One of the legacies of heavy industrial work along parts of the Lake Michigan shoreline in the 1950s is the pollution it left behind. In the waters off Green Bay, that pollution has had a profound impact on the production of flies. Why does that matter? Just ask a fisherman looking for walleyes in Green Bay.
On this edition of UWM Today, meet Jerry Kaster and Chris Groff, two UWM scientists involved in a fascinating research project that explores the world of mud and muck at the bottom of Green Bay.
It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.
Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.
"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. I ain't even know I was moving."
Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project — a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city's toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.
It's the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and new shoes. One even wears a tutu.