Briefs – February 3, 2011

NW Staff

French trivia contest to be held

The French program at Northern Michigan will sponsor a French trivia contest this semester. It is open to the community. Prizes will be awarded to three individuals who submit questions selected for the contest and to three who are chosen randomly from among those who submit the correct answers.

Questions should relate to the history or culture of France or the Francophone world and include the correct answer. Deadlines for the three question submissions are the following Fridays: Feb. 11, March 18 and April 15. Answers are due Feb. 21, April 1 and April 22. Both can be entered at

For more information, contact the modern languages and literatures department at 227-2940.

–– NMU News Bureau

Women’s health presentation

Endometrial and ovarian cancer will be the focus of the next Your Health public lecture at Northern Michigan University. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

Dr. John Risinger, director of gynecologic oncology research at Michigan State University, will cover basic facts and research priorities for each cancer and explain why one is often detected early and the other is not. Risinger and a team of researchers have helped to identify, isolate and clone the KA11 gene that prevented the spread of prostate cancer in animals. He previously directed the women’s cancer program at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Center in Savannah, Ga.

Your Health is designed to provide qualified, general health information to area residents through a collaborative effort between MSU’s College of Human Medicine, NMU, Marquette General Hospital, the U.P. Health Education Corporation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

— NMU News Bureau