Author: David Holden

President Obama Honors Colleen Mouw

by Jenn Donovan

President Barack Obama has named 106 researchers—including Assistant Professor Colleen Mouw (GMES)—as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

It is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. “These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said.

“We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”

Nominations come from federal agencies who support the young scientists and engineers’ research. Mouw was nominated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

“I’m very humbled to be recognized in this way,” Mouw said.  “I’ve been fortunate to have worked with many fantastic colleagues over the years who undoubtedly deserve this recognition just as much as myself.”

The awards were established by President Clinton in 1996. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this Spring. You can read the announcement here.

Dual Career

Tasks in process.

  • Telephone survey of Search Chairs regarding current practice.  I expect results any day now.
  • An electronic survey has been drafted for Deans and Chairs to determine current state centered around interview and negotiation phase.  This will be going out soon.
  • Patty Sotirin will be holding some focus groups for partners currently slated for early March.
  • A Kaizen has been proposed to standardize process for partners of tenure track faculty who desire a faculty appointment.

Climate Survey

Michigan Tech desires to hold another University Climate SURVEY of which Jill Hodges and Beth Lunde are the leads. This will include all faculty, staff (union and non-union), and students. The committee is leaning toward hiring externally to do this study and based upon discussions held in the Unit Climate Group (AMP-UP) is also leaning toward a confidential survey instead of an anonymous survey. A confidential survey will get at the unit issues in a way that an anonymous survey will not.

AMP-UP: Current Status

The Advance Matrix Process-University Programs (AMP-UP) teams have been established and there has been two rounds of meetings held for the Initiative teams and one round for the Process Teams. A google web-site has been established to assist these team with agendas, minutes, reference materials, and task management.

All teams have discussed the importance of setting data standards (i.e. define how to group STEM departments, define reporting of Faculty, Academic Administrative, Tenure and Non Tenure, etc). The University Climate Study Committee and the Unit Climate AMP-UP team met together to begin coordinating their efforts. The Programs Team is starting to create an inventory of internal department level programs in each of the three areas (Scholarship/Research, Climate, Dual Careers) as well as benchmark with programs at other universities. The Continuous Improvement Team has three requests in place. One for a dual career focus group, one for dual career data collection, and another to hold a kaizen to standardize the administration of data for research, teaching, and other.