Nancy Langston PI on Grant from National Science Foundation

Nancy Langston (SS/GLRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $113,294 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled, “The New Mobilities of the Anthropocene: Animal Migration, Infrastructure Development, and Wildlife Population Management.” Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences/GLRC) is Co-PI. This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $397,760.

 

Originially posted by Sponsored Programs in Tech Today on July 16, 2019.


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


What Does a Scientist Look Like?

Close your eyes and visualize a scientist. What do you see? Do you picture a male? A female? Is your scientist in a lab coat and surrounded by chemicals and fancy equipment? Perhaps your scientist is in waders or measuring a tree. Our perspective on who or what makes a scientist may vary based on our experiences, our background, or perhaps our culture. What is important however, is that we realize that science, in order to be at it’s best, must be inclusive. We must have scientists from a variety of backgrounds because our individual life experiences  shape our perspective and unique perspectives are what lead to breakthroughs.

Just this morning, the ADVANCE team found an article in Science magazine referencing an article about how children perceive scientists. In the article, a group of scholars analyzed 5 decades of “draw-a-scientist” studies conducted on school aged children. They found that students depict scientists as female 34% of the time as of 2016, up from 1% in the 1960s and 1970s. A breakdown by gender found that female students are now depicting female scientists nearly 50% of the time, again, up from 1% in the 1960s and 1970s. These numbers are encouraging but still highlight the need for increased education on what makes a scientist so that our children realize anyone can be a scientist.

Want to learn more?

Visit this link for the article from Science.

 

For a more in-depth look, the study from Child Development can be found here.


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.


PhD GRA Funding Available-ADVANCE Initiative

The ADVANCE Initiative at Michigan Tech is seeking a PhD student to participate in and conduct research on faculty gender and career issues including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Research would be primarily focused on STEM disciplines but may also be expanded to other disciplines. Up to three years of support for tuition and stipend are available (including summer semesters) through this Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position.

The ideal candidate is either an incoming PhD student with a Master’s degree or a current PhD student in their first or second year. Students may pursue any of Michigan Tech’s PhD degree programs but should have or be willing to take courses in survey methods and quantitative analysis. The research done under the ADVANCE programs will ideally form the core (or a substantial portion) of the student’s dissertation. Familiarity with current diversity and inclusion research in STEM is advantageous but not required.

To apply, please submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating your current academic level
  2. A CV
  3. A statement of interest regarding diversity and inclusion in STEM to Prof. Adrienne Minerick.

A multidisciplinary team of faculty will be reviewing application materials, so please try to minimize technical, discipline-specific jargon. The start date for this position is as soon as possible but no later than August 19, 2019.



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