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Graduate Student Lizzie Grobbel in MLive

Graduate Student Lizzie Grobbel is featured in an MLive article for using a vacant Detroit house for urban shrimp farming.| Short Read

With seed funding from U-M’s Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Program, Grobbel is using a vacant Detroit house to farm about 400 shrimp from larvae, according to the article.

She plans to distribute the mature shrimp within the city, and demonstrate aquaculture as a viable way to address the scarcity of locally grown seafood, while simultaneously finding productive uses for vacant property in the city.

She began working with shrimp in a research project with Professor Lutgarde Raskin.

“I started to question what a good alternative might be for some of the houses, and—given the lack of locally produced protein in the city—figured shrimp aquaculture was worth a try,” Grobbel told MLive.

When searching for a Detroit building, CEE Alumnus Darin McLeskey offered Grobbel his unused Detroit home at no cost for the duration of her experiment.

“I want to show that you can produce seafood locally, with little overhead, and maybe even make some money in the process. I’m also hoping the results will be of interest to other Rust Belt cities experiencing vacancy and housing decline,” Grobbel told MLive.

To read the full article, please visit MLive.

To learn more, please watch the video below.

The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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