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Ariel Kelly, a Park and Recreation graduate who is a park ranger at Yosemite National Park, was interviewed as part of a program feature that highlights beautiful places in America.

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LSSU's unique natural location provides an opportunity for our students to work directly in an environment that mirrors that of many careers.

For example, the LSSU Recreation Club (right) provides hands-on experience to those in the Parks & Recreation program.

Dan Wydra, a 1989 LSSU parks and graduate and chair of recreation board for Gladstone, MI, contacted Professor Sally Childs with a proposal to do a site assessment and create a recreation land use plan for Gladstone’s Van Cleve waterfront park. The plan would serve as a framework for the park’s current management and future development.

Wydra was familiar with Lake Superior State’s Parks & Recreation program from personal experience, and knew that this type of land use planning was part of the curriculum.

“The possibilities excited me, so I e-mailed Gladstone Recreation Director Nicole Sanderson and confirmed our interest in getting involved,” says Childs.

Recreation club members have completed three land-use plans for Van Cleve Park, using data provided by Sanderson. Students applied their GPS and GIS skills to create a very accurate map, part of a final product the club submitted to Gladstone last week.

“Each of the three composite plans we submitted has three interchangeable elements that allows planners to mix and match recreational activities the city may want to support through the Van Cleve area,” says Childs. “Hopefully the recreation board will find our ideas appropriate and submit our recommendations to Gladstone’s city commission for final funding.”

 

Character- ization of Yellow Pigments in Freshwater Flavo- bacteria

Ashley Ryckman

The yellow color of Flavobacteria is due to the presence of carotenoids and flexirubin-type pigments. These complex chemical structures have shown to produce antioxidant properties, as well as antibacterial activity. The KOH test and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to characterize carotenoid and flexirubin pigment production in three strains of Flavorbacteria: FR 87, FR Y, and FR 93. Optimization of pigment and separation was performed by quant-prep HPLC. Separation of four pigment fractions from each strain was attained using semi-prep HPLC. Antibacterial activity of the pigment fractions was tested using a MTT Assay. Fexirubin biosynthesis genes, darA and darB, of related pigment producing Flavobacteria were used to compare flexirubin pigments in FR 87. The three strains were determined to produce the carotenoid, Zeaxanthin. FR 87 produced 13 flexirubin pigments, FR Y produced 14 flexirubin pigments and FR 93 produced 20 flexirubin-type pigments. It was determined that compounds in all three strains demonstrated antibacterial activity. The flexirubin biosynthesis gene, darA, is 89.9% similar to Flavobacterium johnsoniae, and 73.2% similar to Flavobacterium psychrophilum.

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