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Kathleen Halvorsen Wins Research Award

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Kathleen HalvorsenKathleen Halvorsen, whose scholarship bridges social and policy sciences relating to climate change, has been chosen to receive Michigan Technological University’s 2014 Research Award.

Professor Alex Mayer, who nominated Halvorsen for the award, called her “a major force in joining social science with natural science and engineering disciplines.” She is a professor in both the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

“[H]er most noteworthy contributions are advancing research into biologically derived fuels, fostering interdisciplinary research and spearheading Michigan Tech’s environmental and energy policy graduate programs,” Mayer said. “Professor Halvorsen has shown a remarkable ability to bring literally dozens of colleagues together to craft proposals and lead projects which advance science and international collaborations across continents.”

Read more at Tech Today, by Marcia Goodrich.

Winkler and Schelly on Energy Prize Committee

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Energy MapHoughton County Aiming for $5 Million Energy Prize, with Help from Michigan Tech

Georgetown University is offering a $5 million prize for the American community “that leads the way in energy efficiency,” and a Michigan Technological University student thinks there’s no reason Houghton County shouldn’t win.

“There aren’t a lot of small communities with a great technological university in their midst,” said Abhilash Kantamneni, a graduate student in computer science. “I think we have a shot at it.”

The ad hoc committee includes Kantamneni, Ala, county commissioner Tom Tikkanen of Calumet Township, Michigan Tech social sciences faculty members Richelle Winkler and Chelsea Schelly, Lynn Artman of the School of Technology, Melissa Davis of the nonprofit NewPowerTour, Keweenaw Research Center Director Jay Meldrum, Sam Lockwood of the Keweenaw Geothermal Research Group, Kim Stoker of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, Phil Musser, former director of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, and Elmore Reese from Main Street Calumet. Representatives from utility companies UPPCO and SEMCO are participating in the effort, along with energy-conservation businesses and organizations such as Michigan Saves, Efficiency United and BlueTerra.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Marcia Goodrich.

Robins Presents at Chemistry and Global History Conference

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Jonathan RobinsJonathan Robins (SS), assistant professor, recently presented a paper on the history of chemical engineering in the edible oils and fats industry at the 2014 Gordon Cain Conference. The conference, hosted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, focused on “Chemistry and Global History.”

From Tech Today.

Emma Norman Presenting at Social Sciences Colloquium Thursday, April 17

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Emma NormanPlease join us to hear Emma Norman present her newest project “The Power of Water: Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty,” in the Department of Social Sciences Colloquia Series on Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m., in AOB 201.

From Tech Today.

Scholarship for Steven Sarich

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Steven SarichSteven Sarich, MS student in social sciences, was selected as a recipient of the Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship which will provide $4,000 toward tuition and other expenses. This is one among several funding opportunities provided by the Southwest Section of the American Ceramic Society which focuses on material science research of historic and modern ceramics.

From Tech Today.

FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect Remember

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

FinnForum

FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect Remember the Copper Strike of 1913-14 this Weekend

Retrospection and Respect: the 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium is being held in conjunction with FinnForum X and commemorates the cessation of the 1913-1914 Western Federation of Miners labor strike against copper mining companies in the Copper Country of Upper Michigan.

An exhibit titled “Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913–1914 Copper Strike” opens at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 10 on the first floor lobby of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus.

The Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University recently installed three exhibits. They include a photographic exhibit titled “Rural Reflections: Finnish American Buildings and Landscapes in Michigan’s Copper Country”; a historic photography exhibit named “People, Place and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara”; and a pair of lithographs acquired by the National Park Service which were on either side of the Italian Hall stage the night of the infamous Christmas Eve tragedy 100 years ago.

Also on Thursday, Finlandia’s Nordic Film Festival will show To My Son in Spain: Finnish Canadians in the Spanish Civil War. The film’s writer, Saku Pinta, will be there to answer questions.

On Friday, April 11, there will be an open house at the Finnish American Heritage Center and a trolley tour of the Keweenaw.

Saturday, April 12 features a speaker series with both FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect sessions in Michigan Tech’s Fisher Hall.

Co-sponsors of the event are Michigan Technological University’s Van Pelt and Opie Library, Michigan Technological University  Archives, Copper Country Historical Collections, Friends of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Alumni Association.  From Finlandia University, the Finnish American Heritage Center and the Finnish American Historical Archives are co-sponsors along with community partners Cranking Graphics, Book Concern Printers, Keweenaw National Historical Park and Advisory Commission.  International support has come from Turku, Finland’s  Institute of Migration and the History Department at the University of Turku.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Monica Lester.

Reliving history
Conferences puts copper strike of 1913-14 in international context

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the Western Federation of Miners Copper Country strike, and Thursday through Saturday academics from around the region and around the world gathered in Houghton and Hancock for a pair of concurrent conferences that helped mark the strike’s place in history and to consider Finnish and international influences on the American labor movement.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Dan Roblee.

Anthropology Fellowship for MacLennan

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Carol MacLennanCarol MacLennan (SS) has recently been awarded an Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe (SAR). She is one of five awarded fellowships for writing projects of significance in the the field of anthropology.

From Tech Today.

Read the abstract Laid to Waste: Community Lessons from 100 Years of Mining.

Copper Country Board Game

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Copper Country Board GameCool Game Here

David Lankton, son of Professor Emeritus Larry Lankton, is designing a board game called Copper Country, largely inspired by his dad’s work.

Lankton and his co-developers are planning a Kickstarter campaign for May or June.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter.

Walton Publishes on Early Gunnery Manuals

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Craft Treatises and HandbooksSteven Walton’s article “Proto-Scientific Revolution or Cookbook Science? Early gunnery manuals in the craft treatise tradition,” has been published in Craft Treatises and Handbooks: The dissemination of technical knowledge in the Middle Ages, ed. by Ricardo Cordoba, De Diversis Artibus 91 (Brepols, 2013), pp. 221-36.

ISBN: 978-2-503-54439-7

From Tech Today.

Norman on Place-Based Education

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Place-BasedEmma Norman (SS) has published “Taking the ‘Frogs Eye View’: How Place Based Learning and Talking Circles Foster Life-Long Learning,” in the American Indian College Fund: Mellon Tribal College Research Journal. 1(1) 162-190.

From Tech Today.

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