In Print: International, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Research

Students, faculty and community members in Erongarícuaro, Mexico
Students, faculty and community members in Erongarícuaro, Mexico

Erin Pischke and Kathy Halvorsen are co-authors of a newly-published article “Barriers and Solutions to Conducting Large International, Interdisciplinary Research Projects” in Environmental Management.

Pischke also had a blog post published AESS Voices about the challenges of conducting transdisciplinary research titled “Practicing What We Preach:  Reflections on the Pros and Cons of Transdisciplinary Research in Erongaricuaro, Mexico”


Langston Publishes New Book on Climate Change & Toxics in the Lake Superior Basin

slscover_3_origNancy Langston published a new book titled “Sustaining Lake Superior” (Yale University Press, Fall 2017).

 




Winkler Recipient of Excellence in Instruction Award

Richelle Winkler and Chelsea Schelly
Richelle Winkler and Chelsea Schelly at Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting

Richelle Winkler was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Instruction Award from the Rural Sociological Society at their annual meeting on July 27, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

The purpose of the Excellence in Instruction Award is to recognize outstanding rural-oriented teaching by RSS members at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.  Note:  Innovation in teaching and learning is emphasized. Innovation may relate to a particular course, thematic area, population of students or pedagogical approach or technique. Evidence of impact should be provided.

Congratulations Richelle!



Winkler and Prehoda Present in L’Anse

L’ANSE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Village of L’Anse held a community meeting Tuesday to gauge the interest in creating a community solar garden.

The potential location for the solar garden would be the industrial park near the Bishop Baraga Memorial on Lambert Road. It could power up to 12 whole homes and be split into 200 shares that the community would be able to buy into.

This meeting was hosted by the Upper Peninsula Solar Technical Assistance and Resource Team (UPSTART). UPSTART is comprised of members from Michigan Tech, WPPI Energy, and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region.

Community members that attended this meeting were given quick presentation on the potential solar garden. Afterwards, they were asked a few questions to gauge their interest in having one in L’Anse.

“We want to know is this going to work in L’Anse? But also, do folks in L’Anse want this to happen,” said Emily Prehoda, UPSTART Michigan Tech Grad Student Representative. “That’s kind of what we’re getting out of tonight. It’s supposed to be informational for them, but also informational for us. We want to know, do they want this to happen?”

UPSTART will be reviewing the responses after Tuesday’s meeting and going from there. If the responses are positive, construction on the new solar garden could start as soon as summer of 2018.

 

To see more story’s on the meeting follow the following links:

ABC 10

Keweenaw Report

 



Schelly Publishes Book – Dwelling in Resistance

FINAL_SchellyChelsea Schelly’s newest book “Dwelling in Resistance” is now available from Rutgers University Press.

Abstract:

Most Americans take for granted much of what is materially involved in the daily rituals of dwelling. In Dwelling in Resistance, Chelsea Schelly examines four alternative U.S. communities—“The Farm,” “Twin Oaks,” “Dancing Rabbit,” and “Earthships”—where electricity, water, heat, waste, food, and transportation practices differ markedly from those of the vast majority of Americans.

Schelly portrays a wide range of residential living alternatives utilizing renewable, small-scale, de-centralized technologies. These technologies considerably change how individuals and communities interact with the material world, their natural environment, and one another. Using in depth interviews and compelling ethnographic observations, the book offers an insightful look at different communities’ practices and principles and their successful endeavors in sustainability and self-sufficiency.