Archives—March 2011

ESC/BRC Student Research Forum Winners Announced

The Ecosystem Science Center and the Biotechnology Research Center announce award recipients of the Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held March 25.

For the graduate students, two Grand Prize Awards, six Merit Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards were presented. They were selected from among the 42 posters and abstracts submitted by graduate students conducting research related to ecology, the environment and biotechnology at Michigan Tech. New this year was a separate undergraduate research division with 9 submissions. For the undergraduate students, each center awarded a grand prize winner.

Posters will continue to be on display in the atrium of the Noblet Building, School of Forest Resources, Michigan Tech Campus through April 8

Graduate Research$500 Grand Prizes
Ecosystem Science Center:

  • Mickey Jarvi (SFRES) for “Sugar Maple Root Respiration Shows No Short-Term Acclimation to Soil Warming,” advisor: Andrew Burton

Biotechnology Research Center:

  • Katherine Snyder (BME) for “Development of a Novel Vapor Deposited Silica Sol Particles for Use as a Bioactive Materials System,” advisor: Rupak Rajachar

$100 Merit Awards
Ecosystem Science Center:

  • Rita Koch (SFRES) for “Insect and Disease Response to Prescribed Burning, Harvesting and Wildfire in Red Pine Forests,” advisors: Linda Nagel and Andrew Storer.
  • Meagan L. Harless (Biological Sciences) for “Sublethal Effects of Road Salt (NaCl) Exposure on the Survival and Growth of Larval Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvatica),” advisor: Casey Huckins.
  • Laura Kangas (SFRES) for “Microtopography in Created Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) Wetlands,” advisor: Rodney Chimner

Biotechnology Research Center

  • Yiru Chen (SFRES) for “Auxin Efflux Carrier Pta PIN9 Regulates Wood Formation and Gravitropic Response in Poplar,” advisor: Victor Busov
  • Surendar Reddy Dhadi (Biological Sciences) for “Functional Analysis of Bidirectional Promoters in Rice,” advisor: Ramakrishna Wusirika
  • Xiaochu Ding (Chemistry) for “Efficient One-Pot Synthesis and Loading of Self-Assembled Amphiphilic Chitosan Nanoparticles for Low-Leaching Wood Preservation,” advisor: Patricia Heiden

$50 Honorable Mention Awards: Ecosystem Science Center

  • Marcella Campione (SFRES) for “Herbaceous Community Compositional Changes in a Northern Hardwood Forest,” advisor: Linda Nagel
  • Karl Romanowicz (SFRES) for “Plant Species Composition in Northern Peatland Ecosystems may have Significant Effects on Carbon Cycling,” advisor: Erik Lilleskov

Undergraduate Research: $150 Grand Prize Awards
Ecosystem Science Center

  • Alisha Autio (SFRES) for “The Effects of Canopy Height on Leaf Mass per Area in Eucalyptus Spp,” advisor: Molly Cavaleri

Biotechnology Research Center

  • Hal Holmes (BME) for “Magnetoelastic Materials as a Means to Control and Monitor Cellular Adhesion,” advisor: Rupak Rajachar

Organizers thank participants, the judges and all who helped with another successful ESC/BRC Student Research Forum.


Sheila Madahbee – 2000

Sheila Madahbee won the United States Indoor Nationals at the National Field Archery Association competition  in Louisville, Kentucky, March 27, 2011.  She shot a 598  (out of 600) with 81x’s in the Adult Female

Sheila Madahbee at the U.S. Indoors National - March 2011

Bowhunter Freestyle division. She won by 4 x’s,  there was a three-way tie for 2nd place where three scored 598 and 77x’s.



Memories of my professors – Ros Miller

Ros Miller - Summer 2009

Ros Miller is a very memorable person. I had him for Natural Resource Use and Law. Ros could talk at length of great examples pertaining to the class, and keeping all of the students entertained. His natural ability to teach shined through him. I would definitely rank Ros as one of my top professors at Michigan Tech.

Glen Tolksdorf -1985


Scott & Tonya (Treichel) Albers – 1998

Scott and Tonya (Treichel) Albers 1998  welcomed a son, Jonah Scott on August 28, 2010.  He and his big sister Nora, 4, are looking forward to spring so they can get outside and learn about the trees around their home.

Tonya is currently a stay-at-home mom, but is considering getting back into the field in the next few years if the right opportunity comes along.

The family lives in Medford Wisconsin. “Surrounded by the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest,” says Tonya.


Two SFRES students win World Water Day awards

The Center for Water and Society World Water Day poster competition was held Tuesday, March 22. Awards were made in two categories: Original Research (presentation of thesis or project research) and Coursework/Informational (presentation of coursework or literature-based research). Two Students from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science were award and recipient.

In the Original Research Category: Third place ($100): Laura Kangas , “Artificial Microtopography Facilitates Northern White Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis L.) Survival in Created Wetlands

In the Coursework/Informational Category: First place ($250): Aleta Daniels, “A Non-biased Look at Drilling for Natural Gas”

Read more about World Water Day and see photos.


Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum

The Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum will be held this Friday March 25th, 2011 from 3-5pm with awards and pizza following.

Graduate students working in ecosystem science and biotechnology fields will present their research posters in the atrium of the UJ Noblet Forestry Building. New this year is a separate undergraduate division.

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. See graduate student and undergraduate student participants. Even numbered posters will present from 3-4 and odd numbered posters will present from 4-5.

Please contact Jill Fisher, Program Manager for the ESC, jhfisher@mtu.edu or Mary Tassava, Program Manager for the BRC, mltassav@mtu.edu, for more information.