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March 15, 2013
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Large Lakes Observatory Premieres Science Fridays on April 26

DULUTH, MN - The scientists and staff of UMD's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) invite the public to board and tour the Blue Heron research vessel and indulge in science. LLO is offering "LLO Science Friday," with presentations on scientific topics on the following Fridays in 2013: April 26, May 31, August 30, September 27, October 25.

The Large Lakes Observatory operates the largest university-owned research vessel (R/V) in the Great Lakes, the R/V Blue Heron. The Blue Heron is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), and is chartered by research scientists on any of the Great Lakes. The R/V Blue Heron will tie up on "LLO Science Friday" in the Twin Ports Harbor at the Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive.

At each session, one of LLO's scientists will provide a presentation (3:30 pm–4:30 pm) on recent global large lake research. The premiere presentation on April 26 will feature Dr. Erik Brown's research on: "Lakes of Chilean Patagonia: What can the past tell us about future challenges?" The following presentation on May 31 will be on: "Impact of the 2012 Flood on Lake Superior," featuring Dr. Elizabeth Minor's research.

In addition, the broadcast of Talk of the Nation-Science Friday, hosted by Ira Flatow will air. This two hour radio show is provided by KUWS-FM on board the R/V Blue Heron from (1 pm–3 pm) on each of the LLO Science Fridays. The events are free.

Located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, LLO is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. They focus on the global implications of investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circulation dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology.

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