May 22, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Intersectionality explores the interconnected nature of social identities such as race, class, and gender both in how they apply to an individual or group and in how they create interdependent systems of disadvantage. These overlapping social identities can accumulate disadvantage under normal circumstances but when compounded with the unique circumstances thrust upon us by COVID-19, the accumulation of disadvantage is exacerbated. This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article shares the perspective of a self-identified “black mother scholar of black-Chinese children” and highlights the compounding nature of the inequalities, especially those magnified by the pandemic.

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/05/08/added-challenges-dealing-race-and-gender-issues-during-pandemic-opinion?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=5d7e5bcd97-DiversityMatters_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-5d7e5bcd97-198514129&mc_cid=5d7e5bcd97&mc_eid=e2ce04109d

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May 15, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Microaggressions, often stemming from implicit bias, may not always be recognized by the aggressor. When microaggressions are not addressed appropriately, they perpetuate, harm individuals, and become increasingly ignored. To prevent this, it is important to know how and when to step up and address microaggressions. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup introduces the R.A.V.E.N. framework for responding to microaggressions. Please take the time to read, analyze, and adopt the R.A.V.E.N. framework so you are prepared to address microaggressions and improve our campus climate so that everyone can excel. 

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, or to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


Baird Elected To International Journal’s Editorial Board

The short article below originally appeared in Tech Today on May 14. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend our congratulations to Melissa Baird, a member of our Internal Evaluation and Advisory Board, for this accomplishment.

Melissa Baird (SS) was elected to the editorial board of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS). Board members include a team of international heritage scholars and experts who review manuscripts and advise on journal policy and scope.


May 8, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Special Edition

Today for a special edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, we’d like to highlight some of the challenges facing faculty and staff while working from home during the pandemic. It should be noted that while everyone encounters them, these challenges can have a larger impact on women and primary caregivers. This list has been compiled from faculty comments, our own experiences, or reports in the national news.

Childcare challenges: despite ongoing demands for research and publishing, childcare remains inadequate both during the academic year and throughout the summer. In addition, local schools are unlikely to follow the same timeline as Michigan Tech’s return to work, leaving parents responsible for temporary solutions.

Healthcare challenges: caring for ill family members can drain a faculty member’s energy and focus yet this responsibility is often immediate, demanding, and isolating. 

Underlying conditions: the critical impact of often invisible underlying health conditions has been magnified in the current pandemic but these conditions must be managed daily and often with little or no recognition or support for the challenges involved.

Stress and challenges to mental well-being: there are insufficient resources for faculty and staff both on campus and in the local area for addressing stress, burn-out, and well-being in ways that are confidential, readily available, and move beyond or at least personalize self-help measures to adjust to individual levels of motivation, abilities, and resources.


If you recognize these issues, one avenue for change is through more responsive university policies. It is time to advance concrete proposals for employee support across all campus units. One way to start is to contact your University Senate representative.

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).


May 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Over the past several weeks, the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup has highlighted the numerous ways in which the pandemic has impacted faculty and their research and teaching efforts. While it is important that we acknowledge these impacts, it is more important that we understand ways in which we can provide support during these trying times. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a recent publication from ASPIRE, The National Alliance For Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, highlights efforts we can undertake to support faculty both during and after the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order without sacrificing all of the progress we’ve made towards a more equitable campus.  Knowledge of the data and resources included in this article can be valuable in communicating and applying policies in an equitable manner.

http://www.mtu.edu/advance/resources/articles-books/supporting-faculty-during-and-after-covid.pdf

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, or to check out our growing collection of resources (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


Erika Hersch-Green Wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research

by Kelley Christensen, University Marketing and Communications

Erika Hersch-Green (BioSci) has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to investigate how increased nitrogen and phosphorus availability across different temperature and water regimes alters the primary productivity of some plants, while reducing the growth of others.

Hersch-Green will examine how nutrient availability selects for plants with specific genome attributes. She will investigate these changes to specific plant transcriptomes and functional traits, but also how these changes affect the species that interact with those plants, such as other plants, herbivores and pollinators, and lead to changing patterns of community biodiversity.

Every CAREER award features an education component. Hersch-Green’s approach features multiple methods to enhance scientific literacy for middle schoolers, high schoolers and undergraduates. At Hersch-Green’s Ford Center site, she is working with a STEM educator to formulate different science communication and botany modules based on photosynthesis research conducted by Hersch-Green and graduate students in her lab. She is also collaborating with Erin Smith (HU), director of the Humanities Digital Media Zone and faculty advisor to Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise students, to create a series of educational modules.

Read more at mtu.edu/news about Hersch-Green’s CAREER Award.


May 1, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Burnout. That feeling of emptiness coupled with a lack of motivation and emotional and physical exhaustion. By this point in the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” quarantine we’re probably all feeling it in some aspect of our lives. But with at least 2 more weeks left at home, it’s important that we all get through it. Doing just that, beating burnout, is the topic of this week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup. From Inside Higher Education, this week we’re bringing you tops on how faculty (and others too!) can beat burnout in this time of upheaval.

https://insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/28/advice-faculty-help-them-avoid-burnout-during-pandemic-opinion

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)


Fournier Wins BioOne Ambassador Award

Tech Today, April 29, 2020

Michigan Tech alumna Auriel (Van Der Laar) Fournier (Wildlife Ecology and Management ’11) is one of the winners of the 2020 BioOne Ambassador Award.

The award honors early career authors who best communicate the importance and impact of their specialized research to the public. Six individuals from five publications were selected from a large pool of nominees put forth by BioOne’s publishing community.

Fournier was nominated by the Waterbirds Society based on her paper about the impacts of wetland management on two groups of migratory wetland birds, published in Waterbirds.

BioOne invited nominees to submit a 250-word, plain-language summary answering the question: What are the broader implications of your work, and how does your work impact the public at large?

Fournier’s winning entry is featured on the BioOne Ambassador Award web page.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Researchers!

Congratulations to Momoko Taijiri, Valoree Gagnon, and Gord Patterson on new funding! The story below was originally published in Tech Today on April 29, 2020.

Momoko Tajiri (Chemistry/MuSTI) is the prinicpal investigator on a project that has received a $33,597 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development-Michigan Craft Beer Council.

The project is entitled, “Berries & Brews: Understanding the Market and Technological Processing Opportunities of Michigan Grown Fruit in the Craft Beverage Industry”. Jenny Apriesnig (College of Business/MuSTI), Ezequiel Medici (MEEM/MuSTI), Kazuya Tajiri (MEEM/MuSTI), Lynn Mazzoleni (Chemistry/MuSTI), and Martin Thompson (Chemistry/MuSTI) are co-PIs on this 16-month project.
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Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $75,000 research and development cooperative agreement from the University of Michigan.

The project is entitled, “Anishinaabe-Gikendaasowin Integrated Assessment Research in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for Stewardship and Governance Partnerships”. This is a potential two-year project.
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Gordon Paterson (Biological Sciences/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $68,519 research and development contract from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

The project is entitled, “An Epigenetic Assessment of Stamp Sand Toxicity to Salmonid Eggs from Buffalo Reef, Lake Superior”. Kristin Brzeski (CFRES/GLRC) is the co-PI on this potential two-year project.


April 24, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

From an infection standpoint, CoVid-19 seems to be affecting men more than women. But how is it impacting productivity in academe? Recent data from several journals however are indicating that submissions from women are declining. This edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup focuses on the extra burdens placed on women in academe during this crisis. From extra childcare duties to extra cooking and housework at home not equitably picked up by women to the detriment of time to spend on research and writing seems to be falling behind.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/21/early-journal-submission-data-suggest-covid-19-tanking-womens-research-productivity?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=9066666883-DiversityMatters_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-9066666883-198514129&mc_cid=9066666883&mc_eid=e2ce04109d&fbclid=IwAR0wAVXPwBZhTUo5xImvxWMUfy23ApLW2tsIyKhc3XeMZ4l3-Mib56Cjm20

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