New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Timothy Havens (CS) and Xin Xi (GMES) for their new funding See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs in the September 3 edition of Tech Today below.

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Timothy Havens (CS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $243,169 research and development grant from the US Dept of Defense – Navy – Office of Naval Research.

The project is entitled, “DURIP: Acoustic-Sensing System and High-Throughput Computing for Environment and Threat Monitoring in Naval Environments Using Machine Learning.”

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM/GLRC), Shankara Gowtham (ECE) and Guy Meadows (GLRC) are Co-PI’s on this one-year project.

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Xin Xi (GMES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $149,998 research and development grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The project is entitled, “Mapping and Modeling Desertification and its Impact on Anthropogenic Dust and Health-Related External Costs in Central Asia. Shan Zhou (SS) is a Co-PI on this potential three-year project.


New Funding and Accolades for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Paul Sanders (MSE) for their new funding and Michael Drewyor (CEE) for their commission as Central Zone Vice President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs and Civil and Environmental Engineering in the September 1 edition of Tech Today below.

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Paul Sanders (MSE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $500,000 research and development co-op/joint agreement from the US Department of Energy.

This 15 month project is entitled, “Rapid Bayesian High Entropy Alloy Designs Fabricated via Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing.”

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Michael Drewyor (CEE) recently received his commission as Central Zone vice president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the organization’s 99th annual business meeting. Delegates from the Central Zone elected Drewyor to this position when they cast their ballots in July 2020. The election results were announced at the virtual business meeting on Thursday (Aug. 27).

As vice president, Drewyor will serve on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2022. A resident of Houghton, Drewyor serves as an emeritus member on the Michigan State Board of Professional Engineers and the Michigan State Board of Professional Surveyors.

He served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers from 2013–17 and as a member of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures from 2017–20.

Drewyor recently retired as the Roland A. Mariucci Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he taught for the last 13 years.

His teaching assignments included courses in construction management, civil and environmental engineering, and surveying engineering as well as senior capstone courses.

Drewyor was also an advisor for the Associated Schools of Construction Estimating team. A graduate of Michigan Tech, Drewyor continues to provide structural engineering services.


August 28, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

The efforts of faculty parents to balance work and childcare has recently been brought back into the spotlight given the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need for strong institutional responses to alleviate the additional burdens of limited childcare facilities. Retention of faculty and staff parents is highly dependent upon our community supporting all members through trying times for long-term productivity of the institution. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Inside Higher Education that outlines examples of strong institutional responses. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is working on small interactive educational activities for children during our programming. Contact the ADVANCE Resource Center to learn more.

Today’s article was shared by Adrienne Minerick, Dean of the College of Computing. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 27 edition of Tech Today below.
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Valorie Gagnon (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $749,801 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project is entitled, “CNH2-S: Convergence Research: Bridging Knowledge Systems and Expertise for Understanding the Dynamics of a Contaminated Tribal Landscape System.” Melissa Baird (SS), Judith Perlinger (CEE) and Noel Urban (CEE) are Co-PI’s on this three and a half year project.


New Funding For Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Kristin Brzeski (CFRES), and Zhiying Shan (KIP) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 25 edition of Tech Today below.

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Kristin Brzeski (CFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $318,424 research and development grant from United States Fish and Wildlife Services.

The project is entitled, “Rediscovering Red Wolf Ancestry in the Southeastern United States.” This is a twenty-one-month project.

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Zhiying Shan (KIP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $459,000 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is entitled, “Involvement of the Brain Orexin System in Hypertension.” Qinghui Chen (KIP) is a Co-PI on this three-year project.


August 21, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

The focus of today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article highlights that requesting pay history in job applications can increase bias and offer discrepancies. By simply ceasing to ask applicants about pay history, we can make significant strides toward a more equitable and inclusive hiring process. In fourteen states, this is ingrained into hiring laws; however Michigan is not among them. Therefore, the impetus lies with those running the hiring committees and extending offers to implement best practices.

Today’s articles (additional resources below) were shared by Beth Lunde-Stockero, Executive Director of Institutional Equity. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


https://www.hrdive.com/news/salary-history-ban-states-list/516662/

https://www.hrdive.com/news/swimming-against-the-tide-michigan-forbids-salary-history-bans-statewide/519278/

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/compensation/pages/employers-adjust-to-salary-history-bans.aspx


New Funding For Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Todd Ontl (CFRES/ESC), and Andrew Burton (CFRES/ESC) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 14 edition of Tech Today below.
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Todd Ontl ( CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $25,000 other sponsored activities grant from Michigan State University.

The project is entitled, “A Regional Blended Learning Model to Understand Forest Carbon Management.” Patricia Leopold (CFRES/ESC) is a Co-PI on this one-year project.

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Andrew Burton (CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $22,500 research and development Co-op/Joint Agreement-Cost from USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.

The project is entitled, “Modeling Carbon Storage and Fluxes in Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands in the Southeastern United States under Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Resource Management.” Zhaohua Dai (CFRES/ESC) is the Co-PI on this16-project.


August 14, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Repeatedly tapping minority ethnic and gender groups for additional service responsibilities can disproportionately burden these academicians. As these burdens accumulate and begin to impact their scholarly activities, they experience what is known as “cultural taxation.” This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Nature in which five researchers from minority ethnic groups were interviewed to provide perspectives and advice on navigating cultural taxation

Today’s article was shared by the ADVANCE Partnership-Joining Forces: A Midwestern Partnership for STEM Faculty Success. The ADVANCE Partnership is a group of four institutions: Iowa State University, Michigan Tech, North Dakota State University, and Western Michigan University dedicated to creating a collaborative and supportive work environment where women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers can thrive, particularly those in the intersectionalities of women of color and women with caregiving responsibilities. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI), and Issei Nakamura (Physics/CQP) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 11 edition of Tech Today below.

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Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $49,999 research and development Contract-FFP from National Asphalt Paving Association.

The project is entitled, “PCR for Asphalt Mixtures and the Emerald Eco-Label EPD Program.” This is a one year project.

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Issei Nakamura (Physics/CQP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $196,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project is entitled, “CAREER: Coarse-Grained Theory and Simulation of Ion-Containing Liquids: Study of Ion Solvation by Polymers and Ionic Liquids and Between Nanoparticles.” This is a five-year project that has the potential of receiving a total of $490,000.


August 7, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Candidates’ “fit” with the job, the hiring unit, and the campus is deemed critical yet this is a determination that can be quite subjective. Empirically, such determinations account for only 20-25% of the decision to hire or not. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features a 2020 article from The Journal of Higher Education which looks at how the subjective preferences that largely govern the evaluative portion of faculty searches can perpetuate inequities.

Today’s article was shared by Dr. Amy Marcarelli, an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.