IPEC Presents Podcast presents Rich Canevez

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) is pleased to announce IPEC Presents. Each episode of IPEC Presents is dedicated to discussing the research our institute conducts in service of policy engagement, and teaching that address the ethical and cultural challenges, implications, and strategies unique to the emerging techno cultural environment. In our first episode, guest Dr. Richard Canevez (HU) and host Kendall Belopavlovich (HU) discuss his rising academic career and research as an IPEC executive committee member and research area lead. Rich is a multi-talented professional whose expertise draws on multiple disciplinary backgrounds, including philosophy, information sciences and technology, artificial intelligence, and communication. 

IPEC Presents can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify by searching for “IPEC Presents”. Our website also hosts the podcast, located here

Website: https://www.mtu.edu/ipec/research/podcast/podcasting/ 

Streaming: SpotifyApple Podcasts

IPEC Member Libby Meyer Awarded NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved Libby Meyer (VPA) for a grant in the amount of $20,000.

This grant will support a multidisciplinary arts series at the Rozsa Center. In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

Meyer’s work supports IPEC, the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture. She serves as an executive committee member of the institute. Her recent podcast episode with IPEC Presents can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 

Spring 2024 IPEC Seed Grant Awards Announced

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) announces the Spring 2024 Research Seed Grant award recipients. Congratulations to each of the awardees.

The principal investigators of the awarded projects include:

Faculty Small Seed Research Grants:

  • Erika Vye (GLRC)
  • Mark Lounibos (HU)
  • Dana Van Kooy (HU)
  • Mary Cyr (VPA)
  • Chuck Wallace (CS)
  • Alexandra Morrison (HU)
  • Rich Canevez (HU)
  • Mark Rouleau (SS)

Graduate Student Research Grants:

  • Kyle Parker McGlynn, Ph.D. student — Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
  • Aritra Chakrabarty, Ph.D. student — Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Kendall Belopavlovich, Ph.D. candidate — Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
  • James Akinola, Ph.D. student — Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
  • Emma Johnson, Ph.D. student — Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
  • Rachael Hathcoat, M.S. student — Rhetoric, Theory and Culture

Upcoming Event: Collective Memory at Canada’s Prison for Women by Lisa Guenther on April 17

Presented by the Department of Humanities

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


In her talk, Lisa Guenther will reflect on this question as a supporter of the P4W Memorial Collective, a group of women who did time in the Kingston Prison for Women (P4W). The prison closed in 2000, and it is now owned by a private developer who is turning it into luxury condos and a retirement home. In the midst of this development, the Collective is creating a memorial garden and outdoor gallery in honour of those who died in the prison, and those who continue to live and die in prisons across so-called Canada. The aim of this memory work is not only to preserve the past, but also to change the future, so that people will never again die in the name of justice.

Upcoming Event: Mosaic For Earth on April 20

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024 | 7:30 PM


The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Tech Choirs celebrate Earth Day with a presentation of Dwight Bigler’s Mosaic for Earth. The new 14-movement work celebrates the wonders of nature and explores humanity’s impact on the environment and our responsibility towards it.

For more information, visit the Michigan Tech Events Calendar.

Reminder: Seed Funding Applications Close April 12

IPEC’s seed funding applications for both faculty and graduate students close on April 12, 2024.

Description: Small Grants are available to Michigan Tech Graduate Students to conduct preliminary research in areas that intersect with Policy, Ethics, and Culture, including but not limited to (1) Social Media and Society; (2) Human Machine Culture; (3) Justice and Security in Energy Transitions; (4) Ethics in STEM; and (5) Algorithmic Culture. Funds can be used for hourly pay, conference travel, or travel to collect data and access primary sources.

Contact: If you have any questions about whether or not your research project fits with IPEC’s research scope, reach out to IPEC’s Associate Director Soonkwan Hong at shong2@mtu.edu.

Read Our April Member Newsletter

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture has published our latest newsletter, available to the campus community here. IPEC has several collaborative, interdisciplinary funding applications underway that we are proud to report on. Check out our affiliates upcoming events, and see our April 12 deadline for faculty and graduate student seed funding.

Now Streaming: IPEC Presents Dr. Mark Rouleau

In this episode of IPEC Presents, we examine our new season’s theme of ethics from a different perspective. Dr. Mark Rouleau brings with him insights from an IPEC-sponsored trip to Brazil. Mark participated in the Summer School on AI technologies for trust, interoperability, autonomy, and resilience in Industry 4.0. The summer school was a one-week hands on training hosted at the University of São Paulo focused on using automation techniques in Multi Agent System (MAS) environments to solve practical industrial problems. Topics covered through this hackathon style training included the following: Web of Things, Knowledge Graphs, Multi Agent Systems, and Responsible and Trustworthy AI.

Check out the podcast on Spotify!

IPEC Social Event: March 21, 4:00-6:00 PM

Save the date for this semester’s IPEC Social Event! We welcome returning, new and prospective members to join us.

When: March 21, 2024 from 4:00-6:00pm

Where: Walker 139, IPEC Office

What: A general meeting to welcome members to the updated IPEC office space.

We will provide light refreshments during the event.

Contact Director Stefka Hristova, shristov@mtu.edu, for more information.