2013 NCMC Luncheon Lectures
September 27, Basic Principles of Night Sky Astronomy Bryan Shumaker, M.D., a retired physician and professor in the Oakland University physics department, 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 show how to take the same pictures at home.
October 11, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund The fund has contributed more than $25 million in grants for projects in Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Steve DeBrabander of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will explain how
the trust fund helps local governments and the DNR acquire land for public parks, trails and other forms of outdoor recreation.
October 25, Intelligence Failures: Blind Spots in the Hierarchy Students of the U.S. intelligence community have long argued that intelligence failures are inevitable. 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.
November 8, Mackinac Island The 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. In this talk, Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter will provide an overview of Mackinac history and the century-old efforts to preserve this historic gem.
November 22, Public Health Preparedness: From You to the Strategic National Stockpile 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 roles of 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.
December 6, Saving Our Water "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot," Joni Mitchell observed sadly back in 1970. 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.
Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600. Cost is $10; lunch, which begins at 11:30am, is included.
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