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July 21, 2008
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Summer Educator Institute

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.

Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI, U.S.A.— The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) and Michigan Technological University are hosting the third annual Summer Educator's Institute focusing on Great Lakes Maritime Transportation, from July 20 – 25, in Duluth/Superior.

The 5-day workshop will explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping at the "head of the lakes." Based in Duluth, participants will tour the Duluth-Superior harbor, Minnesota north shore, and meet with industry to better understand the various cargoes shipped, and how it is managed and regulated. The institute will provide unique learning experiences and the opportunity to share with fellow educators. The goal of the Institute is to provide participating teachers with a foundation in maritime transportation---history, current operations, and future challenges.

This summer institute will provide opportunities for K-12 classroom teachers, Great Lakes educators, and professionals engaged in various aspects of managing Great Lakes shipping by touring the Duluth-Superior harbor, an active iron ore mine, meeting with representatives of the shipping, rail, and iron ore industries to better understand shipping logistics. Two university credits from Michigan Tech University will be offered at no additional cost for teachers who meet all course requirements, including the development of two lessons on maritime transportation topics for math, social studies, language arts, or science.

This year's participants include teachers from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Washington, along with a representative from the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation from Washington, D.C.

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute was established in 2004 to pursue research efforts in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning, and port management. GLMRI represents a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center and the University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson College of Science & Engineering and Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and currently has nine affiliated universities throughout the Great Lakes states. Michigan Technological University, out of Houghton, MI is one of GLMRI's affiliate universities. GLMRI is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research. The US Maritime Administration designated GLMRI as a National Maritime Enhancement Institute on June 1, 2005.

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute:


Ms. Joan Chadde
K-12 Education and Outreach Coordinator
Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI
Cel: 906-369-1121
Local contact: Canal Park Lodge
250 Canal Park Dr., Tel: 218-279-6000

Carol Wolosz, Assistant Director
Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute
University of Minnesota Duluth
Phone: 218-726-7446, E-mail: or

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