Weather, Water and Trees Highlighted in Latest MichiganScience Magazine

Media Alert
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Contact: Diane S. Katz
Director of Science, Environment and Technology Policy

MIDLAND — The new issue of MichiganScience magazine marks the arrival of spring with articles about the outdoors — our state’s trees, our lakes and our climate. The quarterly magazine can be accessed online at

The spring issue includes an interview with professor Jeffrey Andresen, Michigan’s state climatologist, who details the wide climate swings Michigan has experienced throughout history. Michigan State University researcher Joan Rose explains the science behind water monitoring in the Great Lakes State, and Donald Dickman, professor emeritus of forestry at MSU, details the fight against the emerald ash borer and beech scales that are killing thousands of Michigan’s trees. A guide to science camps for K-12 students also is included. Among the regular features of MichiganScience is a rebuttal of common media misinformation regarding climate change; a list of scientific exhibits open to students, families and teachers; a forecast of legislative and regulatory actions; and the work of award-winning cartoonist Henry Payne.

MichiganScience is available free of charge and is distributed to media statewide; all Michigan legislators and their staffs; state agency personnel; educators; libraries; and civic organizations. The magazine is published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and education institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.