Month: April 2020

Fournier Wins BioOne Ambassador Award

Tech Today, April 29, 2020

Michigan Tech alumna Auriel (Van Der Laar) Fournier (Wildlife Ecology and Management ’11) is one of the winners of the 2020 BioOne Ambassador Award.

The award honors early career authors who best communicate the importance and impact of their specialized research to the public. Six individuals from five publications were selected from a large pool of nominees put forth by BioOne’s publishing community.

Fournier was nominated by the Waterbirds Society based on her paper about the impacts of wetland management on two groups of migratory wetland birds, published in Waterbirds.

BioOne invited nominees to submit a 250-word, plain-language summary answering the question: What are the broader implications of your work, and how does your work impact the public at large?

Fournier’s winning entry is featured on the BioOne Ambassador Award web page.

New Funding for Michigan Tech Researchers!

Congratulations to Momoko Taijiri, Valoree Gagnon, and Gord Patterson on new funding! The story below was originally published in Tech Today on April 29, 2020.

Momoko Tajiri (Chemistry/MuSTI) is the prinicpal investigator on a project that has received a $33,597 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development-Michigan Craft Beer Council.

The project is entitled, “Berries & Brews: Understanding the Market and Technological Processing Opportunities of Michigan Grown Fruit in the Craft Beverage Industry”. Jenny Apriesnig (College of Business/MuSTI), Ezequiel Medici (MEEM/MuSTI), Kazuya Tajiri (MEEM/MuSTI), Lynn Mazzoleni (Chemistry/MuSTI), and Martin Thompson (Chemistry/MuSTI) are co-PIs on this 16-month project.

Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $75,000 research and development cooperative agreement from the University of Michigan.

The project is entitled, “Anishinaabe-Gikendaasowin Integrated Assessment Research in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for Stewardship and Governance Partnerships”. This is a potential two-year project.

Gordon Paterson (Biological Sciences/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $68,519 research and development contract from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

The project is entitled, “An Epigenetic Assessment of Stamp Sand Toxicity to Salmonid Eggs from Buffalo Reef, Lake Superior”. Kristin Brzeski (CFRES/GLRC) is the co-PI on this potential two-year project.

Chadde Receives Award from Michigan Science Teachers Association

Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, has received a prestigious award from the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA).

Chadde accepted the 2020 Informal Science Teacher of the Year Award at the MSTA’s annual conference held March 6-7 in Lansing.

The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) announced in December that Chadde was chosen for her unique and extraordinary accomplishments, active leadership, scholarly contributions, and direct and substantial contributions to the improvement of non-school based science education over a significant period of time.

Interdisciplinary Team Receives New Funding

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Michigan Tech including Melissa Baird (Social Sciences), Trista Vick-Majors (Biological Sciences), and Guy Meadows (Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory) have recently received funding from The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) to study oil spills in icy conditions. The team will be working with researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Lake Superior State University on the project.

Learn more in the Tech Today article below.