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Erik Nordberg is Executive Director of Michigan Humanities Council

Erik NordbergErik Nordberg, University Archivist and PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, has taken a new position as Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council.

He is a former MHC board member, having served on numerous committees before his eight-year term ended in 2011. He will begin serving as the MHC Executive Director on May 1.

Read more at the Michigan Humanities Council.

UP History Conference for June 2013

UP History ConferenceU.P. History Conference set

The Historical Society of Michigan’s 64th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held June 28-30, 2013 in Houghton. The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections.

These are some of the events presented by people now or recently from the Department of Social Sciences:

One of the keynote speakers will be Professor Emeritus Larry Lankton, who will explore the duality of the Keweenaw in “A Special Sense of Place: Water, Woods and Winter.”

Social Sciences graduate student Valoree Gagnon will present “Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Fish Harvest: Change and Continuity.”

Social Sciences graduate student Erik Nordberg will present “Life Underground: Working in Michigan’s Copper Mines.”

Anthropology major Sawyer Newman will present “Chinese in the Copper Country and the U.P.”

Social Sciences graduate student Sean Gohman will present “The Cliff Mines and Archeology.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette.

Upper Peninsula History Conference Headed to Houghton County in June

Registration for the full event (including three meals, Sunday morning walking tour, and all regular sessions) is $119 for members of the Historical Society of Michigan and $149* for non-members. Admission for Saturday-only (which does not include the Saturday evening awards banquet) is $79 for HSM members and $109* for non-members. A discount on conference registration is available to Houghton County residents in honor of our host institution. For overnight accommodations, contact the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn at (888) 487-1700 and ask for the “Upper Peninsula History Conference Bock” to get the HSM rate of $60/night.

*All non-member rates include a one-year membership to the Historical Society of Michigan.

Read more at the Historical Society of Michigan.

Cookstove Project in Sustainable Design Expo

Cookstove ProjectMichigan Tech students found a low-cost, highly effective way to reduce the impact of cooking over biomass fires without designing and installing high-tech, costly stoves. They have been invited by the Environmental Protection Agency to take their work to Washington, DC, to participate in the EPA’s annual Sustainable Design Expo. Known as P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet), the competition challenges college and university teams to design and develop sustainable technologies to help protect the world’s health and the environment.

The cookstove project team includes Mark DeYoung and Jonathan May, mechanical engineering; Travis Wakeham, anthropology and biological sciences; and Jarod Maggio, Abram Peterson, Mollie Ruth, Kelli Whelan and Alex Wohlgemuth, environmental engineering. Their faculty advisor is Kurt Paterson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

CBS Detroit and its Technology Report published an article about Michigan Tech’s two student teams chosen to exhibit in the EPA Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC, this week. See EPA Sustainable Design Expo.

From Tech Today.

Norman Presents on Transborder Water Governance

AAG 2013Emma S. Norman (SS) presented her paper, “The Citizen, the State, and Environmental Governance: How indigenous actors, citizen scientists and regional constructions are reshaping transborder water governance” and served on a panel related to indigenous water rights at the Association of American Geographers Conference in Los Angeles (April 9 – 12).

From Tech Today.

Assistant Professor Louise Dyble Awarded NEH Fellowship

NEHAssistant Professor of History Louise Dyble (SS), has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH). From the NEH website:

“The NEH Summer Stipends program provides awards for individuals to pursue scholarly work in the humanities during the summer. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge in a particular discipline or to the general public’s understanding of the humanities, and they may address broad topics or focused research in a single field. Recipients typically produce scholarly articles, books, archeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools in either traditional print or electronic formats.”

From Tech Today.

Proposals in Progress for April 11, 2013

Associate Professor Audrey Mayer (SS/SFI), Assistant Professor Laura Brown (CS/SFI), Research Engineer Robert Handler (ChE/SFI), Assistant Professor Timothy Havens (ECE/SFI) and Assistant Professor Mark Rouleau (SS/SFI), “Collaborative Research: CyberSEES: Type 2: Development of Data Driven Constitutive Platform of Models for Bioenergy Sustainability Assessment,” NSF.

From Tech Today.

Proposals in Progress for April 5, 2013

Professor Alex Mayer (CEE/CWS), Professor Kathleen Halvorsen (SS/CWS), Professor Noel Urban (CEE/CWS), Assistant Professor Emma Norman (SS/CWS) and Assistant Professor Richelle Winkler (SS/CWS), “Coastal SEES (Track 2) Collaborative: The Third Coast: Keys to the Sustainability of the Great Lakes Coastal Socio-Ecological System,” NSF.

From Tech Today.

Orthober Among the Thesis Award Nominees

MAGSThe Graduate School is pleased to announce that Evan Anderson is Michigan Tech’s nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award.

Three other graduate students were also nominated for consideration. Jean DeClerck was nominated by her advisors, Ann Brady and Wendy Anderson (HU) and committee member Victoria Bergvall (HU). Nathan Kelley-Hoskins was nominated by his advisor, Petra Hüntemeyer (Physics). Andrew Orthober was nominated by his advisor, Carol MacLennan (SS). All of the nominations were noteworthy for their scholarship, and the evaluation panel had a difficult task in selecting one nominee to represent Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today, by the Graduate School.

SS Contributors to Oxford Bibliographies in Geography

Oxford Bibliographies GeographyProfessor Barry D. Solomon (SS) and Assistant Professor Emma S. Norman (SS) contributed to the Oxford Bibliographies in Geography project, which provides overviews of the key literature in the field. Solomon served on the editorial board of the project and wrote the entry, Energy Resources and Use. Norman wrote the entry for Water.

The full project is accessible through: Oxford Bibliographies in Geography.

From Tech Today.