Archives—May 2014

Peace Corps Ranks Michigan Tech Tops in the Nation—Again

Erica JonesFor the ninth year in a row, Michigan Technological University ranks as the number one university nationwide for the number of Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) students currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan Tech has 32 graduate students overseas, earning the University top spot on the Peace Corps’ annual ranking of PCMI and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.

“We have an amazing group of students who enter our program each year from all walks of life,” said Kari Henquinet, director of Michigan Tech’s PCMI program. “They are not only dedicated academically, but also able to apply what they have learned to problem solve and work collaboratively on the ground. Our Master’s International programs are set up to produce scientists and professionals who think creatively, understand social problems and function in multiple cultures. Our graduates go on to work for places like USAID, environmental engineering firms, and non-profit groups such as Doctors Without Borders.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.


Fulbright Scholarship for Mary Durfee in Hungary

Mary Durfee in Malta
Mary Durfee in Malta

Professor Mary Durfee, social sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary, for fall 2015. She will teach a graduate course on international water cooperation and conflict as well as an undergraduate course on writing about international relations. She will also be learning about water management in Hungary. In Spring 2015 she will be a visiting researcher at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. There she will be affiliated with the Department of International Relations, the Institute for Globalisation Studies, and the Arctic Centre.

This is Durfee’s second Fulbright, her first was to Malta. She has returned to that country every year since as a visiting professor at the University of Malta.

From Tech Today.


2013/2014 Social Sciences Colloquia Series

A warm thank you to all our presenters for the 2013-2014 Social Sciences Colloquia Series and Brown Bags.

— Melissa Baird, Colloquia Coordinator


Jorge Garcia Fernandez

  • Think Digital: Photogrammetry on Cultural Heritage Documentation

Sean Gohman

  • Deux Lacs, Deux Moulins, et une Ville: The French Mining Experience in Copper Harbor

John Baeten

  • The Industrial Archaeology and Landscape of the Fairbanks Mining District

Carol Griskavich

  • The Other Calumet: Steel and Subinterns in Southeast Chicagoland, Summer 2013

Mary Durfee

  • “Mind the Gap: Conflicting Legal Rules in the Arctic”

Richelle Winkler & SS4700 Students

  • Exploring the Social Feasibility of Minewater Geothermal in Calumet (presented at the Calumet Public Library in Calumet)

John Arnold

  • Learn to Model, Model to Learn: BIM for IA

Adam Wellstead

  • Night of the Living Dead Theory: Structural-functionalism and Adaptation to Climate Change Policy

Dan Schneider

  • A First-Hand and Historical Perspective on the Practice of Letterpress Printing

Emma Schwaiger & Ankita Mandleia

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understand Pollution: PCBs in Torch Lake

Emma Norman

  • The Power of Water: Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty

Terry Sharik (Dean of the School of Forest Research and Environmental Science, MTU)

  • The Future of Natural Resource Science at Michigan Tech

Wendy Jepson (Associate Professor of Geography, Texas A & M)

  • “No-win waterscapes”: Household Water Insecurity in Low-Income Communities along the US-Mexico Border