Glime Receives Hattori Prize for Bryology Masterwork

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

The International Association of Bryologists has awarded its Hattori Prize to Janice Glime, professor emerita of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, for her online encyclopedia, "Bryophyte Ecology."

The Hattori Prize recognizes the best paper or series of papers published by a member of the association within the previous two years.

Glime has completed two volumes on this group of diminutive plants that includes mosses, liverworts and hornworts: "Physiological Ecology" and "Bryological Interaction." A portion of the third ("Methods") is available online, and she has at least two more volumes pending.

"Bryophyte Ecology" is read worldwide both as a text and reference. While scientifically rigorous, it is written in a conversational style. "I hope to make bryology more accessible to students who have no mentor in the field and to stimulate interest among ecologists, naturalists and educators," Glime said. "A book such as this is dependent on scientists in many fields, all over the world."

Glime originally conceived of "Bryophyte Ecology" as a textbook, back in the 1990s. But as bryology advanced by leaps and bounds, she was never able to finish so much as a chapter. Then the Internet came into its own, and the project shifted. In 2007, she began uploading chapters to http://www.bryoecol.mtu.edu. Her masterwork has two major advantages over a print edition: it offers unlimited color photography, and mistakes are easy to fix, thanks to friendly input from her fellow bryologists and other experts.

Perhaps the most enthusiastic responses, however, have come from bryologists from as far flung as China and Bulgaria, who have thanked her profusely for making such a vast trove of knowledge available.

"Dr. Glime, I think you are one of the most generous and collegial scientists I have (not!) met," wrote a Canadian bryologist. "You are really an inspiration . . . All my students are thrilled with your online book, and I am, simply, in awe. Thank you."

It couldn't be done without a lot of help, Glime stresses. "The Internet and Google have made possible what could not have been done 20 years ago," she said. "Some of the researchers and photographers have gone the second mile to help me find images and literature. Some have taken pictures for me. Some have offered to review a chapter when it was completed—especially some of the zoologists. And some have even done fieldwork to enhance the information in a particular area. Many have sent me unsolicited pictures and references. I couldn't have found a better retirement project."

Glime retired in 2008 after 35 years on the Michigan Tech faculty. She received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994 and in 2009 was given the Distinguished Service Award for her longtime dedication to the University Senate and to student success.

Diversity and Inclusion Hosts Research Gallery

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites the campus community to this year’s MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Research Gallery Walk, held on Thursday, June 20, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Rozsa Center Lobby.

The event recognizes the research of students participating in the seven-week Michigan College/University Partnership Program (MiCUP) and the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) Program here at Michigan Tech.

No RSVP necessary and light refreshments served. For more information, contact KJ Detmer (kjdetmer@mtu.edu), MiCUP Coordinator, at 7-2920.

Staff Council Extends Invitation

Staff Council invites and welcomes all staff members to their regular monthly meeting at noon, Thursday, June 20, in the Lakeshore Center Board Room 306 (change of venue for June only). Monthly meetings and membership are open to all Michigan Tech staff members. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email staffcouncil@mtu.edu or visit the Staff Council website.

USGS Research Vessel Sturgeon Coming to GLRC

The US Geological Survey's Research Vessel Sturgeon is coming to Michigan Tech next week to help scientists from the Great Lakes Research Center conduct three research missions.

While the R/V Sturgeon is here, GLRC researchers will study the terrestrial fingerprint of dissolved oxygen, with Assistant Professor Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci) as chief scientist; the Upper Great Lakes Observing System buoy mooring retrieval and redeployment, Professor Guy Meadows (GLRC), chief scientist; and the Gay stamp sands, Professor Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci), chief scientist.

The scientific expeditions are scheduled from Saturday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 26, including two weather days. The R/V Sturgeon will return to Cheboygan on Friday, June 28.

The research vessel is the newest ship to be added to the current fleet of four research vessels operate by the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The boats are used to conduct fisheries and aquatic research across the Great Lakes basin. The R/V Sturgeon is a 101-foot vessel with a crew of three. It can support a scientific staff of seven for up to a 15-day mission (see online).

"This is the beginning of what we hope will be a long-lasting collaboration," said Guy Meadows, director of Great Lakes Research initiatives at Michigan Tech.

On the Road

The Mobile Lab was on the road the week of June 10. Mobile Lab Director Jeremy Worm, Operations Manager Chris Davis, and Graduate Research Assistant Henry Schmidt attended the ACS Engine and Vehicle Test Forum in Madison Wisconsin providing scheduled presentations highlighting opportunities for professional short courses.

In the News

The Michigan Tech Archives disaster response was highlighted in the New York Preservation Archive Project newsletter in an article: "Archival Disasters : Prevention and Response." To read the full story featuring Beth Russell, Archivist, see online.

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CBS Detroit and its Technology Report published a news story about GM sponsoring a "Ride the Waves" program on Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz. See online.

Job Postings

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