Month: March 2020

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover. But What About Viruses?

We’ve all heard the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Dr. Caryn Heldt, Director of the Health Research Institute here at Michigan Tech, is reversing that old adage to fight viruses.

Making quick judgments based on superficial features can introduce biased perceptions of others. But when it comes to viruses, Dr. Heldt’s research suggests that virus surface chemistry analyzed from small samples of a virus can be key to making quick characterizations and predictions.

ADVANCE applauds Dr. Heldt’s research (part of her NSF CAREER Award) featured recently on the Michigan Tech News blog as well as the collaborative efforts of her research team, recently published in Langmuir and highlighted in the BioTechniques Daily Newsletter.


Jennifer Becker in Dean’s Teaching Showcase

Originally posted in Tech Today.

In the midst of all of the challenges we’re facing, it’s important to continue to recognize the dedication of so many excellent instructors on Tech’s campus. That’s why Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering, has selected our ninth Deans’ Teaching Showcase member: Jennifer Becker, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department.

Read the Full Story Here.


3/10/2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Addressing the critical issue of representation of women in STEM Leadership positions, this book examines the policies, inequities, and disparities facing women in higher education. The author reviews the influence of socio-economic events such as the Suffrage Movement and implementation of Title IX and how they have increased access to higher education for women. A copy of this book is available in the ADVANCE Resource Center, Library 102B.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/25/author-discusses-his-new-book-rise-women-higher-education

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.The ADVANCE Resource Center is located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 102B. Stop by or contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


March 2, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Intersectionality is a term used to describe the ways in which people’s social identities overlap and impact their access to resources. Understanding how identities overlap is critical to ensuring that programming and policy designed to promote equity truly achieve their goal.

Time magazine published an interview this week with Kimberle Crenshaw, a law professor who coined the intersectionality term nearly 30 years ago. The interview is a quick read and can encourage each of us to think about the importance of intersectionality in addressing inequalities at Michigan Tech.

https://time.com/5786710/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality/

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.The ADVANCE Resource Center is located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 102B. Stop by or contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).