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Large Lakes Observatory's Eric Brown gave a presentation about research on lakes in Chile to an audience of grade school students and adults. "Interdisciplinary is a silly word for a lot of scientists from different areas, biology, chemistry, geology, who all work together," he said.

Science Fridays Offer Tours and Talks about Lake Superior Research

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., May 31, August 30, September 27, October 25.

The Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) scientists and staff invite the public to board and tour the Blue Heron research vessel and indulge in science. LLO is offering “LLO Science Fridays" from 3:30–4:30 pm on the following Fridays in 2013: May 31, August 30, September 27, October 25 in the Twin Ports Harbor at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The University of Minnesota Duluth's (UMD) Blue Heron is the largest university-owned research vessel in the Great Lakes. It is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and is chartered by research scientists on any of the Great Lakes. Science Fridays Photos

At each session, one of LLO's scientists will provide a presentation on recent global large lake research. The next presentation on May 31,"Impact of the 2012 Flood on Lake Superior,” will feature Dr. Elizabeth Minor’s research.

In addition, Ira Flatow’s "Science Friday" two-hour radio show will be broadcast  by KUWS-FM on the Blue Heron research vessel from 1-3 p.m. on each of the LLO Science Fridays. The events are free. For info, contact Lisa Sundberg,, 218-726-6904.

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.

The photos in the slide show are from the premiere Science Fridays presentation on April 26, 2013 with LLO's Dr. Erik Brown. He gave a talk about research on the lakes along the western side of the Andes in Chile.

Story by Cheryl Reitan

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