CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSIT Y COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
academichighlights DECEMBER 2016
Engineering for life
Students partner with Spectrum Health to improve medical device, p. 7
Great Lakes leader
EPA awards CMU second $10 million grant in six years for research to protect lakes’ future, p. 3
Excellence under a new name Welcome to the College of Science and Engineering Earlier in 2016, the university’s Board of Trustees approved changing our name to the College of Science and Engineering to reflect the current make-up of the college. Engineering has grown rapidly over the past decade and is second only to biology in terms of the number of undergraduate majors. What hasn’t changed is the positive impact CSE has on the lives of our students and others in Michigan and well beyond. Our scope continues to expand through new programs and degrees including our award-winning brewing certificate delivered in partnership with two breweries in Mount Pleasant. Our students continue to excel academically and after graduation. Kristopher Kieft became the CMU’s first ever recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship, while Alyssa Shepard won a Fulbright grant for her postgraduate studies at the University of Leicester in England. Our outstanding faculty also continue to accumulate accolades and awards. Mark Francek was named the top college science teacher in Michigan, Felix Famoye received a Fulbright Fellowship to study and teach in Nigeria and Matthew Redshaw was awarded a prestigious early career award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The strength of faculty research across CSE, almost of all of which involves undergraduate students, was undoubtedly a factor in the reclassification of CMU as a Research High (or R2) University by the Carnegie Foundation in 2016. The work of our faculty and students is excellent and highly relevant. Examples include the partnerships between Spectrum Health and our engineering students (see cover) and between meteorology students and alumni to better understand the impact of weather on a commercial vineyard. Don Uzarski and his collaborators received a second $10 million five-year grant to continue monitoring coastal wetlands across the entire Great Lakes basin. Xantha Karp and Linlin Zhao received funding for their basic biomedical research. A team of faculty led by Jennifer Schisa obtained a National Science Foundation grant for a new transmission electron microscope that will soon be housed in the new Biosciences Building, which will host its first classes in January 2017. Ian Davison, dean College of Science and Engineering
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EPA awards CMU second $10 million grant in six years for Great Lakes research
Coastal wetlands grants protect lakes’ future and economy of eight states, two Canadian provinces
Central Michigan University researchers will continue leading the nation’s efforts to protect and restore coastal wetlands vital to the health of the Great Lakes, thanks to a second $10 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will fund identification, monitoring and evaluation of restoration efforts during the next five years. CMU was selected in 2010 to lead an initial $10 million initiative that enabled the first collection of scientific data assessing the health of coastal wetlands along more than 10,000 miles of shoreline. Through the effort, CMU also directs the collaboration of nine other universities and four governmental agencies. “These wetlands are very important to the overall health of the Great Lakes, which much of our economy — including our fisheries and tourism — relies on,” said Donald Uzarski, CMU professor of biology and director of CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and the Biological Station on Beaver Island.
Healthy wetlands filter pollution that otherwise would enter the lakes and their connected rivers, lakes and streams. The wetlands provide crucial habitat for fish and wildlife and support a $7.5 billion per year commercial and sport fishery. Development, however, has eliminated 50 percent of Great Lakes wetlands. Uzarski and his team have sampled, monitored and documented conditions, producing data the EPA is using to determine which 60,000 acres of wetlands it will restore during the next five years, as committed to Congress. Restoration will impact Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and two provinces in Canada. This includes improving the water supply quality for Michigan cities such as Grand Rapids and Detroit. The first EPA grant alone led to 156 new jobs, including research lab employees. •
Professor earns U.S. Department of Energy honor Physics researcher receives prestigious Early Career Award
Gaming from Atari to Xbox CMU students learn about video games in 40-hour gaming marathon Central Michigan University gamers virtually time traveled one weekend this past spring to a span of 40 years of video games they played over the course of 40 consecutive hours. Surrounded by monitors broadcasting the games in an active learning classroom, students learned about video game design through the years as they played all of their favorite childhood games. “I think it’s easy to implement gaming into learning,” said Midland junior Molly Rossman. “We are having fun, but at the same time evaluating what is working or not working in these games for when we develop games.” Tony Morelli, associate professor of computer science, brought in many of his old consoles for the gaming marathon. He nodded to Atari, Super Nintendo and Playstation boxes as he clicked away at his own controller alongside the students. “The coolest part of doing an event like this for me is seeing the progression of games through the years,” Morelli said. “From a game development standpoint, it’s really fascinating to see how things have changed.” • 4
When Matthew Redshaw joined Central Michigan University in 2012, part of the Dow Science Complex was remodeled to install a large superconducting magnet for his specialized nuclear physics research. The magnet is one of the central components of a mass spectrometer that Redshaw, associate professor of physics, is building to precisely measure atomic masses. “My research at CMU involves the development of a new mass spectrometer with the goal of performing some of the world’s most precise atomic mass measurements,” he said. “We want to have the ability to study naturally occurring stable isotopes and long-lived radioactive isotopes.” Redshaw recently received the U.S. Department of Energy’s prestigious Early Career Award, which will fund another facet of his research. Next up for him is an investigation of neutrinos, tiny subatomic particles produced by the decay of radioactive elements. Historically, neutrinos were believed to have no mass at all. However, last year’s Nobel Prize in physics honored the discovery of experiments which showed that they do have mass. Further experiments aim to directly measure neutrino mass. Redshaw’s work will aid these experiments by providing a precise determination of the energy available for certain radioactive decays – essentially by measuring the mass, m, in Einstein’s famous equation, E = mc². Redshaw’s research will take place at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and at CMU. “This award is an outstanding achievement for Matt and our CMU physics department,” said Ian Davison, dean of the College of Science and Engineering. “It speaks volumes for the quality of our nationally competitive research programs in the department of physics.” A total of 51 scientists were selected for the award – including 29 from U.S. universities and 22 from DOE’s national laboratories. •
Illustrating a historical moment in physics CMU professor’s map helps LIGO visualize Einstein’s waves The science community was abuzz earlier this year with the news that a gravitational wave was detected from the collision of two black holes in the cosmos. The discovery was hailed as one of the greatest physics victories in more than 100 years, and a Central Michigan University faculty member played a key role in illustrating the finding. A panoramic image of the galaxy created by Axel Mellinger, associate professor of physics, was used in the official announcement by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory to illustrate the location of a black hole collision 1.3 billion light-years away. The panorama is a pivotal part of the gallery used by LIGO to make the announcement confirming a theory written by Albert Einstein in 1915. Mellinger first created the all-sky mosaic image of the Milky Way in 2009. The project took him almost two years to complete. The final product is comprised of more than 3,000 individual frames taken at locations in South Africa, Texas and Michigan. His careful work piecing together this puzzle of the galaxy helped him to recognize his panorama when he looked more closely at the LIGO announcement. Mellinger says this is not the first time the map has been used for a discovery in the cosmos.
“The panorama has actually been used quite a bit,” he said. “In 2012, for example, the map helped illustrate measurements taken by the Hubble Space Telescope revealing the Andromeda galaxy is on a collision course with our own Milky Way. It forms the background of a map illustrating Earth’s night sky 3.75 billion years from now.” Mellinger confirmed with researchers at LIGO that his panorama had been used, and they agreed to add an acknowledgment of his contribution. His map is now a key instrument helping visualize the discovery of gravitational waves. A large print of the full map is on display on CMU’s campus in the Dow Science Complex. Mellinger says it is used as an educational tool in planetariums around the world, including Adler Planetarium in Chicago. •
Gentex donates to School of Engineering and Technology Engineering labs receive new instruments
Students partner with Spectrum Health to improve medical device Every day, medical professionals insert rubber nasogastric tubes into patients’ nostrils and down into their stomachs to deliver food or medicine or to remove harmful substances. This practice carries several risks, such as injuring tissue inside the sinuses, throat, esophagus or stomach. An interdisciplinary team of Central Michigan University finance, engineering, integrative public relations and actuarial science students is working in partnership with Spectrum Health Innovations to find a solution. Team members are developing an NG tube project business plan they pitched at CMU’s 2016 New Venture Competition. This annual event provides a forum for learning, identifying, nurturing and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs. Students in an entrepreneurship course have conducted comprehensive research on the NG tube market, which a team of engineering students is using to drive its product development. “This is a great opportunity for the engineering students to develop a novel solution by applying their knowledge of new materials and manufacturing techniques,” said Eric Van Middendorp, Spectrum Health Innovations mechanical design engineer. Spectrum Health Innovations regularly collaborates with higher education institutions on medical device development. “We’re very fortunate to be able to partner with CMU’s business and engineering departments,” said Scott Daigger, manager of innovation and entrepreneurship for Spectrum Health Innovations. •
Michigan-based electronics technology company Gentex has donated 12 oscilloscope instruments to the CMU College of Science and Engineering. The instruments, used to measure electrical wave signals such as voltage and frequency, are most commonly used to troubleshoot problems in small electronics. Students in computer, mechanical and electrical engineering courses will have access to the machines, giving them handson experience with the same technology used in industry. According to Eric Woodward, production manager at Gentex Corp. and CMU alumnus, this benefits the company as much as the students. “This is the exact same model used by our company, so students will be using the same technology they would use on the job,” Woodward said. “From our perspective, this parallel experience makes them great job candidates.” Gentex Corp. is most well-known for automatic dimming automotive mirrors. The global company is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan. In addition to employing more than 50 CMU alumni, it has avidly sponsored School of Engineering and Technology initiatives and annually sponsors CMU’s Baja and Formula teams. •
CMU biologist receives grant from National Institutes of Health Grant will be used to further biomedical research Central Michigan University’s Xantha Karp, assistant professor of biology, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further her research into stem cell biology. Karp will receive $350,687 to continue investigating a quiescent, or resting state called dauer. She will look into how specific cells regulate their genes when in this phase, hoping to determine which switches can help stem cells stay healthy over long periods. “We are focusing on a gene called FOXO that is important in mammalian stem cells,” Karp said. “In worms, FOXO appears to reset certain genetic pathways during dauer to help stem cells produce the correct cells.” Ultimately, Karp is hoping that her work will lay the foundation for new stem cell therapies. Stem cells divide to replenish cells that are lost because of injury or normal wear and tear. However, some stem cells spend most of their time in a resting state called quiescence. During quiescence it is important for stem cells to keep their ability to produce only the correct types of cells. The microscopic nematode C. elegans serves as Karp’s tool to investigate this question. C. elegans cells are a useful model for mammalian stem cells because the worms are simple and easy to study, yet they share many genes with mammals, including genes involved in stem cell biology. “NIH has found our previous research promising, and I think we are on the right track,” she said. •
CMU offers new major in environmental science New offering leverages CMU’s diverse science programs Central Michigan University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is introducing a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and will accept students starting this fall. The new program will provide students an in-depth understanding of environmental systems and prepare them for positions in a high-demand sector. Employment of environmental scientists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, a rate faster than the average of all occupations. “We designed this major to address a growing demand for experts who understand the complex interactions between humans and environmental systems,” said Marty Baxter, associate professor and interim chair of the department. “It’s crucial we prepare scientists who have the abilities to assess and address how our environment is changing.” Courses were designed to build upon CMU’s strong geology, chemistry and biology programs, with a focus on developing skills applicable to the environmental science field. A required internship will allow students to apply the science in a real-world setting. •
CMU researchers use ferry to monitor climate change and water quality issues Beaver Island Boat Company’s Emerald Isle ferry travels across Lake Michigan between Charlevoix and Beaver Island up to four times a day during busy summer months. It’s a 32-mile trip one way and takes a little more than two hours to complete. Along with transporting passengers, vehicles and goods, those hours now are critical for painting a picture of the recent changes in the lake. As soon as the ferry hits the water, researchers from Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research collect data to help inform our understanding of climate change factors and water quality issues in the Great Lakes. “We know that lakes are warming and water quality is changing, but we don’t have a full picture of what other effects the rising temperatures will have,” said Don Uzarski, professor of biology,
director of IGLR and director of CMU’s Beaver Island Biological Station. “More data will help us make a comprehensive assessment of climate related interactions and help track major ecosystem changes.” The system is the only one of its kind operating in the Great Lakes collecting such a wide range of data. Researchers are interested in a variety of parameters, such as water temperature, phosphorous and nitrogen concentrations. Phosphorous, outlined in the Clean Water Act as a major pollutant of the Great Lakes, has caused an increase in harmful algal blooms, one of numerous cause-and-effect changes in the ecosystem. Even small changes can create large problems for species in these waters, says Uzarski. Uzarski hopes that by collecting more data and monitoring these facets of Lake Michigan’s waters, the team can model recent changes in the lake to better inform decision-makers. These data will benefit more than IGLR researchers. Curious data seekers, science classrooms and research labs anywhere in the world can access a website and see all of the same information streaming live. These data also will be streamed in realtime and available for viewing on board the ferry throughout the trip. •
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Shining a spotlight on science CMU hosts Biosciences Building grand opening “Before I came to CMU, I did not know that undergraduate students could work in a research lab, but in this building, students passing by are able to see research in action and know that this a possibility for them.” These words came from CMU biomedical sciences senior Brent Piligian — who has spent much of his college career conducting hands-on research with chemistry and biochemistry faculty member Ben Swarts — as he spoke at the CMU Biosciences Building grand opening Sept. 22. The celebration featured building tours and comments from leaders about CMU’s largest-ever capital project. Construction concluded Sept. 2, and crews are continuing to prepare the facility for research and classes to begin in January 2017. From the ground up, the new building will shine a spotlight on faculty and student research. A look into the building’s 170,000-square-foot interior reveals: • Active learning classroom with capacity for 112 students; • Large flexible-use space on first floor with seating capacity for 200+; • 106 lab benches and additional 47 specialty lab rooms; • Instructional labs with associated prep labs; • Numerous student study, collaboration and meeting spaces throughout the building; and • 65 faculty and staff offices. “In the end we wanted a functional space that puts science on display,” said Andy Reihl, project manager. “From almost every part of the building you can see into the labs where students and faculty will be hands-on with their research.” •
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CMU receives $492,285 National Science Foundation grant Support provided through NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program A research team from the Central Michigan University Biology and Chemistry and Biochemistry departments received a $492,285 grant from the Major Research Instrumentation Program at the National Science Foundation. Jennifer Schisa, professor of biology, leads the project with contributions from Gabriel Caruntu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Brad Fahlman, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Eric Linton, associate professor of biology, and Joanne Dannenhoffer, professor of biology. The funds were used to help purchase a Hitachi Model HT7700 120kV high-contrast/high-resolution digital transmission electron microscope. CMU’s new Biosciences Building will house the electron microscope. “It is a unique instrument in its ability to provide both high-resolution and high-contrast imaging which can image biological and materials science specimens equally well,” Schisa said. “This technology will allow biology researchers to substantially increase the quality and quantity of images of low-contrast biological samples.” The new microscope has capabilities to enable faculty and student researchers working with nanomaterials and polymers to collect their data on campus. It also will provide opportunities for a level of research that previously did not exist at CMU as well as support training the next generation of scientists in modern methods used in biological and materials science sample analysis. •
Mapping Mother Nature’s impact on wine CMU students track weather patterns at Michigan winery
The unique Michigan weather on Old Mission Peninsula plays a key part in making your glass of pinot perfect.
use it to make predictions and gain hands-on weather forecasting experience typically reserved for experts.
For Central Michigan University meteorology faculty and students, this makes the region ripe for research to help maintain Michigan’s $300 million wine industry. Faculty and students installed a weather station in a vineyard to gain crucial insights on the weather.
CMU alumni Todd and Carter Oosterhouse own Bonobo Winery, which is the only Old Mission Peninsula winery with a weather station. Josh Rhem, vineyard manager and CMU alumnus, and winemaker Josh McCarthy each collect and analyze weather data from the station daily. Though there are other weather stations in the region, McCarthy has seen storm events on the peninsula change from mile to mile.
“Installing a CMU-owned weather station in a vineyard allows us to monitor the rapidly changing conditions that may lead to grapevine damage,” Marty Baxter, associate professor of meteorology, said. The CMU weather station collects data on temperature, dew point, wind and rainfall at Bonobo Winery in Traverse City. Information is transmitted in realtime and sent to Weather Underground, a public weather tracking service online. Students analyze incoming data and
“We need the best information possible because weather dictates all aspects of the types of grapes we can grow here,” he said. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates Michigan vineyard expansion has doubled the last 10 years. For Baxter and his students, the booming economics of wine will help make tracking the weather a key advantage. •
Chemist receives grant for cancer research Studies will focus on DNA damage Central Michigan University’s Linlin Zhao, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was awarded a grant to help his lab study the role of a DNA polymerase in oxidative DNA damage. DNA polymerases are enzymes that create new DNA molecules, which are the genetic materials containing the biological instructions to make all known living organisms. “DNA molecules are susceptible to a variety of chemicals sourced from our
own bodies and the environment,” Zhao said. “DNA damage has profound biological consequences on human health.” One common type of damage — oxidative DNA damage — occurs as a consequence of normal body processes like metabolism and as a consequence of interactions with certain drugs, radiation and other cancer-causing materials. For example, DNA damage potentially can cause mutations when damaged cells make copies of themselves during cell division. The resulting mutation is significant in developing many human diseases including cancer. Zhao’s funded research will lead to better understanding the functions of the DNA polymerase called PrimPol in protecting the human genome from oxidative DNA damage. •
Inspiring students beyond the classroom CMU professor named top college science teacher in Michigan Carrying a globe around his classroom, Central Michigan University geography professor Mark Francek stops to spin it on the tip of his finger. Later, he climbs onto a table so every awe-struck student in the class can see a demonstration he has planned. Unconventional, maybe, but it is this dedication to college students and unabashed passion for science that earned Francek the 2016 Michigan College Science Teacher of the Year. “I believe in seizing every opportunity as a teachable moment,” Francek said. “Students want interaction. They don’t
want to know how much you know until they know how much you care.” Francek, who was a first-generation college student, believes the opportunity to learn is one of the greatest gifts students have. He has created his own teaching philosophy based on more than 27 years of experience, including teaching at a maximum security prison. The model he developed — community, accountability and relevance or CAR — fosters effective instruction while creating relationships. His philosophy was included on an education blog at Stanford University.
The Michigan Science Teachers Association presented the teaching award to Francek in March. Winners are selected for “using or modeling best practices, inspiring students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, being an excellent role model for students and other teachers, demonstrating leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and for teaching.” •
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Student awarded CMU’s first-ever Goldwater Scholarship Another recognized with honorable mention The first Goldwater Scholarship in Central Michigan University’s history was awarded to Kristopher Kieft, an Honors student majoring in biology. Kieft was one of 252 scholars chosen from a competitive pool of 1,150 national nominations. An additional 256 students were awarded honorable mentions. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue research careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Kieft, a junior from Rothbury, believes the nationally competitive scholarship will be a key part of his acceptance into a graduate
program where he plans to continue his research in emerging viruses. Kieft began conducting research in 2013 under the guidance of CMU microbiology faculty member Michael Conway. Conway studies emergent viruses, focusing specifically on Dengue Fever and related viruses. Now that he has found virology research, Kieft wants to follow a similar path. Kieft has presented his research twice at CMU’s Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition, the Honors SRCEE, and has co-authored several articles awaiting publication in professional academic journals. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Kieft plans to pursue a Ph.D. in virology, preparing himself for a career in academia or within a government facility conducting research on pathogenic viruses. The variety of programs at CMU helped lead him to this discipline, he said.
2016 honorable mention Plymouth junior Brent Piligian was named a 2016 Goldwater Honorable Mention, the third in CMU history to receive this recognition. Piligian, a biomedical science and neuroscience major, plans to pursue a M.D./Ph.D. in chemical and molecular biology and conduct biomedical research with a focus on diseases of the musculoskeletal system. His ultimate goal is to work in an academic hospital and teach in a university setting. An intensive summer research experience in 2015 strengthened Piligian’s passion for medical discovery.
CMU student earns Fulbright Grant Alyssa Shepard will continue cancer research in U.K. Central Michigan University senior Alyssa Shepard was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant for a graduate degree at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She is the sixth CMU student to accept a Fulbright and third to receive the nationally competitive research/study grant. The Holland native joins one of the premiere cancer research programs in the world, exploring cancer cell molecular biology at the University of Leicester. Shepard will be investigating ways to increase the accuracy and sensitivity of breast cancer detection methods.
“Contributing to cancer treatment is ultimately what I want to do,” she said. “My mother is a cancer survivor and that’s partly due to progression in detection and treatment options.” Shepard, a Centralis Scholar, has been participating in research under the guidance of CMU biologist Michelle Steinhilb, and last summer she contributed to research at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids. Using her CMU experiences, new collaborations and with the shared goal to cure cancer, she also hopes to help foster research partnerships between the United States and the U.K. In addition to dual majors in biochemistry and music, Shepard also has been actively involved in undergraduate research and related preprofessional activities. She serves as the Honors Program Philanthropic Society president and Honors Platform co-editor in addition to being a concert saxophonist. Shepard’s experiences at CMU have helped to chart her new path, and she hopes that more students seek opportunities such as the Fulbright grant. •
Calculating March Madness CMU student crunches the numbers on NCAA tournament The College of Science and Engineering added a master’s degree in applied statistics and analytics this fall, but in some senses Elizabeth Jackson was ahead of the game. Jackson, a Central Michigan University actuarial science major, paired her knowledge of statistics and love of basketball to calculate what it takes for a team to succeed in the NCAA Championship Tournament. Jackson, an honors student from Delton, evaluated every tournament from 1985 to 2015 and analyzed many of the variables that affect a team’s chances of advancing from round to round. Categories and variables affecting a team’s success included: • Ranking – examples include seed and strength of schedule; • Historical – data focused on the amount of success a team has had in previous years when advancing to Final Four and championship games;
CMU professor awarded Fulbright Felix Famoye, mathematics, will lecture and conduct research in Nigeria Statistics professor Felix Famoye has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to conduct mathematics research in Nigeria from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Famoye will research and lecture at the University of Lagos as part of a project to conduct research and implement hands-on activities and technology in statistics courses. “I am glad to receive the grant and also will be able to travel to Nigeria to contribute to the country’s educational development,” he said. “My visit to the University of Lagos will be very timely as they are starting a Bachelor of Science degree in statistics.”
• Season performance – variables focused on statistics such as number of wins and field goal accuracy percentage; and • Coaching – the amount of success a team’s coach has had in previous tournaments. Jackson’s faculty advisor, CMU professor Felix Famoye, is an internationally renowned statistician and fellow of the American Statistical Association. He and Jackson worked closely together to develop the database she used to analyze the tournament. Highlights of Jackson’s original findings include: • Seed is only significant in the first round of the tournament; • A team’s simple rating system and total number of wins are significant in predicting whether a team will advance from the first round through the Elite Eight; • The number of times a team has appeared in the Sweet 16 and Final Four is significant in predicting whether they will make it there again; and • Variables related to the coach’s success in previous tournaments are the strongest predictors in the Final Four and championship games. •
Famoye is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. •
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Crafting CMU’s place in brewing Fermentation science program leads to top national honor In its first year, CMU’s fermentation science program brought home multiple honors in the U.S. Open College Beer Championship. CMU was recognized as the top brewing school in the United States and second place school overall. The U.S. Open College Beer Championship is for colleges and universities that teach brewing courses and was held to help determine the best future brewers in North America. Universities that offer courses in brewing submit beers in the following categories: IPA, Witbier, German Pilsner, Imperial Stout and an open category for any type of beer. CMU earned a gold medal for Black Stallion Imperial Stout, silver medals for Holzfaller Lager and Victory IPA, and a bronze medal for Caber Tosser Scottish Ale. “I really had a great group of students that put in the work in the classroom learning the science and then an amazing job applying what they learned in the brewery,” said Cordell Demattei, director of CMU’s fermentation science program. CMU’s undergraduate certificate in fermentation science is the first program of its kind in Michigan and only the sixth program in the United States. Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in number of breweries, and craft beer is a powerful economic driver in the state. •