41 through Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula on a list of the 'Best Scenic Roads' in the country.

The November issue of Country Magazine ranked the Upper Peninsula appendage as being among 10 of the most picturesque drives in the U.S in a special section highlighting unique byways.

More on the list can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com

Old mine shafts suggested as energy option

Alternative methods of energy are more crucial than ever, and one geothermal answer might be in good supply here in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: "Mineshaft geothermal" is gaining attention here as researchers investigate the energy potential stored hundreds of feet below the ground. The water in these abandoned and flooded mines, which expand throughout the U.P., is just now starting to be used to heat and cool buildings.

More on the story is online here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

U.P. writer explores modern Native culture

Sault Ste Marie's Beverly McBride has a new book out, and it includes some serious exploration of the U.P.'s Native culture.

Excerpt: Writer Beverly McBride tells a story about cultural identity among the Native American population. 

The story is from the first chapter in her latest book in the series "One Foot in Two Canoes." 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Marquette city manager talks micropolitan development

Marquette's Bill Vajda wrote an extensive look at how the city is pursuing development for trade publication Government Executive.

Excerpt: We’re on that path here in the largest city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a lakeshore community with a population of more than 20,000 people. For micropolitan communities like Marquette, it’s becoming easier to punch above our weight class in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Government Executive

App might make winter driving easier

The U.P. has a history of innovation when it comes to snow, and the latest on that front is an idea for a new mobile app from a recent coding event held in Marquette.

Excerpt: Commuting to work during a Michigan winter could be a little easier and safer with the SnowFi app.

Using real-time data from the Michigan Department of Transportation, the app would let users know when roads have been plowed.

For more on the idea, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

State taking suggestions on name for trail from Detroit to the U.P.

The new statewide trail that will straddle all of Michigan is in need of a name, so the state DNR is asking for help.

Excerpt: Want to help name a potentially historic feature of Michigan?

The state’s Department of Natural Resources is asking Michiganders for suggestions on what to name a trail that runs from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. The trail will connect existing trail paths across Michigan.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Daggett farmers win silage contest

Yes, there's a Super Bowl for farmers, and this year, a farm in Daggett won the championship for its high-quality corn silage.

Excerpt: Johnson Farms LLC, Daggett, Mich., was awarded a $2,500 check for its standard corn silage entry that was picked as the overall grand champion entry in this year’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Agriview.com

Marquette featured on Michigan Radio

A local professor and author shares his thoughts on Marquette on a recent Michigan Radio story.

Excerpt: Today on Stateside, Upper Peninsula writer John Smolens tells his story "Where Art Thou, Marquette?" 

Smolens recently retired from Northern Michigan University's English department. He now writes full-time in Marquette.

The entire episode is online here.

Source: Michigan Radio

New trade school being built in western U.P.

Students in the western Upper Peninsula will soon have some educational options new to the area with the construction of a new trade school.

Excerpt: The Adams Township School District Foundation broke ground on their new trade school construction project on Friday.

The ceremony was cut a little short by the weather, but the excitement of those involved held strong. 

For the whole article, click here.

Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Michigan's U.P. goes head-to-head with its energy future

A major problem facing utilities and governments in the U.P. right now is how energy will be provided in the near future, once the region's main power plant closes. This extensive look at some suggested solutions is worth a read.

Excerpt: Across the country, utilities, regulators and government officials are grappling with the complex question of how to replace the energy from retiring power plants.

On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, that transition is playing out on a much more urgent timescale.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

Second U.P. Authors Day to be held

It's the second year for the U.P. Authors Day to be held in Marquette. The event this week welcomes several U.P. authors to a fair-style event and should draw readers interested in U.P. topics.

Excerpt: Upper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on October 4, 2014 for the second annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair at the Westwood Mall. All authors who live in or write about the U.P. are welcome to attend.

For more information, click here

Source: My Marquette Blog

Kenton bar named Michigan's best neighborhood bar

Kenton might be a small blip on the highway to travelers, but there's one more reason to stop there now, after Hoppy's Bar there was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar.

Excerpt: During our trip to Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, owner Jane Osinski made it clear that she is not one for the spotlight.

"I'm not a big fan of attention," she said.

But, the spotlight shining on her small-town Upper Peninsula bar continues after Hoppy's was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar by MLive statewide entertainment reporter John "Gonzo" Gonzalez.

For more, including the whole list of winners, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Plaidurday in the U.P. is this week

Plaid is like the unofficial color of the U.P., although you could make a strong argument for green and gold, or hunter orange. But plaid has its own celebration, coming up this week.

Excerpt: If you’ve been a fan or customer of Yooper Steez for a year or longer, you’ll know that we love to celebrate Plaidurday. As Yoopers, we are fortunate to be immersed in a culture plentiful with plaid. However, there are many places without this same fortune. And that’s the goal, to share this the joy with everyone, because in the end we’re all connected by a common thread.

More on the event is online here.

Source: YooperSteez.com
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