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Interdisciplinary Team Receives New Funding

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Michigan Tech including Melissa Baird (Social Sciences), Trista Vick-Majors (Biological Sciences), and Guy Meadows (Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory) have recently received funding from The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) to study oil spills in icy conditions. The team will be working with researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Lake Superior State University on the project.

Learn more in the Tech Today article below.

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover. But What About Viruses?

We’ve all heard the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Dr. Caryn Heldt, Director of the Health Research Institute here at Michigan Tech, is reversing that old adage to fight viruses.

Making quick judgments based on superficial features can introduce biased perceptions of others. But when it comes to viruses, Dr. Heldt’s research suggests that virus surface chemistry analyzed from small samples of a virus can be key to making quick characterizations and predictions.

ADVANCE applauds Dr. Heldt’s research (part of her NSF CAREER Award) featured recently on the Michigan Tech News blog as well as the collaborative efforts of her research team, recently published in Langmuir and highlighted in the BioTechniques Daily Newsletter.

Jennifer Becker in Dean’s Teaching Showcase

Originally posted in Tech Today.

In the midst of all of the challenges we’re facing, it’s important to continue to recognize the dedication of so many excellent instructors on Tech’s campus. That’s why Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering, has selected our ninth Deans’ Teaching Showcase member: Jennifer Becker, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department.

Read the Full Story Here.

Becker Elected AEESP Foundation Chair

Jennifer G. Becker (CEE) has been elected chair of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Foundation. She was elected to the AEESP Foundation Board of Directors in 2019, and her three-year term as chair of the Foundation began last month.

AEESP is an international organization with more than 800 members, most of whom are environmental engineering and science professors. The AEESP Foundation supports and encourages excellence in environmental engineering and science education, outreach, and scientific research by sponsoring a distinguished lecturer series, awarding K-12 educational and outreach grants, and endowing and administering award programs for professors and students.

Becker has a distinguished record of service to the environmental engineering community. She served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee from 2016 until the committee was retired in 2018. She was elected by her environmental engineering and science academic peers to the AEESP Board of Directors in 2010. While on the AEESP Board of Directors, Becker was also elected to several AEESP officer positions, including president of AEESP (2013-2014).

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