Research by former Michigan Tech professor Sheryl Sorby appeared in the April 17 edition of the Wall Street Journal. The article, “Can New Building Toys for Girls Improve Math and Science Skills?” mentions Sorby’s 2005 study showing that when middle school girls took a spatial visualization course, they took more upper-level math and science courses in high school.
Joan Chadde conducted a Transportation Teacher Workshop on ” Traffic Operations and Safety,” for two dozen Detroit Public School Teachers on April 20 in collaboration with Tech CEE graduate Peter Savolainen, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, at Wayne State University. This is a 3-part workshop series funded by the University of Wisconsin Madison Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education.
Undergraduate student Allie Glover (MSE), Jerry Anzalone (CEE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored an article titled, “Open-Source Colorimeter,” in Sensors. Link
The International Geological Masters in Volcanology and Geotechniques (INVOGE) program was featured on Italian TV news. Links to YouTube videos are provided below. The videos show the MS defense of INVOGE student Daniele Alami, which was conducted via teleconference with Milan on April 12. Daniele’s MS committee consisted of Professor Greg Waite (GMES), Assistant Professor Simon Carn (GMES) and Professor Alessandro Tibaldi from the University of Milan–Bicocca.
Science 360, a science news web site published by the National Science Foundation, featured a news story about Assistant Professor Dennis Desheng Meng’s (ME-EM) research on manganese dioxide nanorods, work that could lead to the next generation of high-performance capacitors. See the first story under “Latest News.”
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed about 3-D printing on Health, Wealth & Wisdom 1470AM WMGG. Link
Gretchen Hein (EF), Amber Kemppainen (EF) and Michael Meyer (PHYSICS) have received $2,000 grant for their first year project, “ENGAGE E3s for First-Year Engineering Students.”
Adam Blankenbicker, a Peace Corps Master’s International alumnus in geology, writes a science education blog called SciEd for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) web site. See http://blogs.plos.org/scied/author/ablankenbicker/.