Carter Presents at Women, Food and Agriculture Network Conference

Angie CarterAngie Carter presented research at the annual Women, Food and Agriculture Network conference held this year in Madison, Wisconsin November 2nd-5th. She joined Monica White (assistant professor of environmental justice at UW-Madison), Savi Horne (executive director of Land Loss Prevention), and LaDonna Redmond (Diversity and Community Engagement Manager at the Seward Community Co-Op in Minneapolis and founder for Campaign for Food Justice Now) on a panel moderated by Ahna Kruzic from Food First. The panel shared research and history of the movement for land justice in the United States. Carter spoke about her chapter “Changes on the Land: Gender and the Power of Alternative Social Networks” published last summer in the book Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States, an anthology edited by Food First and also published as an issue brief last spring.



Papers Presented at Social Science History Association Conference

Social Sciences History Association
J. Baeten, D. Lafreniere, D. Trepal, S. Scarlett, and L. Rouleau

John Baeten, Don Lafreniere, Laura Rouleau, Sarah Scarlett, and Dan Trepal attended and presented papers at the 2017 Social Science History Association Conference in Montreal, Quebec. Papers include:

J. Baeten, N. Langston, D. Lafreniere. Navigating Impaired Waters: Water Quality Legacies of Historic Iron Mining in Minnesotas Mesabi Range.
L. Rouleau. Gendering Privacy: Public School Lockerrooms in the Early 20th Century.
D. Lafreniere, S. Scarlett, D. Trepal, J. Arnold. Capturing and Contextualizing History- Using Public Participatory Historical GIS to Build a Spatial Data Infrastructure of Historical Landscapes and Environments.
S. Scarlett, D. Lafreniere, J. Arnold, D. Trepal. Historical GIS and Public History: Engaging Todays Communities with Yesterdays Changing Places.
D. Trepal, D. Lafreniere, S. Scarlett, J. Arnold. Big Data for Industrial Heritage and Archaeology: the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Burkett Awarded a Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Research Fellowship

erin-burkettErin Burkett, Environmental and Energy Policy PhD student, was awarded a $78,497 Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Research Fellowship. As a fellow, Erin will work with her faculty advisor Dr. Richelle Winkler and an agency sponsor at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Tracy Kolb) on a project that supports existing Great Lakes research. The awarded project, titled “I once caught a fish “THIS BIG”: Using Participatory Photovoice to Understand Michigan’s Great Lakes Anglers”, will explore the reasons Michigan residents participate in Great Lakes recreational fishing.



Baeten, Langston, and Lafreniere Publish Article: “A Spatial Evaluation of Historic Iron Mining Impacts on Current Impaired Waters in Lake Superior’s Mesabi Range”

AmbioJohn Baeten, Nancy Langston and Don Lafreniere published the article, “A spatial evaluation of historic iron mining impacts on current impaired waters in Lake Superior’s Mesabi Range,” in the international journal, Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment. The article compares historic mining intensity in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range with current impaired waters data to show the utility of historical datasets to understand current environmental challenges at landscape scales. The authors present a novel spatial approach that lands managers and policy makers can apply to other landscapes to assess the effects of past mining activity on watershed health.
You can read the article at the following link:

Lafreniere Recipient of Innovative or Out of Class Teaching Award

Don Lafreniere
Don Lafreniere

Don Lafreniere, after nomination through the Deans’ Teaching Showcase, has been selected to receive the 2017 Innovative or Out of Class Teaching award from the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Lafreniere was selected based on his work with forward thinking technologies and his unique approaches to active learning.

Recipients are asked to make a 30-45 minute presentation, sharing the work they are doing that has drawn this recognition. Don will be sharing his work on October 10 at 1:00. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations Don!