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Michigan Science Center forum to pose the question, "Should we eradicate the mosquito?"

If you could eradicate the mosquito from the face of the earth, would you?

That's the essential question being asked at a forum taking place at the Michigan Science Center on September 22 titled, "Should We Engineer the Mosquito?"

The forum will be the first a series on on synthetic biology, a field that may soon give humanity the power to alter the genetic code through a technology in development called CRISPR. Other future forums will include topics like engineering "algae that can synthesize fuel or bacteria that can eat plastics."

To register for the forum, go here.

Detroit Ento to host five-course dinner featuring edible insects

Detroit Ento, a sustainable protein R&D firm that focuses on locally reared insects, is offering a truly unique dining experience on May 26. 

Hosted by Salt and Cedar in Eastern Market, Detroit Ento describes the meal as "Detroit's first edible insect culinary event." The five-course dinner will consist of locally-farmed insects such as crickets and mealworms, "as well as other notable and unique species," according to the event notice. "The meal will be paired with cocktails and wine, prepared by local chefs, and served in a great local space. This event will highlight the techniques and palates of the chefs and forefront the versatility of insects as an oft overlooked, yet rekindling, food source in the West."

Detroit Ento was founded last year by Theodore Kozerski and Anthony Hatinger, who both have extensive experience in Detroit's urban agriculture scene. Insects, which are high in protein and raised with minimal energy investment, can be an efficient way to feed animals and a potential food source for humans.

Before that can happen, however, people need to overcome their instinctive aversion to eating insects. And that's one of the dinner's goals. 

"We are having this dinner to showcase and demystify insects as a real food and protein source, while highlighting local chefs," writes Kozerski by email.

The dinner will also help kick-off the first edible insects conference in North America, hosted by Wayne State University and taking place from May 26-28. 

The meal will have two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. To be notified when tickets go on sale, click here

The Design Observer explores the urban ecology of Detroit and other cities

While many look at the overgrown grass and a resurgent swamps sometimes found on Detroit's vacant land as blight, the Design Observer points out that these occurences are the result of a complex urba ecology.

Author Peter Del Tredici, associate professor in practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and author of Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide, makes the following observation:

"While Detroit is clearly a tragic story from the socioeconomic perspective, it is a paradise for spontaneous vegetation."

It's always good to look on the bright side of things.

Regardless, this essay is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the ecology of cities.

Read more in the Design Observer.

DC3 helps grow collective voice for Detroit creatives

The Speakers Bureau is an initiative by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center to help establish a voice for Detroit’s creative community. This collective voice is that of many people and businesses who demonstrate forward progress in the city.

All of these individual entities have worked with or work alongside the DC3 in Detroit. Maybe they’ve participated in the Creative Ventures Program or consulted with the DC3 staff on a location for their business. Whatever the case, this is the story of Detroit’s forward movements through our lens. Read all about it here.

DPS partnership with Wayne State, DMC, paves way for two new high schools

While much news has been made of Detroit Public Schools shuttering schools across the district, new partnerships with entities like Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center will give students specialized training and attention at two new public high schools in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Incoming freshmen at the Benjamin Carson School of Science and Medicine will embark on a curriculum heavily focused on math and sciences to prepare for careers in the health care industry. And their learning isn't limited to the classroom -- students will access the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Kresge Eye Institute, the DMC and Wayne State for real world education.

Another school, Detroit Collegiate Prep, targets keeping at-risk students on track for college through 8:1 student-to-teacher ratios and block scheduling.

Excerpt:

"We know that there is a huge parent demand for high-performing schools," said Jennifer Mrozowski, spokeswoman for DPS. "These two new schools are part of our commitment to create a portfolio of successful school options that attract parents. The schools are funded by the state and Michigan Future Inc., through its Michigan Future Schools program, as part of a $2.8 million plan to open four new high schools in the city.

Read more here.
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