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Cybersecurity, venture capital and STEM education on the M2 TechCast today

ROYAL OAK – The Monday, April 17 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast has a jam-packed schedule of tech news. Here’s the lineup:

* At 3 p.m. Eastern time, Yan Ness, CEO of Ann Arbor-based Online Tech Inc., will announce a new merger for his managed services company.

* At 3:15 p.m., Mark Dreyer Sr., senior consultant at Novi-based IT consultants Red Level, will review his recent presentation at the Microsoft Cyber Security Summit.

* At 3:30 p.m.,  Emily Heintz, associate director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, will discuss the recently released 2017 Michigan Venture Capital Report, which showed increased support for tech startups in Michigan.

* And at at 3:45 p.m., Selin Arslan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University, will discuss the success of Blue Devil Motorsports, the university’s SAE racing teams, and how the program fits into the university’s STEM-focused education.

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Social Media, LTU Outreach, High Tech Manufacturing, Cybersecurity on March 20 M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — Hope for more STEM students in the future and worries about the nation’s power grid are among the highlights to be broadcast live over the internet on the Monday, March 20 M2 TechCast.

The show begins at 3 p.m. Eastern time with Melih Oztalay of Inbound Marketing. He’ll discuss how web site marketability, content marketing, and social media marketing intersect.

At 3:15, Sibrina Collins, director of the Lawrence Technological University Marburger STEM Center will discuss LTU’s recent K-12 outreach events and an upcoming Science and Technology Showcase for science and biomedical engineering (BME) majors.

At 3:30, Jeff Hall from Siemens will talk about the Manufacturing in America conference, March 22-23 at the Renaissance Center.

The show wraps up at 3:45 with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, discussing hacker threats to the nation’s power grid.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News,, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Redford School Wins ESD’s Future City

NOVI — A team from St. Valentine Catholic School in Redford Township won the 2017 Michigan Regional Future City Competition, hosted and managed by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

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MSU, Marathon Team Up To Help STEM Students

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University and Marathon Petroleum Corp. celebrated a new partnership and a $150,000 commitment for underrepresented and underprepared students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Marathon Petroleum’s support will strengthen the Engineering and Science Success Academy (ESSA) at MSU – a seven-week residential program administered by the Diversity Programs Office in the College of Engineering.

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Michigan Teachers To Be Trained In Dow, Smithsonian Program

MIDLAND — Six Michigan teachers are among 34 from five states who have been selected for the 2016 Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program.

The six-day program, part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers, will be held in Washington, D.C. and is designed to heighten STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers’ ability to inspire and enlighten their students.

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Webinar Tackles Developing STEM Talent Among Youth

The engineering firm NTH Consultants Ltd. is hosting a webinar Thursday, June 16 at noon titled “Building Future Engineers: How Community, Corporations and Local Heroes Make It Happen.”

The hour-long event will address the challenges of developing engineering, architectural, and construction talent among our school-aged children.

Other sponsors of the event are The Engineering Society of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University, and the Melvindale-North Allen Park school district.

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Ford sponsors summer engineering program for girls at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — This July, Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) will host 24 exceptional middle school students from five Midwestern states.

Ten of them have won a new, competitive scholarship called Junior Women in Engineering, funded by $10,000 from the Ford Motor Company.

The weeklong program will take place on the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton, July 24 – 30.

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UM’s Social Venture Fund Invests In Teaching Technology Firm

ANN ARBOR — The Social Venture Fund, a student-led venture fund at the University of Michigan’s Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, has invested in an early-stage bridge financing round for Austin, Texas0based Querium Corp.

Querium is an educational technology developer that uses artificial intelligence to provide students with step-by-step coaching for math, science and engineering.

The Social Venture Fund contributed $50,000 towards a total $720,000 convertible note round and was one of approximately 10 investors.

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Bay City Western Students Analyze Sports Physics In Saginaw Valley, Dow Corning Initiative

BAY CITY — Jarret Deming is a natural with a tennis racquet in his grip. But until recently, he never considered how it could empower him to better understand physics.

On a brisk morning — temperatures below 40 degrees — the 17-year-old junior at Bay City Western High School doesn’t appear fazed by the cold as he swings at the tennis ball. Deming is a natural, after all.

But this year he is getting a little help on his tennis posture and follow through. That support isn’t coming from a coach or a teammate or even a how-to video. It’s happening in Deming’s third hour physics class, where science, sports and technology are colliding thanks to a community partnership aimed at improving K-12 education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

“I enjoy this more than sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher talk,” said Deming, who spent class time mapping out and analyzing the physics of his tennis form.

The lesson plan comes from Lisa Welch, a teacher participating in her second year in the Dow Corning Foundation – Saginaw Valley State University STEM Community Partnership.

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Baker College, Lake Orion Schools Set ‘Early College’ Program

AUBURN HILLS — Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus and the Lake Orion Community Schools announced a partnership to give high school students the opportunity to graduate from high school with up to 60 transferable college credits, a college associate degree or a technical certificate at no cost to the students or their families.

The Lake Orion Early/Middle College program will pay for all tuition, books and fees.

Current sophomore students at Lake Orion High School are eligible for the program, which begins this fall. They can earn high school and college credit at the same time ­– at the high school, online or at Baker College of Auburn Hills – and continue to earn college credit during a fifth year of high school with courses held at Baker College of Auburn Hills.

A student-parent informational meeting is set for Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m., at the Lake Orion High School Auditorium. Continue reading Baker College, Lake Orion Schools Set ‘Early College’ Program