New research on water quality in the Red Cedar River watershed, including Lake Menomin, Tainter Lake and the Chetek chain of lakes, will be presented in a public forum in Menomonie.

Eleven university students from around the U.S. will explain their summer research with poster presentations at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Raw Deal, 603 S. Broadway St. The event is free and open to the public.

The students are part of the LAKES REU, a summer research experience for undergraduates at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The students, their home universities, research focus and UW-Stout faculty advisers are:

Madison Brantley, Auburn University, anthropology; Tina Lee

Caitlin Delaney, University of Connecticut, economics and geography; Chris Ferguson

Laura Donovan, of Platteville, Wis., UW-Stout, applied social science; Tina Lee

Alexis Econie, Illinois State University, sociology and communications; Nels Paulson

Allison Frideres, Simpson College, mathematics; Keith Wojciechowski

Mackenzie Jones, University of Akron, applied mathematics; Keith Wojciechowski

Gunther Melander, of Wilson, Wis., UW-Stout, applied social science; Innisfree McKinnon

Erin Melly, Columbia University, sustainable development and economics; Chris Ferguson

Helena Pedrotti, Reed College, economics and mathematics; Chris Ferguson

Clare Salerno, Wellesley College, sociology; Nels Paulson

Rene Torres, California State University-Northridge, geography/GIS; Innisfree McKinnon

As part of the eight-week LAKES REU, students conduct a variety of research on the issue of blue-green algae and how the compromised water quality in the watershed affects the quality of life in the region.

LAKES REU stands for Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability Research Experience for Undergraduates. This is the third year of a three-year, $282,000 National Science Foundation grant.

Learn more about LAKES at

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.