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A.W. Research Labs will be closed November 28th & 29th for Thanksgiving. We will be accepting samples from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Wednesday the 27th. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at A.W. Research Labs!
Protect Your Family's Health – Check for Radon!
As winter approaches and we begin to seal up our homes against the cold weather, it's especially important to make sure that the indoor air that you and your family breathes is safe. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils and can enter homes through cracks and openings in basement or foundation floors and walls. Testing is the only way to know if your home has an elevated level of radon, which can cause lung cancer and other serious health problems.
MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year. Click here for more information from MDH on radon testing.
Crow Wing County is currently offering free radon testing to residents. To obtain a test kit, contact the Land Services Department at 218-824-1125 or visit the office at 322 Laurel Street Suite 14 Brainerd MN 56401. Land Services Department may also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zebra Mussel Workshop a Success!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Zebra Mussel Workshop on October 12! We had a fantastic turn-out with representatives of over 20 different central Minnesota lake associations in attendance. Our guest speakers covered topics ranging from zebra mussel prevention to the relationship between zebra mussel growth and water quality. We also learned about some original ways to manage zebra mussels once an infestation has occurred including using golf ball collectors to remove shells from swimming areas!
The group also had a great discussion with Dr. Peter Sorensen and Becca Nash from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) about the opportunities and challenges presented that face the center as it launches its new zebra mussel research program. At the time of our workshop, the center was in the process of selecting a researcher to head up the center's zebra mussel program and Dr. Sorensen received input from attendees about some of the candidates and their research topics. Since then the center has chosen one of the candidates, Dr. Michael McCartney, to fill the position. Read more about Dr. McCartney below.
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center Welcomes Dr. Michael McCartney
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) has announced its hire of Dr. Michael A. McCartney for the role of Research Assistant Professor specializing in zebra mussel biology and control. McCartney will lead the Center's effort to identify prevention and control options for the invasive zebra mussel in Minnesota waters.
Dr. McCartney comes from the University of North Carolina, where he served for 13 years as a professor and director of a laboratory researching marine and freshwater aquatic animals. An expert on molecular ecology of mollusks and other invertebrates and fishes, he uses modern genetic analysis methods to understand population origins and relationships, their distribution patterns, and reproduction and life cycles.
At MAISRC, Dr. McCartney will use this approach to seek critical insights into how zebra mussels have spread and become established in Minnesota waters and therefore how management actions can be targeted for their control. Read more