Research Excellence Fund Awards Announced

The vice president for research is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Research Excellence Fund Awards, which total $515,000. Recipients in the College of Sciences and Arts include Michael Gretz, Charles Kerfoot, Kari Henquinet, Kedmon Hungwe, Ranjana Mehta, Thomas Werner, Qing-Hui Chen, Stefaan De Winter, Amy Marcarelli, Rebecca Schmitz, Xiaoqing Tang, Thomas Werner, Lanrong Bi, Bahne Cornilsen, and Haiying Liu… [read more]

ESC/BRC Student Research Forum Winners Announced

The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) and the Biotechnology Research Center (BRC) announce award recipients of the Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held March 25. Awards to graduate students in the College of Sciences and Arts include a $100 Merit Award from ESC to Meagan L. Harless in Biological Sciences and $100 Merit Awards from BRC to Surendar Reddy Dhadi in Biological Sciences and Xiaochu Ding in Chemistry… [read more]

Michigan Tech Biologist “Getting the Lead Out”

biologist at Michigan Tech is working on a way to remove lead from soil that is simple, inexpensive, and, quite literally, green. Rupali Datta began her tests with vetiver grass back in 2004, when she was on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio. “The city was removing lead paint in an old neighborhood, but there was still lots of lead in the soil,” she remembers. “The soil was tracked in the house as lead-laced dust…” [read more]

Peace Corps Volunteer Tackles a Sensitive Women’s Health Problem in Uganda

Stacey Frankenstein-Markon is serving in Uganda as part of Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program in applied science education. Brad Baltensperger, chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and program director of the PCMI Applied Science Education Program, and Casey Huckins, an associate professor of biological sciences who heads the University’s new PCMI in biological sciences, spent a week in Uganda to discuss the graduate students’ research… [read more]

Five New Degree Programs Offered

Doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: This is an interdepartmental program that builds on existing faculty and existing courses in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, as well as the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in Physics with a concentration in secondary education: Seel says, “The motivation for offering a BA in physics is to provide students with a strong foundation in the field, but fewer course requirements…” [read more]