Biology Professor John Bruggink has been selected as Northern Michigan University's 2021 Peter White Scholar. He will receive $17,500 to support his involvement in research on the homesite ecology of gray wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem, and the participation of a master's student.
Northern Michigan University biology students are doing field research in Chocolay Township to determine how blood-borne pathogens affect the nesting patterns of white-throated sparrows. The work involves catching the birds in a mist net, banding them and collecting blood samples to test for two widespread pathogens impacting birds: avian malaria and West Nile Virus.
Dody Huuki, principal secretary in Counseling and Consultation Services at Northern Michigan University, is one of nine 2021 NMU Excellence in Service Award recipients. She was nominated for her unwavering commitment to serving students with warmth and compassion when they summon the courage to call or stop by seeking services.
NMU psychology alumnus Todd Hillhouse ('09 BS, '11 MS) is already making his mark as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He joined the faculty last August and opened a new Pain and Addiction Neuropharmacology (PANE) lab in November. Hillhouse works with a half-dozen student researchers to develop novel treatments for pain management, addiction and associated depression.
NMU alumnus Dale Moilanen ('91 BS) recently ran a distance to match his age: a 60K, which equates to 37 miles. His goal was to raise $600 to support construction of a new facility named after another NMU grad: the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House. Moilanen ended up raising 10 times that amount—nearly $6,000—when he asked friends to donate $60 each to the cause.
Northern Michigan University is participating in the national COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. The White House and U.S. Department of Education have invited colleges and universities to join efforts to end the pandemic by getting their campus communities vaccinated. There is a particular emphasis on young Americans represented in the traditional-age student population, who lag behind older generations in getting their shots, stated the challenge website.
Northern Michigan University Executive Chef and alumna Alden Griffus ('10) will share her favorite summer recipes during a virtual cooking segment for the next Northern Now event hosted by NMU Alumni Relations. She will be joined by Scott Bousson ('11), operations manager of Dining Services, at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, June 9.