2012 MSGC Awards Announced

Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards tallying $101,875 through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which includes 11 university members.

Among the faculty members receiving $5,000 seed grants was Ranjana Mehta (Cognitive & Learning Sciences): “Interactive effects of physical and mental fatigue on task performance during orthostatic challenge.”

Among the faculty and staff members receiving $5,000 or more for pre-college, public outreach, teacher training, and/or augmentation programs was Joan Chadde (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach): “Great Lakes Teacher Institute.”



Peace Corps Volunteer Tackles a Sensitive Women’s Health Problem in Uganda

Stacey Frankenstein-Markon is serving in Uganda as part of Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program in applied science education. Brad Baltensperger, chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and program director of the PCMI Applied Science Education Program, and Casey Huckins, an associate professor of biological sciences who heads the University’s new PCMI in biological sciences, spent a week in Uganda to discuss the graduate students’ research.


Save the Date: K-12 Outreach Can Strengthen Grant Proposals

The Center for Pre-College Outreach and the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach will collaboarte on a Lunch and Learn, “Grant Writing: Easy K-12 Outreach Options with a Big Impact,” from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. Presenters will be Steve Patchin, director of Pre-College Outreach and Youth Programs, and Joan Chadde, education coordinator for the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.


Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Eight members of the Michigan Tech student chapter of the NSBE will visit six middle schools and one high school to talk with students. They will also conduct Family Engineering events at three schools. Family Engineering is designed to address the nation’s need for an increased number–as well as a greater diversity–of students skilled in math, science, technology, and engineering (STEM disciplines). For more information about Family Engineering, contact Joan Chadde, K-12 program coordinator, at 487-3341 or at jchadde@mtu.edu.





GSG Research Colloquium

The Graduate School Government held its annual research colloquium on February 2-3, 2012. Presenters from CLS include:

Improvement of Decision Making in Complex and Dynamic Environments (oral)
by Patrick Belling & Paul Ward

Using a Prediction and Option Generation Paradigm to Understand Decision Making (oral)
by Joel Suss & Paul Ward

The Effect of Encoding Type and Experience on Spatial Recognition of Dynamic Information (poster)
by Patrick Belling, Emma Veach, Brynn Ahonen, & Paul Ward