Chadde Receives Award from Michigan Science Teachers Association

Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, has received a prestigious award from the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA).

Chadde accepted the 2020 Informal Science Teacher of the Year Award at the MSTA’s annual conference held March 6-7 in Lansing.

The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) announced in December that Chadde was chosen for her unique and extraordinary accomplishments, active leadership, scholarly contributions, and direct and substantial contributions to the improvement of non-school based science education over a significant period of time.


April 17, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Pause and think about your field – do you know how many major contributions by someone from a marginalized group were overlooked in their time or never credited for the work? In the wake of the novel Hidden Figures and its subsequent motion picture, contributions are increasingly being recognized years later and rightfully attributed to those who did the work. This short article from National Geographic goes into more detail on hidden figures in many of our fields .

https://email.nationalgeographic.com/H/2/v40000017082eb1ac7a16e6bf4bbe5cfc0/cd3ca328-3b74-44c0-b800-d423d4b4cae0/HTML

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: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


April 10, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

During the social distancing period that accompanied the Black Plague, Isaac Newton entered a period of his research career known as the annus mirabilis or “year of wonders” due to his prolific productivity during this time. Isaac Newton however, didn’t have to cope with moving to online instruction. Unlike Isaac Newton, most of us don’t have the luxury of focusing solely on our research due to closure of labs, uncertainty of travel for fieldwork, or numerous other factors. This doesn’t have to mean that we abandon our research agendas though! Today’s Weekly Roundup article from Inside Higher Education focuses on how we can reassess, reprioritize, and rethink our research agendas to maintain momentum through these uncertain times.

https://insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/02/how-continue-push-your-research-forward-while-staying-home-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 our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


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.

http://www.mtu.edu/ttoday/?issue=20200402&s=10#ciglr-awards-grant-to-mtu-researchers


April 1, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In this time of social distancing, it’s important to remember and retain the sense of community we all possess when we’re gathered on campus. One way to do this is to participate in online gatherings/communities and contribute to collaborative resources. This week’s article for the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights how we as a university community can work together to help each other during this crisis.

https://insidehighered.com/views/2020/03/25/recommendations-how-colleges-can-better-support-their-faculty-during-covid-19

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 our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


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.