Social Sciences alumni, Amy Storer is featured in The Daily Mining Gazette story, More Than Tech: Homeland Security analyst says MTU offers options. Storer recently participated in The Five Under 35 at MTU where young alumni are invited back to campus and speak about their experiences at MTU and their careers.
Local historian, educator and author Larry Lankton (Emeritus SS) will present the latest in the Quincy Mine Hoist Association’s “History on the Hill” series at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 26) at the Quincy Mine 1894 Hoist House.
Lankton’s presentation is titled, “The National Park Service Arrives on Quincy Hill, 1978.” In the summer of 1978 a team from the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), a part of the National Park Service, conducted a 10-week study of the social history of the Quincy Mining Company.
Lankton led the HAER team in 1978 and moved to the Keweenaw three years later to continue his research and write about the local copper industry. Find out more about Lankton’s presentation.
History on the Hill presentations are free and open to the public.
She is working on a survey that will be conducted in L’Anse next fall, a collaborative effort of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, the Village of L’Anse, WPPI Energy, and Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center and Department of Social Sciences.
Residents of the village buy their power from WPPI Energy, a non-profit company.
Prehoda was also featured in USA Today (“The US could prevent a lot of deaths by switching from coal to solar“), and on NBC and CBS with researcher Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE).
Also in print, Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and social sciences PhD Student Emily Prehoda coauthored, potential lives saved by replacing coal with solar photovoltaic electricity production in the U.S., in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews that can be read here.
Marc Sanko (History, 2011) published an essay, “The Worlds of the Immigration Historian” in the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s new blog on July 1st. The essay was picked as one of ten to run over the course of the year in a competition during December. Sanko, a PhD Candidate at West Virginia University, also had an article, “The Gift of Empire: Exploring the Importance of the Skilled Labor Experience in Maltese Migrants, 1919-1924”, recently accepted for publication in The Michigan Historical Review.
David Lankton, son of Professor Emeritus Larry Lankton, is designing a board game called Copper Country, largely inspired by his dad’s work.
Lankton and his co-developers are planning a Kickstarter campaign for May or June.
In March 2009, Michigan Technological University industrial archaeology alumnus Stathi Pappas purchased the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company No. 2 Engine and began restoring it in his Mineral, Wash.,, shop.
As true living history, he says, they run them like they ran them, break them like they broke them, fix them like they fixed them, and repeat.
“From an anthropological standpoint, we want to understand that subculture and act accordingly,” Pappas says. “It’s a social movement as well as a professional rebuild.”
Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Dennis Walikainen.
From David Hayes we hear that a number of MTU IA graduates are taking part in a monitoring project in the U.S. Virgin Islands this winter (yes, we here in Houghton are jealous). In the photo the person on the far right in the maroon shirt is Alicia Valentino (IA ’03) and to her right is David Hayes (IA ’00) They are working with a large team of archaeologists checking back dirt from an sewer line excavation in Charlotte Amalie on the island of St Thomas on 21 January 2014. This federally-funded project will allow infrastructure improvement on Main Street, but it runs through a 1500-2000 year old site of the Saladoid people (for more on the ancient Saladoid sites, see this post from the V.I. Daily News last Feb.). David Hayes is the principal investigator on this project.
Sawyer Newman, a 2013 alumna in anthropology, has published a brief summary of her senior thesis in The Chronicle, the quarterly magazine of the Historical Society of Michigan. Her thesis was a study of the Copper Country’s Chinese community.
From Tech Today.
As the representatives of some sixty nations were lining up in Hancock for the Parade of Nations, the sun came out and it was starting to warm up.
Nearby, Social Sciences Professor Mary Durfee was gathered with a group of students from Malta. They are attempting to create the first international chapter of MindTrekkers, that fantastic traveling science demonstration that has enthralled school kids around the Midwest and in DC.
Read more at Here, There, and Everywhere in TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.
Celebrating 150 years
Events marking Hancock’s sesquicentennial year continue
The celebration for the 150th anniversary of Hancock has included talks and presentations on subjects such migration, influential people and significant events, and the next four months will include a continuation of those concepts.
On Oct. 8, Anderson said local historian Larry Lankton will give a talk at the FAHC (Finlandia’s Finnish American Heritage Center) on Hancock’s contribution to the development of the Portage Lake region.
“We had a lot of industry in the city, too,” he said.
There were saw mills and other industrial businesses, many of which supported the copper mines.
Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Kurt Hauglie.