Panel to discuss water issues at LTU on May 23: Water quality in the Detroit region will be discussed by a panel of experts on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The event is free and open to the public. The panel discussion is part of the “Freshwater Metropolis” series produced by online publication Model D to focus attention on why water is an integral part of the identity of the southeast Michigan region and why this invaluable resource requires protection. The series has introduced the issues around water quality and stormwater runoff and demonstrated how residents – from what they do in their backyards to how they participate in the development of public policy – affect the Detroit-area watersheds and the greater Great Lakes Basin.  LTU Professor Donald Carpenter will moderate the panel discussion on how “green” and “blue” infrastructures are transforming our region and what concerned citizens can do to be a part of this movement. To sign up, visit this link.

Michigan Works sets Annual Conference: “Turning Action Into Results” is the theme of the 2013 Michigan Works Annual Conference, set for Sept. 8-10 in Mt. Pleasant. Michigan’s signature workforce development conference offers dynamic keynote presentations, a wide array of professional development opportunities and plenty of time for networking. More than 30 workshops featuring panels and interactive sessions, led by thought leaders and industry experts. More at

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Merit Announces First Annual Michigan Cybersecurity Industry Summit: David Behen, Michigan state CIO, Duo Security founder Dug Song and Deepfield CEO and co-founder Craig Labovitz headline the speakers at the first annual Michigan Cybersecurity Summit. The event, with the theme Building Michigan’s Cybersecurity Industry, will feature expert speakers from government and industry. It is ideal for CIOs and IT executives who lead and support cybersecurity activities in Michigan. In addition, a demonstration of the Michigan Cyber Range will introduce attendees to the educational, training and testing capabilities that will help launch Michigan’s cybersecurity industry to the forefront of the global marketplace. Hosted by Merit Network, the Michigan Cyber Range enables interactive learning through hands-on exercises and challenging course work. The program offers students, researchers and IT professionals a full curriculum of meetings and workshops as well as critical cybersecurity training and awareness tools. Organizations may also utilize the range in closed exercises for their staff to help them practice protecting their infrastructure. Merit’s Michigan Cyber Range is a foundational piece of Governor Syder’s Cyber Initiative launched in October 2011 to improve cybersecurity efforts to protect families, communities, businesses and government. The summit will be held Tuesday, May 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk Drive in Ann Arbor. Registration is $50 per person. To RSVP, email Patty Giorgio at For more information: Merit will also host its 15th Annual Member Conference on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16th.

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The Electrochemical Society Sets Program Year’s Final Meeting: On Thursday, May 30 the Detroit Section of the Electrochemical Society will meet on “Electrochemical energy conversion: Molecular approaches toward the development of efficient electrocatalysts for solid oxide electrochemical cells.” The presenter is professor Eranda Nikolla of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University. Her research interests lie in the development of heterogeneous catalysts and electrocatalysts for electrochemical systems (fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries) and biomass conversion using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques. Nikolla received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan and conducted postdoctoral work at California Institute of Technology prior to joining Wayne State University. The event will be held in Room 406 of the Taubman Welcome Center at Lawrence Technological University. 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7:30. The price is $20 for members, $22 for nonmembers and $10 for students, payable by cash or check. RSVP by May 23 to Neil Johnson at More at

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MSU Federal Credit Union To Host IT Council Meet: The next Capital Area IT Council membership meeting will be held Thursday, May 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSU Federal Credit Union at 4825 E. Mt. Hope Road. The May meeting will feature Matt Mutka, Professor and Chairperson with MSU Computer Science and Engineering.  Mutka received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, where he is currently professor and chairperson. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, and a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Denver, Colorado. He is an IEEE Fellow and was honored with the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award. His current research interests include mobile computing, sensor networking, wireless networking and multimedia networking.  There will be a complimentary lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon which will be immediately followed by our presentation. To RSVP please visit or for more information please contact Andrea Ragan at: 517-492-5592 or