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NEH Funding Awarded for Keweenaw Time Traveler Project


Professor Don Lafreniere along with Professor Sarah Scarlett (SS) and PhD Candidate (IHA) John Arnold have been awarded $259,882 from the National Endowment of the Humanities for a project entitled “Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure.” The project will be known publicly as the “Keweenaw Time Traveler.”   Learn more at

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Robins Awarded 2016 Dean’s Fellowship – College of Human Ecology at Cornell University

Jonathan Robins

Jonathan Robins has been awarded the 2016 Dean’s Fellowship by the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. His proposal, titled “Bacon from Trees and Hogless Lard: Vegetable Fats and the Globalization of Food,” examines the changing role of animal and vegetable fats in the modern diet and the effects of food choices on human societies and the environment. The $6,500 award will support six weeks of research in Cornell University’s archival collections.

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Spiraling Up with Arts and Sustainability in Calumet

This clay mural of the Calumet community landscape was created by local artist Barbara Flanagin, in consultation with Ed Gray of the Calumet Art Center. This piece of work commissioned by Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto is on display at Calumet Township Hall.

By Allison Mills –Michigan Tech News

March 25, 2016—

A study published this week in Sustainability explores the possibility for the arts to help sustain a shrunken industrial city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Community identity is a key part, and anyone who has walked down 5th Street in Calumet knows the weight of history and change. Click here to read the full article.


Winkler Co-Authors Paper with MTU Students and Community Members on Art-Based Activities in Calumet, MI


Professor Richelle Winkler along with MTU students and Calumet area community members, Melissa Michaelson, Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez, Heather Simpson,  and Lorri Oikarinen, published a paper titled “Boom, Bust and Beyond:  Arts and Sustainability in Calumet, Michigan” in the academic journal, Sustainability, on March 21, 2016 about arts-based activities in Calumet, MI. The article is part of a series of articles about sustainability in the context of shrinking cities.

SS Faculty Featured in Michigan Tech’s Research 2016 Magazine

Kari Henquinet
Kari Henquinet
Chelsea Schelly
Chelsea Schelly
Richelle Winkler
Richelle Winkler

Kari Henquinet, Chelsea Schelly, and Richelle Winkler are featured in the Research 2016 article titled Interdisciplinary Research 2.0 which highlights their involvement in interdisciplinary research at Michigan Tech.  Research is published by University Marketing and Communications and the Vice President for Research Office at Michigan Technological University.

Gorman Appointed to EPA Subcommittee

Hugh Gorman
Hugh Gorman

Hugh Gorman has been invited to serve a two-year term on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science and Information Subcommittee (SIS) to the Great Lakes Advisory Board.

The SIS will assist the Board in providing ongoing advice on Great Lakes “adaptive management,” the process of learning from past decisions to make more effective future Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) decisions.

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Torch Lake Watershed Project Informational Meeting

Torch LakeThe Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District will host a public informational meeting on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM EST at the Lake Linden-Hubbell School auditorium.
This meeting will provide information on the development of a watershed management plan for Torch Lake. Guest speakers will review the history of the industries around Torch Lake and the environmental legacy resulting from those industries.  Noel Urban (CEE) and Carol MacLennan (SS) will be giving a briefing on the contaminants in Torch Lake.
This meeting is open to all interested individuals.  RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please call or use the email address to RSVP.
Also see Keweenaw Now article for more information on the Torch Lake Watershed Project.

Schelly Authors Chapter in the Book “Putting Sustainability into Practice”

PuttingSustainabilityChelsea Schelly (SS) has a chapter, titled “How policy frameworks shape environmental practice: Three cases of alternative dwelling,” in the newly published book “Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications and Advances in Research on Sustainable Consumption” edited by Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie J. Cohen and Naomi T. Krogman and released by Edward Elgar Publishing.

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Langston Authors Article– Beyond the Oregon Protests: The Search for Common Ground

Jeff Scorn via Flickr: Steens Mountain from the Buena Vista Overlook at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Professor Nancy Langston wrote an Op-Ed piece in the January 28, 2016 Yale Environment 360 online edition. The piece, Beyond the Oregon Protests: The Search for Common Ground, was written following the arrests and violence earlier this week in connection with the armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

She is the author of a history of Malheur Refuge titled “Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed.”

Since the takeover earlier this month, Langston has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets including the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Denver Post, National Public Radio, the Washington Post and the Oregonian, among many others.

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