Lake Superior Research Institute celebrates 50 years
The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute celebrated 50 years with a free conference open to the public featuring keynote speaker Alexandra Cousteau.
“This is an exciting time to celebrate 50 years of hard work by an environmental organization that is largely funded by extramural funds,” said Dr. Matthew TenEyck, director of Lake Superior Research Institute. “The celebration provides an opportunity to reflect on our success and set the stage for the next 50 years.”
The LSRI was created in 1967 and formally recognized by the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents in 1969. LSRI’s mission is to conduct environmental research and provide services that directly benefit the people, industries and natural resources of the Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes Region and beyond; provide non-traditional learning and applied research opportunities for undergraduate students; and foster environmental education and outreach in the Twin Ports and surrounding communities.
The 50th anniversary celebration gor underway on Thursday, Oct. 5, with a welcome reception in the Yellowjacket Union. This provided an opportunity for the community to view photographs from throughout the history of the LSRI and network with former colleagues, classmates and friends.
On Friday, Oct. 6, the free and open to the public conference featured presentations on the early years of the LSRI with afternoon sessions discussing the present and future of the institute.
“Those attending the conference can expect to gain an understanding of the impact LSRI has truly made to environmental research, the education and training of UW-Superior students and outreach to the greater community in its first 50 years of existence,” said TenEyck. “Attendees will also hear about the breadth and depth on environmental research conducted at LSRI.”
A social hour and dinner preceded keynote speaker. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. Legacies aren't just about looking at the past, they are also about applying our experience and knowledge to solve future challenges. Reflecting on the Cousteau legacy, Alexandra will discuss sustainability, leadership and innovation in ways that connect all of us to the environment, our community and each other.
“Alexandra has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences,” said TenEyck. “Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet.”
For Costeau, this was her first visit to Lake Superior.
"I'm looking forward to learning about the lake's conservation challenges and solutions, as well as the LSRI's work on sustainability," she said.