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July 13, 2011
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The National Science Foundation Collaborates with UMD Research

Tom Johnson gives some background on the Large Lakes Observatory's projects.Tom Johnson gives some background on the Large Lakes Observatory's projects.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is producing four stories about the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) science research. The stories will be available to the public through the Science Nation series, an online magazine that highlights the latest advancements in science and technology, and spotlights leaders in research.

Marsha Walton, a science, technology and environment producer for NSF, directed the filming and interviews from July 5-8 at UMD and the surrounding area.

"I have never done four stories for a university before. It was a great week at UMD," said Walton.

The four stories include UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute Great Lakes Worm Watch; UMD geologist John Goodge who traveled to Antarctica in the winter of 2010-2011 for the age and composition of the East Antarctic Shield; Large Lakes Observatory oceanographic research and the operation of the Research Vessel Blue Heron; and, the documenting of the Chippewa Language and Training Indigenous Scholars research.

UMD currently has 31 National Science Foundation projects and dozens of other research projects funded by outside sources. UMD ranks as the university with the second largest amount of research funding in the state of Minnesota.

NSF has produced almost 100 Science Nation media stories. One of UMD's four will be the 100th production.

For a complete description of the four stories about the UMD science research, see

Lillian Boushey shares stories of growing up speaking the Ojibwe language.Lillian Boushey shares stories of growing up speaking the Ojibwe language.
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