‘Smart Politics’ examined

May 8, 2019

Grosse Pointe News

Melissa Walsh

With the annual Mackinac Policy Conference a month away, a sizable crowd recently showed up at The Whiskey Six to discuss issues they would like to see resolved by the state.

Host of WDET’s Detroit Today Stephen Henderson launched the station’s 2019 series of “Smart Politics” discussions at the City venue Thursday evening, April 25.

With him were Deadline Detroit news reporter and Woods resident Nancy Derringer and PBS’s Great Lakes Now program director and Park resident Sandi Svoboda.

The event began with WDET Program Director Joan Isabella chatting with audience members as she collected questions they wrote on Post-it notes for the panel.

Though diverse opinions and conflicting statements were made from the panel and audience on several topics during the event, an early comment from a member of the audience sent the crowd into shared laughter. Pointing to an 8-foot by 6-foot image of Prohibition-era bootleggers standing next to a cargo truck stuck in Lake St. Clair ice, he said, “Can we all just agree that this photo is just timeless?”

The humor set a friendly tone that continued throughout the discussion — that in many ways Detroiters share a common appreciation for the area’s history.

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Joan Rose

Center for Water Sciences;

Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment

joan-roseJoan Rose serves as the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, the co-director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) and the co-director of the Center for Water Sciences.

An international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety, Rose has published more than 250 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks worldwide. She has also been involved in the study of water supplies, water used for food production, and coastal environments as well as drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and reclaimed water. Her research focuses on microbial pathogen transport in coastal systems and risks to recreational waters and the study of climate factors which impact water quality.

Rose has been appointed to the National Research Council of the National Academies Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Advisory Board, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian National Research Center.