Month: August 2020

August 28, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

The efforts of faculty parents to balance work and childcare has recently been brought back into the spotlight given the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need for strong institutional responses to alleviate the additional burdens of limited childcare facilities. Retention of faculty and staff parents is highly dependent upon our community supporting all members through trying times for long-term productivity of the institution. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Inside Higher Education that outlines examples of strong institutional responses. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is working on small interactive educational activities for children during our programming. Contact the ADVANCE Resource Center to learn more.

Today’s article was shared by Adrienne Minerick, Dean of the College of Computing. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These 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.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 27 edition of Tech Today below.
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Valorie Gagnon (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $749,801 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project is entitled, “CNH2-S: Convergence Research: Bridging Knowledge Systems and Expertise for Understanding the Dynamics of a Contaminated Tribal Landscape System.” Melissa Baird (SS), Judith Perlinger (CEE) and Noel Urban (CEE) are Co-PI’s on this three and a half year project.


New Funding For Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Kristin Brzeski (CFRES), and Zhiying Shan (KIP) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 25 edition of Tech Today below.

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Kristin Brzeski (CFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $318,424 research and development grant from United States Fish and Wildlife Services.

The project is entitled, “Rediscovering Red Wolf Ancestry in the Southeastern United States.” This is a twenty-one-month project.

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Zhiying Shan (KIP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $459,000 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is entitled, “Involvement of the Brain Orexin System in Hypertension.” Qinghui Chen (KIP) is a Co-PI on this three-year project.


August 21, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

The focus of today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article highlights that requesting pay history in job applications can increase bias and offer discrepancies. By simply ceasing to ask applicants about pay history, we can make significant strides toward a more equitable and inclusive hiring process. In fourteen states, this is ingrained into hiring laws; however Michigan is not among them. Therefore, the impetus lies with those running the hiring committees and extending offers to implement best practices.

Today’s articles (additional resources below) were shared by Beth Lunde-Stockero, Executive Director of Institutional Equity. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These 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.


https://www.hrdive.com/news/salary-history-ban-states-list/516662/

https://www.hrdive.com/news/swimming-against-the-tide-michigan-forbids-salary-history-bans-statewide/519278/

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/compensation/pages/employers-adjust-to-salary-history-bans.aspx


New Funding For Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Todd Ontl (CFRES/ESC), and Andrew Burton (CFRES/ESC) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 14 edition of Tech Today below.
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Todd Ontl ( CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $25,000 other sponsored activities grant from Michigan State University.

The project is entitled, “A Regional Blended Learning Model to Understand Forest Carbon Management.” Patricia Leopold (CFRES/ESC) is a Co-PI on this one-year project.

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Andrew Burton (CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $22,500 research and development Co-op/Joint Agreement-Cost from USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.

The project is entitled, “Modeling Carbon Storage and Fluxes in Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands in the Southeastern United States under Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Resource Management.” Zhaohua Dai (CFRES/ESC) is the Co-PI on this16-project.


August 14, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Repeatedly tapping minority ethnic and gender groups for additional service responsibilities can disproportionately burden these academicians. As these burdens accumulate and begin to impact their scholarly activities, they experience what is known as “cultural taxation.” This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Nature in which five researchers from minority ethnic groups were interviewed to provide perspectives and advice on navigating cultural taxation

Today’s article was shared by the ADVANCE Partnership-Joining Forces: A Midwestern Partnership for STEM Faculty Success. The ADVANCE Partnership is a group of four institutions: Iowa State University, Michigan Tech, North Dakota State University, and Western Michigan University dedicated to creating a collaborative and supportive work environment where women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers can thrive, particularly those in the intersectionalities of women of color and women with caregiving responsibilities. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These 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.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI), and Issei Nakamura (Physics/CQP) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 11 edition of Tech Today below.

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Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $49,999 research and development Contract-FFP from National Asphalt Paving Association.

The project is entitled, “PCR for Asphalt Mixtures and the Emerald Eco-Label EPD Program.” This is a one year project.

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Issei Nakamura (Physics/CQP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $196,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project is entitled, “CAREER: Coarse-Grained Theory and Simulation of Ion-Containing Liquids: Study of Ion Solvation by Polymers and Ionic Liquids and Between Nanoparticles.” This is a five-year project that has the potential of receiving a total of $490,000.


August 7, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Candidates’ “fit” with the job, the hiring unit, and the campus is deemed critical yet this is a determination that can be quite subjective. Empirically, such determinations account for only 20-25% of the decision to hire or not. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features a 2020 article from The Journal of Higher Education which looks at how the subjective preferences that largely govern the evaluative portion of faculty searches can perpetuate inequities.

Today’s article was shared by Dr. Amy Marcarelli, an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These 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.


Trista Vick-Majors Named to 2 National Boards

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci), for being named to the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Planetary Protection and the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Science Advisory Board. See the story which was published by in the August 6 edition of Tech Today below.
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Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci) was appointed to the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Planetary Protection. The CoPP will monitor progress implementing the planetary protection guidelines associated with priority programs and missions identified in the National Academies’ planetary science decadal surveys. The CoPP will serve as a source of advice on measures undertaken to protect the biological and environmental integrity of extraterrestrial bodies and to preserve the integrity of Earth’s biosphere.

Additionally, Vick-Majors was appointed to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Science Advisory Board. The IDP convenes the Science Advisory Board for the purpose of forming and updating a Long Range Science Plan that addresses multiple aspects of ice core and other ice science and associated technology.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC), Michelle Jarvie-Eggard (EF/RISE) and Bruce Lee (BioMed/HRI) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 5 edition of Tech Today below.

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Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,781 research and development co-op/joint agreement-cost from Argonne National Laboratory.

The project is “Pengfei Xue Joint Appointment Argonne National Labs.” This is a two-year project.

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Michelle Jarvie-Eggart (EF/RISE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $199,633 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Research Initiation: Factors Motivating Engineering Faculty to Adopt and Teach New Engineering Technologies.” Shari Stockero (CLS/RISE) is the Co-PI on this two-year project.

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Bruce Lee (BioMed/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $80,586 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Biomimetic Redox Chemistry for Antiviral Application.” Caryn Heldt (ChE/HRI) is the Co-PI on this three year project.