Category: Events

Anthropology Student participates in Undergrad Research Symposium

imedImageJoe Iwanicki – Anthropology – Social Sciences
Iwanicki’s research, The Archaeology of Trade: A Study of a Twentieth Century Logging Camp, was presented at Michigan Tech’s 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium this past week. With the assistance of LouAnn Wurst, Iwanicki looked at archaeological data from a 1900’s lumber camp in the Munising Michigan area called Coalwood. The data consists of artifacts that allow for investigation of trade and commodity flows. The archaeological record is combined with GIS to map and recreate the trade networks of the past, something rarely explored by archaeologists.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium highlights the amazing cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students.

The students showcasing their work today have spent a significant portion of the past year working alongside Michigan Tech faculty and graduate students to explore, discover and create new knowledge. They’ve spent long hours in the lab or out in the field designing experiments, gathering data, creating new models and testing hypotheses. They’ve applied their classroom knowledge in new and sometimes unexpected ways, and developed new skills that will propel them forward in their careers.

Exhibit: The Making of Modern Houghton

Reception Poster 11.3.2015Carol MacLennan and her former students in Ethnographic Methods presented their work from Spring 2014 in an exhibit — The Making of Modern Houghton at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton November 3.  Reyna Bennett, Marc Hoffman, and Brenna Thompson discussed their research and that of four other students (who have since graduated) on Houghton’s post World War II history at a reception opening the exhibit.  The exhibit covers Houghton’s post mining development into an expanding city, changes in the commercial district and transportation,  the development of diversity and expansion at MTU, and city celebrations such as Parade of Nations and Old Settlers Ball.

The Carnegie Museum is open on Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-5:00 p.m. and on Saturday 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Keynote Faculty Panel at D80 Conference

 Jonathan Robins, Kari Henquinet, Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Steve Walton, Laura Walikainen Rouleau   Photo by MTU College of Engineering

Jonathan Robins, Kari Henquinet, Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Steve Walton, Laura Walikainen Rouleau Photo by MTU College of Engineering

Jonathan Robins, Kari Henquinet, Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Steve Walton, and Laura Walikainen Rouleau from the Department of Social Sciences led the keynote faculty panel discussion at this years D80 Conference held this past weekend on the MTU campus.  The panel topic was “How Does Change Happen?  Cases in Technology and Design”.

Click here for more information and photos from the conference.


Keweenaw Natural History Series: Winkler on Changing Participation in Hunting & Fishing

RichWinklerCarnegieelle Winkler will be presenting her talk titled “Changing Participation in Hunting and Fishing: Are we seeing a broad shift away?” at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton on October 20, 2015 as part of the museum’s community seminar/discussion series.

The museum’s doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and introductions, and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, see the Carnegie Museum website.

SS Faculty Panel – Keynote Presenters at D80 Conference

D80-2015A panel of Social Sciences faculty will be presenting at the 9th annual D80 Conference in Michigan Tech’s Dow Building – room 641 – at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Discussion:  “How Does Change Happen? Cases in Technology and Design”. 

Panel includes:

Moderator: Kari Henquinet, Director Peace Corps Master’s International Program

Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Assistant Professor of History

Jonathan Robins, Assistant Professor of History

Laura Walikainen Rouleau, Instructor, Social Sciences

Steve Walton, Assistant Professor of History


Click on D80 Conference 2015 for more information.

Geoseminar with Tim Scarlett

Dr. Tim Scarlett

Join us Friday from 3-4 p.m. in DOW 610 for a discussion with Tim Scarlett on Geoarchaeology, Industrial Archaeology and Industrial Heritage: Collaborations and Potential Archaeology. Archaeology has deep roots in geology. The geological sciences contribute a great deal to archaeological method and today’s archaeologists must have basic training in geological principles and practices.

The peculiar field of Industrial Archaeology presents excellent and fertile ground for interaction between the disciplines, but this unusual ground is unevenly exploited. Current developments in Industrial Heritage in the Keweenaw and around the globe point to ways that we can enhance collaborations. Scarlett will introduce some brief examples of how geological and mining engineers and scientists could fruitfully interact with archaeologists involved in the study of industrial heritage, discussions will ensue.

Susanna Peters Interviewed for Constitution Day

Susanna Peters Constitution Day
Susanna Peters

University Students celebrate Constitution Day

Students at Michigan Tech gathered outside for a ceremony on campus to honor the occasion. The founding document was signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a federal requirement that all universities do something to mark the anniversary date.

“I think it gives students a really good reminder to think about the Constitution as the document that we all admire and has worked a long time for this country,” said Social Sciences Department Lecturer Susanna Peters.

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 UP, by Rick Allen.