Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

HOUGHTON–Michigan Technological University researchers are studying whether the heat from a bone-patching cement will kill cancer cells as well. The cement would replace bone grafts to patch areas where doctors have removed bone cell tumors. Recurring cancer is a problem in such bone graft operations. The acrylic cement becomes very hot when mixed, said Dr. David Nelson, professor of mechanical engineering. “We need to achieve a balance of heat that will kill tumor cells but minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue,” he said. “Fortunately, tumor cells seem to be much more sensitive to increases in temperature.” Nelson said Mayo Clinic researchers are collaborating with him on the project, using a computer to map out tumors and areas to be heated.

60 years ago

IRON MOUNTAIN–The Hiawatha Chapter of the Society of American Foresters will meet Saturday to discuss deer-forest relationships. The meeting will take place in the Dickinson Hotel in Iron Mountain. According to Harold Nygren, Escanaba, supervisor of the Upper Peninsula National Forest, who is also chairman of the group, a feature of the meeting will be an address by Dr. I. H. Bartlett, Lansing, on “Michigan Whitetails.” Dr. Bartlett is associated with the Michigan Department of Conservation and is one of the foremost authorities on deer. Preceding the address will be a panel discussion by people representing differing interests. Included in the panel are E. S. Hurd, forester of the Consolidated Water Power and Paper Co., Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; William Laycock, Marquette, regional game supervisor of the Michigan Department of Conservation; Earl Clark of the Houghton Rod and Gun Club, and Kenneth S. Lowe, Marquette, editor of The Mining Journal. Dr. Gene A. Hesterberg, associate professor of forestry at Michigan Tech, will serve as moderator. The forester group is deeply interested in managing Michigan’s deer herd in a manner best suited to the multiple purpose uses which forests must meet. It is equally concerned with measures which will maintain a vigorous herd.