Archives—April 2013


Dean’s List Fall 2012

Fall 2012 4.00
Huff, Rachael M JR SPSY
Shull, Catherine E FR SPSY
Veach, Emma G SR SPSY

Fall 2012 3.99-3.50
Bokor, David T SR SPSY
Cherubini-Sutinen, Alysa R JR SPSY
Deane, Katrina E JR SPSY
Dunham, Charles L SR SPSY
Evans, Zachary R FR SPSY
Harter, Kayla R SO SPSY
Lehman, William E JR
Mauer, Tessa K SR SPSY
Nelson, Bradley D SR SPSY
Nigro, Elizabeth A SR SPSY
Santerre, Cassaundra D SO SPSY
Westphal, Abbey M SR SPSY


Chadde Conducts Transportation Teacher Workshop

Peter Savolainen
Peter Savolainen

Joan Chadde conducted a Transportation Teacher Workshop on ” Traffic Operations and Safety,” for two dozen Detroit Public School Teachers on April 20 in collaboration with Tech CEE graduate Peter Savolainen, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, at Wayne State University. This is a 3-part workshop series funded by the University of Wisconsin Madison Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education.

From Tech Today.


Stockero Helps Inspire a Travel Resource for Locals

Stuck in Chicago? Check out Stuck Huskies on Facebook

Chicago OHare AirportAudrey Mayer (SS) has started a new resource for the Tech community called “Stuck Huskies.” It is an open-to-the-public page where people who are on cancelled flights to/from Chicago can post on the wall to find ride shares back up to Houghton (or down to Chicago), buses, etc.

“I decided to establish it after a conversation with Shari Stockero (CLS),” Mayer said, “as we were both taking the bus up from Chicago after our flights were cancelled to Hancock.”

Visit the Facebook open group “Stuck Huskies.”

From Tech Today.


Science Education Blog by Peace Corps MI Alum

Sci-EdAdam Blankenbicker, a Peace Corps Master’s International alumnus in geology, writes a science education blog called SciEd for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) web site.

From Tech Today.

View some recent articles from Sci-Ed:

STEM and Liberal Arts: Frienemies of the State
April 1, 2013

Rolling your eyes at climate change education
March 4, 2013

The Metric System, the United States of America, and Scientific Literacy
January 28, 2013


Lake Superior Day Celebration Tuesday at GLRC

Joe ReillyWhat makes our lake “Superior?” A contest on that theme, along with displays, music, local food tasting, birthday cake and lemonade are all part of the fun planned for the Lake Superior Day celebration at the Great Lakes Research Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

Sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative in honor of its 5th anniversary, Lake Superior Day will feature two performances by Joe Reilly, an Ann Arbor singer-songwriter who is making a special stop on his Upper Peninsula tour.

Isle Royale National Park, Students for Sustainability and Keweenaw Land Trust’s Hungarian Falls Project will have displays, and tastes of local foods will be provided by Algomah Acres Honey Farm, Wood’n Spoon, Organic Heirloom Plants, G and A Farmers Market & Garden, Hidden Acres Farm, Good Bread, Gierke Blueberry Farm and Cafe Rosetta.

Tours of the GLRC and its aquaponics lab will be offered.

Lake Superior Day is free and open to the campus and community.

From Tech Today.

Tech, local community celebrate Lake Superior

More than 250 students, teachers, parents and community members packed Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center Tuesday night for a celebration of Lake Superior.

“We are extremely pleased with the event and the terrific turnout by the community,” said Joan Chadde, education/outreach program coordinator for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.



How Technology Transports us to a New Realm of Being

Peter HancockCLS Colloquium Series

Invited Speaker: Peter Hancock, Provost Distinguished Research Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando

Title: How Technology Transports us to a New Realm of Being.

Location: Memorial Union Ballroom (MUB) A1

Time: 2:05-3:00pm, Monday, April 22, 2013

Abstract: I will present three narratives concerning the etiology of disaster. They will each contain salient signposts as to the way in which technology, imagination, and inspiration both coalesce and fail. I shall then look to weave together a common pattern of these and similarly failed technologies to articulate the link between aspiration and technical innovation. I shall point to some explicit connections between the specific stories I have presented and then look to extrapolate much wider principles under the general title of “Transports of Delight.” The latter is the title of a text that I am currently in the process of creating.

Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is the University Pegasus Professor and Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida where he is the Director of the MIT2 Research Laboratories. Prior to his current position he founded and was the Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL) at the University of Minnesota where he held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Kinesiology as well as at the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research. Professor Hancock is a past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. His current experimental work concerns the evaluation of behavioral response to high-stress conditions. His theoretical works concerns human relations with technology and the possible futures of this symbiosis. Additional information can be found at: http://peterhancock.cos.ucf.edu/biography/


EPDIS Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS

EPDIS EngineeringThe Educators’ Professional Development Institute Series (EPDIS): Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS is focused to support and deepen teacher content knowledge and content pedagogy of practicing teachers. For more information, contact Lori Witting.

Summer 2013

  • Program Introduction
  • Summer Workshop
  • Summer Institute August 12 – 23, 2013

Fall 2013

Lesson Study Workshop

Spring 2014

STEM Learning Materials, Inquiry, and Assessment

Summer 2014

Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences

Up to 11 graduate credits