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ACC, sanctuary to host scientists

February 10, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - Alpena Community College and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will co-host an on campus presentation by two Israeli scientists and entrepreneurs that have chosen a career path based on marine and concrete technologies.

ACC President Olin Joynton met Ph.D. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and M.Sc. Ido Sella last September in Georgia at the Savannah Ocean Exchange, where they were finalists for the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation prize for outstanding advances in ocean technology.

According to Joynton, Perkol-Finkel and Sella are key principals of ECOncrete, a business that produces concrete structures for jetties and seawalls designed for greater hospitality to marine life than standard structures. ECOncrete uses altered chemistry of mix design and surface features that provide habitats for organisms.

"They are young dynamic scientist entrepreneurs that seemed perfect to present in Alpena. I thought their presentation was very interesting, so I invited them to come to our marine sanctuary and our World Center for Concrete Technology," Joynton said.

Perkol-Finkel and Sella will visit Alpena Monday and Tuesday and go on a tour of the marine sanctuary and have a consultation with staff about research agendas. They also will have a consultation with ACC instructor David Cummins and his students who are working on designs for a memorial garden for deceased marine sanctuary personnel in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a tour of Lafarge cement plant, and two public presentations on ECOncrete projects.

The two presentations will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Granum Theatre and 4 p.m. at Center 106, at ACC and are free and open to the public.

"They are charismatic people on the edge of great things, they create a lot of buzz about what their doing. I'm looking forward to having people come and see creative people taking science seriously,"Joynton said.

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.



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