Current State #47 | March 19th, 2013

Mar 20, 2013

Today on Current State Democratic State Representative Sam Singh; Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes; The new Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, Erik Nordberg; Smoke-Free Housing in Lansing; and parade of electric guitars in Detroit.

File photo/WKAR

Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing sits on the House appropriations committee and education appropriation subcommittees.  We welcome the first-termer back to Current State to get his thoughts on what’s happening at the state capitol, including a last-minute bill that would make major cuts to universities that do not meet the new union contract rules.

Courtesy of Dr. Sherri Mason

Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.

  The Michigan Humanities Council will have a new executive director starting in May. Erik Nordberg is a long-time board member and will be coming to Lansing from Michigan Technological University where he most recently served as the University Archivist. He spoke about the humanities and his new position with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

More Lansing rental properties going smoke-free

Mar 19, 2013
Photo by Liza Sperl via Flicker

Tomorrow is National “Kick Butts Day,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property.  Current State talks with Ingham county health officer Dr. Renee Canady about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.

  Tomorrow morning, the spring equinox occurs just after 7 a.m Eastern Time.

Diverse cultures throughout history have marked the passing of the seasons with music and artistic expression.