Category: Notables

Wellstead Co-Recipient of Sam Richardson Award for Best Paper Published

Adam Wellstead
Adam Wellstead

Adam Wellstead (SS) and Dean Carson (Charles Darwin University) are winners of the 2015 Sam Richardson Award for the best paper published in the 2015 volume of Australian Journal of Public Administration.  The paper was titled “Government with a Cast of Dozens: Policy Capacity Risks and Policy Work in the Northern Territory.”


Gohman Awarded Vogel Prize

Gohman1Sean M. Gohman, PhD candidate in the Department of Social Sciences’ Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program, was awarded the 2016 Vogel Prize during the meeting of the Society for Industrial Archeology’s annual conference in Kansas City, MO.

Each year the Society for Industrial Archeology recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field of industrial archaeology with the Robert M. Vogel Prize. Named for the founding and distinguished member Robert Vogel, the award honors the author of the best article to appear in the society’s journal IA within the past three years.

Gohman’s awarded article, “It’s Not Time to Be Wasted: Identifying, Evaluating, and Appreciating Mine Wastes in Michigan’s Copper Country,” describes work Gohman did for the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Advisory Commission to survey and evaluate extant mining waste deposits on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Though perhaps not aesthetically pleasing, these wastes have stories to tell about operational scale and environmental impact that structures may not as easily convey and these stories should therefore not be overlooked.

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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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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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Student Team Wins National Sustainability Award

American Institute of Edward Louie and Cheryl Teich, Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2015 President
Edward Louie and Cheryl Teich, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2015 President

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The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) honored a Michigan Tech student team with its Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award for their project to develop a guide for harnessing low-grade geothermal energy from minewater for heating and cooling buildings. Edward Louie accepted the award on behalf of the team at the 2015 Student Awards Ceremony at the AIChE student conference in Salt Lake City. See here for more information.

Solomon weighs in on energy costs across the country

Energy Costs NationwideProfessor Barry Solomon was recently interviewed for WalletHub’s article on “2015’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States” that investigated various criteria that impact monthly energy costs across the nation.  They looked at monthly costs for electricity, natural gas, gasoline, and home heating oil to come up with an “Total Energy Cost” for each state.  These costs range from a low of $223 in the District of Columbia to a high of $410 in Connecticut (Michigan came in at #27 at $304).  Because the total monthly cost is a mixture of the four energy source costs, states’ rankings are not in any immediate pattern because, as the author points out, “lower prices don’t always equate with lower costs, as consumption is a key determinant in the total amount of an energy bill.

Invited Paper for Mary Durfee

EU Arctic Conference 2015On Friday, May 29, 2015, Associate Professor Mary Durfee (SS) gave an invited paper, The EU in the Arctic: Where will it live? at a conference on the EU in the Arctic held in Dundee, Scotland.

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The European Union and the Arctic (2015 EU-Arctic Conference)

This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from relevant disciplines such as international law, international relations, political science and marine biology, NGOs, representatives from EU institutions and international organisations to discuss the EU’s potential contribution to enhance Arctic governance. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU’s action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference.

Gina Stevens Recognized for 25 Years of Service

Gina Stevens
Gina Stevens

Michigan Tech Employee Service Recognition Event

On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, faculty and staff members, along with their guests, gathered at the Memorial Union Ballroom for an awards dinner recognizing 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to Michigan Tech.

Among those recognized for 25 years of service was Social Sciences Departmental Coordinator Gina Stevens.

Read more at Tech Today.