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University professors on strike!

I woke up this morning to learn that all public university professors and non-teaching staff, including those at Kenyatta University, have gone on strike. The professors join the ranks of primary and secondary teachers, doctors, pharmacists, and dentists who are all striking for higher pay from the national government. The public school primary and secondary […]

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Our neighbor is an Olympian!

Our next door neighbor is Mike Boit, bronze medalist in the 800 meters at the 1972 Olympics. You might remember that race which was won by Dave Wottle, American (and Bowling Green alumnus), who famously wore a white ball cap during the race and finished with an amazing last-to-first kick. Dr. Boit is now a […]

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Got (Camel) Milk?

We went shopping today at Nakumatt, the Kenyan equivalent of Walmart. While loading up on staples, cleaning supplies, and an iron, the kids found something interesting in the dairy section: camel milk. We had to try it. Why would you drink camel milk, you ask? According to the bottle, pasteurized camel milk has “beneficial effects […]

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Our house in Kenya

We have arrived in Nairobi and are getting settled in our house on the campus of Kenyatta University. The campus was originally built by the British as army barracks. What now serve as faculty and staff homes were originally senior officer housing. When Kenya gained independence in 1963, the barracks were transferred to the Kenyan […]

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Sukuma wiki – It’s what’s for dinner

We had the luck of meeting a Kenyan family here in Grand Rapids through Grand Valley. Genevieve Sabala-Molenje is a graduate assistant here at GVSU and heard about our upcoming trip to Kenya. I had coffee with her and her husband, Levi Molenje, to get some travel tips. Levi earned his undergraduate degree from Kenyatta […]

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“A Watershed Moment” on WYCE 88.1

Erik Nordman was interviewed for the segment “A Watershed Moment” airing on WYCE 88.1 in Grand Rapids. The interview was also featured in The Rapidian. The interview includes a description of the GVSU wind monitoring buoy being deployed on Lake Michigan. http://therapidian.org/watershed-moment-monitoring-wind-lake-michigan  

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“Green to Gold” bill could boost clean tech in Michigan

Erik Nordman spoke at a press conference kicking of the “Green to Gold” bill sponsored by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright. The bill would create a revolving loan fund to encourage and support clean tech entrepreneurs in Michigan. http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/05/state_rep_marcia_hovey-wright.html

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Nordman Recieves Fulbright Award

Dr. Erik Nordman, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Management at Grand Valley State University and president of Nordman Sustainability Solutions, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research at Kenyatta University, Kenya, during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign […]

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Nordman featured in AP story on clean energy development in Michigan.

Dr. Erik Nordman was interviewed by the Associated Press for an article on clean energy development in Michigan. The article is running nationwide, including in the Chicago Tribune.

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Public perceptions of offshore wind energy

Offshore wind energy development in Michigan’s Great Lakes is technically feasible, but is it an appropriate use of this treasured resource? The West Michigan Wind Assessment team at Grand Valley State University, led by Dr. Erik Nordman, reviewed studies from around the world on how coastal residents perceive offshore wind farms. The lessons from these […]

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