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Pischke Co-Authors Chapter

PischkeErin Pischke, an Environmental and energy policy, PhD student co-authored a chapter in the book “Recapturing Space: New Middle-Range Theory in Spatial Demography” (editors Frank Howell, Jeremy Porter and Stephen Matthews).
The chapter, co-authored by Pischke and Michael Irwin, is titled, “Socio-spatial Holes in the Advocacy Umbrella: The Spatial Diffusion of Risk and Network Response Among Environmental Organizations in the Marcellus Hydro-Fracking Region.”

Mayer to Visit China

Audrey Mayer

From Tech Today:

Audrey Mayer will visit Guohang Tian’s urban planning research group at Henan Agricultural University in Zhengzhou, China, Monday through Saturday of next week.

Her visit is sponsored by the Zhengzhou Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs.

Lafreniere and Trepel Present Papers in Baltimore

BaltimoreFrom Tech Today:

The Department of Social Sciences was well represented at this year’s Social Science History Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, last week.

Assistant Professor Don Lafreniere, presented a paper entitled “Modelling Mobility and Environments in the 19th Century City.” Lafreniere also presented a paper he co-authored with Assistant Professor Sarah Scarlett, and PhD student Dan Trepal entitled “Spatial Storytelling, Collaborative Learning and Mobile HGIS”

Trepal presented a paper entitled “The Big Picture: Industrial Archaeology, Landscape-Scale Spatial Modeling and Post-Industrial Urban Redevelopment.”

Student Team Wins National Sustainability Award

American Institute of Edward Louie and Cheryl Teich, Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2015 President
Edward Louie and Cheryl Teich, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2015 President

From Tech Today

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) honored a Michigan Tech student team with its Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award for their project to develop a guide for harnessing low-grade geothermal energy from minewater for heating and cooling buildings. Edward Louie accepted the award on behalf of the team at the 2015 Student Awards Ceremony at the AIChE student conference in Salt Lake City. See here for more information.

Exhibit: The Making of Modern Houghton

Reception Poster 11.3.2015Carol MacLennan and her former students in Ethnographic Methods presented their work from Spring 2014 in an exhibit — The Making of Modern Houghton at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton November 3.  Reyna Bennett, Marc Hoffman, and Brenna Thompson discussed their research and that of four other students (who have since graduated) on Houghton’s post World War II history at a reception opening the exhibit.  The exhibit covers Houghton’s post mining development into an expanding city, changes in the commercial district and transportation,  the development of diversity and expansion at MTU, and city celebrations such as Parade of Nations and Old Settlers Ball.

The Carnegie Museum is open on Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-5:00 p.m. and on Saturday 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Keynote Faculty Panel at D80 Conference

 Jonathan Robins, Kari Henquinet, Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Steve Walton, Laura Walikainen Rouleau   Photo by MTU College of Engineering

Jonathan Robins, Kari Henquinet, Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Steve Walton, Laura Walikainen Rouleau Photo by MTU College of Engineering

Jonathan Robins, Kari Henquinet, Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Steve Walton, and Laura Walikainen Rouleau from the Department of Social Sciences led the keynote faculty panel discussion at this years D80 Conference held this past weekend on the MTU campus.  The panel topic was “How Does Change Happen?  Cases in Technology and Design”.

Click here for more information and photos from the conference.


Keweenaw Natural History Series: Winkler on Changing Participation in Hunting & Fishing

RichWinklerCarnegieelle Winkler will be presenting her talk titled “Changing Participation in Hunting and Fishing: Are we seeing a broad shift away?” at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton on October 20, 2015 as part of the museum’s community seminar/discussion series.

The museum’s doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and introductions, and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, see the Carnegie Museum website.

SS Faculty Panel – Keynote Presenters at D80 Conference

D80-2015A panel of Social Sciences faculty will be presenting at the 9th annual D80 Conference in Michigan Tech’s Dow Building – room 641 – at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Discussion:  “How Does Change Happen? Cases in Technology and Design”. 

Panel includes:

Moderator: Kari Henquinet, Director Peace Corps Master’s International Program

Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Assistant Professor of History

Jonathan Robins, Assistant Professor of History

Laura Walikainen Rouleau, Instructor, Social Sciences

Steve Walton, Assistant Professor of History


Click on D80 Conference 2015 for more information.