science

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is weighing the future of the Challenger Learning Center as part of an assessment of all of its science exhibits. Museum Director Bill McElhone said the museum is currently assessing all of its science exhibits, much in the way it re-evaluated and redesign its history exhibits in 2010.

Robbie Feinberg

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stressed the importance of medical training and research on a stop in Kalamazoo earlier today.

Peters, who was elected to the Senate in late 2014, arrived in the city to tour Western Michigan University’s new Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. The senator met with business and university leaders, but it was Stryker Dean Hal Jenson who led the tour, demonstrating cutting-edge technologies in the school like an eight-classroom simulation center, with life-like mannequins for students to practice operating on.

WMUK

Western Michigan University has won a large grant to help draw more students to science and technology. University officials say the $1.4 million comes from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. They say the five-year project will focus on classes in biology.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage’s Air Zoo invites people of all ages to marvel at its collection of remarkable flying machines.

Western Michigan University

Graduate students are expected to do research. Undergraduates usually don’t. But a new project at Western Michigan University’s Department of Biological Sciences hopes to change that. It’s using a fundraising system modeled on Kickstarter to attract community support for SABRE: "Students Advancing Biological Research and Engagement."

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