Archives—December 2015

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s In Psychology?

Krista Knight, Susie Amato-Henderson, and Corey LaBissoniere were interviewed for Michigan Tech Magazine.

Of the 72 undergraduate degree programs available at Michigan Tech, perhaps none is more misunderstood than Psychology. Susan Amato-Henderson, chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, says the problem begins with the definition of the subject itself. “People don’t know what psychology is,” Amato-Henderson says. “Educating our students, and others, is a battle.”

Amato-Henderson says one of those battles involves stereotypes. “When you say the word ‘psychology,’ people tend to conjure up images of patients on chaise lounges confessing feelings about their parents. But psychology is much broader than just therapy.”

Read more at Michigan Tech Magazine Fall 2015, by Mark Wilcox.


After School Science & Engineering class for Gr. 6-8

An  after school science and engineering class taught by Michigan Tech Innovation Fellows who are nationally-trained facilitators is available for students in grades 6-8.

“Discover Your Creative Confidence & Inner Maker” will be taught from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays from Jan 14 to Feb 18, in a mobile makerspace at the Great Lakes Research Center.

 This class will introduce students to:

  • design thinking
  • creativity
  • innovation

The course will prepare students for a variety of future paths, whether that involves capitalizing on a big idea or implementing entrepreneurship. Action-filled problem solving! Students put ideas into action using a variety of materials.  Tinker, dream, invent!

The cost: $75/student and you must register by Jan. 6. Pay by credit card by calling the cashiers office 7‐2247. (Space is not reserved until payment has been received.) Register online

Any questions? Email Joan Chadde or call 7‐3341.

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 pm

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.


Green Film 2016 Lineup Announced

Green Film Racing to ZeroThe Green Film Series announces the 2016 titles and dates. The series run monthly from January to May.

Below is the list of titles, dates and locations, including one lecture next month.

2016 Green Films Titles and Locations

The Green Film and Lecture Series is cosponsored by, Lake Superior Stewardship InitiativeMichigan Tech Center for Water and SocietyKeweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Keweenaw Land Trust.

Monthly flyers will be posted here.



After School Science and Engineering Classes at Michigan Tech for Grades 1-8

There will be six after school science and engineering classes for students in grades 1 through 8 taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students. The sessions will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 14 to Feb. 18, 2016.

These classes are coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at the Great Lakes Research Center.

For more information see the flyer. Call Joan Chadde or Lloyd Wescoat at 7-3341 with any questions.

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 p.m.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.


Chadde Presents on Transportation Education

MTWCJoan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, presented “Engaging K-12 Students & Teachers in Learning About Transportation” at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit held last week at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Attending the conference with Chadde were Ronesha Strozier, an MS graduate in Environmental Policy (SS) and Rachel Chard, a 2nd year student majoring in Supply Chain & Operations (Business Management).

From Tech Today.


Emily Dare is a 2016 NARST Finalist

Emily Dare
Emily Dare

Assistant Professor of STEM Education Emily Dare is one of three finalists for the 2016 NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. The official description for the award is as follows:

This award was established in 1992 to be given annually for the Doctoral Dissertation judged to have the greatest significance in the field of science education.

NARST is an international association that is perhaps the largest and most renowned for science education researchers.


Outdoor Nature Program Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nara Nature Center
Nara Nature Center

There will be an outdoor nature program, “Bring Nature Home for the Holidays” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nara Nature Center.

Join environmental educator Denise Landsberg on a nature hike to collect greens for making decorative door swags. Ribbons and other decor items will be provided. Wear warm clothes and comfortable footwear.

This program is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by Michigan Tech’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education.

For more information contact Joan Chadde 7-3341.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.


Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate to Read Here

Andrea Scarpino
Andrea Scarpino

Andrea Scarpino, the U.P. Poet Laureate, will be on campus Tuesday, December 8, 2015, for a poetry reading. The reading will be at 5 p.m. in Walker 134.

Scarpino is the author of three books; “What the Willow Said as it Fell,” “The Grove Behind” and “Once, Then” along with numerous publications in several literary journals, including PANK.

Scarpino will be on campus most of the day and has some time to meet with faculty or students. If you are interested in scheduling a time with Scarpino, contact Adam Feltz (CLS) or Stephanie Carpenter (HU).

Refreshments will be provided as part of the English Department Coffee House series.

From Tech Today.