Federal Stimulus Grant Will Improve Broadband Service at Michigan Tech, Throughout the UP

A $69.6 million grant to Merit Network from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was announced today at a press conference at Merit’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. The funds will enable Merit to build 1,270 more miles of fiber optic cable to bring more broadband service to 29 counties in the northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

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Research Addresses Volcanic Eruptions: Guatemalan VP Seeks Michigan Tech Input

Rüdiger Escobar-Wolf, a PhD candidate in geological and mining engineering and sciences at Michigan Technological University, recently made a presentation to the National Disaster Reduction Council and Rafael Espada, the vice president of Guatemala, outlined volcanic risks and the benefits of an early warning system. Escobar-Wolf also remarked on the importance of international cooperation between Michigan Tech and Guatemalan volcanologists.

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Closing the Gender Gap

Dr. Sheryl Sorby has studied the role of spatial visualization skills training in the retention of female students in engineering and has found that students who cannot visualize how something is constructed are less likely to pursue a career in science, technology, or engineering. Dr. Sorby was interviewed In the Civil Engineering July 2010 magazine article “Closing the Gender Gap”, which tells about the success of a spatial visualization course that helped students improve their scores on the Purdue Spatial Visualizations test by 20% and improved retention of students in engineering.

Michigan Tech Prof Helps Mighty Mac Gain National Recognition

When the Mackinac Bridge is officially designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark on Aug. 12, no one will be happier than Michigan Technological University’s Tess Ahlborn. “It joined Michigan’s two peninsulas together. It opened up another trade route with Canada. It truly advanced the civil engineering profession,” she says. “And, it’s the Mighty Mac!”

• Also See: A Crown for the Mighty Mac, Michigan Tech Magazine, by Marcia Goodrich

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