HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Michigan Tech wants to transform the basement of its student union into a laboratory that turns ideas into reality prototypes.  

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that Memorial Union's basement used to be a bowling alley. About 100 students, faculty and staff recently gathered at the union to brainstorm its transformation into a "makerspace." A makerspace is a lab, workshop and hangout where anyone at the university can go to turn ideas into prototypes.

Ideas focused on making the space a fun and creative environment.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   An NMU team has won a quiz bowl event at the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society’s Annual Student Educational Conference. 

Fifteen state schools competed at the November 8 event, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.  It’s the first time a Northern team has won. 

The NMU team will go on to represent the state at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Society’s quiz bowl in March.  Competition will include students from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.   

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Wayne State University plans to pay for the medical education of 10 students each year as part of an effort to help more students from low-income backgrounds become doctors.  

The Detroit Free Press reports the offer being announced Thursday also seeks to eventually help address issues around health disparities.

School President M. Roy Wilson tells the newspaper he wants the Detroit school "to be known as the place for training biomedical scientists and MDs."

ISHPEMING, MI--   A new superintendent for Ishpeming Public Schools has been selected.

Following several days of interviews with various candidates, L’Anse Schools chief Carrie Meyer was offered the job.  Officials say they’ll work out a contract with Meyer next week. 

John Summerhill was the district’s last superintendent.  He earned $105,000 annually. 

Summerhill informed the school board in July he was looking elsewhere for employment.  Tony Bertucci stepped in as interim superintendent.