Huntoon Honored by Science Teachers Group

Michigan Tech Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from a statewide science educators organization.

The Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) named Huntoon the recipient of the 2019 George G. Mallinson Award. The highest honor bestowed by the MSTA, the award recognizes Huntoon’s contributions to science education in general and to MSTA in particular.

In announcing the award, MSTA noted “Over the course of her career, Dr. Huntoon has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education through her work at the local, state and national level.”

In a letter supporting Huntoon for the recognition, MSTA Board Member Yonee Bryant- Kuiphoff, wrote that as a science teacher, a professional developing and writing curriculum and one working statewide with other teachers, she feels “much more confident” as a result of Huntoon’s mentorship.

Bryant-Kuiphoff wrote that through Huntoon’s vision for science education and her belief in participants in the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) program, Huntoon is able to develop and lead others into a new pedagogy of science education. “I believe that Dr. Jacqueline Huntoon is the epitome of the Mallinson Award criteria, with her long lasting and far reaching contributions to the field of science education,” Bryant-Kuiphoff said.

Huntoon says she is honored by the award. “I am very thankful to receive this recognition from MSTA. The work teachers do is very important for the future of society. We owe a lot to teachers. It is a great honor to receive this recognition from this group.”

Prior to her current position at Michigan Tech, Huntoon served as associate provost and dean of the University’s Graduate School. She has been recognized nationally for her leadership in higher education and geology. She currently serves as a member of the federal STEM Education Advisory Panel. She is a former chair of the Graduate Record Exam Board, which oversees exams most commonly used to evaluate the qualifications of students applying for graduate school. She has previously served as the program director for diversity and education at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences.

Huntoon will be honored at MSTA’s Annual Meeting Friday and Saturday (March 1/2) in Grand Rapids. MSTA provides awards to Michigan science teachers, administrators and education professionals in eight categories in addition to the prestigious Mallinson Award.

On receiving the honor; Huntoon said, “I feel very fortunate to have worked with so many teachers in Michigan throughout my career. We’ve accomplished amazing things together and I look forward to continuing to collaborate in the future.”

By Mark Wilcox

Tech Today, Feb. 25, 2019


Van Kooy Selected to Receive Fulbright Award

Dana Van Kooy (HU) has been selected to receive the 2019-20 Fulbright National Library of Scotland Award. She will spend six months at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh researching topics relevant to her current book project, “Atlantic Configurations of Modernity and the Aesthetics of Disappearance.”

Van Kooy will also contribute to the library’s public lecture program, and reach out to several universities in Scotland to facilitate conversations about her research.

Tech Today, Feb. 20, 2019


Program Coordinator Position Open

The Program Coordinator for ADVANCE initiatives at Michigan Tech is open and applications are being accepted. Responsibilities include:

Support initiatives to advance women, underrepresented, and intersectional individuals
to thrive in their careers. Organize, plan, and execute campus-wide events. This
includes advertising, design, communication, data handling, and scheduling. Develop
and maintain marketing products to increase visibility and engagement of ADVANCE
activities and outcomes across campus. Assist in the development of applications for
external funding, and in creating oral and written communication products for a variety
of audiences.

See the full job posting at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/7641


Darnishia Slade Honored by NSBE

The award is named after the late Bayard Rustin, a civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and was an organizer for the March on Washington and other protests.

Stuart Liburd, Jr., president of Tech’s NSBE chapter said Slade was as deserving recipient of the first Bayard Rustin Award  as she exemplifiles Rustin’s commitment and “behind the scenes” work.

“In Darnishia’s time here at Michigan Tech, she has helped elevate sudents, faculty and the whole University community to obtain a level of utmost excellence that empowers us so we can be our best selves.”

Calling the award the biggest compliment she has ever received, Slade says she is still taken aback by the award. “This means so much to me because it came from the students.” Slade says she feels a connection with Rustin in that his work, like hers, is essentially grass roots. “He didn’t mind getting his hands dirty. And he never gave up on his convictions that minorities in the United States could, and would, succeed.

In remarks upon accepting the award at the MLK Banquet, Slade said she feels it’s important to “pay it forward” to students because of mentors she’s had, such as Betty Chavis, Gloria Melton and the late Inetta Harris.

Slade is an alumna of Michigan Tech and is currently a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors.

Published in Tech Today, January 30, 2019 by Mark Wilcox

 


Stockero named Outstanding Reviewer

Shari Stockero (CLS/Math) has been named the 2019 Mathematics Teacher Education Outstanding Reviewer by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Her research focuses on noticing high-potential instances of student mathematical thinking (MOSTs) and understanding what it means to productively use these instances to support student learning. Specifically, in her current work, she and her colleagues are working with a group of teacher-researchers from across the U.S. to enact and study the teaching practice of building on MOSTs. She is also working on a project to develop middle school science teacher leaders in Michigan.

Posted in Tech Today, January 15, 2019



Barr elected to IEEE Professional Communication Society Board of Governors

Nancy Barr (ME-EM) has been elected to the IEEE Professional Communication Society’s board of governors.

The PCS’s mission is to foster a community dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication in engineering, scientific and other technical environments.

Barr’s three-year term began Jan. 1 and runs to December 31, 2021.

Posted in Tech Today, January 11, 2019 by Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Stacey Cotey Receives Wildlife Award

A faculty member of Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and an alumnus of the school are among the seven recipients of the Animal Welfare Institute’s (AWI) Christine Stevens Wildlife Award.

The Animal Welfare Institute announced the winners are developing innovative, less intrusive wildlife study techniques and more humane methods of resolving conflicts between wild animals and humans.

Stacy Cotey (SFRES), an instructor, PhD candidate and undergraduate student advisor, received a $14,500 grant to analyze snow tracks left by northern river otters to determine if there is enough nuclear DNA left in the snow track to identify an individual otter and to optimize the collection, filtration and storage methods for collecting DNA from snow tracks. By creating individual genetic profiles, the researchers hope to better monitor the animals’ behaviors, population numbers and genetic diversity.

Andrew Von Duyke of the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, who received his PhD from SFRES, received the award for monitoring polar bears of the Alaska-Chukotka subpopulation by sampling environmental DNA from snow tracks to genetically “fingerprint” individual animals and estimate the size of the subpopulation.

Established in 2006, the award provides individual grants of up to $15,000 and is named in honor of AWI’s late founder and longtime president, Christine stevens, who dedicated her life to reducing animal suffering both here and abroad. Stevens founded AWI in 1951 to end the cruel treatment of animals in experimental laboratories. Inevitably, her work expanded to take on other animal welfare causes, including protecting vulnerable species, reforming methods used to raise animals for food, banning steel-jaw leghold traps, ending commercial whaling and much more.

“The winners are compassionate scientists, managers and advocates who embody the legacy of Christine Stevens,” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “From enlisting drones to monitor the population of a threatened rattlesnake, to using digital acoustic tags to examine close encounters between boats and Florida manatees, these pathbreaking research projects demonstrate less intrusive methods to study wildlife and offer humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.”

by School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Appeared in Tech Today, December 20, 2018


New Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development

After a University-wide search, Shari Stockero was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the provost for faculty development. Stockero’s role in this position begins immediately. In her new position, she will provide leadership for faculty and will collaborate with others from across campus to promote professional development and career success among early- to mid-career faculty.

While serving as the assistant to the provost for faculty development  Stockero will continue in her positions as professor in the Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Mathematical Sciences, and director of teacher education at Michigan Tech.

Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs says “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Stockero to this position. The Early Career Management program and the Michigan Tech Research Forum are both important initiatives that are bringing faculty together in ways that will support their career success. I look forward to seeing these initiatives continue to move forward under Shari’s leadership.”


Archer Installed on Michigan Lean Consortium Board

Ruth Archer, director of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Tech, was installed on the Michigan Lean Consortium’s (MLC) Board of Directors during the eighth annual Michigan Lean Consortium conference held Aug. 8-10 in Traverse City. This is Archer’s first three-year term on the 10-member board. At the conference, she presented a session titled “Sustaining a Culture of Excellence through Perceptual Engineering.” Archer was also invited to participate on a “Women in Lean” panel during the conference.

The MLC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is governed by an all-volunteer board, dedicated to developing and supporting Lean systems thinkers to positively transform Michigan. The MLC has more than 1100 members representing dozens of industries with a broad spectrum of Lean expertise.

Michigan Tech holds a university-wide MLC membership available to faculty, staff or students. If you would like to be listed as a member and have access to member-only benefits from the MLC, send an email to improvement@mtu.edu.

Tech Today, August 23, 2018