9/4/2013 10:59:00 AM College to host lecture series
North Central Michigan College's luncheon lecture series for the fall semester will begin on Friday, September 27. A wide variety of topics will be featured: night sky astronomy, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, intelligence failures, Mackinac Island, public health preparedness and saving our water. All programs in the fall series will be held at noon on Fridays in the college's Library conference room.
The night sky
Kicking off the series on September 27 will be Bryan Shumaker, M.D., a retired physician and professor in the Oakland University physics department. Dr. Shumaker is a NASA/Jet Propulsion Labs Solar System Ambassador and president of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club. He will talk about the night sky and show some spectacular photographs of stars and galaxies he has taken from his driveway in Boyne City and elsewhere. He will explain how you can take pictures like those too.
On October 11, Steve DeBrabander of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will explain how the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helps local governments and the DNR acquire land for public parks, trails and other forms of outdoor recreation. Steve is a 32-year veteran of the DNR and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and currently manages the trust fund along with the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Marine Safety Program, the Recreation Passport Local Grants programs and the Dam Management Grant Program.
Students of the U.S. intelligence community have long argued that "intelligence failures" are inevitable. On October 25, Michigan State University Political Science Professor Thomas H. Hammond will focus on one specific cause of intelligence failures: that every hierarchical structure has a "blind spot." Even if the intelligence community has collected conclusive evidence that an adversary is about to launch a surprise attack, there are circumstances in which this warning signal will not be perceived. He will illustrate this argument with examples from World War II and 9/11.
Mackinac Island has a long, rich and fascinating history. It has been an important gathering place for centuries, attracting Indians and missionaries, fur traders and fishermen, soldiers and summer tourists. What is particularly special about Mackinac Island is that so many of the buildings and sites associated with that history have been restored and preserved. On November 8, Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter will provide an overview of Mackinac history and the century-old efforts to preserve this historic gem.
On November 22, Matt Blythe, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan will look at preparedness for public health emergencies on the national, state and local level, including how to prepare yourself and your family. He will discuss the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, Michigan Department of Community Health's Office of Public Health Preparedness and the local health department in preparing for pandemic influenza, bioterrorism threats and even the zombie apocalypse.
"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot," Joni Mitchell observed sadly back in 1970. On December 6, North Central Michigan College's Rick Barber and a representative of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will explain how rainwater runoff from parking lots hurts the environment and show how a major project at North Central's natural area is undoing some of the damage, naturally. They will explain some of the simple steps you can take to do the same.
All Luncheon Lecture programs are held on Fridays at noon in the Library conference room. Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $10. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.