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Faculty Lecture Series Kicks Off Monday, September 15


Lisa Bosman

The College of Menominee Nation's (CMN) Faculty Lecture Series kicks off the 2014-15 season with a presentation by Gresham native, CMN professor and NASA-grant winner, Dr. Lisa Bosman. The lecture series is free of charge and open to the public. This presentation will be held at CMN’s Technical Education Trades Building on the Keshena campus, beginning with a Continental Breakfast from 8:45 to 9 a.m. followed by the presentation and tour from 9 to 10 a.m.


The topic will be "Shedding Light on Solar Energy: Local Research Focuses on Solar Energy System Performance and Valuation," and addresses these questions:

  • How do I determine the pay-back on a home or business solar installation?
  • What’s the value-added if I decide to sell my solar-paneled building a some future time?
  • How is system performance affected by the local environment, specific to the Midwest?
  • How can we advance climate change literacy and prepare workers for renewable energy jobs?

Professor Bosman, faculty/staff colleagues, and a team of CMN students are addressing these and other questions in a project funded by a $413,000 NASA Innovations in Climate Education grant.


The 3-year project began this summer as an extension of a previous CMN and Wisconsin Focus on Energy rebate program collaboration. The College’s solar energy research facility currently includes 60 solar panels (16.1 kW) using micro- and string-inverter technologies, a full weather station, and online monitoring for data collection. Bosman will show facilities and discuss goals and methodology for the research.