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Kelly Steelman Selected HFES Science Policy Fellow

Kelly Steelman (CLS) has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Science Policy Fellowship program.

The HFES Science Policy Fellows (SPF) program provides a valuable opportunity for HFES members to learn how to successfully advocate for human factors and ergonomics on the national stage. SPF Participants will receive extensive training in public affairs, advocacy and outreach to be provided by Lewis-Burke Associates and the HFES Government Relations Committee during the HFES Annual Meeting. They will also participate in an annual spring Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., including a Hill visit training session and a policy-related speaker prior to the visit day. They will be invited to attend monthly conference calls with Lewis-Burke and the HFES Government Relations Committee covering ongoing events and opportunities for HFES to engage in policy decisions.

Following an initial one-year term in the SPF program, each program graduate will commit to two years of service in an outreach capacity. They will create a customized plan that may include continued participation in the Capitol Hill day and interactions with policymakers in Washington, DC, working at the local/state level, serving on the GRC or a subcommittee, and other forms of outreach developed by each participant. HFES SPF participants and graduates will form the basis of a future brain trust with expertise in outreach creating a pipeline of politically engaged and knowledgeable members within HFES.

Washington, DC, working at the local/state level, serving on the GRC or a subcommittee, and other forms of outreach developed by each participant. HFES SPF participants and graduates will form the basis of a future brain trust with expertise in outreach creating a pipeline of politically engaged and knowledgeable members within HFES.

Posted by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences June 17, 2019


Shari Stockero Named Executive Director of the AMTE

Shari Stockero (CLS/Math) has been selected to serve as the fourth Executive Director of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and will begin her term of service in February 2020.

She has served AMTE in a variety of ways, including as Associate Vice-President for the Emerging Issues Committee, as a member of the Conference Program Committee, and on the Editorial Panel of the seventh AMTE monograph. She also led the group that formed the Michigan AMTE affiliate (MI-AMTE) and has served as chair of the PME-NA Steering Committee. Her collaborative NSF-funded research project (Building on MOSTs: Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking) focuses on understanding what it looks like to productively use high-potential instances of student mathematical thinking during a lesson to support student learning. She is also co-PI on an NSF Noyce project (Michigan Middle School Master Teacher Fellows Program) that focuses on developing middle school science teacher leaders in Michigan. Read the full article.

Posted by Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences June 17, 2019


Gagnon, Huntoon, and Zhao Recognized as Notable Women in STEM

Three Michigan Tech women are among the “Notable Women in Stem” named by Crain’s Detroit Business editors.

Valoree Gagnon, Director of University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center

Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Feng Zhao, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

According to Crain’s (5/28/2019): The women featured in this Notable Women in STEM report were selected by a team of Crain’s Detroit Business editors based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to their community and mentorship of others, as outlined in a detailed nomination form.

Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition!

See: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/notable-women-stem?utm_source=crain-s-special-report&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190528&utm_content=article1-readmore


2019 University and Distinguished Professors Announced

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs announces this year’s University Professors and Distinguished Professors recognizing outstanding faculty.

The Distinguished Professor title recognizes outstanding faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the University as well as their discipline but are not presently recognized through an endowed position or faculty fellowship. Distinguished Professors will not exceed 10% of the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty in a specific college or school at any time. Recipients selected this year as Distinguished Professors are: Dr. Jennifer Slack, Professor, Department of Humanities; Dr. John Vucetich, Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; and Dr. Zhanping You, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

The University Professor title recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the University and their discipline over a substantial period of time. University Professors will not exceed 2% of the total number of tenured and tenure-track faculty at Michigan Tech. This year, two professors have been awarded the title of University Professors. Dr. Kathleen Halvorsen, Professor of Natural Resource Policy in the Department of Social Sciences and Dr. Timothy Schulz, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

The confidential process for selecting recipients spans the academic year and recipients for each award are notified in mid-May. Additional details regarding the award and selection procedures can be found on the provost’s website.



Langston Fellowship Awards

Nancy Langston has been awarded two fellowships for her upcoming sabbatical leave. In the fall, she will be the Mellon Visiting Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the Center for Environmental Futures, University of Oregon. In the spring, she will be the Fulbright  Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada.  Before heading out to Oregon, she will spend a month in China and Mongolia, where she will give a keynote lecture at Renmin University’s Center for Ecological History, and then do research with colleagues from the Smithsonian on nomadic reindeer herders in Mongolia’s taiga. Her sabbatical research explores the ways northern migratory species and peoples are adapting to climate change in the Anthropocene.

Sorby Elected President of ASEE

Professor Emerita Sheryl Sorby (ME-EM) has been elected president of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

The ASEE recently elected eight officers to its Board of Directors. The board members will begin their terms at our annual conference in June in Tampa. The following is a list of the elected officers.

Sorby, professor of Engineering Education, University of Cinncinati, was elected president-elect, a term she will hold one year before assuming the presidency in 2020.

Posted in Tech Today, April 18, 2019


AAAS If/Then Ambassadors Applications Open

AAAS is searching for 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program furthers women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program brings together 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. STEM professionals use their skills in many fields – including research and development, sports and recreation, finance, fashion, gaming, engineering and manufacturing, entertainment, healthcare, retail, music, and more. The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program highlights women in STEM who are contributing in all these fields, showing girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day. AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors will gather for in-person summits, create personal press kits that highlight their stories and take their outreach to the next level, be featured in original entertainment and media content, and engage with middle school girls in formal and informal educational spaces.

For more information about the program click here. To check eligibility click here. For a list of required materials click here.

If you have questions, find FAQs here or email us. Follow us on Twitter @MeetAScientist.


Flynn and Heikinen Named Directors of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program

Elizabeth Flynn (HU) and Denise Heikinen (HU) have recently been named directors of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program. They succeed Andrea Hauge-Bacon, who was director for twenty years.

The Program aims to improve the literacy of international adults including reading, writing and speaking. Participants come from countries such as China, Iran, Egypt, Russia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Georgia. Free tutoring sessions take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at the Portage Lake United Church and from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays in the community room of Daniell Heights.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays students are encouraged to participate in a related organization, International Neighbors. Participants visit local places of interest, take hikes or engage in activities designed to improve vocabulary, fluency or cultural awareness.

Many different instructional techniques are used in the program. Some tutors use a weekly newspaper, News for You, which is directed at students for whom English is not their original language and provides news stories about recent events. Each paper also includes a crossword puzzle, vocabulary and pronunciation. The stories enhance students’ reading abilities, help increase their vocabularies and form the basis for discussions of important national and international occurrences or less
consequential human interest items.

Other class focuses on language structures and conventions, and everyday conversation and the challenges of living in a culture that may be quite unfamiliar. Some students attend all of these classes while others choose those that suit their particular needs or schedules. Students benefit from the tutoring sessions, linguistic and cultural immersion and find that their conversational abilities, as well as reading and writing abilities, improve quite dramatically.

Humanities in Tech Today, April 8, 2019


Megan Frost Selected Chair of KIP

Frost is currently serving this year as interim chair of the department. Her regular three-year appointment begins July 1. Frost received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2003 and joined Michigan Tech in 2007.

She is a world leader in nitric oxide chemistry and designing nitric oxide releasing polymers. Her research led to her being cofounder and chief technology officer of the startup company FM Wound Care. Its patented technology infuses bandages with nitric oxide gas, which kills bacteria and prevents infection.

David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Frost’s selection. “Her scholarship is a natural fit for the integrative physiology work in the department,” Hemmer said. “She has done a wonderful job leading the department on an interim basis this year, and I am excited that she will be joining KIP and CSA on a more permanent basis.”

Frost took over last year when former chair Jason Carter moved to the Vice President for Research office. Carter said he was also pleased to learn the news. “KIP has a strong and cohesive identity, both internally and externally, as an academic unit that values excellence in both research and teaching. Megan has demonstrated throughout her career, and in her time as interim chair, that she too espouses those core values.”

Carter added “I look forward to Megan building upon this strong foundation to take KIP to new heights that advance the department’s national and international presence and impact.”

by College of Sciences and Arts, Tech Today April 5, 2019