Month: July 2020

July 31, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Over the course of the last several months, we have seen numerous articles that emphasize the disproportionate burdens and obstacles facing women in academia as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Few articles however have offered ideas on how to mitigate these burdens. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Nature in which several journal editors, funders, and academic leaders offer their advice on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on women scientists.

Today’s article was shared by Andrew Storer, dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and project lead on the ADVANCE initiative’s Advocates and Allies program.

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New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI), Lorelle Meadows (PHC), and Shiyue Fang (Chem) for their new funding! See the original story, published by Sponsored Programs in the July 30 edition of Tech Today below.

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $42,613 contract cost from MSU. The project is entitled, “Testing Protocol, Data Storage, and Recalibration for Pavement ME Design.” This is a two-year project.

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 Lorelle Meadows (PHC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $231,247 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Collaborative Research: Recognition of Gender Stereotyping as a Determinant of Stereotype Assimilation and Contrast Effects Resulting from Subtle Bias Exposure in STEM.” This is a three-year project.

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 Shiyue Fang (Chem) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $490,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “CAS: Long Oligodeoxynucleotides Directly from Automated De Novo Synthesis.” Yinan Yuan (CFRES) is a Co-PI on this three-year project.


New Funding-Richelle Winkler

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Richelle Winkler in Social Sciences for their new funding! See the original story, published in the July 27 edition of Tech Today below.

From Tech Today on July 27:

Richelle Winkler (SS/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $8,075 research and development grant from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The project is titled, “Generating and Archiving County-Level Migration Data for Health Research and Planning.” This is a one-year project.


July 24, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

What does an anti-racist university look like? How can Michigan Tech move further toward becoming an anti-racist university? The answer to these questions and more can be found in this week’s  ADVANCE Weekly Roundup. This week we’re featuring a short video as well as an article that outlines a series of principles and recommendations for actions critical to becoming an anti-racist university.

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.  This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


July 17, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Yet another issue disproportionately impacting women and minorities is the harassment of them when in a position of power, leadership, or other visible role. In an academic setting, this is referred to as Academic Contrapower Harassment (ACPH). While ACPH does impact all faculty, a 2016 study of 289 professors from across the country found that women faculty reported significantly more scrutiny and negative outcomes from ACPH than men faculty. Today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article features this study from The Journal of Women in Higher Education and encourages you to consider the implications and be consciously aware of contrapower harassment behaviors towards women and minority leaders. We invite you to work proactively to eliminate this on our campus.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5322483/

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.  This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


Janet Callahan Named ASEE Fellow

Originally posted by the College of Engineering in Tech Today on July 14.

Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech, was initiated on June 24, as a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

A global society founded in 1893, ASEE is the preeminent authority on the education of engineering professionals, advancing innovation, excellence and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession. Callahan was cited for contributions to ASEE and the engineering education community via outstanding leadership, educational scholarship, teaching effectiveness and championing diversity and inclusion within the community.

Callahan has (co)authored more than 50 ASEE and education publications. She has served in numerous positions in the society, contributes to multiple divisions, and currently serves as Chair of the Women in Engineering Division.

“I am pleased and honored to join a distinguished community of ASEE Fellows who support engineering education and who have dedicated their careers in support of that purpose,” said Callahan.

She is among nine fellows selected this year. The grade of fellow in ASEE is reserved for members with extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education or an allied field who have made important individual contributions. No more than one-tenth of one percent of individual ASEE membership may be elected a fellow in any given year.


July 10, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In business, diverse perspectives are known to drive innovation and profitability. Diverse perspectives drive innovation in all aspects of academia as well. A recent study emphasizes these innovations in the research arena and also highlights the fact that novel contributions by gender and ethnic minorities in academia are not as readily adopted by their peers. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup summarizes this study and highlights key areas where inequities exist.Counter academic inequities by reading and citing articles such as these.

https://insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/16/underrepresented-scholars-outperform-majority-peers-terms-novel-research

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.  This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


July 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Best practices in inclusive hiring often involve a series of checks and balances. However, postdoctoral positions such as Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Scientist, and Research Engineers are often reviewed only by the Principal Investigator without these checks and balances. A study from Florida International University investigated the presence of bias in postdoctoral application reviews based on name and discovered evidence of both racial and gender bias. This edition of the Weekly Roundup emphasizes the need for rethinking the evaluation processes for postdoc applications.

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2019/06/racial-and-gender-biases-plague-postdoc-hiring

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. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).