Month: September 2020

September 25, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Lack of transparency is a primary complaint nationally among faculty who experience inequitable workloads. A potential solution is the development of faculty work activity dashboards organized at the departmental or college level. These dashboards can assist in identifying and correcting equity issues within your unit. Today’s Weekly Roundup features research from ADVANCE programs at the University of Maryland and University of Massachusetts, Amherst that breaks down the development and execution of these faculty work activity dashboards. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech supports the development of faculty work activity dashboards, such as providing assistance in identifying appropriate content, identifying areas of inequity, or resolving inequities which may be identified as a result of implementing these dashboards.

Today’s article was shared by Patty Sotirin, Professor of Communication in the Department of Humanities. 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.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup- September 18, 2020

While the representation of women and minorities in higher education administrator roles is climbing, these individuals still face significant discrepancies in pay. Representation in primary roles is lower than in supporting administrative roles. “Women are paid less than men in nearly all administrative positions, as are people of color,” which is linked to how much value the person is perceived as contributing.  This week’s ADVANCE weekly roundup article sheds light on these pay and seniority gaps in higher education administration.

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).


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Gordon Parker (ME-EM/AIM) and Chunxiu Yu (BioSci/HRI) for their new funding. See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 16 edition of Tech Today below.

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Gordon Parker (ME-EM/AIM) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $49,999 research and development Co-op/Joint Agreement-Cost from the US Dept of Defense, Army Research Lab.

The project is entitled, “Optimal and Machine Learning Management of Energy Networks.” This is the first year of a potential three-year project.

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Chunxiu Yu (BioSci/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $463,747 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is entitled, “Functional Dissection of Neural Circuitry in Temporally Patterned Deep Brain Stimulation.” This is a three–year project.


September 11, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Biases, or “the stories we make up about people before we know who they actually are” reinforce unequal treatment of groups of people. Institutions must take specific actions to progress to more welcoming and inclusive environments. This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article in Nature that highlights 5 tips to boost diversity and inclusion as well as a TEDX talk by Verna Myers which emphasizes the importance of acknowledging biases and steps to overcome them.

Today’s article was shared by the ADVANCE Midwestern Partnership For STEM Faculty Success. 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 Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) for their new funding See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 10 edition of Tech Today below.

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Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that received an $85,000 research and development grant from the Midland County Road Commission.

The project is entitled, “New Techniques for Producing Durable Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Used in Structure Applications.”

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the Co-PI on this 27-month project.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Petra Hyentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) for their new funding See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 9 edition of Tech Today below.

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Petra Huentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $860,003 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “WoU-MMA: The Southern Wide-Field Gamma-Ray Ovservatory (SWGO): R&D for a Next-Generation Ground-Based Survey Instrument for VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy.”

This is a three-year project.


September 4, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Microaggressions are “silent destroyers of a university’s climate.” They are often unintentional, indirect, or subtle instances in which a statement or action marginalizes an underrepresented group. Microaggressions affect people and groups long after the actual experience. Thus education and avoiding microaggressions is critical to improving campus climate and the focus of this week’s Weekly Roundup. This article from Academic Impressions breaks down two scenarios to help recognize what a microaggression might look like, what the impact can be, and provides a checklist to help someone before making a statement to avoid enacting a microaggression.

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 Timothy Havens (CS) and Xin Xi (GMES) for their new funding See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs in the September 3 edition of Tech Today below.

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Timothy Havens (CS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $243,169 research and development grant from the US Dept of Defense – Navy – Office of Naval Research.

The project is entitled, “DURIP: Acoustic-Sensing System and High-Throughput Computing for Environment and Threat Monitoring in Naval Environments Using Machine Learning.”

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM/GLRC), Shankara Gowtham (ECE) and Guy Meadows (GLRC) are Co-PI’s on this one-year project.

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Xin Xi (GMES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $149,998 research and development grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The project is entitled, “Mapping and Modeling Desertification and its Impact on Anthropogenic Dust and Health-Related External Costs in Central Asia. Shan Zhou (SS) is a Co-PI on this potential three-year project.


New Funding and Accolades for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Paul Sanders (MSE) for their new funding and Michael Drewyor (CEE) for their commission as Central Zone Vice President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs and Civil and Environmental Engineering in the September 1 edition of Tech Today below.

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Paul Sanders (MSE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $500,000 research and development co-op/joint agreement from the US Department of Energy.

This 15 month project is entitled, “Rapid Bayesian High Entropy Alloy Designs Fabricated via Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing.”

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Michael Drewyor (CEE) recently received his commission as Central Zone vice president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the organization’s 99th annual business meeting. Delegates from the Central Zone elected Drewyor to this position when they cast their ballots in July 2020. The election results were announced at the virtual business meeting on Thursday (Aug. 27).

As vice president, Drewyor will serve on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2022. A resident of Houghton, Drewyor serves as an emeritus member on the Michigan State Board of Professional Engineers and the Michigan State Board of Professional Surveyors.

He served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers from 2013–17 and as a member of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures from 2017–20.

Drewyor recently retired as the Roland A. Mariucci Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he taught for the last 13 years.

His teaching assignments included courses in construction management, civil and environmental engineering, and surveying engineering as well as senior capstone courses.

Drewyor was also an advisor for the Associated Schools of Construction Estimating team. A graduate of Michigan Tech, Drewyor continues to provide structural engineering services.